We didn't have high expectations of the AR because it was so cheap. We expected a laid back, very small and quiet resort and that is exactly what we got.
Our sea view bungalow was lovely, it was very clean, the bed was comfortable and there where lots of thoughtful extras that you would not expect given the cost such as torches, umbrellas and international plug sockets. All of the bungalows have a small garden around them with a table and chairs and lovely plants. The staff where excellent, they attended to our every need and were polite and friendly. Breakfast was fine, not great, but certainly adequate.
Our hosts, Clinton and Suki were fantastic, great fun, full of useful information and super company for late night drinking in the bar! The location was great, short walk to a 7-11, 10 minute tuk tuk ride to the town with banks, shops etc. We hired motor bikes from the AR which is something we would never ordinarily do given that driving in Thailand is crazy and we are quite old and sensible but on Lanta there is not much traffic, the roads are safe and a bike is the best way to discover this beautiful small island.
The beach was nice, great for swimming, a few rocks but you can avoid them and swim safely. The beach does get really dirty with things washed up from other islands, the AR staff are out there cleaning up twice a day.
One word of warning, Lanta has lots of snakes and I was unfortunate enough to encounter a cobra that I almost stepped on in my bungalow garden. Whilst this is no reflection on the resort, ( they quickly dealt with it) I have heard from many other visitors to Lanta that there are a lot of snakes and you may see them!!!
Overall, we had a great stay at the AR and we would highly recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- Ancient Realm Hotel Ko Lanta
- Ancient Realm Hotel
- Ancient Realm Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 7 exclusive boutique rooms and suites on the most beautiful beach of Koh Lanta, Kantiang Bay. Only metres from the white sandy beach, our rooms are designed in Thai-Bali-Chinese style, with an exotic and calm, yet convenient location. Every room has access to a pool, day spa, restaurant and tour office, with serene views of the surrounding tropical rain forest mountains. Private and natural villa gardens with outdoor dining tables, fishponds, hammocks & traditional bamboo furniture. King size beds in all rooms with natural furnishings & exotic decoration. Family rooms and suites available also. Tropical atmosphere with indigenous plant life and cobblestone walkways. Extensive use of hardwoods, thatching, bamboo, silks and other natural materials sourced from all over Thailand. Come and relax at Ancient Realm, taking in the ambience through all of your senses, in our brand new location at Kantiang Bay! :-) ... more less
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