• a group of lawn chairs sitting next to a pool of water

Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

Tropical beach resort with a range of accommodation options

Set on an unspoilt beach, Moracea by Khao Lak Resort is a tropical retreat overlooked by lush rainforests. Accomodation options include comfortable beach front villas, luxurious private pool villas, private bungalows and elegant rooms which feature balconies and spectacular views allowing you to be immersed in this tropical paradise. Here you will be a 10 minute walk from Khao Lak town whilst amazing snorkelling and diving sites are just a short boat ride away providing a convenient and beautiful location from which you can also enjoy nature based excursions.

Luxurious resort facilities include three free form swimming pools overlooking the ocean, the rejuvinating Bamai Spa and trendy Ginger Bar and Bamboo Poolside Bar, where you can sip your favourite cocktail or beverage in the shade of the resort gardens, on the white sands of the beach or on a sun lounger. For meals take your pick from three dining venues serving a chocie of Thai and international specialities, as well as fresh fish caught from the local Andaman Ocean.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 2144 Reviews
Khao Lak

Hotel highlights

  • Peaceful resort surrounded by nature
  • Set on a 400m stretch of beach
  • Comfortable Thai style bungalows available
  • 5 minutes walk to Khao Lak centre

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    12:00
  • 207 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Authentic
  • H&J Recommended
  • Hidden gem

Board Basis Options

  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Pool

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

  • Beach
  • approx. one hour drive from Phuket Airport.
2144 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1305
  • Very Good 660
  • Average 133
  • Poor 31
  • Terrible 15

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 24, 2020

Magical holiday

Hyde, United Kingdom

We have just returned from oour 14 night holiday. Chose the Moracea after alot of research and so glad we did. Rooms are large and airy, we had a hibiscus room overlooking the butterfly pool which was very peaceful. Sunbeds did get taken really early in the main areas, always spaces at the butterfly pool but it got very hot up there. We chose to stay on the beach and bought the air beds off one of the beach seĺlers who got it ready for me everyday. They are tricky to put up and she was happy to do this for me everyday. Lovely breeze on the beach for keep you cooler. Hotel is on sunset beach and the sunsets were beautiful. Best part of the beach in my opinion having walked the full length all the way upto to La Flora. There are large rocks but that makes it more beautiful. Breakfast was good with lots of choice and staff are wonderful. Cocktails at happy hour were poor quality and very weak. At times it was debatable if they were alcoholic. Food at the restaurant was good quality but we ate out most of the time. Adaman Beach bar and restaurant a stroll away but this got very busy. Great food and very cheap so let's guess why. We went to White Sands beach which was lovely and also went for a 2 night stay in the jungle close to Khao Sok national park. This was amazing, did the Cheow wan lake and cave hike. I would recommend The Moracea to anyone. Nicest hotel I saw along the beach on our daily walks.
Mar 23, 2020

Moracea review - third time lucky!?

