SPECIAL BEACH EXPERIENCES
The perfect end to any Discover Asia tour of Thailand is a relaxing beach stay. The tourist haunts of Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya and the like attract masses of tourists and are very commercial. If you are looking for something a little 'out of the ordinary' and VERY special then we recommend the following resorts.
in Khao Lak just north of Phuket, is a luxurious and romantic hideaway that appeals to all the senses and offers a standard of service that is world renowned. The awards it has accumulated over the years are outstanding - Winner of Asia's leading boutique hotel (3 years); Conde Naste Readers award; World Luxury Hotel Awards - World Romantic Hotel Award (2 years) & Finalist World Luxury Beach resort; featured in the Conde Naste US 'Hot List of Hotels' & US 'Hot List of Spas'
once the secret playground of backpackers in the know, it has developed into a 'special place' that has managed to avoid the crush of the tourist hordes, whilst developing a broad range of excellent resorts. In the middle of a Marine Sanctuary, the swimming, snorkelling and diving are superb. The atmosphere laid back and natural.
IMPORTANT: The cost of any resort package depends upon many things... season, room type, hotel standard, duration of stay. So, rather than quote a 'rainy season, triple room rate' as some companies do... we will give you a personalised costing for your exact stay. Contact one of our expert consultants on 1300 736 584, before booking through your local select agent.
A popular ‘secret’ destination of backpackers since the 1970s, Koh Chang now boasts a wide range of 2 – 5 star resorts and is the second largest island in Thailand (30 kms long x 14 kms wide), after Phuket. The interior of the island is mountainous, covered with tropical rainforest and featuring several spectacular waterfalls. Koh Chang offers activities for beach lovers and mountain trekkers alike. Its pristine white sand beaches are perfect for swimming, sun-bathing, or snorkelling in clear blue waters. Watching the beautiful sunset after a day filled with satisfying activities remains one of the favourite pastimes. Land activities, from elephant trekking to hiking through the mountains and rainforest with several waterfalls, form a great compliment to the beach activities.
Accommodation is mostly on the western side, while the eastern side remains agricultural. The islandlooks like a sleeping elephant, hence, its name ‘Elephant Island’.
Seasons: Rainy season: May to October - Dry season: November to February - Summer: March to April. Monthly Average temperature: 34 C (April) - 22 C (January)
In 1982, the island and its 51 surrounding smaller islands came under protection as part of the Koh Chang Marine National Park. Animals in the park include the stump-tailed macaque, the small Indian civet, the Javanese mongoose and around 61 resident bird species.
With a permanent population of under 6000, the island is 330 kms East of Bangkok – a 4 hour drive or short flight to Trat airport followed by a 50 minute ferry ride. Bangkok Airways flies direct to Trat from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. The flight time is 50 minutes and costs about 3000 Baht one-way including the 475 Baht airport tax and surcharge. The airline transfers their passengers from Trat Airport to all beaches on the west coast of Koh Chang at 470 Baht per trip inclusive of ferry tickets.
The SAROJIN – Khao Lak
Khao Lak is an area of outstanding beauty in Thailand. Pure white beaches, cascading waterfalls, spectacular primary forest, idyllic lagoons, magnificent mangroves and wildlife abound. Khao Lak National Park is home to some of the oldest primary forest in the world and is easily accessible.
The Sarojin is surrounded inland by five spectacular and adventurous national parks including the magnificent primary rainforests of Khao Lak and Khao Sok as well as one of Thailand’s largest natural mangrove ecosystems . The Similan and Surin Islands Marine National Parks, one of the world’s top ten dive sites, is less than an hour away by boat. Phang Nga Bay, renowned for it’s sheer limestone formations and hidden caves and lagoons is 40 minutes away.
56 Guest Residences are situated in 7 separate two-storey buildings. Careful design allows abundant space and privacy to blend harmoniously with nature. Sublime, serene, peaceful.
Residences with private gardens and "sala" sundecks, with intimate couples 'baths, with rainfall showers, with plunge pools and relaxation pools that blend into the natural habitat - this is the kind of pampered, thoughtful experience The Sarojin provides.
Each Guest Residence is privately entered by crossing a stream via the grounds and through a private garden terrace - all around nature abounds in a botanical haven filled with wild fruit, herb gardens and local species of trees.
Private access leads directly to an expansive white beach and the crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea that provide year-round swimming and water sports. Abundant space and privacy blend harmoniously with nature, offering a rare oasis for relaxation.
All Guest Residences include: individually-controlled air conditioning, king-size bed, luxurious, spacious bathroom in a garden setting with intimate couples' bath, rainfall and adjustable showers, stereo CD, TV and DVD, in-residence safe, IDD telephone, hairdryer, robe and slippers, bathroom and personal amenities, complementary broadband wireless internet connection, fruit baskets, water, delibar coffee, tea, milk, chip and nut snacks.
Ficus restaurant - Refined, relaxed. Set in the spiritual heart of The Sarojin. Dine among the hanging roots and canopy of the ancient Ficus Tree and beside the magnificent Lotus Pond. Delight in choosing from a sumptuous daily variety of specially created traditional and contemporary Mediterranean cuisines subtly fused with flavors and twists. Original recipes and old favorites.
The Cellar Bar - Open air long bar and cooled wine cellar tucked away under the ancient Ficus tree. Delight in choosing and tasting fine wines and beverages from around the world from the well-stocked bar and wine cellar.
Pathways - A secluded spa haven floating over the main estuary and central energy lay line of The Sarojin and hidden from view by mangroves. It looks out across the estuary to a deserted coconut grove and beyond to the Andaman Sea. Rustic yet comfortable, and privately entered by a meandering boardwalk, Pathways is a place fro self-discovery and forms a key part of The Sarojin's 'well being' experience.
LINK TO THE SAROJIN WEBSITE