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Khao Lak Orchid Resort

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This impressive hotel is separated from the beach by a road, but it is a very small one that ends in a dead-end at one end of the resort - quite what purpose this lane serves is a mystery, as it doesn’t go anywhere.

The resort is quite a distance from Khao Lak, which is a ten-minute drive away, and some people prefer a resort closer to town. This resort’s distance from the town, however, means that its prices are lower than the resorts nearer the town centre. As the town centre is so boring, visitors aren't missing anything by staying a bit further out, here at the Orchid.



The resort has huge palm-studded gardens for children to run around in, and two pools to play in.



In order to cater to the needs of couples, one of these pools is deep and is further away from the main accommodation block, so parents usually insist on smaller children using the larger pool nearer the main accommodation block.

This means that the smaller, deeper pool remains relatively quiet even in peak season, and is not inundated with noisy little ones.



Orchid Jacuzzi Suite

These suites are situated next to the quiet, deep pool and are intended for couples. The ground-floor suites have pool access, whilst the 1st and 2nd floor suites have more privacy and better views. Superlatively equipped, each suite has an open-air Jacuzzi and a shaded day-bed on the terrace. Inside, there are two huge flat-screen TV’s only 12 feet apart, one in front of the over-sized bed and the other in front of the sofa and 2 armchairs.

This seems rather over the top, but doesn’t look out of place, as the rooms are so huge. Because they are also well furnished they don’t look empty, as is often the case with larger hotel rooms. Immaculate throughout, the bathrooms are as tastefully decorated as are the bedrooms. These rooms are a good option for honeymooners. For one of the most luxurious family options in Khao Lak, also book an adjacent Orchid Deluxe Room.


Family Room

These rooms in the old building are only recommended when the much better Orchid Family Suites are full. The new building is, unsurprisingly, basically better.


Orchid Family Suite

These tastefully decorated, immaculate and vast suites are in the resort’s new building. They each have a three-seater sofa and two armchairs, are excellent value for money and are one of Khao Lak’s very best mid-range family choices.


Orchid Deluxe Room

These large and elegantly appointed rooms have day-beds and are big enough to put an extra bed in, so are a good bet for families with young children.

Deluxe Room and Orchid Deluxe Room

These large and elegantly appointed rooms have day-beds and are big enough to put an extra bed in, so are a good bet for families with young children.

There are 'Deluxe' rooms in the resort’s older ‘Main Wing’ and ‘Orchid Deluxe' rooms in the newer ‘Orchid Wing’. Predictably, the newer Orchid building has rooms that are in better condition, although they do not have the partial sea-views that the old Main building’s Deluxe rooms have. The rooms are all fairly well appointed, even though the furniture is inexpensive and the TVs are small. They are reasonably good value for money.


Premier Deluxe Rooms

These are the same size as the Deluxe rooms in the Main Building, with a guaranteed good sea view and better furnishings.


Hotel website: Click here for more on Khao Lak, here for holiday packages, here for other destinations.


Andaman Sky, Co., Ltd, 23/8 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Thailand




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