Your Portal to Paradise: Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas
October 30, 2015
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Heading to a sandy strip of beach just north of Phuket, we prepared ourselves for an exciting eight night getaway at the Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas.
What differentiates Khao Lak from neighbouring tourist destinations like Phuket, are its up-scale, secluded coastal resorts and uncrowded beaches. The region is incredibly down to earth both figuratively and literally with buildings unable to exceed the height of coconut palm trees. It’s the ideal getaway for couples looking for a relaxing vacation and also fantastic for families, especially with younger children.
Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas is nestled in a secluded bit of paradise sandwiched between lush tropical forests and 13 kilometres of pristine beach. We travelled the 70-odd minutes from Phuket International Airport in the comfort of our pre-arranged VIP airport pick up and arrived in five star style, fully prepared for an indulgent holiday.
Check-in was a quick and professional experience, with extremely polite and helpful staff the whole way through.
In the name of unbiased research, we arranged to spend our nights in a delightful Deluxe Room, and an upgraded Katiliya Pool Villa (with a couple of midnight snoozes on the beach for good measure) over our eight night stay.
The soothing earth tones and the rich brown furniture of each room paired effortlessly with the elegant silk fabrics and plush bed linens. The rich hues and varying textures enriched the brilliant views – be it of the sparkling pool, serene lagoon or the secluded intimacy of your very own private garden pool.
Quick tip – if you’d like even more space, upgrade to an extravagant Katiliya Garden Pool Villa which boasts a whopping 80sqm floor-plan!
You’re not officially on holiday until you’re lying horizontally on a sun bed with some form of tropical drink or other in hand – with three fresh-water pools, you definitely won’t have to waste any time getting into ‘vacation mode’.
The extremely large lagoon-style pool with commanding views of the Andaman Sea and its wonderful poolside bar make for the perfect area to enjoy the sun, water and a few nibblies. Guests can also splash around the pleasant family and kid’s pool as well as the adults only pool and spa.
Switch off your brain, let yourself relax and if checking work email crosses your mind as you lounge about in all your glory, feel free to give your phone a few swimming lessons.
Pull up a chair at any one of the seven onsite restaurants and you will not be disappointed – prepare for the flavour explosion of expertly prepared cuisine and incredibly fresh ingredients.
Everyone loves variety and unless you are planning to spend the next five years consecutively at Pullman Khao Lak, we can confidently report that the expansive range of dining options will keep you engaged and intrigued all holiday long.
The Baan Thai restaurant will deliver a healthy dose of authentic Thai cuisine that will inspire both your eyes and your palate . In addition, the lushly green surrounds and serene lagoon will work to create an incredibly dreamy setting whereby one can enjoy top notch Thai dishes with a serve of peace and tranquillity.
Guests can also enjoy mouth-watering meals served by the beach side at The Terrace, fully-loaded wood-fired pizzas at the Italian-themed Mosaic, sample the local fishermen’s catch of the day at the Bamboo Bar & Seafood Grill or kick back with a casual snack at Cafe Lilawadee.
Finding your Zen
Surrounded by a warm sea breeze, rustling palm trees and tropical cocktails, you probably won’t have too much trouble relaxing but let’s just pretend for a moment (and I truly do mean pretend) that you are still suffering from the lingering side effects of your weekday 6.00am alarm – head to the resort’s incredible in-house spa for a multi-sensory experience and dose of therapeutic rejuvenation.
Guests travelling to Pullman Khao Lak will need to expand their definition of a spa treatment room – imagine yourself in an expansive 115sqm room that rivals the size of many city apartments.
Excluding the therapists, the space is completely yours to relax in, unless you are feeling extra generous and want to invite a partner or friend as there are two treatments beds in the centre of the room – additionally there is a spa, half-bath and private rain forest shower.
The tranquil environment offers a multitude of spa treatments with a combination of ancient Eastern therapies and Western techniques enhanced by natural ingredients native to the region.
When you’ve had a taste of the spa, with your mind, body and soul fully relaxed, grab a sun bed on the beach and continue in the theme of bliss as you take in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
The Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas is a pure slice of paradise – you simply have to experience all the magic of this tropical playground for yourself!
“Perfect place to relax in Thailand. If you want to stay at one place and have all the facilities you need, this hotel is great. Nice service, great room, good restaurants and located directly at the beach. The Room was big, with a very nice bathroom and everything we needed. The resort is not too big, has a lot of facilities and is a perfect place to relax.”
‘Best holiday ever’
Five out of five stars – Reviewed 12 March 2015
“Just finished a Luxury Escapes package at this wonderful hotel. Everything was excellent, the room, the food, the pools, the beach and of course the staff. They were all lovely, but we’d like to single out Pia, who treated us like friends, Arif who always had a lovely smile and Montha who gave us an entertaining cooking class. Highly recommend to those who want to get away from it all.”
‘Beautiful resort with accommodating and gracious staff’
Five out of five stars – Reviewed 12 March 2015
“We had 9 nights at the resort in a pool villa, with a private pool in a walled courtyard. The accommodation standard was excellent. Most meals were at the resort and the standard of food was very good. My 60th birthday in the Thai restaurant was made very special when I was presented with a birthday cake and a magnificent bouquet of orchids, all initiated by the resort management. Being close to national park, it was fun to lay in bed and watch the cute little squirrels jump from tree to tree. A magical location, both in the resort and on the beach.”