The transformative project housing Southeast Asia’s longest bathing waterway adds 127 rooms and villas, the Aqua Play Zone, new restaurants and Khao Lak’s first large-scale event space.
BANKGOK, THAILAND – Pioneer resort, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa embarks 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 upgraded and redesigned 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, the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa has earned a solid reputation as a luxurious hideaway for discerning global explorers. Now, this elegant resort is about to reveal its spectacular extension which introduces an additional 127 keys: 76 Deluxe Rooms with Lagoon Pool View, 28 Deluxe Rooms with Lagoon Pool Access, 20 Family Studios with pool, two one-bedroom villas and, for the ultimate escape, the 2-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 2.4 km sparkling lagoon waterway – will provide intuitive options for every type of traveler.
The new one- and two-bedroom villas combine a contemporary aesthetic with the locally inspired luxury of the JW Marriott brand. With seamless, naturally lit living areas, lush gardens and a shimmering private swimming pool, located directly on the southern coast of Thailand, the breathtaking 140 square meter two-bedroom villa will be a heavenly hideaway for families, friends, couples and newlyweds. looking for lots of personal space to relax together.
The new accommodation is complemented by new facilities, including a water playground with an outdoor swimming pool – the longest in Southeast Asia – which winds gracefully through the resort and laps gently against the terraces of the access rooms at the pool on the ground floor. With exhilarating water slides, wave pools and a fountain trampoline, it’s a haven of adventure for all ages. A series of JW Serene spaces, such as cozy cabanas and secluded nooks, will help foster conviviality.
With a collection of 11 restaurants and social venues, the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa is a culinary destination in its own right. This restaurant portfolio now includes the DRIFT Beach Bar & Grill, a naturally stimulating space that celebrates the grilling experience, using premium meats and seafood inspired by regional Mediterranean cuisines. A cocktail bar completes the relaxing ambience and beachfront experience.
The Sala Poolside Restaurant and Bar, meanwhile, colorfully presents Thai and Asian comfort food in a family-friendly setting. The JW Garden grows organic herbs and other natural ingredients for use in restaurants, cooking classes, and spa treatments. The award-winning Olive restaurant, a traditional Italian experience, has been completely revamped, as have the designs and menus of Ta-Krai Thai restaurant and Sakura Japanese restaurant, as well as the drinks offered at the two pool bars and its iconic Bar of beach.
A fully equipped fitness center, racquet sports, water sports, cultural classes, and the serene Quan Spa round out the extensive selection of leisure facilities. The kids’ club allows the little ones to enjoy a range of fun and educational activities, inspired by the culture of southern Thailand. Sea excursions to the idyllic islands of Similan and Surin will showcase some of Thailand’s best snorkeling spots.
However, the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa isn’t just a sanctuary for families and couples; the recent renovation has also created an exceptional new option for the MICE sector. The brand new JW Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 800 guests for corporate conferences, events, awards and incentives, and unique weddings. As the first large-scale conference venue in the region, it will reposition Khao Lak as a unique MICE hub and support the recovery of Thailand’s tourism industry.
“We are thrilled to begin the unveiling of the reimagined JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, introducing a new ‘destination within a destination’ on 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 accommodations and facilities, I strongly believe the destination will become one of Thailand’s leading centers for leisure and MICE tourism. We look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world and helping them create memories that last a lifetime,” said Abhimanyu SinghGeneral 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 one-of-a-kind property in Khao Lak, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites will provide the modern comforts of home to families and friends who cherish their time together and seek fulfilling experiences while traveling. Offering four unique suite choices, there’s a room setup perfect for younger and older families, as well as groups of friends looking to connect on a deeper level.