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“Paradise... But bring ear plugs and mozzie repellant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Long Beach Chalet

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Long Beach Chalet
Ranked #10 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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“Paradise... But bring ear plugs and mozzie repellant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013 via mobile

We loved our stay at the Long Beach Chalets.

When we arrived by tuk tuk which cost 150bht from the pier (we had taken the ferry from Ao Nang)we were greet at reception and our luggage unloaded for us, whilst we checked in we were served fresh pineapple juice and then shown to our room. The room we were given was room 1 right next to reception and the restaurant, whilst there was nothing wrong with the room we asked to moved as we like to sleep late and thought that it would be noisy.

The management were really helpful and said that although they were full we could change rooms tomorrow.

So, room 1 : king size bed, mozzie net, small wardrobe, dressing table, tv, fridge, aircon, kettle with cups saucers, tea coffee etc. two bottles of water. The balcony was narrow with nothing to sit on.

The bathroom, whilst others have reported this as 'outside' what it actually is, is a separate room ( the stairs divide the two) whose walls finish about 12 inches from the ceiling, in room 1's bathroom this gap was filled with bamboo.

There was a sink, loo and shower, shampoo, shower gel, cotton buds, and shower cap provided.

Two hand towels, two bath towels, two beach towels.

Under the room was the chill our area with a hammock, day bed and table. The hammock looks a bit scary but my god it was so comfortable.

The second room we were allocated, b2, was pretty much the same except much bigger. There was far more room around the bed, the tv was on the wall and there were two bean bags which you could either put at the end of the bed or take out onto the, larger, balcony. It had two sliding doors onto balcony where room 1 had had a small door and a couple of windows.

The bathroom was about the same except the gap at the top of the wall was open.

As far as I know the options when you book are either garden view standard room or a pool view exec room, the pool view rooms were clearly bigger and had double balconies, however, the garden view ones whilst obviously smaller had nice views..... but it appears block b is bigger than block a so ask for block b when booking!

The grounds were well kept, we saw a groundsman out every day, the pool was lovely, really clean and well kept with a smaller jacuzzi type water feature, as others have reported the sun loungers were hideously uncomfortable, some people brought the cushions from their chill out areas, me, I 'borrowed' a seat cushion from My Lyms which I carried about for the whole 4 days and used it at the beach and by the pool. There were some parasols.

The beach: let me clear this up, whilst the complex is not on the beach the only thing between it and the beach is a dirt track and palm trees. It's about 3 mins walk and the most you will encounter is some fallen coconuts.

The beach had some sun beds and day beds, all free.

Shade was available up to about 2pm then it receded completely. No parasols.

The sand was very pale and no litter however the trees lining the beach shed a kind of fir which covered the beach.

The water was very clear, no lurking monsters , and was really warm

The sunset from this beach was amazing and a sunset swim was just perfect.

Back to the comp,ex and the Three Mums restaurant. We only took breakfast, it was all table service, no buffet, there were continental options such as cereal, fruit with yoghurt, breads etc. then cooked options like full English, eggs on toast, eggy bread, then Thai options which were basically rice or noodle dishes. Everything tasted fine.

On an evening the restaurant had options such as BBQ which they held in the garden which, randomly, had a large cinema style screen which appeared to show tv.

Cost of food in 3mums was relevant to the cost of the resort, ie a rice dish was about 180bht but the same dish in the street would have been 60bht.

The staff spoke excellent English and were very helpful, we booked our return minivan at reception where you could also book trips.

The area was really quiet, there were some bars about 500m down the road but most evening action took place on the beach where the beach bars were lit up with tables on the sand, food and drinks served but everyone in bed by 11pm

My only negative comment and this not really the resorts fault us that it can be noisy during the night, the traffic, the aircon, the fridge .... Would recommend ear plugs. Also we got eaten alive by mozzie a and sand lies... Need super strength repellant.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Long Beach Chalets, please feel free to contact me with any questions.




Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

We had 6 nights at LBC. The first night was in a standard room which was very nice and the next 5 in the luxury room which was really great. Fantastic pool and pretty good breakfast included in the price. The rooms are not cheap but are still good value. While the venue itself is great the service and friendly attitude of staff is also a highlight.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We loved the bungalows at Long Beach Chalet. They are beautifully appointed and kept incredibly clean. Each one is on stilts with a seating area beneath consisting of a hammock and a bamboo lounge bed, this is great for if it rains at all, nice to chill out with a book and a Chang beer. The 3 mums restaurant will also deliver any food and drinks to your room, which is very handy.

The Rooms have a little shelving and clothes hanging area, and a mosquito net above the bed. There are huge sliding doors if you want to sit out on the balcony on the big bean bags. The air conditioning could be slightly stronger, but worked well all the same. The only thing that was missing from the room was a safe. We had to keep our valuables locked in the main safe in the front office, which although was perfectly safe, we would have preferred one in the room.There was access to the safe between 7am and 10pm everyday.

The bathroom is separate to the rooms accessed across the private stairway. It feels like you are showering outdoors as the roof sits slightly away from the walls, this is wonderful. The shower was great and i didn't have any problems with mosquito bites as I had read in previous reviews.

The staff are fantastic and helped us organise anything we needed, including a scooter (300thb per day) which worked out much cheaper than getting tuk tuks and was a fantastic way to see the island. Also not much traffic (cars) on the road so it was quite safe. They also booked us onto a Thai cookery course, Time for Lime, which was fantastic, and also included return transport to and from the hotel.

The connecting restaurant is The 3 mums, which was great. We really rated the BBQ which served a selection of seafood cooked to order, including the best squid we had on our trip. Breakfast was not a buffet unlike all the other places we had stayed. I liked this as it meant that everything was fresh and cooked to order, and panic not, you can order more than one thing! We loved the dim sum in the morning, also the crepes!

The beach is a five minute walk away, and having stayed directly on the beach in all our other hotels during a trip, we counted this as a slight negative, but only because we had been so spoilt elsewhere. The beach itself is very quiet, but if you walk up to the right when you reach the beach there are more beach bars, a mini mart and beach massages and its slightly busier.

There is a fantastic restaurant called Lym's Rice Bowl as you reach the beach from the hotel. We loved it here at any time of the day, and chose to eat here quite a lot. The bamboo lounge beds are the perfect place to watch the sunset with a beer or cocktail, or you can sit directly on the beach and have a delicious thai meal with your feet in the sand. Highly recommended. The staff are fabulous, making sure you know exactly what you are eating, how it was cooked and the traditional way to eat it. Loved it here!

Long Beach Chalet was my favourite accommodation during my 3 weeks in Thailand and fantastic value for money. I will be recommending it to friends and would definitely stay here again on a trip back to Koh Lanta.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2013

Long Beach Chalets is located in a garden, alongside the road, at 5 minutes walking distance from the beach. That beach is the most beautiful beach on Koh Lanta. The sand is clean, the sea is terrific with a sand bottom ( so no sharp corals, stones and/or urchins), the slope is not steep and there is hardly any current (safe for children). All this in December, I don't know how it is in other times of the year. I was there in the peak season and still the beach was not full at all. There are some small clusters of loungers and in between them hardly anybody. In front of Long Beach Chalets there is one such cluster, belonging to Lym's Rice Bowl, the restaurant at the beach that is run by the three mums, serving nice food at a perfect location. The restaurant called The Three Mums is located in Long Beach Chalets and is not run by the three mums anymore. The food there is nothing special and the location is neither, so I can't recommend eating there. The huts at Long Beach Chalets are very comfortable and kept very clean. The platform under the hut is great for relaxing, although you have to realise that you will be hearing some trafficnoise. Not too bad though. I did not make use of the swimmingpool, but it looked clean and nice. The beds surrounding it don't have any pillows on them, though, and are made of wood, so they are very hard to lie on.
Other then some of the travellers who have been writing reviews, I do not think that the staff was special. Some were friendly, one or two were not, most of them do not speak any English, the owners (a brother and sister) do speak English very well and are friendly but are spending almost all of their time in their little office, so are not making a very big contribution towards atmosphere and Poo, the manager, is a very friendly and serviceoriented guy, but not a very outgoing personality. So don't go to Long Beach Chalets expecting an extraordinarely warm and friendly atmosphere. Go there to spend time at lovely Koh Lanta, enjoy the nicest beach of Koh Lanta, be lodged comfortably in the vicinity of enough shops and restaurants (and one or two bars) at a very calm place and you will be happy. And I can heartily recommend to hire a scooter, so shops and restaurants are easier to reach and to explore the islands. The roads are very good and the traffic is really low key.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

