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Ananda Lanta Resort
Ranked #45 of 144 Ko Lanta B&B and Inns
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24 reviews
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“Lovely hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We booked this hotel for the 2 nights we had spare in Koh Lanta before we moved on to to Koh Phangnan. We previously were staying down the road in some bungalows but unfortunately didn't enjoy our stay there.

First of all the staff were lovely, the young girl on the desk didn't speak much english but went and found us a member of staff that did. We popped in the a few nights before we planned to stay just to check the price of a room (which were very reasonable) and they kindly offered to give us a tour and show us the room before we made the booking.

Our standard room was large and spacious, with a TV, safe, fridge; we also had a balcony with a table and chairs.
We weren't there long enough to take advantage of this but just to be aware, there is no privacy between your own and the balcony's next to you.

The bathroom was clean and modern with complimentary toiletries, the shower took a little while to get warm but we found this in most places we stayed.

The pool area was gorgeous, it's an infinity pool surrounded by loungers and small statues of elephants with flowers all around.

There was an area for massages and such treatments; we only went to the pool for a few hours on one day so can't comment on how you book these treatments.

The location is perfect, the beach is literally just across the road and there is a 7/11 just at the end of the hotel drive.

I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: The view from our balcony wasn't the best, this didn't bother us as we were backpacking and...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had a lovely 2 weeks stay in February 2014 with my boyfriend (husband nowadays). Our room was superior and had a bathtub and a nice view to the pool and ocean. They cleaned our room and offered 2 bottles of water every day. Breakfast was good and service great. We recommend to rent a scooter for the whole trip so you save money from tuk-tuk's and get the most out of the whole island.

There is a market, a laundry place and several restaurant's at the beach nearby. Only the road between the hotel and beach is a bit crowded, but that's not a problem though. We highly recommend Rann's restaurant (great desserts too) and Sound Shack Bar with happy hour every evening from 4 to 7 pm. Nice to relax at the beach and watch sun set. Nearby there is a town called Saladan, which offers fine restaurants and massage places, like Pa-pa's and Serenity. Try phad thai with shrimps and mango lassi. Try Spy for drinks. Saladan has a food market thing every night, nice potato whirls and thai pan cakes with nutella.

My boyfriend got sick one night and we had to go to the hospital. This man Somsak from the hotel helped us to get the ride there in the middle of the night and stayed there with us too. We are very grateful for that. So the staff was great and gave us great tips for planning the trips too.

Room Tip: We recommend to pick a superior room, it's a bit bigger with also a bath tub and has a nice view...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

The staff were really hospitality and it was easy to get little discount from the original price and rent a scooter from them. The breakfast was the best we ate in our 4 weeks trip, it was a buffet with lot of options. Unluckily we got a room from first floor and you could smell the mold. The cleaning lady always sprayed some scent so the smell and mold were "gone". Otherwise the room was really clean and the bed was soooo comfortable. The swimming pool was also clean and quiet, not too crowded. I recommend this place to everybody!

Room Tip: Try to get a room from second or third floor to avoid the possible mold!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

stay there only 1 night we got sea view room which cost us around 70 euro but no wifi !!
swimming pool are nice but full of kids and people that sit there are sit there forever. there are not enough seat compare to the size of the hotel.
breakfast so terrible it not worth it fried egg are on the tray for hr. nothing nice there not even a tea or coffee i'm so disappointed with this price.

the building are quiet old outside but inside had renovate
our shower not have hot water we have to shower in the bath

this place only fine wouldn't recommend to any friends tho.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

This was supposed to be our last hotel on Koh Lanta, the last three nights of our honeymoon, and our most expensive hotel on the trip. We checked in, giggling and happy, and the front desk clerk told us that there was one wifi signal in the lobby and another in our room. Great in theory...but there was nothing in our room. No signal, no nothing. When I went back to the front desk to ask why we couldn't get wifi in our room, the answer was, "you can get wifi here in the lobby." Ummm, that wasn't the question.

Anyway, our room was fine, if you were an eastern European tourist leaving your village for the very first time and staying in a hotel for the first time. Beat-up, run-down, grimy, dirty. Our one and only towel rack was mounted above the toilet, for example, and was twisted out of shape, as if someone had tried to do chin-ups from the toilet and one side had pulled out of the wall.

The hotel has a pool, but...if you travel all the way to this incredibly beautiful Thai island, and you want to spend your days far from the beach, sitting by this pool overlooking a boulevard far from the beach, maybe you could have saved your money on the flight and stayed home.

In the breakfast room, there was a grimy red lump on the floor next to the buffet, like a fallen strawberry jelly from a few days ago, when I arrived as the buffet opened at 07:00 in the morning. I was among the first guests. By the time I left at 07:45, the grimy red lump was still there. Even as more guests arrived, no one cleaned this grimy mess on the floor. Yuk. I told several staff members, and no one seemed to understand that this needed to be cleaned. Under our table were several crumpled napkins from a previous meal. Yuk. No one bothered. The staff sat. No one cared.

