You really do feel as though you are dropping off the end of the world as you leave the concrete road and drive onto the 4km of dirt track that takes you to LaLaanta - (the dirt track is an advantage - please don't change this otherwise too many people will discover this beautiful and peaceful resort). We stayed here for 9 nights in mid-March and indulged ourselves in some relaxation and sun, which enabled us to recharge our batteries.
What a beautiful setting. White clean sand, blue warm sea and very few people on the beach - 10 was a crowd!! The National Park and Lighthouse are accessed from the end of the beach and if you can summon the energy the walk and views are worth it; the resort's dogs are always on the look out for someone to take for a walk and will go with you quite happily. At the other end of the beach there is a bar/restaurant and another resort both of which do good Thai food if you fancy a change from LaLaanta.
The Bungalows are clean, bright and tastefully decorated. The air con is a must and as we didn' seem to have problems with mosquitos we didn't use the net; although we always sprayed ourselves well before going out a night.
Breakfast is self-service but there is always a great choice and it is constantly replenished. Sitting at the bar on the beach watching the sun go down was an ideal way to finish off another day in paradise. The menu for dinner is good and again it is taken sitting on the beach. The night not to be missed is BBQ night on Saturdays; the prawns were just yummy!!
We found the staff to be helpful and willing to give advice on trips etc. if you needed it. They organised our snorkelling trip to Koh Rok, but we never felt that we were being pushed into taking trips. I know that had we wanted to go and explore the island more it would have been organised without any fuss.
You cannot write a review without mentioning Mackay and his team at the Bar. They do a brilliant job making sure that you have everything you need; the fruit juice in the afternoon was a lovely touch. We spent many hours sampling Mackay's lethal cocktails (I don't think they've heard of a measure!!) and setting the world to rights with the other guests. We met some wonderful people from all round the world and hopefully we will keep in contact. A word of warning a late night session drinking with Patrick is not for the feint hearted!!
If you are looking for bright lights, discos and the activity of a large resort then LaLaanta is not for you, If you are looking for peace, relaxation, good food and good company then this is the place for you.
Finally, I would like to thank Patrick, Tony, June and Klong for welcoming us to LaLaanta and letting us stay at their lovely resort. It was truly a holiday to be remembered and we will be back.
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- Artistically inspired living on the most private beach for that castaway experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lalaanta Hideaway Hotel Ko Lanta
- Lalaanta Hideaway Ko Lanta