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When seeking sun, sand and sheer relaxation, there are few better places on earth to indulge in all three than amid the peaceful tropical surrounds of Khao Lak in southern Thailand. A natural wonderland speckled with pristine beaches, lush rainforests and sprawling national parklands, Khao Lak is a tranquil and idyllic alternative to the hustle and bustle of Phuket.
Our Travel Team never turns down a trip to this part of the world; and with good reason – this place is a pure slice of paradise and the SENTIDO Graceland Resort & Spa effortlessly embodies all that charming Khao Lak has to offer.
Phuket Graceland is one of the most popular destinations for Aussie travellers holidaying in Thailand, and the famous Graceland brand continues to shine with the recently-unveiled SENTIDO Graceland Resort & Spa in Kaho Lak.
Despite being a shiny new addition to the impressive Graceland line-up, SENTIDO still showcases all that the Graceland name is traditionally known for – luxury accommodation, world-class recreational facilities and standard-setting service.
Superbly situated on Thailand’s sun-drenched south-western coast and edging onto a stunning 100-metre stretch of white sandy beachfront beside the Andaman Sea, the resort is the perfect place to enjoy some Thai-inspired ‘R&R’.
Upon arriving at SENTIDO Graceland, we were struck by the property’s architectural flair – highlighting the ideal balance of chic modern design trends and traditional Thai inflections. The imposing lobby area complete with central water-feature definitely made for an unforgettable first impression.
Eager to explore the rest of the resort, we checked-in and headed off to our rooms.
Our Deluxe Pool View Room contained everything we could possibly want – the generously spacious 45sqm floor-plan ensured we had plenty of room, while handy mod-cons including a satellite TV, air-conditioned interiors, a jam-packed mini-bar and Wi-Fi access kept us suitably comfortable and entertained.
We also took the opportunity to spend a few nights in one of SENTIDO Graceland’s gorgeous Deluxe Pool Access Rooms, which offer all the amenities of our original room type but with the added bonus of a private patio that descends straight into one of the resort’s two swimming pools.
The ensuite bathroom was also beautifully-appointed and featured an oversized mirror, double vanity and a romantic rain-shower – great for couples enjoying a romantic escape!
Guests are certainly spoilt for choice with SENTIDO Graceland’s diverse range of in-house dining options. You can take your pick from five restaurants and bars that are sure to have a meal and beverage to suit any palate.
Our mornings usually began at the resort’s signature Pakarang Restaurant where our Travel Team fuelled up for fun-filled days with a decadent buffet breakfast brimming with Asian and Western favourites – from eggs and toast to fresh fruit and everything in between.
We also enjoyed evenings of fine dining at the lagoon-facing Pla2 Restaurant, which serves up satiating Thai-fusion cuisine in a relaxed tropical ambiance.
The beguiling dining venue set the scene for a decadent ‘Taste of Thailand’ dining experience which shone the spotlight on regional cuisine including green chicken curry, massaman beef curry, fresh seafood, and flavour-packed stir-fry dishes.
Indulgence of a different sort awaited us at SENTIDO Graceland’s on-site Sukko Spa. The lavish establishment provides a range of soothing treatments administered by spa professionals across two levels bedecked in calming neutral tones with subtle Thai décor accents.
Subdued lighting, silk-draped massage beds and first-class facilities including couples’ treatment rooms, a huge Jacuzzi and steam room leave visitors with no choice but to completely relax and unwind.
Sukko offers a comprehensive array of treatments such as traditional Thai massages, soothing aromatherapy sessions, age-defying facials and much more. After spending some time at Sukko Spa, you’ll be feeling relaxed, refreshed and reinvigorated!
Other guest facilities you’ll find on-site here at SENTIDO Graceland comprise two breathtaking swimming pools, two tennis courts and a pair of squash courts (that’s just the tip of the iceberg).
The expansive pools ranked among our favourite hangout spots. Exuding an exotic ‘Indiana Jones adventure’ vibe, the gleaming cobalt waters are peppered with traditional Thai sculptures and charming paddle boats complete with tireless crew.
Health fanatics can get their daily workout fix at the fully-equipped fitness centre, while the rest of us may choose to visit just to work-off those deliciously calorific holiday meals.
We also enjoyed some ten-pin fun at the resort’s very own bowling alley – a great way to keep the kids (both big and small) blissfully occupied.
Speaking of kids, families are sure to love SENTIDO Graceland’s on-site kids club. Housed in a cutesy boat-inspired building near the central lagoon, the kids club provides endless entertainment for the little ones while mum and dad take the chance to enjoy a well-deserved time-out.
Also, feel free to wander down to the postcard-worthy beachfront and take part in a range of water-sports, from kayaking to snorkelling – or simply pull up a sun-lounger and work on your holiday tan!
Out and About
The picturesque playground of Khao Lak is laid out before you! Take some time to wander through the stunning natural surrounds of the Phang Nga National Parks, visit the heavenly Chong Fah waterfalls, or play a game of golf at the nearby Blue Canyon Country Club – you can do it all.
With an irresistible blend of awe-inspiring coastal beauty, inviting hospitality and luxurious modern lodgings; the SENTIDO Graceland Resort & Spa in Khao Lak is sure to earn a place in your heart and serves as a dream destination where cherished holiday memories are made.
“My family and I stayed at this lovely hotel during the first two weeks of August. The hotel is beautiful and set amongst lovely grounds on the sea front. The staff were the most friendly and hospitable people you would wish to come across. The rooms were lovely and cleaned to a high standard every day and the breakfast was plentiful with a good choice. There are 3 restaurants in the hotel which were lovely. There are 3 beach bars where we often stopped for a drink and received a friendly welcome. It was our first time in Thailand but it definitely won’t be our last. We would definitely recommend this hotel, it is away from all the hustle and bustle but if this is the sort of holiday you enjoy then I would definitely recommend.”
‘An Amazing Hotel, More Like a Palace!’
Five out of Five Stars
“Been meaning to write on here ever since I arrived back in rainy England last month. This hotel is absolutely amazing, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It has a shuttle bus twice a day into the town but most days we booked excursions. The hotel has 3 restaurants itself. The hotel is right on the beach and has a fantastic large pool. I would go back here again and again! Service fantastic, beautiful hotel and would 100% recommend.”
‘Relax in Style @ Sentido’
Five out of Five Stars
“This is a beautiful place on all levels. You cannot do anything but ‘relax’! The room was spacious, clean, great balcony, great bed and lovely linen. Every staff member welcomes you throughout the resort & are extremely polite. The pool area is clean, spacious and picture-perfect. The breakfast buffet is more than adequate and the surrounds at night have that wonderful romantic touch with many fairy lights in the trees. I had had contact with the hotel via email and they were accommodating and helpful with timely responses. I find it impossible to fault them with anything. Our stay was for pure relaxation and pleasure and we did not have a need to leave the resort to explore further.”