My wife and I had been slightly apprehensive about taking a 12 hour trans-con flight and then upon arrival and clearing customs and baggage, having to take a 90km taxi ride northwards to the Marriott in Khao Lak (sight unseen). We had booked through TUI in Copenhagen and had paid a substantial Premium Economy seat upgrade that had turned out to be an ordinary narrow Y seat but with some more legroom - a complete and utter rip-off. People back in 'Coach' had exactly the same seat just slightly less room for the knees.
So needless to say we were absolutely shattered walking out of Phuket Airport into the 33C tropical heat and being confronted with dozens of 'cabbies' and chuffeur-service people holding up bit of paper, cardbaord, a small blackboard and then just towards the end of the gauntlet a well dressed young Thai woman holding up a professional JW Marriott folder with our names clearly printed. We sighed with relief.
We seemed now to be in competent safe hands, we drove off and our driver handed us both chilled waters... Aaaah
One and a half hours later we were greeted by Bianca, a German Uni-student doing her Masters at Sheffield University and now training at the Marriott for the year. Check in was smooth our luggage disappeared and re-appeared magically outside our room where Bianca had walked us to and explained the basics of this gorgeous resort:
The Breakfast and Lunch restaurant, The Waterfront International Restaurant on the beach and the 3 evening-only on-prem restaurants. There is a well hidden Café cum Deli under the main reception that does a decent Cappuccino. There are 2 swim-up pool bars - try the Pool Collins by the way. And finally the Beach Café for Sundowners and light meals.
This Italian fusion restaturant re-opened the day before we arrived (12th Dec. 2018).
Excellent food and our waiter, Mr. Dong was most attentive and helpful, like all the staff we encountered at the resort
The most extensive manned breakfast buffet we have encountered in Thailand - END OF!
From Chinese/Thai/Indian hot-'n-spicy dishes, to Austrian bakery delights, fruit, smoothies on demand and of course my favourite, Eggs-n-Bacon done while you wait and any-which-way you prefer.
From the FoH Hotel Manager, Mr. Nicolai Mitchell through every single one of his 500+ colleagues, we were made to feel welcome and when difficulties did ensure they got sorted out.
Shallow gradient and no surprise 'potholes' and 10km long
Here you will find Pinky's Beach Restaurant and The Andamann Beach Massage (the Red Beds on the beach) - we recommend both, especially Tum and Jen Jen who know their anatomy.
The food at Pinky's is tasty, fresh and very, very reasonably priced.
There is also a free 'Moulin Rouge Show' twice nightly at Pinky's, well worth a go.
Southern Thailand, Phang Nga province and 1½ hours drive north of Phuket Intl. Airport in the Marriott mini-van.
We are two middle-aged professionals who treasure peace and quiet above all else
We only stay at 4-5 Stars and preferably 'Adults Only'. We are alas, foodies too.
I am in the IT Industry primarily web and design, my wife is in the Motion Picture education scene.