Darlington, United Kingdom

Third time in three years my wife and I have been to this resort, which says something, but although we had generally a very nice holiday there remain alas some frustrations!  This is the third time in a row the hotel has failed to get the room requests right for us, requiring again a room change, this time after three days!  We’d thought about returning next year, being our 40th wedding anniversary, but given the hotels consistent failure to reserve the rooms we’d like we're not risking it, so won’t return for then!  Given this was our third consecutive stay we weren't offered any upgrade at all, though other guests did on their first visit there, which was disappointing!   One issue that didn't make a good start to the holiday was that on arrival at the hotel I found my suitcase had been damaged! Damage had been caused to my case whilst in transit from Manchester to Phuket Airport, then to the Merlin Hotel (the case should in fact have gone to the Moracea Hotel where we are staying!).  The case seemed perfectly intact in its transit from Manchester Airport to Phuket Airport and picking it up at Phuket I wheeled it to luggage Van 21* and we boarded Coach 21 for the onward journey to the Moracea Hotel.   (*Luggage in Thailand is sent by a separate van and not loaded onto the transfer coaches please note.) On route we called in to the Merlin Hotel and my observant wife saw what she thought was her case that had already been left (in error) in the Merlin Hotel lobby and she got out of the coach to check it was in fact hers, which it was!  Doing so she found also my suitcase but thought it'd been damaged, it being difficult to manoeuvre, which had not been so when the case made the journey from the Phuket baggage terminal to the luggage van 21!?  Both cases should have been forwarded to the Moracea Hotel where we were booked to stay and not at the Merlin Hotel, so the question was were these cases deliberately left at the Merlin to mask the damage caused to my suitcase!? My case is a hard bodied Antler brand of renowned and substantial manufactured quality.  For the case to be damaged in the manner it was indicates some serious mishandling for the shell to crack as it had, which would have required some considerable force to do so and for the case to have been dropped from some height onto its corner to caused the damage.   The tip is to perhaps photograph your case prior to arrival at your departure airport and once more when you arrive at your destination airport or at least check it over thoroughly before you leave the baggage pick up area!?  If you find your case has been damaged ask for a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) form in the baggage area BEFORE you leave the airport through security as you can’t then return! The damaged case is an ongoing issue with TUI! This is not the start to a holiday I expected as you can understand! Back to the Moracea, we'd booked as always on an all inclusive basis, with the all inclusive menu being much as it's always been but still no access to the a la carte menu unless you're prepared to pay in addition!  One notable change is that the hotel bars now don't open until 10:30am (I'm sure it used to be 9am?) which seems unusually late for a hotel resort such as this and means you're restricted on what you can drink early on, even water, though that may be a good thing for more alcoholic tastes!? The hotel has an Asian theme night* each Thursday (on arrival day so you may be bleary eyed for that one!) for which you have to pay an additional 750 BAHT per person and also for three other days a week there's a barbecue for an additional cost of 500 BAHT pp.  Being all inclusive it seems somewhat galling to be asked to pay even more for meal supplements/options and given all inclusive guests seem to be a minority, access to these options/additions should be included without additional charge given the substantial premium paid for all inclusive!?  (*The Asian theme night apparently is due to be curtailed for some undisclosed reason which removes that issue perhaps!?) As such it’s hard to recommend all inclusive and you’re perhaps better off on half-board or just B&B given there are good restaurants within 5 minutes walk or a quick cheap taxi ride into the local town from the hotel, if you don’t mind the inconvenience of leaving the hotel to eat out or you can eat at the hotel for a comparatively moderate cost. The Andaman Beach Bar, left of the hotel as you face the sea, is a good and cheap option for drinks (& excursions) I’m recommended! Water for all inclusive guests now comes in re-recyclable glass bottles rather than plastic, which is good, but I'm sure you now get less quantity (2 bottles rather than 4?) so you end up having to restock from the bars and carrying around glass bottles can be risky given the many tripping hazards throughout the hotel be warned! The good points of the hotel are the staff.  Given the impact of Covid19 the very senior managers were understandably busy behind the scenes(!!) so not often seen but the front of house managers, namely Ken (the great food and beverages manager) and his deputy Ju were really excellent and took the time and trouble to talk to you and engage, leading by example to their staff. The majority of staff under them are very good, though most struggle to understand English (as we do Thai of course!) so it’s worth learning some basic Thai yourself and perhaps giving the staff some pointers on English? Particularly good staff were Natty, Pop, Aoy, A, Narm, Nat, Nuch and Naprang and the guys at the beach towel station! We stayed in a Hibiscus room and as always they’re nicely presented with a nice firm large comfortable bed but there’s very little storage space so as a couple one of you will end up living out of your suitcase as there’s insufficient drawer space - all the rooms need an additional good sized chest of drawers! Lighting in the bathrooms tends to be dull so perhaps brighter bulbs are required and if you wear contact lenses take an illuminated magnifying mirror? Air-con units are fine (you’ll need them on most of the time!) but a little noisy so overnight it’s worth investing in some good (wax) earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. Food at the hotel is generally very good and plentiful, despite the limited all inclusive menu for both food and drink (see the images attached) which do become repetitive over 2 weeks it must be said. Breakfasts are buffet style with plenty of choice and a couple of egg stations on duty. Coffee and tea is now served by the staff, it used to be self service, so a definite improvement there! Service on an evening can sometimes be a little sketchy especially on the Asian and barbecue nights when the staff seem stretched between two stations, but when on holiday take a chill pill and the breakfast staff seem on the ball in comparison. The hilly hotel grounds remain impressive and well tended with little or no litter and this extends to the (public) beach adjacent to the hotel. If you’ve mobility issues this may well not be the hotel for you, though there’s a ‘bus’ service provided to ferry you around if required. Mosquitoes remain a hazard at the resort (as always anywhere in Thailand) given its ‘jungle’ location so if you’re prone to bites (my wife’s a mozzie magnet whereas I didn’t suffer a single bite as is usual for me – bad blood perhaps!?) then invest in some decent repellent (Buzz Off from Superdrug works well, Jungle Formula less so!) and dress and protect accordingly in the evening to minimise skin exposure if you can – difficult in the high temperatures though and that the restaurant you eat at in the hotel in the evening is outside (unless it’s due to rain when you’re moved into the part-covered breakfast restaurant). One thing worth mentioning is the flights with TUI from Manchester – though the departure time of around 10:45am seems good it does then get you into Phuket at 04:15am the next morning, by which time you’re into your second day with just the previous nights sleep to go on, unless you can kip on the flight over, so you may need a day or so to re-adjust. The return journey means getting up to be collected at 02:45am(!!) with the likelihood you could be awake for 22-23 hours before getting home - be warned! I wonder if the German TUI guests have to endure that!? There’s a good mix of guests at the hotel, the Brits being a minority for once(!) with plenty of Germans, French and Scandinavians there, which are all interesting to talk to if you make the effort. Sunbed wars prevail though, with guests getting up a 6:30am to bag their preferred spot (goose-step forward the Germans!) with nothing done by the management to deal with this difficult issue, other than a few signs – it’s really a case of if you can beat them join them, be warned! Recommended trips are to Phang Nga Bay through La Moet Tours and the Lake Adventure tour to Cheow Lan Lake and/or the Khao Sok Safari through Eco Khaolak Tours who have an office at the hotel. If you’re the adventurous type then Kiang Khaolak ATV do good quad bike tours – we’ve done quad biking before and did a 2 hour tour which was quite hardcore, so a little experience is best suited! In all an enjoyable holiday for us with some frustrations but if it’s you’re first trip there then you’re unlikely to be disappointed – enjoy! No doubt the impact of COVID19 will affect the hotel (as all) and we wish them a full and successful recovery – we timed it just right to enjoy our full holiday, a weeks delay would have made it very uncertain staying there and a two week delay from when we went would have been a no-go!
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Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

