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Hotel Highlights

  • Undisturbed privacy in lush green gardens by the beach
  • Bask blissfully in one of the pool’s Thai pavilion islands
  • Perfectly positioned for a host of outdoorsy adventures

Overview

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.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Sarojin with us:

A 60-minute Thai massage for two people, to be taken within 48 hours of arrival

Facilities

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The Sarojin – Phang Nga – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

56 suites, in seven different buildings.

Check–out

Midday, although later check-out is possible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $331.05 (THB10,868), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

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.

At the hotel

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.

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.

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.

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

A seven-night minimum stay is required over the Christmas period.

Children

Over-10s are welcome; extra beds are THB4,500 a night. Babysitting can be arranged.

Food & Drink

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The Sarojin – Phang Nga – Thailand

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.

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.

Last orders

The restaurants stop serving at 10pm; the bar stays open as long as you're in there.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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The Sarojin – Phang Nga – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Hidden gardens of Khao Lak

The Sarojin

60, Moo 2, Kukkak, Takuapa, Phang Nga, Thailand 82190

Secluded tropical hotspot the Sarojin sits pretty on a sublime stretch of coastline on Phang Nga, just one hour north of Phuket.

Planes

Domestic and international flights land frequently at Phuket International Airport (www.phuketairportonline.com).

Automobiles

If you’d like to hire a car, from Phuket take route 402 and drive north over Sarasin Bridge into Phang Nga province. Keep heading north and take route 4 along the west coast passing through the towns of Kok Kloy, Thai Muang and then Khao Lak. The Sarojin is 8 kilometres north of Khao Lak centre and just north of Pakarang Cape.

Reviews

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The Sarojin – Phang Nga – Thailand

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

At the end of a nine-hour flight to Bangkok, a two-hour layover and then another hour-long plane ride to Phuket, Mrs Smith and I are quite the exhausted twosome. All we want to do is put our feet up, sip cocktails and sink into a snuggle. After all, it’s 8pm and we’ve just finished something of a travel marathon. We are met by the smile of Dum, the driver from the Sarojin, who then inf…
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The Sarojin

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

At the end of a nine-hour flight to Bangkok, a two-hour layover and then another hour-long plane ride to Phuket, Mrs Smith and I are quite the exhausted twosome. All we want to do is put our feet up, sip cocktails and sink into a snuggle. After all, it’s 8pm and we’ve just finished something of a travel marathon. We are met by the smile of Dum, the driver from the Sarojin, who then informs us we have yet another hour’s drive before arriving at the resort. Strewth! At least he’s wielding bottles of icy water and several banana-leaf packages containing sticky rice and mango (we’ve informed the resort ahead of time that sticky rice is one of Mrs Smith’s favourite indulgences). It is the first hint that the service we are about to experience was going to be rather special.

By the time we arrive at Khao Lak in the Phang Nga province it is 9.30pm, hot and humid. Thankfully the warm greeting at the Sarojin’s front desk is accompanied by an elegant hand gesture ushering us towards a comfy seat, a refreshing wet towel and a tall glass of pandanus juice. Could it be that the staff are actually very talented mind readers?

After an impressive introduction to the retreat, we are escorted to our suite and given a rundown of its amenities. And then we are left to fend for ourselves. The horror! But there is a welcome note, along with an invitation to enjoy a complimentary half-hour massage, a picture-perfect platter of ripe local fruit, a bathtub filled with pandanus leaves and orchids, Juku bath products and a fully stocked minibar. Somehow I think we’re going to be OK.

The modern, minimalist room is just what I was hoping for. There’s nothing like getting away from physical clutter to calm a harried mind. We spend a few minutes taking in the tranquil surroundings before venturing to the Edge, one of the Sarojin’s two eating establishments. It’s a breezy timber pavilion set by the sea, and this evening a seafood barbecue banquet is being served. Both Eastern and Western options appear among the offerings, but our favourite dish is the tempura white pepper leaves with prawns. Yes, second helpings were indeed involved. Just a quick tip for beginners: if you see something in a dish that looks like a small green bean, take care. These could, in fact, be chillies – the sort that require a fire extinguisher to put out their heat.

After satisfying our cravings for all things spicy, we stroll back to our suite for a relaxing hot soak. Mrs Smith tips the patchouli and charcoal bath salts into the warm depths and we sink in. A languid soak accompanied by half a bottle of bubbly and it’s time for a good night’s sleep.

In the morning, we venture out to explore in depth. Set on a private beach, the Sarojin is the perfect romantic escape. Breakfast is offered in the other restaurant, Ficus, located beside the lotus pond. Again, the menu seems to span the globe, utilising fresh, local produce. Nothing is too heavy or too pricey, and sparkling white wine is on offer throughout the meal. Well, we are on holiday.

Everything at the resort, from the tailored off-site activities – scuba diving and jungle safaris are some of the more popular – to the well-stocked library, appears to be carefully considered. The divine infinity-edge pool has day-beds positioned on individual platforms over the water, and you know you’re never going to be disturbed because, first of all, the staff seem to be attuned to your every need – whether that is a cold glass of something or complete privacy – and, second, the resort has a policy of not allowing children younger than 12 (don’t get me wrong, I love kids but sometimes you just want absolute peace and quiet).

Later, we take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service into the town of Khao Lak, just 10 minutes away. Essentially, it’s a string of villages along the pristine beach and the starting point for travellers who come to the area for the spectacular diving. For us, however, it’s all about tasting some of the local food – an experience I can’t recommend highly enough.

Back at the resort, Mrs Smith and I decide it’s time to embrace another of our passions. I admit it: we are spa junkies and consider ourselves fairly expert on the topic. Pathways, the Sarojin’s temple to indulgence, has won plenty of awards so we were desperate to check it out. Having perused the breathtaking website in some depth, we book a two-and-a-half-hour session each. It is fair to say that I have found my new happy place. Just an arms-length apart, Mrs Smith and I more than enjoyed our massages and body treatments. Had it gone on forever, we would have been quite happy.

I guess I should possibly mention at this point that it rained for two of the three days we were visiting the Sarojin, but it didn’t matter at all. There was more than enough diversity in the activities available to keep us relaxed and content. In fact, we probably should come back again and try out some of the fine-weather options. After all, it would seem churlish not to.

The Guestbook

Reviews of The Sarojin from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel staff were absolutely lovely, and were very attentive to our needs. The pool was fantastic and all facilities were spotless.

Don’t expect

There could be better use for live music or some entertainment at the restaurant by the Beach, The Edge.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful surroundings, amazing service, stunning location. Bed was super comfortable, housekeeping twice a day, great stock in minibar. Bathroom is spacious with a rain shower and normal shower, and a huge bath! No request was too big or small for the staff even right until the end where they gave us water for our journey. All-day breaksfast was so tasty and so filling! Best hotel we have ever stayed in!

Don’t expect

A wider range for food would be good; there are only two on-site restaurants and although they both had a huge selection if you were staying for more than a few days you may want something a bit more varied.

Rating: 10/10 stars