Transformative project housing South East Asia’s longest swimming waterway adds 127 rooms and villas, the Aqua Play Zone, new dining outlets and Khao Lak’s first large-scale event space.
BANKGOK, THAILAND – Pioneering resort, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa is embarking on an exciting new era of luxury hospitality in southern Thailand, as it prepares to unveil the newly-transformed five-star beachfront retreat that has been enhanced and reimagined with new activities, experiences, restaurants, bars and accommodation to truly become a “destination within a destination”.
Nestled on a pristine beach in Khao Lak, an hour’s drive north of Phuket International Airport, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa has gained a strong reputation as a luxurious hideaway for mindful global explorers. Now, this elegant resort readies to reveal its spectacular resort extension which introduces 127 additional keys: 76 Deluxe Lagoon Pool View Rooms, 28 Deluxe Lagoon Pool Access Rooms, 20 Family Pool Access Studios, two One-Bedroom Villas and, for the ultimate escape, the Two-Bedroom Villa.
Following this expansion, a total of 420 rooms, suites and villas – including 178 with direct access to a private pool or the resort’s sparkling 2.4km long lagoon pool waterway – will provide intuitive options for every type of traveler.
The new One- and Two-Bedroom Villas blend a contemporary aesthetic with the locally-inspired luxury of the JW Marriott brand. With seamless, naturally-lit living spaces, lush gardens and a shimmering private pool, situated directly on southern Thailand’s sunset coast, the breath-taking 140-square meter Two-Bedroom Villa will be a heavenly hideaway for families, friends, couples and honeymooners seeking plenty of personal space to unwind together.
The new accommodation is complemented by fresh facilities, including an aquatic playground with an outdoor swimming pool – the longest in South East Asia – which meanders gracefully through the resort and laps gently against the terraces of the ground floor pool access rooms. With exhilarating water slides, wave pools and a fountain trampoline, this is a haven of adventure for all ages. A series of JW Serene Spaces, such as cozy cabanas and secluded corners, will help to foster togetherness.
With a collection of 11 dining and social venues, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa is a culinary destination in its own right. This portfolio of restaurants now includes DRIFT Beach Bar & Grill, a naturally uplifting space which celebrates the grill experience, utilizing premium meats and seafood inspired by regional Medeteranean cuisines. A cocktail bar compliments the relaxing vibe and beachfront experience.
Sala Restaurant & Pool Bar meanwhile, colourfully showcases Thai and Asian comfort food in a family-friendly setting. The JW Garden grows organic herbs and other natural ingredients to be used in the restaurants, cooking classes and spa treatments. Award-winning Olive Restaurant, a traditional Italian experience has been completely made over, as have the designs and menus of Thai restaurant Ta-Krai and Japanese eatery Sakura, as well as the beverage offerings at the resort’s two swim-up bars and its iconic Beach Bar.
A fully-equipped fitness center, racket sports, water sports, cultural classes and the serene Quan Spa complete the extensive selection of leisure facilities. The children’s club lets little ones enjoy an array of entertaining and educational activities, inspired by southern Thai culture. Offshore excursions to the idyllic Similan and Surin islands will showcase some of the best snorkelling spots in Thailand.
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa is not only a sanctuary for families and couples, however; the recent renovation has also created an outstanding new option for the MICE sector. The brand-new JW Grand Ballroom can host up to 800 guests for corporate conferences, events, awards and incentives, as well as one-of-a-kind weddings. As the first large-scale conference venue in the area, this will reposition Khao Lak as a unique MICE hub and support the recovery of Thailand’s tourism industry.
“We are delighted to begin the unveiling of the reimagined JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, introducing a new ‘destination within a destination’ to Thailand’s Andaman coast. Khao Lak retains a deep sense of natural beauty and authentic Thai charm and culture. Now, with the addition of our new accommodation and facilities, I firmly believe the destination will become one of Thailand’s leading leisure tourism and MICE hubs. We look forward to welcoming guests from around the world and helping them make memories that last a lifetime,” said Abhimanyu Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.
JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa will soon be complemented by a sister property, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites – an exclusive collection of 52 two-bedroom suites, which will add another element of spacious and flexible accommodation to this ever-evolving destination. A first-of-its-kind property in Khao Lak, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites will offer the modern comforts of home to families and friends who cherish their time together and seek fulfilling experiences when travelling. Offering four unique suite choices, there is a perfect room configuration for both younger and older familes, as well as groups of friends looking to connect on a deeper level.