Facilities

a house with a blue umbrella

Three Swimming Pools

The three outdoor free-form swimming pools are located facing the beach so you can enjoy the breathtaking sea views especially when swimming during sunset or sipping your favourite cocktail on the poolside.

a bench in a garden

Baimai Spa

The Bairnai Spa offers an extensive range of treatments and massages to allow you to relax and feel rejuvenated. Choose to have a treatment after an activity or a hot day at the beach and enjoy some pampering in a soothing atmosphere. In addition the spa also features a herbal steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and wet and dry treatment rooms.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window

Fitness Room

The fitness room has everything you need to stay fit and healthy on holiday with a good range of equipment.

Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

Room Types

Jasmine Superior Room

Jasmine Superior Rooms come with 41 square metres of living space and are located in the resort’s upper sections, providing easy access to the resort’s facilities, including fitness room, internet room and convenience store. All come with a private balcony with chairs and coffee table and are decorated in a contemporary Thai style. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Zeavola Deluxe Bungalow

Zeavola Deluxe Bungalows come with 45 square metres of living space and are located a little way from the beach. Your private sea-facing terrace provides the perfect space to enjoy the ocean views and comes with chairs and a coffee table. Decorated in a contemporary Thai style your Zeavola Bungalow features ample living space and a bathroom with a bath tub and rain shower. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Jasmine Superior Bungalow

Jasmine Superior Bungalows come with 44 square metres of living space and are located amid the rainforest, providing a private location. All offer generous space and a private balcony with chairs and coffee table. Elevated on slightly higher ground, Superior Jasmine Bungalows also offer views of the ocean and resort. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Hibiscus Pool Access

Hibiscus Pool Access Rooms are located on the bottom floor of a two-story villa. Glass patio doors lead through to your own private entrance to the beautiful swimming pool. Designed in a chino-Portuguese style, your Hibiscus Pool Access Room offers spacious and open-air living space, modern amenities and an elegant ambiance. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Hibiscus Grand Deluxe Room

Hibiscus Grand Deluxe Rooms are located on the top floor of a two-story villa offering partial sea views. Glass patio doors lead through to your private terrace with views of the surrounding nature or beautiful swimming pool. Designed in a chino-Portuguese style, your Hibiscus Grand Deluxe Room features spacious and open-air living space, high cielings, modern amenities and an elegant ambiance. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

Your room will come with double or twin beds.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Zeavola Deluxe Beachfront Bungalow

Zeavola Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows come with 45 square metres of living space and are located just steps away from the shore.  Your private sea-facing terrace provides the perfect space to enjoy the ocean views and comes with chairs and a coffee table. Decorated in a contemporary Thai style your retreat features ample living space and a bathroom with a bath tub and rain shower. In room Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

Food & Drink

Malila Restaurant

Located next to a lake and situated above sea level, the Malila offers panoramic views of the beautiful sunset and serves tantalising Thai dishes.

Cocos Beachbar

Sip your favourite cocktail or enjoy an ice cool beer from Cocos Beachbar. Whether stretching out on a sun bed, sitting in the shade of the gardens, lying on the white sands of the beach or sitting inside, drinks from these bars will be a refreshing delight. For light snacks and meals the bars also serve up a good selection of dishes.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

For guests pre booking full board, lunch and dinner is available at both Malila restaurant and Cocos beach bar.

Half Board

For guests pre booking half board, they can choose to take lunch or dinner at either Malila restaurant or Cocos Beachbar.

Moracea by Khao Lak Resort

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