JW Mariott Khao Lak Review : A Perfect Getaway In Phuket

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Thailand has always been one of my favourite destinations for a relaxing holiday, and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the JW Marriott Khao Lak. The resort exceeded all my expectations and truly offered a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

After spending a delightful weekend at this exceptional resort, I felt inspired to write a review about my experience at the JW Mariott Khao Lak.

From the spacious Executive suite to the resort’s breathtaking swimming pool, there is plenty to explore and enjoy at the JW Marriott Khao Lak. So, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo retreat, keep reading my JW Mariott Khao Lak review for an in-depth look at this incredible 5-star rating resort.

JW Mariott Khao Lak Review
JW Mariott Khao Lak

About JW Mariott Khao Lak

Located in the Phang Nga province of Thailand, JW Marriott Khao Lak is a luxury resort that sits on the pristine beaches of Khao Lak.

The resort boasts stunning views of the Andaman Sea and is surrounded by lush greenery, making it the perfect destination for a tropical getaway. The resort offers a range of accommodation options, from rooms to villas, and is renowned for its impeccable service and luxurious amenities.

Getting To JW Mariott Khao Lak

The journey from Phuket International Airport to JW Marriott Khao Lak took approximately one and a half hours by car.

We opted to book an airport transfer service in advance through Klook, which proved to be the most affordable and convenient option after comparing several choices.

Although Grab ride was cheaper, we decided to go with the direct airport transfer as it offered more convenience and we didn’t want to walk further out of the airport to get a ride.

Upon arrival, there were numerous airport transfer services available at the arrival exit, including ones offered by hotels and resorts. However, we found it easy to locate our service provider through Klook, and we quickly spotted our name on the list. The check-in process was smooth and efficient, and we were able to get on our way to the resort in no time.

As we made our way to the resort, we were treated to stunning views of the lush green forests and sparkling ocean. It was a beautiful introduction to the natural wonders of the region. JW Marriott Khao Lak is situated in a highly remote location where we have to go through the forests to reach the resort.

Checking In JW Mariott Khao Lak

Lobby at JW Mariott Khao Lak
Lobby at JW Mariott Khao Lak

When we arrived at the JW Marriott Khao Lak, we were immediately impressed by the stunning lobby, with its high ceilings and elegant decor. We were greeted warmly by the staff and were offered a welcome drink, which was a refreshing and pleasant start to our stay.

The check-in process was smooth and efficient, with the staff taking care of everything from our luggage to our room keys. The luggage was promptly taken care of by the staff when we arrived by cab, and we were escorted to the lobby for check-in.

Welcome drink served at JW Mariott upon arrival.
Welcome drink served at JW Mariott upon arrival.

The staff were very attentive, answering all our questions and offering suggestions for things to do during our stay. We were also given a resort map, which was useful in navigating the vast property.

Once we completed the check-in process, we were escorted to our Executive suite, which was already prepared for our arrival. The staff member who accompanied us to our room gave us a brief tour of the suite, pointing out all the amenities and features of the room.

The JW Marriott Khao Lak resort is designed without the inclusion of elevators or escalators. The majority of the buildings are between three to four stories high, which allows for easy accessibility through the use of staircases. We were able to conveniently navigate the resort on foot and enjoy the scenic surroundings during their ascent or descent.

JW Mariott Khao Lak Executive Suite

When we were escorted to our suite, we were in awe by how beautiful the view from our room was!

Our room was on the second floor of the building and featured a nice pool facing balcony. The suite was spacious for us which consisted of a big seating area, dining area, bedroom and a luxurious bathroom with separate lavish bathtub and shower.

Living and dining room in Executive Suite at JW mariott
The dining area and living room are spacious.
TV in living room
TV in living room

One of the standout features of the Executive suite at the JW Marriott Khao Lak is the comfortable king-sized bed. The bed is large, plush, and enveloping, with soft and luxurious linens that ensure a comfortable and restful night’s sleep.

I enjoyed their mattress, which was exceptionally firm and provided excellent support, ensuring a restful night’s sleep. But, my favourite one would still be the one at Ritz Carlton Langkawi. The mattress there is exceptional!

JW Mariott Khao Lak review : Comfortable King sized bed in Executive suite
Comfortable King-sized bed in Executive suite

The bed is not just comfortable, but also beautifully designed, with elegant headboards and plush pillows that add to the luxurious atmosphere of the suite. 