We stayed for five nights in January 2013 and couldn't have been happier. The room was beautiful and comfortable (in fact, one of the most comfortable beds in all our three weeks in Thailand), and cleaned daily. The rooms look exactly like they do online - modern and very clean. There is a small refrigerator that they stock with two bottles of water daily.
The hotel staff really go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming, with surprising little touches - they left little snacks in our room every afternoon - nice bonus! And one afternoon we were enjoying the pool and they brought us a complimentary small plate of lychee and pineapple, which was wonderfully refreshing.
The bathroom is right outside the bedroom, and it's a bit like camping because it's open air - and we had a frog friend hanging out in there, which was great because it was probably eating all the bugs - but it wasn't a problem for us at all. We also booked a snorkeling tour with the hotel - the four islands tour - and it was fantastic. They also arranged for us to have a scooter for the day for 300baht ($10 USD), which was very convenient.
One of the best part of the rooms are the small lounging area underneath - one day it rained all day and we spent the day on the comfy bed underneath our room reading and relaxing and ordered lunch from Three Mum's - it was perfect.
It's not directly on the beach, but rather a short walk behind, and we spent a few days at Lym's Rice Bowl, which was also fantastic. It's on a great part of the beach - even though we were there during peak season, it never felt crowded.
All in all a great experience, I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to stay on Long Beach.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

We stayed for 5 nights January 2013 and didn't want to leave!!!! We stayed in a garden view bungalow which was nice and private and very quiet. As to a previous review... (Smell in bathroom) we found out the smell that smells like the drains was I fact a air freshener hid under the sink which when removed the smell totally disappeared, we informed the resorts management and the following day the air fresheners was removed from all rooms!! ( they had paid for drain to be checked etc etc and didn't know what the smell was!!! Result!!) the rooms are cleaned every day and the room has a kettle which was a bonus. the beach is a 5 min walk away which is nice to be near a pool after 5 previous resorts on beaches. The pool is quiet and clean with a jacuzzi within. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The breakfast is nice but basic. The restaurant does lovely food try the tempura veg and prawns wow!!! The chalets are very reasonable for what you get. We didn't want to leave and will return. Thanks to the great staff for a great stay. X

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Long Beach Chalet is the place to stay if you're in Koh Lanta. Not only is it very reasonably priced, the bungalow is spacious, comfortable and clean with good AC and strong wifi. There is a balcony in each bungalow and there is also some resting space at the bottom of each one with a hammock. The owners speak fluent english and go out of their way to help you. They organised transfers for us, we orginally booked a bungalow for three people in advanced but a few weeks before we flew out to Koh Lanta, we had an extra visitor and they went out of their way to organise extra beds in the bungalow as by then the place was fully booked. They made everything very easy for us, booked our day trips and organised hired vehicles for us. Breakfast was very good, a generous selection was available at their restaurant, The Three Mums, with friendly service. One of the mums came to speak to us in the mornings when we were having breakfast and made us some coconut pancakes on the side, they were nice!

There is a small but clean pool in the centre of the bungalows with sun chairs. And a few miniutes walk and you see a nice stretch of beach with white fine sands, beach bars and massages! Going into the main strip of koh lanta where all the main shops were was also very easy. Public taxis are very affordable and are available and is a short 5-10 minute ride away.

We were very happy with our stay and would highly recommend this place to people. I loved Koh Lanta a lot, I will definitely come back to the Long Beach Chalet the next time I visit Koh Lanta. Many thanks to Tam, his sister and the mums for a great stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Long Beach Chalet
Address: 472 Moo 3 | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Long Beach Chalet 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Long Beach Chalet is a small, cosy, family run resort located within walking distance to a private stretch of beach on Long beach.The chalets are tastefully furnished, with modern amenities and luxurious beds. Our excellent family-like service is also one of Long Beach Chalet's strong points. ... more   less 
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