It seems like we’re a bit unlucky with the weather during our adventure in Khao Lak. It’s a bit clouded during our stay at Ramada Resort Khao Lak Thailand. But, when we take a closer at the images online, this should nevertheless be awesome.
Little did we know of course. Khao Lak is like a small Germany. And we’re not exaggerating. Vendors, restaurants, and the hotels, everyone is able to speak German. Which is weird, because your usual Thai person can hardly speak 10 words in English.
But, a side that 80% of the people inside Ramada Khao Lak speaks a language we’d rather not hear, the hotel isn’t really that bad. The quality overall is good, there are a few things we didn’t like: the hallways are a bit loud and our room was close to the reception. The staff is working hard pleasing everyone that enters, so the usual greeting (Sawadee kap/ka) can be heard all night long. Not really convenient if you’re trying to sleep.
We do like the plan of our Deluxe Oasis room, however, the fridge is placed with the back to thethe bed. There’s a lot of heat coming from the back of a fridge and with the weather on itself not dropping below 25 degrees, this is not making your sleep any better. Someone should have thought about that.
The last thing we didn’t really like where some details in the room. It looks like the hotel as a whole is ready for some small renovating. The rooms are… How can we say this the best… A little raw around the edges. Paint can be updated and the luting doesn’t look that nice anymore. And for the price you’re paying here, this should be taken care of (and it’s not that big of a deal).
Enough with the wining. What did we like? The overall layout of the place is pretty smart. It’s kinda built in a round shape with the reception and entrance being the front middle part, and the pool/ocean the back middle part. It gives a good overview of the total space and makes it look smaller than it really is (which is good thing). Breakfast is also really good.
The Ramada has a slow juicer. Yes, we care about the things we eat and drink, and a slow juicer is pretty vital in our lives. This is the first hotel (!) we encounter that has one and a full time person next to it that is able to create any drink you wish. For us, it’s the small things that set hotels apart from each other. And a slow juicer definitely kicks it up a notch.
The pool also deserves some serious kudos. Why? Because the amount of chloride is very limited. A pool in which you can keep you eyes open under water is hard to find these days. It’s not as good as the one in Fort Canning Singapore, but it’s definitely a big plus.
The Spa and dinner we can’t say anything about because we didn’t try them out. We weren’t invited and the many different Thai restaurants around the corner looked more interesting so we’re sorry, we can’t tell anything useful about it. The Gym is decent. Too bad we couldn’t get the air conditioning to work. On the other hand it, with all the sweating, it became a very good workout
Would we go back? Difficult to tell. We think it’s one of the better hotels in Khao Lak and it’s a nice little town to stay. The Ramamada works hard to be at it’s best, but there are a few things they need to learn/take care of to become one of the resorts we would most definitely return to.
Price range: Around €80,- a night
More information: Website Ramada Khao Lak