One of the unique features was the two TV sets, one in the living room and the other in the bedroom, providing entertainment options in both spaces.

Bathtub in JW Mariott Khao Lak
Bathtub in JW Mariott Khao Lak

Besides the bedroom, the lavish bathroom design is also a spotlight of the executive suite.

The bathroom in the Executive suite is large and luxurious, with marble floors and walls, a separate shower, and a deep soaking bathtub. The bathtub is large enough to accommodate two people comfortably, making it perfect for couples looking to unwind and relax. The bathtub is surrounded by candles and bath salts, creating a spa-like atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

In addition to the bathtub, one thing that caught my eye in this Executive suite bathroom is their outdoor shower option, which is a unique and luxurious touch! The shower also features both hot and cold water, making it perfect for a refreshing shower any time of the day.

Outdoor shower in Executive Suite
Outdoor shower.

The big wardrobe and changing room were convenient for keeping all our belongings organized during our stay.

JW Mariott Khao Lak review : Spacious wardrobe
The wardrobe.

The Amenities

Next, is the amenities provided in the room.

The executive suite at the JW Marriott Khao Lak is an exceptional room that comes equipped with top-notch amenities.

JW Mariott Khao Lak : Executive suite toilet
Separate toilet room from bathroom.

The separate bathroom was spacious, with a large bathtub perfect for a relaxing soak after a day of activities.The suite also came with a bathrobe, which was a nice touch.

Shampoo provided by JW Mariott Khao Lak
Shower gel and hair shampoo are by brand Aromatherapy Associates

One of the great things about the suite is that the shampoo and body lotion provided are from the Aromatherapy Associates brand, which have a smooth and pleasant fragrance.

As someone who is particular about the quality of shampoo provided by resorts, I was very impressed with the ones provided here.

The suite also comes with the standard snacks and beverage.The coffee machine was a nice addition as well, allowing us to brew fresh coffee at any time. All in all, the amenities in the executive suite made for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Coffee and tea table
Coffee and tea table.

Longest Pool In Southeast Asia

One of the most impressive features of the JW Marriott Khao Lak is its stunning swimming pool, which is the longest swimming pool in Southeast Asia. The pool stretches for an impressive 3.2 kilometers, winding through the lush tropical gardens of the resort and offering breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea.

Want to feel how it’s like to swim in a 3.2km pool? Come and try at JW Mariott Khao Lak!

Swimming in the pool is a truly magical experience, as you can swim through lush tropical gardens and past waterfalls and fountains.

The pool is also designed with different areas, including a dedicated lap pool, a children’s pool, and several relaxation areas with sun loungers and umbrellas. There is even a pool bar, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while lounging in the water.

Longest swimming pool in Southeast Asia
Part of the longest swimming pool in JW Mariott Khao Lak.

The Facilities at JW Mariott Khao Lak

In addition to the swimming pool, the resort also has a range of other amenities and facilities to keep guests entertained. There is a fully equipped fitness centre, where guests can work out using state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a tennis court and a squash court for sports enthusiasts.

The fitness centre is pretty well-equipped as compared to other hotels I have been to.

For those looking for a more relaxing experience, there is a full-service spa offering a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs. The spa features private treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, and a Jacuzzi, making it the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.

Squash court at JW Mariott Khao Lak
Squash Court at JW Mariott Khao Lak.
Gym room in JW Mariott Khao Lak
The swimming pool at Heritage wing.

JW Marriott Khao Lak is not just a place for relaxation but also a heaven for activities and entertainment.

When the staff introduced to us their various activities available in the resort, I knew that one weekend is definitely not enough to explore all the resort has to offer.

Some of the activities are free while some need to book 24 hours ahead and might have some fees incurred. 

There are activities catered to both children and adults at the resort.

Weekly activities schedule
Weekly activities schedule

Guests can start their day with a refreshing yoga or pilates class in the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center. The yoga class is held at a stunning outdoor location overlooking the beach, providing a calming and serene atmosphere for guests to practice their yoga poses.

For those who enjoy a game of billiards or snooker, the resort also has a well-equipped snooker room. The room is spacious and has multiple tables, perfect for those who want to challenge their friends or family to a friendly game.

