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Nik's Garden
Ranked #10 of 146 Ko Lanta B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“expensive for what we were offered.”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

we were looking for new accomodation on ko lanta and had seen reviews of nik's garden and as we passed it a few times saw the " rooms available" chalk board outside.

had a chat with 1 of the guys about a room but surprised at the costs offered... 2000 for 1 room and 3000 for another room, especially as the place is nothing special and the rooms were part of blocks i was surprised at the cost, yes its on the beach but as others mentioned if felt more like a "suisse" mark up, i live in CH and for 65 and 95chf its expensive.

we had a look at the room and it was a bit dark and musty, no real door, but sliding patio door, bathroom was standard. it was ok and an average room.

For 2-3K i would have expected a lot more.

We decided not to stay and found a large stilted bungalow at the nearby klong nin beach resort for 1600 instead - beach 20m away.

for other reviews moped hire is a pretty much standard 250 a day across the island, never 80 although the lady with the travel office near niks rents for 200 a day, we had a brand new yamaha 125.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Very nice place on the beach. The standard rooms were a bit too small and very basic. It was very clean and Daniel, the owner was super friendly. The gardens and grounds were lovely and the beachside restaurant and bar were good. The outside "verhandah" was tiny and not private at all. We enjoyed our stay but felt it was a bit overpriced.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the beach bungalow looking straight onto the beach and Andaman sea for two nights. The accommodation had been fully modernised to a high standard and our room had a double bed, single bed, tv large fridge, en suite shower room (with his and hers sinks and area for hanging/storing cothes) and separate toilet. After that we stayed in one of the sea view rooms for six nights which contained a double bed, wet room with toilet, fridge and tv and a small terrace which looked onto the garden.
The resort is situated beside the bar which leads to the sandy beach and warm sea. It's close to many restaurants and bars and a short walk from the local shops. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Thanks especially to Michael for arranging everything for us. I would highly recommend Nik's Garden to anyone who wants a relaxing, peaceful holiday.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 1 March 2013 via mobile

Nice place right on klong nin beach. Beach is a tad crowded in by hotels, resorts and restaurants from the side of the street, but not too many people on it at any one time, especially since there is a large vacant lot on one side of Nik's.

The only negative point of any size was the musty smell in our room. Seems the mattress & covers don't get as much fresh air as they ought to, and fluffing them once a day before making the bed just isn't enough. Since our room had one large glass sliding door and no window except the fan in the bathroom, there was no fresh air inside the place unless you were prepared to leave the door open during the daytime (and presumably stuck around while your room was unlocked). What helped was getting a bottle of talcum powder and spreading it liberally under the bedsheets and between the covers. Real drawback was that we couldn't even contemplate sleeping in the windowless corner of the room the mattress was in without aircon recycling the musty air.

Breakfast is ok, loads of restaurants nearby and the cafe monkey bizziness (over the road from Nik's, lovely girl running it) should keep anyone from going hungry.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We stayed there for 6 nights and in short it was ok but a bit overprized in my opinion. It seems like there is a "suisse charge" to all the prices at this place (the owners are guys from Switzerland). The location is great, at one of the most beautiful beaches of the island (Klong Nin) just right at the doorstep. The room was clean with AC and fridge (plus 2 bottles free water every day) but no mosquito net and no window to open - just a glas door (there was no "normal" door" either) to the terrace which led to the garden, so we had to sleep with the AC on. Breakfast was not included and to be honest you get that kind of breakfast way cheaper at different locations nearby, the same goes with other food that is brought over from the restaurant next to the place. Staff however is friendly. So overall there is nothing to worry about if you stay there but I am pretty sure you can have the same quality and location way cheaper on the island.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

We stayed at Niks back in 2005 and January 2013. The bungalows have undergone a full renovation and are in much better shape than before. We stayed in a regular bungalow which was good. No bug issues. Cocktails were great and all food comes from next door at Otto's which is an awesome spot for dinner. Make sure you go across the road to Shanti's for coffee (best on the island) they also do great food and it's a little boutique too!

Room Tip: Try for a beach front room but they are all good.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

We arrived on Koh Lanta and didn't book anything , as we arrived and informed about accomadation we met Mark, who kindly tookus a side and offered Niks garden as a great accomadation to stay.
As we know the island, we where so pleased what he had to offer , great rooms right on the best beach on the island.
We agreed on a good price and booked for 3 nights, what ended up to be 5 nights.
Because it is a small resort we soon met the rest of team and felt so looked after, Daniel who took all the time for anything we asked, scooter, trips , cooking classes ferries just anything, he arranged.
Such a personal service.
And the star behind the bar is miauw(excuse spelling) he is the man for a good chat and the best cocktails, thanks we had such a laugh.
Overall I can' t fault anything, we had such a good and relaxed stay, that we will book for next year.
Just to sum up:
Great rooms for a reasonable price.
Best beach on the island(Klong Nin Beach)
Good food what is delivered by Otto's bar next door.
Lovely bar area right on the beach , great sunsets.
Small resort very personal.
Great team of people.
Thank you so much , Mark ,Daniel , Miauw , lovely cleaning lady.
Can't wait to see you all back next year!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nik's Garden
Address: 131 Moo 6 Khlong Nin, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Nik's Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nik's Garden is a small beachfront resort in the middle of the beautiful Klong Nin beach on Ko Lanta. Ideally located between the main road and the beach, we offer some cozy rooms and bungalows set among a tropical lush garden. Relax at a Sala in our garden, enjoy a massage with sea view, sunbath on our white sandy beach or round up your days at our chilled little Beachbar.You can choose your breakfast à la carte on a daily base and enjoy the beautiful view of the Andaman Sea in the morning.It’s a place where your most difficult decision of the day will be, if you have a snack at the bar before the massage or just a freshly squeezed juice: Why spoil the day with work, if it works to be spoilt by the day.The timeless magic that makes this place and this island so special cannot be broken by a few modern conveniences.Nik’s Garden and Team wishes you an excellent stay and an unforgettable holiday with us. ... more   less 

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