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Costa Lanta
Ranked #24 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Reviewed 17 January 2014

Costa Lanta is situated on the best and most beautiful beach on the island. It’s beautifully designed. It offers excellent value for money. It has a stunning pool. The activity centre is very well run and very helpful.

“First-timers” would love it.

Seasoned travellers would see through the cracks.

Sadly, I suspect their owners have fallen “out of love” with this little jewel and left it to its own devices. When I visited 11 years ago it was clearly loved, fresh, hip and happening and very well maintained.

It’s still hip…but no longer fresh and no longer happening. It’s indeed very neglected, and knowing Thailand and its amazing ever-smiling-people, we got the distinct impression that the staff unfortunately seemed not to be very happy or motivated and they were not having fun at all…although they did try very hard to serve and to be correct, but very serious, without that Thai signature x-factor when it comes to people.

We stayed in a luxury beach front cottage, which is in fact not beach front, but behind the pool, behind the little mosquito infested river. Lovely large room with two huge floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the bed…only privatised by two blinds on the outside of the patio on either side…so, if you have a bit of a voyeurism deep inside you, you would love this as people walking past your room would be able to see right onto your bed through the outside blinds on either side…I think we did give a poor man and his wife the fright of their lives…or fulfilled a secret fantasy…when they wanted to have a peek into our room one afternoon and saw us taking an afternoon “nap” ….in our defence, we did close all available blinds for privacy, but our “audience” still had a full clear view of the bed through the open spaces between the blinds…!

If you are young – or even young at heart - and on a budget - this is your best bet!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

After 3 nights (too many) in Phi Phi, we were so relieved to arrive at Costa Lanta. The vibe is so relaxed and serene, and the property itself is just stunning. I can't understand these negative reviews. We had 3 people in 1 room (including an extra bed), and didn't mind the size. I appreciated the lack of TV, etc. because you're really encouraged to spend time outside both day and night. We did not find mosquitoes to be an issue at all. We enjoyed using the hotel's kayak--they're very nice in the shop. Recommend dinner at Hans', down to the left on the beach.Super fun staff. Genuinely one of my favorite hotels I've ever stayed at. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Wow.. What a place! Costa Lanta is just beautiful. The architecture alone was stunning, then there was the gardens, then the restaurant, then the rooms.. This hotel was just everything and more than what we had expected. The food is really lovely and the drinks are top notch! We spent our time there in a garden room which we loved and unfortunately didn't get the chance to see any of the other rooms available but where very happy with ours. The staff where all very friendly and helpful and assisted us with everything we could ask for. The beach (a few metres from the pool) was just beautiful and after travelling all over Koh Lanta - we agreed that it was our favorite.
We will be returning to stay here again I am sure!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed 6 night in the hotel. The experience on the beginning was shocking, I didn't like the boxes were the rooms are for few reason: are tiny, you don't have any other space to walk inside, is just the bed, no tv (I know ... but I like to watch something at night), no chocolate on fridge, just chips but above all the most problematic thing on this hotel are mosquitos, and because the toilet is outside the box/room if you are planning to pee in the middle of the night you will literally be attack by an horde of them.

I know the minimalistic design is cool and looks good, but having stagnant water all around is not a good idea, is the perfect place for Mosquitos to be, and Thailand have dengue is not a joke.

The piscina on the other hand is great the best of the hotel, but ... they don't clean the sun beds, and there are a lot of birds around, so.. I come back to this hotel? No. I recommend it? I think is a very expensive hotel (VIP boxes are £236 normal £127) search for a better one.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank llanese
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

I can't say enough about Costa Lanta. We originally booked for 2 nights but extended to 4 after hearing everyone telling us not to go to Phi Phi etc. It was the best decision ever, and one of the high-lights of our 3 week long vacation throughout SE Asia. It was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the island. I wish we could've stayed another 4 nights, but at least we have something to look forward to next time ;)

The layout and design of this place is stunning, from the fold out walls of our rooms to the infinity pool to the open restaurant. It's not a 5-star luxury hotel and I think the people who appreciate and love this place ultimately understand that. It's a certain minimalist aesthetic. Yes, I agree that the standard rooms are too small. 4 more feet of space would have been great for luggage etc, but like someone else said here, you just sort of adjust to the space, mainly because you're in the rooms to sleep in that amazing canopied bed and shower. There's no reason to be in there because there's so much beauty outside on the grounds and beach.

I loved that there was an amazing infinity pool and the beach nearby, with many different sitting and lounging options. Food in the restaurant was good, but slightly over-priced, but that's ok because it was well located between many other great eateries - Maladee down the driveway, the last restaurant to the right of the hotel beach (best pad thai and mango w sticky rice), and the casual island vibey place next door.

Kanyarak, one of the owners, was very accommodating and friendly. She played hotel proprietor, concierge and then recommended loads of things in Bangkok for us. If I had to say one thing negative, it's that I wish the restaurant/staff spoke better English but that's minor to everything else.

Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank W C
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Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

Stayed for three nights after a short trip to Phi Phi... What a relief to arrive here! Wonderful staff, food, pool and rooms. Travelled here as a couple and we loved the relaxed atmosphere. There were a few Mosquitos, but that's to be expected when staying in Thailand. Each night they spray your room, light a mosquito coil and prepare the beautiful mosquito net over your bed for you at dusk, just make sure you bring jungle formula or off and you will be just fine!

Make sure you visit the lovely beach bar just to the right of the hotel if you are standing on the beach as well as 'vee vaw' restaurant further up the beach and 'maladee' just outside the gate.

We will be back! Thanks so much

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank kellinor
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed, it was only 1 night stay due to high season and it was last minute booking.

Stayed at the villa close to the pool.
Best pool. Beaches are great with less crowd. Hotels near by was full of kids..

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Segary P
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Additional Information about Costa Lanta

Address: M1.Saladan,Krabi, 22, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lanta
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: £65 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Costa Lanta 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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