Sharon Reid


I am at the age where slumming it with a back pack and staying in a hostel just simply won’t cut it. Actually, I bypassed the whole back packing, ‘coming of age’ travel experience; this may have something to do with my inherent aversion to both back packs and hostels – I shudder at the thought of sharing communal bathrooms and bedrooms with strangers! No thanks.

Even though I shun the more basic end of travel, I haven’t completely gone over to the ‘dark side’ of generic, tourists’ traps; I seek luxury combined with authenticity. Stylish new boutique beachfront resort Manathai Khao Laks’ aim is offering an authentic local experience, along with accessible luxury.  The opening rate for this chic, contemporary hotel starts from £99 for a Deluxe Balcony room (for two people) and includes breakfast.Manathai Hotels & Resorts, Manathai Khao Lak  19-12-14, Manathai

Manathai Khao Laks’ new take on Thai tourism includes: a traditional Thai water blessing that all guests are greeted with; elephant treks; canoeing in the stunning Phang Nga Bay; and authentic Thai dishes inspired by Thai street food, served in Pad Thai its beachfront restaurant – the menu features 22 delicious variations of Pad Thai.Manathai Hotels & Resorts, Manathai Khao Lak  19-12-14, Manathai

Manathai Khao Lak is a 90 minute drive from Phuket International Airport and sits on a perfect stretch of unspoiled coastline with uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. Surrounded by attractive, manicured gardens, Manathai Khao Lak offers a great alternative to the over –subscribed tourist resorts that dominate much of the mainland.

In addition to its gorgeous location, Manathai Khao Lak boasts exceptional facilities such as: a private airport transport service, an on-call doctor, swimming pool, fitness centre, 24-hour concierge service, 24-hour security, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, in-room dining, private library, motorbike and car rental, childcare service, and an activities and tour service. It also boasts a unique meeting space for up to 30 guests. Furthermore, if you are planning an exotic wedding, let the team of expert event planners help you stage the perfect sunset beach nuptials.

Ditch the back pack and grab some, accessible luxury at Manathai Khao Lak.

The cut price opening rates are valid until 30th April 2015, for further information please visit: