More about The Sarojin
Sarojin - delightful
Undoubtedly what distinguishes the Sarojin is the exceptionally keen and delightful staff - taking their cue from the owners whose enthusiasm for their first hotel is so obvious. In particular the waiting staff - and there are lots of them - are so pleased to tell you all about the spices and herbs and the way the food is cooked that you know there's a real buzz in the kitchen!
We had a Saraojin Suite - immensely spacious with an enormous living room, and a big terrace outside. Very nice indeed - but the terrace has no shaded area at all, whereas the smaller (but still sizeable) rooms have a 'sala', a large covered outdoor area, idea for quiet reading when the sun blazes down.
Go to The Sarojin and enjoy it while that tremendous enthusiasm is so in evidence...
Beautiful surroundings, fantastic food and brilliant staff made our stay at the Sarojin perfect. It was the last 6 days of our 2 week honeymoon, the chill out part, it was just want i dreamed of, stunning beach, lots of excursions if you wanted or just relax by the pool and sip on a cocktail or two. Would recommend it to all ages. We will be going back for sure. We loved the decor in the rooms so much we came back with 2 of the paintings.
Gavin & Prue Battle
Magnificent haven for relaxation....
I can only endorse the reviews previously posted on The sarojin. The place is an absolutely fab place to relax and be pampered. The staff strike that perfect balance of being on hand to help without impinging on your privicy when you want it. The rooms are fantastic (we had a 'basic' garden room, but it was huge, well provisioned, stylish with a truly great bathroom). Highlights of the week were the all day cruise in the Sarojin cruiser to the Semilion Islands - a truly fantastic experience snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, and using the Spa the day we left which left us perfectly relaxed at the end of the week. The food is great, the pool perfect, hospitality especially top notch - the Tuesday cocktail party party hosted by the owners was great fun and illustrated the commitment to putting guests first always. All in all this place is as good as you will find in Asia - and better value than most. Why stay in Phuket when just an hour away a perfect resort exists to cater for your every need?
Above and beyond expectation
I visited the Sarojin between June 11 and June 19, 2006, traveling solo for some R&R after a business trip. Even though the monsoon season had started, the weather was perfect. Even better was the resort. The previous reviews are right on: Owners Andrew and Kate have created a very special place. The staff - beginning with a warm greeting at the airport - were terrific and helpful. My pool villa (101) was clean, spacious, and very private. The bathroom alone was larger than most hotel rooms! As a single traveler, one tends to get the know the staff a little better - and they were great people. Wonderful sense of humor! Even though there weren't too many people at the resort, everything that was on offer was available - a totally can-do attitude. The Sarojin is my #1 choice for the area (I stayed at the Meridien last November) and I'm looking forward to going back when the scuba diving season reopens in mid-October.
Absolutely one of the best hotels in the world
Words fail to describe our experience at the Sarojin. It was undoubtedly one of the finest hotels we’ve ever stayed at.
First of all, the grounds and hotel itself were impeccably kept and managed. We were so impressed and comfortable in our room, and the natural beauty of the hotel’s grounds was simply breathtaking. We’ve been to many beautiful hotels, but what really set the Sarojin apart was the staff. Everyone was extremely helpful, friendly, and polite. We felt so welcomed and looked after by everyone; they all went above and beyond. The food was fantastic at all of the restaurants and the spa was not only beautifully designed, but expertly run. We also enjoyed one of the hotel's very well-organized excursions to explore the natural beauty of the Khao Lak region. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand--not over-developed and touristy--it's the perfect place to get away and just completely relax.
I know that whenever we get the chance to go back to Thailand we will definitely return here.
We have recently returned from 5 fantastic days at the Sarojin. Everything you read from all these reviews is true. The rooms are beautiful, the food fantastic, amazing staff, stunning location, & great pool & beach. I work in the travel industry and am fortunate to get to sample many deluxe properties around the world and can truly say the owners Andrew & Kate have got everything spot on with this hotel. It is right up with the best properties around the world. Like most reviews have pointed out the only problem is that you have to eventually leave and return to the real world. WE LOVED IT!