I spoke with the front desk, and the manager helped us move to another hotel owned by the same chain, which wasn't much better. Nice service, but better to just clean the messes.

Hotel is good if you just don't care. Management doesn't You might be happy if you don't either.

Room Tip: Try the Lanta Mermaid, just 50 meters up the boulevard. It's clean, and the management cares. Th...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Krabi Town, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

Had a massive room and a ginormous double possible triple bed! Stayed for 2 nights with my girlfriend. The breakfast was a typical Thai hotel breakfast buffet. Cereal,yoghurt, fresh fruit, hotdog sausages, ham, scrambled egg, poached egg, eggy bread.... (Someone nearly put us off by saying the breakfast was lame in a review). The beach is a 2 minute walk over the road, through the sister resort and onto a fantastic beach with delicious restaurants. The beach was quiet and sleepy with soft sand and clean, clear blue water.
The hotels pool was a good size surrounded by a row of loungers and sun umbrellas.
We suggest you eat and the Rann restaurant. Best food ever, although a bit of a wait (45 mins) so relax, enjoy the atmosphere and sup some rum and coke.

Room Tip: 1103 was a good, ground floor room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

We stayed at Ananda Lanta in a "Sea View" room for 6 nights. It was definitely not busy when we were at the hotel, with maybe 20-30 other guests at most most days we were there.

When we arrived we were told there was free WiFi in the reception area (there was the first night we were there then we were told the next morning that no, there was no free WiFi and our devices could no longer log on without a login). Five days of WiFi access costs 500 baht. Atrociously bad WiFi - constant drop-outs, terribly slow, only accessible by one device for each login you buy. Constant logging in and out. Such a waste of money. Don't bother with it - buy a local sim instead.

The room was spacious and had a balcony facing West, with a view of the sea past the road and trees. The hotel is situated about 3 minutes walk from the beach, across the road. The room balconies have no privacy and if someone is sitting on their balcony next door, they will literally be right next to you (and can also see into your room if you don't close the blinds). There is a nice view of the sunset from the balcony however.

The room had no mini bar, but was equipped with a good sized bar fridge. There was also a safe provided, as well as basic toiletries (shampoo only, bar soaps, cotton buds).

TV didn't have any channels in English the when we arrived (it was raining on Lanta the first couple of days we were there, otherwise we normally wouldn't have minded). A maintenance person was sent up to add an extra cable in which gave us some channels in English. The TV also made a very high-pitched noise when it was on (like when you have tinnitus). We asked them to swap the TV - which they did - but the new one had the same problem.

The room was cleaned each day and towels replaced. Two bottles of water were provided each day.

The staff were friendly, but there seemed to be lots of them just standing around, not doing much. Only a few spoke English well, but they were still able to answer questions. It seems as though they need better training around customer service and hospitality. Our request for late check-out (2pm instead of 12pm, because we were on the late ferry out of Lanta) was denied instantly, even though they really weren't busy or at capacity.

Breakfast was poor. Cheap cereals. Watermelon and pineapple (the only thing I ate from the buffet) each day were good. Fried eggs were all overcooked and sitting in the bain marie for hours it seemed. Omelettes were available in the bain maries, but not cooked to order. No bacon, just processed pork slices floating in water in bain maries, and processed pork sausages. Salad bar and yogurts left uncovered, with flies stuck in the bowls. White and (sometimes) brown toast. Sometimes French toast (sitting in bain maries) with honey. Jugs of coffee and tea kept on warmers. They would have been better off cutting the size of the buffet in half and just providing a few quality items, rather than the awful stuff that was there. Lots of staff floating around, not doing much at breakfast too.

The pool was good and never really busy whilst we were there. There is a massage space next to the pool, however we only saw a masseuse there once. There is no pool bar, however I did notice they were selling drinks in the second lobby near the pool one day. But this wasn't open the next day we were at the pool.

Location is good. Across the road from the beach, shops, restaurants and markets nearby. Plenty of tuk tuks drivers to take you to Saladan for 50 baht/pp.

Next time I'm on Lanta I'd stay down near Kantiang Bay at a beachside resort or bungalows. Ananda Lanta was way overpriced for the level of service provided and the amenities available. You can get a beachside bungalow for the same price, which would be much nice than this hotel.

Room Tip: Definitely spend a little more for a higher up sea view room, or deluxe room. Balconies have no pri...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ananda Lanta Resort
Address: 224 Mhoo 3 Thumbon Saladan Ampuer Krabi Koh Lanta, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #45 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Lanta
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ananda Lanta Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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