LM Khao Lak review

Discussion in 'Starwood | Preferred Guest' started by mtacchi, Feb 10, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. Despite owning a villa in Phuket, we thought we'd check out the Le Meridian.
    It was for our 4th wedding Anniversary and we thought we'd take a bit of a trip off the island. IMG_6386.jpg
    (Our Villa)

    Getting there

    The drive from our place was about 1 and 1/2hrs and we are 15 minutes south of the Phuket airport.
    Plan for a solid hour anyway.
    It's scenic and you pass a few points of interest on the way.
    If you're new to Thailand, I recommend you utilize the hotels car service.
    While it may be slightly more money, they know the road and you get a decent ride.

    Prior to leaving, we checked online, and my SPG account showed an upgrade had been pre-booked into a suite (I can't recall which). YEAH!

    Arrival.

    We pulled into the free self park and hiked up the ramp to the lobby.
    (NOTE to future self), drop wife / baby off in lobby with luggage, park car and return.
    Its only a 2 minute walk, but gets awkward with luggage/stroller/kitchen sink.

    The lobby is large and open. Lots of helpful staff to take luggage/stroller/baby.
    There was a SPG Platinum line, but I was the only guest there at the time and someone was
    with me instantly. They had us take a seat on the terrace while they prepared our stuff.

    Personally, I HATE this part of Thai resorts, but understand the average tourist from Aimes, Iowa would love it. First comes the cold towels, then the non alcoholic cocktails for refreshment, then .. anyway.. it takes 25 minutes to get checked in, only to find the suite was no longer there, and we had been given some substandard room. I had just spent the last 20 minutes watching the GM of the property suck up some other Plat who had arrived (a FT'er as well ) and overheard the whole conversation about his 'pre' booked upgrade.. ect.. and thus was in no mood for games.

    I told them to find something better, explained that I was pre-booked into a suite.
    They countered with 'suites' were only assigned on arrival in a first come first serve basis.
    I mentioned I happened to turn up 15 minutes from the platinum member chatting to the GM and he was in a suite, so I guess I was first. ;)

    That promptly got them scurrying about. and voila' a pool villa became available.

    The whole checkin process took an hr. All I want is a envelope with a key when I checkin. As we were there only overnight, 1/20hrs at the resort was spent checking in.

    We were then escorted in a golf cart to the villa a few minutes away.

    The Villa

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    The term 'pool villa' is used very loosely. Yes, there is a pool, Yes it looks like a villa, but it is in reality a single room. The bed is large, there is a chaise and a 42' TV, but it is one open room.
    Someone can't watch the TV or turn a light on to read without disturbing the other person. It's beautiful, it's lush.. its just not a lot of living space.

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    They did include all sorts of extra amenities which made it nice. Champagne, chocolate cake, swan towels.... It was very nice and tasteful. If you look behind the bed you can see into the bathroom and out the window. That is the entirety of the space in the 'villa'

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    Separate sinks opposite each other as well the huge out door shower (behind tub~ you can see it through the window) made for a VERY nice bathroom. In fact there is an indoor shower too just to right of the photo. Standard slippers, robes, toothbrushes, etc. I seem the recall the bath products being good enough that my wife wanted them to take, but can't recall what they were.

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    We spent most of our time outside either on our deck or the beach. Thailand has a MAJOR mozzi problem, so be sure to have some repellant with you. Despite this we got a few bites, but no more than you'd pick up anywhere else.

    Overall

    The resort treats platinums well, and is very fair valued. I think we paid about $150 USD (4500baht) or so at the time. We ate at a few of the outlets and the food was very good. Drinks were pricey, so you may want to pick up a bottle and some mix if you're an alcoholic like myself, unless you want to be a poor alcoholic ;) If you forget, a quick trip into town the next day (10 minutes) will sort you.

    Having visited 90% of the Starwood properties in Thailand, the LM Koh Lak is average. That's not a bad rating, the properties in Phuket all have +'s and -'s. It's a hard place to keep a solid product. I think the Le Meridan Koh Lak does a reasonable job.

    I can't see going back, but am sure that if you choose it, your expectations will be met or exceeded.

    EDIT: The wife says to mention she thought the complimentary breakfast was 7/10, but the service 10/10. She was very impressed. Also, she felt the beach itself was one of the best in Thailand of any of the Starwoods. Our son certainly seemed to enjoy it.

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  2. ChicagoEric
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    Sounds nice. Other than breakfast - did you have a chance to eat at any of the restaurants? Or would you recommend going into town?
     
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  3. Ate @ the Poolside and the Italian both very good. And ordered Room Service.. which was adequate considering the hr..

    We we're in 'town' the next day.. very basic. Good food choice.
     
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  4. wow great report thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the review, I will be going to LM Khao Lak at the end of this month and will report back.

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    Mods (or what mods??), can we combine the two threads - other one is this http://milepoint.com/forums/posts/19878/

    Also should note that when there in Jan-11, appears that LM is constructing 'for sale' villas next door to the property at present, and another large pool.
     
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    Thanks for the great report (and the adorable baby photo)!
     
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    Very nice report!!
     
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  9. Thanks Bonnie. Your avatar appears to be from Thailand too ?
     
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    Your son is a real cutie - love his smile :)
     
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    Yes, mtacchi, my avatar is from The Nam Hai in Hoi An. How did you know??
     
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    Great report! I am going there next month for our Honeymoon (after Trisara and the Pen in BKK) and I know its not going to be up to the other two hotels' level, but it seems like a great place to relax and a great use of points (we are in a pool villa).

    Did you have a chance to try any of the restaurants outside of the hotel? Any recs???

    Thanks!!!
     
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    Have heard good things about the restaurant on the beach to the left of the hotel. I'd also be interested in any other ideas...
     
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    Well I will be exploring in a month and will report back with the pros and cons! Can't wait to get there...
     
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  15. Cause I've lived there for 7 years.. the pottery is a give away ;)
     
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    7 years in paradise...how wonderful! And yes, that pottery is very cool! Would have loved to purchase one of those pots. Unfortunately it wouldn't fit in my carry on![​IMG]
     
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    I have an upcoming stay at LM Khao Lak. I had originally planned to stay in one of the SPG Phuket hotels, but reviews are not that great. LM KL seems to be the one with the most favorable reviews. Maybe I ought to just save up so I could afford Trisara? :)
     
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    Terrific report mtacchi. great pictures too. We had a trip booked but everyone elses life seemed to get in the way. Just goes to show, not ALL mistake fares end in the FD forum. I am encouraged to try again. Mahalo
    The picture of your son is exceptionally cute[​IMG]
     
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    Also would say that the Indian restuarant in the hotel (which will also serve off the Japanese restaurant menu) is very good.
     
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  20. Maholo.. coming to Hawaii in May!
     
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    It looked like a Model Villa was open while I was there--did not have the time to check it out though...

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    From the LM Khao Lak Facebook page
    "The Hollywood actress Naomi Watt was one of the celebrity guests staying at Le Meridien Khao Lak beach & Spa resort during the shooting of her new movie - The Impossible."
    http://www.facebook.com/LeMeridienKhaoLakResort

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  23. He is an adorable baby. Having spent quite a lot of time with him, I can assure you that despite his paternity, he is very cute and easy going. Fortunately, he is blessed with a beautiful mother.
     
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    Yes, in couple of FT DOs that I went long time ago, I heard about some Plats would contact the hotel after making reservation and confirming the best upgrade to the best suite. And yes, I do feel that it's not a fair game for us (I was Plat as well at that time) who make last minute booking.
     
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