The Houben is exactly the kind of hotel my girlfriend and I like: stylish, small, and quiet. This is one of our favorite hotels in the world.
The architecture is modern and beautiful. When we visited in December, 2012 everything looked brand new, clean, and well-maintained. The Houben is on the top of a cliff with a wide view of the ocean. Directly west is a little island on the horizon that I never got tired of looking at. Sunsets were often stunning.
There are only 15 rooms and all of them have a great view. I like the glass sliding doors because of the view, but I recommend avoiding the ground floor so you have more privacy. Even when all the rooms are full, the hotel is not crowded. We often had the pool to ourselves.
The staff was friendly and available whenever we needed something. Shana is in charge and is fantastic. Her father Walther owns the hotel and when he is around he is fun to talk to. Some of the staff didn't speak English well, but we didn't find it to be a problem. The food was quite good.
You have to walk about 10 minutes on the road to get to the big sandy beach. That was fine with us. The water around Koh Lanta was clearer than the beaches farther north, such as Koh Yao or Krabi. We enjoyed hanging out at the Drunken Sailor along the way.
We also did some exploring to find a path through the jungle to get to a closer beach. The close beach is rocky, so you wouldn't swim there, but the rocks are very interesting and it is fun to look at sea life in the tidal pools.
We will be back! If you like this kind of hotel then you would also enjoy 2Inn1 Kensington in Capetown, South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the hilltop of Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta. Isolated from the crowds and villages , only 5 minutes walk down to the local shops. Overlooking at the great sunset view of Andaman Sea.The spacious rooms with comfortable bed, well-equipped with free WI-FI internet connection by cable access .The Houben affords the modern contemporary decoration. Outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi where you can view the tranquil ocean and listening to the serene sound of waves crashing along the shore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Houben Hotel Ko Lanta