Nick & Tash
What you want, when you want it, where you like it and how you'd like it done
Staying at The Sarojin is like being a guest at a friend's private residence. You don't feel like you are in a resort or big name hotel, and everything is set up so that personal touches are all around. For example, staff greeted us by name everywhere - at reception, at the restaurants, at the poolside, at the gym and you could tell that there was real effort to not make you feel like you are just another guest.
Our room was wonderfully set up with a bathroom which was about the same size as the main bedroom (with a fantastic oversized rain showerhead) and although the wireless broadband didn't work on the first couple of tries, someone came over within 5 minutes of my calling Guest Services and sorted it out.
The food in the restaurants was fantastic, and we particularly enjoyed the Thai food at The Edge. The quality of the ingredients used and the skill of the Chef, Khun Jui, came together in a very happy union and resulted in us having some of the very best Thai food we have had anywhere. On our last evening, we asked to have dinner on the beach, at the suggestion of a friend. We turned up at The Edge at around 8 pm and, lo and behold, a table was set up for us a few hundred metres away from the main restaurant in the middle of the sand, just as we had requested.
Still on food - breakfast at Ficus was a la carte, and you could order anything off the menu for a fixed price, with sparkling wine and all manner of freshly squeezed fruit juices (wonderful!). You could even order items which were off the menu, and they would do their best to rustle it up for you.
It really felt to me like you could have what you wanted, when you wanted it, where you wanted it and how you liked it done.
After returning to reality, I received an email from the owners/directors, Andrew and Kate (whom we'd met while we were there) asking if we'd enjoyed our visit. The answer was an emphatic yes, and I wrote back with my impressions of the resort. My contact with Andrew and Kate - both in person and via email - left me with the impression that The Sarojin was more than just a property to them, and that it was their pride and joy - and very justifiably so.
I highly recommend The Sarojin for anybody who wants to feel absolutely pampered and for a remarkably personalised experience - well done, Kate and Andrew!
"A Home Away from Home"
Imagine a 5 star resort your family invites an intimate group of friends to enjoy - welcome to the Sarojin - where to use a cliche by the American sitcom, Cheers - "everyone knows your name".
Set in idyllic gardens overlooking a pristine coral sand beach there are only 56 private residences. Hosts Kate and Andrew Kemp have created a feeling of ownership with the staff by naming each residence in their honour. Even after the devastating events of the Tsunami on 26/12/04 - the family of staff returned, unhesitating, to rebuild and reunite. The result is a stunningly beautiful boutique resort with outstanding personalised service.
"No" is a word not featured in their vocabulary, let alone their philosophy. Exception attention to detail is their normal operating procedure (NOP). Their brief by Kate when NOP doesn't apply is 'treat the guest as you would treat your own mother'.
After a journey from London with bad jetlag our request for breakfast at 1100am (their usual finishing time) was greeted with a 'no problem - let me serve you in your room'!
Kate made me aware of certain staff wearing special gold insignia on their name badges that identified them as recipients of the Lady Sarojin Award for Excellence - personally I would give each and every one of the family of staff this accolade. Roger and I have experienced many wonderful resorts around the world and ourselves are employers - we recognise you have a goldmine in your family of staff - thanks to them all and congratulations to you both.
Luxurious fittings and features are easy to install - people are what makes your stay special.
Great Place to Relax and Get Away from It All
I have just spent nearly 2 weeks at the Sarojin. I have nothing much to add to the other satisfied reviews. The Sarojin is a great hotel in a beautiful location. The facilities are excellent (gym, pool, beach, restaurants) and the staff very helpful and never say "no" to any reasonable request. The weather was fairly rainy during my stay, which is a shame as I was no able to take advantage of the pool and the beach as much as I would have liked. However I was there to relax and unwind anyway so kept occupied by reading a lot (borrowed books from the library), going cycling (the hotel has mountain bikes for free use by the guests). I also took the Thai cooking class (which included visit to local market to learn all about Thai ingredients, and I got to keep the apron and the recipes), and went on a tour of 3 temples which was just fantastic as the temples chosen were particularly interesting and not at all what I expected (The cooking class cost 3500 Baht and the Temple Tour cost 5000 Baht but I thought that was worth it.)
