The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

At a glance

  • Relaxed beach resort off Khao Lak's main road
  • Dedicated areas for couples and families
  • Beachside massage pavilion

Facilities The Sands Khao Lak By Katathani

9 pools (6 with private access from rooms), children’s pool, Jacuzzi, fitness suite, tennis courts, games room, playground, spa*, Wi-Fi, lazy river, water slides, water play zone

Restaurants & bars

The Floating Market overlooks a natural lagoon and is inspired by the iconic floating markets. As the hotel's main restaurant, you can find a huge range of international cuisine here. Set on the beach, Talay Restaurant serving delicious fresh fish every day. In the Aqua Wing, the Manta Ray Bistro is great for all-day casual dining close to the pool featuring kids' favourites. If you're looking for a more intimate experience, a romantic dinner on the beach is easily arranged. There are four bars – Coconut, Mango, Pineapple and Jellyfish – dotted around the grounds, so you're never far from a refreshing drink or two.

Spa & wellness

The Spa’s five private treatment rooms are set in the natural stone and wooden surroundings with serene views of the adjacent lagoon for a relaxing and rejuvenating holistic experience.

For Children

What’s nearby? You can walk to Khao Lak in about 10 minutes, and shop for everything from sarongs to street food at close-by Bang Niang Market. From Khao Lak you can also book lots of familyfriendly excursions, either heading out on the water – like sailing and snorkelling – or further inland, into the wildlife-filled Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park.

Tried and tested The kids’ club here is brilliant, and it’s free. There’s a ball pit and trampoline, a cozy book corner, arts and crafts stations and a big outdoor playground. The list of activities is really varied, too – we love the Thai dancing and basic Thai language sessions. Look out for the movie nights on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The sleeping arrangements Depending on which area of the resort you want to stay in, there are a variety of room options. Sands Rooms are a good option for families as they’re available as interconnecting rooms to create more space. They overlook the lagoon or gardens. If you want to be in the heart of the Aqua Wing, on the other hand, we recommend the Family Rooms. These sleep four and have a living room that becomes a children’s sleeping area thanks to pull-out beds and a partition. You’ve also got the option of booking a Family Room with direct pool access. For older children, we love the Two Bedroom Teen Suites. They have two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms and sleep up to two adults plus three children in bunks and a sofa bed.

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*Denotes local charge