They have bike tour with tour guide to bring us around Khao Lak too. Otherwise, guests can also rent a bicycle from the fitness centre counter to go on a bike tour on their own.

One of the things that stood out to me was the Sunday Flea Market held at the resort by the pool. This weekly market offers guests the opportunity to shop for Thai souvenirs, beachwear, and even local cuisine.

Snooker table in JW Mariott Khao Lak
Bicycle rental
Bicycle rental
Sunday Market at JW Mariott Khao Lak
Sunday Market at JW Mariott Khao Lak

The Beach

The resort boasts a stunning stretch of white sand beach that spans over 17 kilometers. It’s a private beach, which means that it’s exclusively accessible to resort guests, so it’s never crowded or noisy.

The beach is kept clean and well-maintained, with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas available for guests to use. You can take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or you can engage in water sports such as kayaking or paddleboarding.

The Dining

For dinner and the breakfast next day, we dined in the resort as the resort is located at a quite secluded place and some distances away from the city.

JW Marriott Khao Lak offers a variety of dining options to suit every taste and occasion. The main restaurant, Olive, serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a diverse selection of Thai and international cuisine. We enjoyed starting our day with their delicious breakfast buffet, which included a wide range of dishes such as made-to-order omelettes, fresh fruit, and pastries.

The resort is equipped with many restaurants with different cuisines to cater to vast diversity of the guests’ tastes. 

We were craving for some Thailand cuisine but sadly the restaurant Ta-Krai, which is the most recommended by the staff was closed during our stay. The staff recommended us to another restaurant and bar named BB Beach Bar to have Thai food. And so we had our dinner at the bar by the beach while listening to the live band.

Menu at BB Beach Bar
Menu at BB Beach Bar
Sunset view at BB Beach Bar
Sunset view at BB Beach Bar

Over to the other side, the resort has Mediterranean food restaurant named Drift, Italian Cuisine restaurant Olive, Japanese restaurant Sakura and Asian food named SALA.

We did not have the chance to try all of the restaurants but what we had at the dinner place was pretty good for us.

The Breakfast

The scenery from where we had breakfast.
The scenery from where we had breakfast.

Our room comes with two complimentary breakfast. The breakfast buffet was served at the Waterfront restaurant facing the sea. 

We found a seat facing the sea and enjoy our breakfast. The breakfast choices are plenty and to me, the food is average. 

There’s a live cooking station where the chefs prepare omelettes, eggs, waffles, and pancakes according to your preference. The bakery section offers a variety of bread, pastries, and muffins. The fruit section is filled with fresh, tropical fruits such as mangoes, pineapples, and dragon fruits.

For those who prefer a more savoury breakfast, there’s a variety of Thai dishes such as rice porridge, stir-fried noodles, and curries. There’s also an array of international options like sausages, bacon, and baked beans.

I particularly enjoy the chef’s mixed fresh juices during breakfast, which are one of my favourites. The detox juices are especially rejuvenating and a delight to savour.

The egg station
The egg station
Pastry station with plenty of choices.
Pastry station with plenty of choices.

Check-Out JW Mariott Khao Lak

After our breakfast and some gym workouts, we were dreading leaving, but all wonderful things must come to an end.

The resort pleasantly surprised me with a birthday cake just an hour before our checkout. This thoughtful gesture showcased the attentive nature of the staff. It’s possible that they noticed my birthday during the check-in process. The staff delivered the cake to our room and wished me a happy birthday!

Birthday cake surprise by JW Mariott
Birthday cake surprise by JW Mariott

Checking out of JW Marriott Khao Lak was a breeze. The staff were friendly and efficient, and the process was quick and easy. We were able to settle our bill and return our room keycards with no fuss at all.

The staff even assisted us with our luggage and arranged for a taxi to take us to our next destination.

Sunrise view at JW Mariott Khao Lak
Sunrise view at JW Mariott Khao Lak

Overall Impression

These ratings are based on my personal experiences:

Room Comfort
Room View
Value for Money

Overall, we had a pleasant yet memorable experience staying at the Executive Suite in JW Mariott Khao Lak.  

I believe that the resort is an ideal destination for a family vacation, thanks to their excellent selection of activities and well-maintained facilities. One of the standout features is the resort’s lengthy swimming pool, which provides ample opportunities for swimming and family fun.