I always feel a little uneasy reviewing resorts and spas in Thailand, specifically those located in the provinces of Phuket, Ranong, and Phang Nga. Was this once a fishing village gobbled up by the multinationals?, I ask myself. Is this a spot where thousands of people died?
Take, for example, this little gem in the province of Khao Lak. It’s called Sarojin Khao Lak Thailand Boutique Beach Resort. It’s absolutely stunning.
At peak season, it will cost you about $600 cad, per night. The Sarojin offers a variety of packages, ranging from your typical wedding package to those geared to the more active guest.
The Sarojin is located an hour’s boat ride away from the Similan and Surin Islands’ Marine Parks, a premier dive site. It’s an hour away from the Phuket Airport.
I searched the resort’s website to find out its origins. This is what I found:
The Sarojin, Thailand is the first property of The Sarojin Brand. The award winning five star luxury boutique resort opened on 7 October 2005. The owners and many of the staff worked together to not only restore the property but also to assist the recovery of the local community.
Hmm. It opened in 2005, which is a year after the tsunami. I hope that’s just coincidence, and it’s not built on the battered wings of a dove.