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    Location 3.0 /10

    North of Phuket island and on the west coast of the Phang Nga province, Khao Lak area, by the Andaman Sea. The first main town, Takua Pa, is around 12.5 miles north and the closest airport is that of Phuket, 56 miles south, which is around 1h15m by car.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    All in dark wood with braided wicker walls, the 47 bungalows of the Similana, all oriented towards the sea, are simple and rustic but anyway comfortable. There are two categories: "Superior" Tree House (entry standard level) and "Deluxe". Both equipments are generally similar, but the second ones benefit from a bigger surface. Nice terrace, only shower, no TV. In addition, the hotel offers 18 Duplex rooms in its concrete building: less "poetic" than the bungalows, they are cheaper but bigger and equipped with a bathtub.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    100% nature atmosphere: the wooden lobby gives the tone immediately. Opened in 1996, the Similana Resort is built in the middle of the jungle on the side of a hill going down a steep slope till the Andaman Sea downwards. It is composed on one side of wooden bungalows in traditional Thai style -the majority on stilts- installed among the vegetation and linked by a row of wooden stairs, decks, paths and bridges; and on the other side, a bit set back from the sea, of a unique concrete 3-level structure whose very ugly concrete aspect is fortunately masked by the trees. The swimming pool is installed just at the end of the shore, separated from the sea by a small wooden dock.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    Relatively classic and with no big surprises: the three restaurants of the Similana, benefiting from practically captive guests considering the absence of towns in the surroundings, offer a choice of Italian or Thai cuisine or a seafood barbecue. Fair services but nothing really exceptional. However, the cocktail list is spectacular: it has no less than 150 different references!

    Beach 7.20 /10

    Isolation and tranquillity guaranteed: the closest hotel from the Similana is more than 1,640 feet away. Of relatively small dimensions, the beach has the big advantage of being far from inhabitated areas; therefore, it is used only by the guests of the hotel. The surrounding nature is there, up to the end of the beach, with numerous shaded areas. The water is clean and the level fair: you will enjoy a satisfactory swimming there.

    To know

    The Similana has to be earned: the complex is completed by a simple non asphalted road which winds through the nature for a bit more than a mile. A novelty in the hotel: a brand new library, open from the end of 2001. The surrounding jungle is rich of fauna: insects, birds, reptiles, squirrels, rats, etc. The establishment regularly organises treks in the forest, some of them on backs of elephants.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, massage, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, sports, kayak, fitness, gym

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • The location in the middle of nature.
    • By the water.
    • A rustic side which can seduce.

    disadvantages

    • The isolation; far from inhabited areas.
    • The steep slope of the places.
    • A rustic side which could not be liked.

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