We stayed for 9 nights at Lanta Resort having pre-booked this prior to our trip to SE asia. This is our 10th visit to Thailand (first visit to Lanta) so we have some experience of beach accommodation here and also in other parts of the Far East.
I would definitely recommend Ko Lanta and Long Beach but I would not stay at Lanta resort again, perhaps the Sayang Beach Bungalows next door would offer better accomodation at a more reasonable price.
Our room was a superior bungalow B09. This is the cheapest room that the hotel offers but we still felt that it represented poor value for money because it felt in a poor state of repair and wasn't clean. The shower was very old and not a very nice experience, there was a massive crack running up the bathroom wall, one of the skylights in the bathroom was held up by sellotape and there was evidence of wood boring insects in two areas in the bedroom. There was no telephone in the bedroom, we were told to go to the restaurant if we needed to contact reception. Having to pay 50B per night to use the safe in our room was over the top in my opinion. Our bed linen was changed for the first time on the day before our departure i.e after 8 nights of our 9 night stay - why would they do this?. We suspect that this linen may have been left for the guests who came after us. There were dirty marks on the mirror and TV in our bedroom on arrival which we reported to reception. they were still there when we left. The room has no tea/coffee making facilities so we bought a kettly and a couple of mugs from the large store across the road from the hotel.
This hotel appears to be set up to deal with package holidays from Sweden, Norway & Finland with many guests travelling with Ving.se. I would estimate that 95% of the guests at the hotel during our stay were from this part of Europe. There were travel reps visible in the hotel and on the beach on most days organising activities for their guests (including the Lollo & Bernie show for the children). Breakfast was very busy and noisy as the hotel appears to be popular with families with small children. However, we found the actual choice of food at breakfast to be good. Get up early to get a lounger on the beach, you have to put your towels out, or instead sit on the sand and wait for someone to depart!
The layout of the hotel is split, you have the bungalows near to the beach, ours was approx 50 yards away which was a real benefit. The bungalows are set in gardens which are very pleasant. I think this part of the resort existed long before the other buildings went up, as can be seen on Google Maps (only the bungalows are visible). The rest of the resort is set further away from the beach and nearer to the road and the accommodation looks more mediterranean in style. There is one part, which I think is the 'superior hotel' rooms that are near to the road and it's quite a walk to the beach.
Long beach is great and the location of the resort is perfect, at the northern end and near to a stretch of bars and great restaurants and a few small stores selling supplies. The sand on the beach is coarse near the trees and fine the closer you get to the sea. because the beach slopes reasonably steeply (but evenly), the tide doesn't disappear into the distance when it goes out. Swimming was safe and the water was clear. There was no annoying noise from jet-ski's so a great place to relax. This end of the beach appeared to compare well, particularly compared to the Lanta Castaway/Good days Lanta end which was more rocky and had more debris washed up and of course there was a small river down there too. Lanta Resort's location is it's best feature so if you are choosing a superior bungalow and don't mind poor accommodation then you should be fine. We found that there were more than enough options for eating on the beach every evening and there were great sunsets every night.
We enjoyed our holiday at Long Beach but sadly this was despite Lanta Resort, and not because of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ROMANTIC LUXURY LANTA RESORT ON PRA-AE BEACH OR LONG BEACH, KOH LANTA, KRABI. Serenity, romantic, spacious and in the best location are probably best described Lanta Resort. Lanta Resort is ideally located among lush greenery with tranquil environment. Lanta Resort prides itself with a beautifully-landscaped garden and magnificent view of the white sandy beach. Lanta Resort is located on Pra-ae beach or Long beach, one of the best beach locations on Koh Lanta; only 5 minutes drive to Saladan - the island's centre for shopping, dining and night life entertainment. "Where the nature unfolds" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lanta Hotel Ko Lanta