Khao Lak, one of Thailand’s most underrated beach destinations, has a new luxury stay option that is designed for everyone in the family
Conveniently located around an hour from Phuket Airport, Khao Lak is one of Thailand’s most appealing stretches of coastline – a place where the emerald jungle, spotless white sand, and azure Andaman Ocean join to create a crescendo of tropical hues.
Khao Lak was the coastal area of Thailand hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami. The natural disaster and the sad aftermath kept things quiet for years. However, the destination is gaining popularity as a laid-back alternative to Phuket and other beach enclaves.
The latest addition to the collection of luxury resorts on the Phang Nga coastline is the Avani+ Khao Lak Resort, a 327-key oceanfront property located on the area’s Bangsak Beach.
A wide range of room categories ensures all types of travellers are catered to, from Deluxe Lagoon Pool Rooms for couples and solo travellers, to Family Pool Suites with plenty of running room for even the most energetic mini-travellers. The latter room type comes with garden views, separate living room and dining area, king and twin beds, and a private balcony.
Local ingredients are spun into fresh dishes served in a contemporary setting at Elements, an all-day dining restaurant serving hearty breakfasts, gourmet lunches, and themed dinners.
Relaxed and unhurried, The Beach House is the preferred spot for sultry sundowners and grilled seafood.
Splash, a poolside venue where options range from artisan pizza to homemade gelato, will hit a note with families.
Aqua Juice Bar, meanwhile, caters to the health-conscious with its vitamin-packed cold-pressed concoctions.
The Pantry, Avani’s signature on-the-go dining concept, offers wholesome salads and sandwiches, cold-pressed juices, and fresh pastries.
The property has an on-site garden and prides itself on sourcing all produce responsibly.
The resort is especially appealing for those who like to combine vacation indulgence with a modicum of fitness. The property’s AvaniFit facility is a new lifestyle concept that aims to put fun and variety into hotel fitness via activities such as hanging yoga, and indoor and outdoor climbing walls.
Checking in was swift, and all staff members I encountered were unfailingly polite.
Avani+ Khao Lak Resort is a fantastic addition to the selection of luxury resorts lining the shoreline of Khao Lak, one of Thailand’s most underrated beach destinations.
Number of rooms 327