The hotel's target custom seems to be honeymoon couples but don't let that stop you if you are a family, a group of friends, or on your own. Being the low season when I was there, I got a very good deal (stayed 12 nights but paid only for 6, with breakfast and transfers from Phuket airport thrown in). The Khao Lak area seems fairly unspoilt by the kind of tacky tourism you find in places along the Phuket coast such as Patong or Kata, and personally I hope it remains so.
I would not hesitate to return, whether in the low or high season.
Best Hotel Experience Ever
If you are reading this then you need to book a room at the Sarojin as soon as you can. I just returned from my honeymoon in Thailand. We spent only three nights at the Sarojin, but wish we decided to spend many more. Like may of the past reviewers you do not feel like you are at a hotel, but staying at a friends house. The services was unbelievable. The staff is so nice and go out of their way to take care of you that in fact it got a bit uncomfortable at times. Although, my stay at the Sarojin was one of the best expriences I have ever had at a hotel/resort.
To start at the beginning, we were picked up from Phuket airport in a very comfortable SUV, stocked with cold drinks and towels. The ride the hotel was great as our driver pointed out things along the way. We were greeted at the hotel by three staff members with flowers and cold drinks. The cool thing is that the front desk is not really like the front desk at other hotels. Here they check you in as you lounge on comfy couches sipping a cold drink.
We stayed in a garden sala room which was beautiful. The sala on the front porch was great for the passing thunderstorms during monsoon season. The bathrooms, while gorgeous, seemed to be better in concept than practice. The open showers were a nice touch but were a bit drafty.
The restaurants were excellent. The chef was very accomodating, even cutting off the head and tail of my red snapper so my vegetarian wife would not get grossed out. Make sure you eat at least one night on the beach. We ate right at the tide line and was an experience I will always remeber. Also, the staff has a really nice after dinner treat which involves wishes and fire. I won't give away the suprise, it is not a birthday cake, but is so much better.
The beach, AMAZING!!! Even though I have been around the Carrieban many times this was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been on. It is a huge cove, but at most there were only 10 people on the beach at one time. You felt like you owned the beach. Oh, and make sure to take a walk to the boathouse and if you feel up to it walk all the way south to visit some local fishermen who were very nice.
At night the property comes alive with the sounds of frogs and crickets. It is great background sound to eat dinner and fall asleep to.
The pool area was very beatiful. Just make sure to get there early in the day to get the coveted "island" lounges.
The spa, make sure to get a massage. The treatments rooms are gorgeous and extremely relaxing. What better way to get a massage then having the sounds of the ocean and the birds chirping.
Overall we had an unbelievable time and I am looking forward to our next visit. Tik, one of the front desk staff, said that we shoul return with little ones next time. We will be more than glad to oblige.
I am planning a trip from Phuket to Nepal later this year.
In my quest for 'country' collecting, any suggestions for XXX as we go from Bangkok to Kathmandu? [been to Cambodia / Vietnam / India]
I suggestion visiting the Mekong river and taking a quick day trip along the border of Laos. You could also keep going along the river and hit Cambodia again. They are both all so close. IN fact, there are some 1000 year old Khmer ruins around Uban Rashkanasi (sp?) that are fascinating and worth the trip.
Also if you have a few bucks, my favorite resort in the world is in Khao Lok, just south of Phuket, the Sarojin. http://www.intheknowtraveler.com/2977. I am sure there are a couple of reviews on VT as well.
Sounds like a fun trip.
country collecting on the way to Katmandu... he obvious one is Bangladesh
I know it is very aggressive, but what do you think of:
Sun ICN-HKT 7pm-11:15pm
Thur KB125 BKK-CCU-PBH 05:50-09:15 [opt 2 BKK-KTM 10:35-12:45]
Fri PBH [opt 2 KTM]
Sat KB400 PBH-KTM 09:00 09:55 [opt 2 KTM-PBH 10:25 11:40]
Sun KTM [opt 2 PBH]
Mon KTM-ICN 2:45pm-11:50pm * [opt 2 PBH-KTM 09:00-09:55]
2 days in Phuket, 2 days in Bangkok, 2 days in Bhutan, 2 days in Kathmandu