A Verdant and Blissful Retreat
Whether for food, personalised activity or luxurious relaxation, the Sarojin Resort should definitely make your list
The start to your Sarojin experience couldn’t be better – by choosing the optional airport transfer. Whisked away from the hubbub at Phuket airport by a luxurious 4×4, with WiFi connected iPads, ice cold towels to freshen up and a selection of soft drinks.
When you arrive, the open reception area looks out onto lush green gardens. Alex, the ever-friendly general manager, greeted us. He made it clear that our stay would be personalised to meet our wants. This is certainly how you feel during your stay.
We entered our garden room, an elegant mix of dark wood panelling and white tiling. The bathroom, which takes up over a third of the room has a distinctively outdoor nature feel. The huge bathtub is set amongst stones and greenery. Taking a shower here feels like showering in your own little forest. This certainly adds to the relaxing feel of this hotel. Each residence has its own veranda with daybed, or private pool. For us, the outdoor veranda was the only downside. It doesn’t manage to follow through on the attractiveness of all other parts of the hotel.
The Sarojin is split into two distinct areas. Unique for a beach hotel, the pool, a restaurant and the residences are set in a beautiful tropical garden. It is only upon crossing the natural stream, that you come to the beach restaurant and bar set behind the wonderful white sand beach.
An outstanding feature of the Sarojin is the food. A special touch is the all-day breakfast, served at the lakeside restaurant. This allows guests to choose when they want to eat. The menu covers, anything you could imagine for breakfast complete with sparkling wine (should you choose). Just another example of how the Sarojin wishes for your stay to be governed by you. For dinner, we ate at the beachside restaurant. We had a sample menu, as recommended by the Head Chef. A passionate and thoughtful individual, who also runs personalised cooking classes for guests. The vast majority of produce is locally sourced, and the menu reflects influences from across Thailand. Every mouthful was delicious. We have tried to pick the best dish, but simply and truthfully, it was all mouth-wateringly good. If western food is your choice, the Sarojin has this covered in the restaurant set in the gardens.
The award-winning Spa is well worth a visit. The treatment rooms open out into lush gardens, continuing the ‘outside/inside’ theme. No need for whale music or speakers, there is a natural orchestra provided. We had a 90 minute massage, from attentive and friendly therapists, simply wonderful.
The Sarojin is a 5 star hotel, and does all of things you would expect, and does them very well. Where it excels is the extra flourishes, the personalisation. Want a romantic dinner? Take your pick of locations, including a candle-lit waterfall. Feeling active? Take a bike and a prepared rucksack with everything you need for a day out. What you don’t notice, but is clear from the service you receive, is the staff to guest ratio. It is the little things, like the atomisers of mosquito repellent in your rooms and placed on tables in the bar and restaurants. A question about local cheese, a selection of which then appears on your breakfast table in the morning. This is what makes the Sarojin something different. Extraordinary. The Sarojin experience.