- Style Secluded tropical retreat
- Setting Hidden gardens of Khao Lak
Set on a sublime stretch of coastline on Phang Nga, not far from Phuket, is The Sarojin hotel, a luxurious hideaway among 10 acres of lush, tropical gardens featuring ancient ficus trees. All of the rooms are stylish with minimalist décor, and many have their own plunge pools. The warm and welcoming staff aims to satisfy every wish. But you probably won’t need much more than a cold drink while you lounge in a daybed on one of several, seemingly floating, cabana decks in the pool.
Need to know
- Rooms 56 suites, in seven different buildings.
- Rates Double rooms from $363.02 (THB11,700), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast, unless otherwise specified
- Facilities Spa, Jacuzzi, fitness centre, croquet lawn, petanque pitch, library, boutique, free WiFi throughout, free shuttle to Khao Lak, charter boat. In rooms: TV, CD and DVD player, espresso machine.
- Poolside Fringed with palm-trees and manicured lawns, the turquoise-tiled infinity pool’s focal point is the pavilion islands, each with sun-loungers and removable roof.
- Check–out Midday, although later check-out is possible, subject to availability.
Children Over-10s are welcome; extra beds are THB4,500 a night. Babysitting can be arranged.
- Also A seven-night minimum stay is required over the Christmas period.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We like the Sarojin Suites, with their enormous onyx bathing pools sunk into the terraces – perfect for a late-night cocktail while soaking under the stars. All suites offer plenty of space and are decorated in simple and soothing white and warm woods. The huge bathrooms are an unexpected pleasure: the oval terazzo couple's bath tub set on a pebbled floor adds a relaxing garden feel.
- Packing tips The hotel can provide mountain bikes, kayaks and windsurfing kit – all you need to remember are sturdy shoes, stay-on swimwear and a taste for adventure.
- Also The Sarojin has a full-time ‘imagineer’ who can put together a personalised itinerary for your stay, including elephant treks, scuba, deep-sea fishing and a host of other activities, ranging from simple sightseeing to white-knuckle thrills.
Food and drink at The Sarojin
- Hotel restaurant The Sarojin has two. The Edge is a cosy seafood shack where you can enjoy seaviews and sand underfoot. Amid the hanging roots of the enormous fig tree, Ficus fuses international cuisine with spicy oriental flavours. If you really want to push the boat out, arrange a sunset cruise on the Lady Sarojin, followed by candlelit dinner for two on your own private island.
- Dress code Chilled to perfection.
- Top table Humidity-haters should head indoors at Ficus for air-conditioned respite. Incurable romantics should take advantage of the private barbecue that the Sarojin can arrange anywhere in the resort.
- Last orders The restaurants stop serving at 10pm; the bar stays open as long as you're in there.
- Hotel bar Tucked under the fig tree, the open-air Cellar Bar plies guests with wine and cigars. Make sure you get to sample a sparkling Champagne Sarojin cocktail.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details