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Royal Lanta Resort and Spa
Ranked #34 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Reviewed 9 May 2013

I stayed here in April 2013 with my husband and 3 children and my parents. We had a family room with a bunkbed (so one child slept with us in the enormous bed). It was a really good size, very pleasant and clean. My parents had a standard room with King Bed, and they were delighted with it. It represents incredible value for money as it is a really nice resort, with two beautiful swimming pools and well located, close to shops and the pier. It has a restaurant on the beach (not well frequented at night.. maybe because everyone goes out to eat), and a coffee shop which if perfect for taking children to for snacks and lunches - although the staff there were a little grumpy. However staff at reception were excellent and very helpful. You can hire tuktuks very easily by just walking towards the road.
My favourite time was sitting on the loungers by the beachfront with a drink, watching the children playing in the sand and waiting for the sunset.

Room Tip: Family rooms were great.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Sara C
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Thank you very much for your kind review your stay with us last month.

Our rooms are spacious and furnished with a real teak wood furniture, our bunk bed for 2 children in the family room you stayed are very popular. Our two pools; one is by the beach and another one is at the back of the resort which is more quiet to relax. We use 10 Mbps leased line for our Wifi connection in Sea Cow coffee shop covering public area including the beachfront where you were watching the children playing in the sand and waiting for sun set.

I am so pleased that you found that we are an incredible value for money, we always offer great deals during our Green Season (May to October). Our convenience to everything, beach, main town and the mainland makes us popular with guests.

We hope to see you again on your next visit to Lanta.

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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Out of four hotels in one trip this was the best value for me. £33 per night for the room inc breakfast so travelling alone made this great value. As it was coming to the end of season it was quiet and they upgraded me to a bungalow plus a free massage. Nice touch.

Bungalows are lovely set amidst lots of planting and shaded. Small complex so walking between the restaurant, two pools and beach was easy. Hotel backs on to 2.5 km of almost deserted beach. Fab. I had booked for three nights but stayed for five. No problem just adding the extra nights on through the reception clerk

Room Tip: Go for a bungalow.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2013

Thank you very much for your kind review.

I am so pleased that you found that we are the best value for money out of four hotels you visited whilst here in Thailand, we always offer great deals during our Green Season (May to October). Our convenience to everything, beach, main town, tours and the mainland, makes us popular with guests and I am pleased you enjoyed our complimentary 20 minutes massage during your stay. It makes us exceptionally happy to hear that you decided to double the length of your stay because you enjoyed our resort so much.

We hope to see you again on your next visit to Lanta.

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Reviewed 28 April 2013

The rooms are more than spacious, very comfortable (superb bedding!) and clean ... you can see that the place is around for 'some time', but since things are being maintained this is no real bother.

2 pools of which the 'hill side pool' is the more favourable one.

Best breakfast of all places we stayed during our visit to Thailand ... and also the restaurant serves up good, decent fare.

I'm less convinced of the pool bar. Although staff was wonderfull, it takes a bit more 'effort' to provide cocktails and long drinks worth the name and the price.

All in all, nice place, nice people - loved it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank BoyarBorodino
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2013

Thank you for the information that you have shared in Trip Advisor with others.

Our rooms are spacious and furnished with a real teak wood furniture and every room has balcony or veranda at the front to sit and relax.

Our two pools; one is by the beach and another one is at the back of the resort which is more quiet to relax and that is your favourable one. I am glad you liked our breakfast. We always provide a good rotation breakfast buffet for our guests who stay at the average of 10 days.

I will review your feedback with our management team so that we can improve our pool bar areas you found unsatisfactory. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Lanta.

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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Second time I have stayed here and it has continued o impress with the value for money and the position. Right in the middle of the night markets and close to many attractions for both adults and families. The rooms are comfortable and there is a good view from all rooms either over the rive or towards the night markets and the hills. Staff are only too happy to assist you in any way and the breakfast is very good. Bathroom is clean. Staff were only to happy to assist when my hot water was not working and they fixed it by the time I got back to the hotel that evening. A good hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Thank fozzie_8
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2013

Welcome back and thank you for your comment shared with other readers.
I am glad you impressed with our great value for money which is our aim as well as our great location on Koh Lanta.

On behalf of the resort, I would like to thank you once again for taking the time to post your feedback after your second visit and we promise we will share with all our staff.

We hope to see you again on your next visit.

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I enjoyed the 6 nights we spent at the Royal Lanta and have therefore spent a lot of time pondering how to rate it.

I was looking for somewhere mid-priced, in a good location, with decent rooms, as opposed to a deluxe resort that you don't leave for the entire holiday. The Royal Lanta ticked those boxes and provided a comfortable base for our stay on Ko Lanta.

Our deluxe villa was very well priced (approx £80/night in early March), spacious, nicely decorated and well equipped. Nice touches included a fridge, 2 bottles of drinking water daily, umbrellas, beach/pool towels. The bed was huge, with a lovely teak reclining chair next to it and a further seating area. Plenty of clothes storage was a bonus. However, the rooms are not in the least bit private, as the huge windows and balcony overlook the main walkways, and so you need to keep the curtains closed, and most of the deluxe villas are directly opposite the family villas (so the obvious joys of other people's kids when 'relaxing' on the balcony!).

The grounds are pretty and tree-shaded with boardwalk style paths giving a quite premium resort feel.

The pools are both good, but the mountain view one is far superior and quieter. However, it is nowhere near the bar and there is no service, so a bit of a trip every time you need a drink. The front pool is directly on the beach, next to the bar and coffee shop, so more convenient. Lunch snacks can be ordered from the coffee shop and are delivered to your sun lounger, and the bar is a short walk away. Reasonably priced and good quality snacks include burgers, satay, noodles, sandwiches etc, plus nice cakes and coffee.

Breakfast has the best selection I encountered during my trip to Thailand and was of a good standard.

The spa looked lovely, but was several times more expensive than the places on the beach. However, there is a 30% discount on Fridays, and this would make it only twice as much as a beach massage and in far more luxurious surroundings.

The main reason for my 'average' rating though is that this place is a collection of bungalows and facilities but without any obvious service - not a resort. Yes, we were given a drink and spa voucher on arrival, but I'm afraid that's where the 'service' ended. Coffee shop staff were unhelpful, dirty dishes and glasses were left by the side of the pool all day, bar staff were often not there (to the point that I went to the shop next door 5 times out of 10, simply because I could not find anyone to serve me at the bar), breakfast was being cleared away well before 10am, the bar was closed by the time we came back from dinner each evening. This place just does not try hard enough I'm afraid. The restaurant was empty most evenings, but that's hardly surprising when you have to hunt for any sign of their offering. As it turns out, they do a fantastic value set dinner, but this was not advertised until our last night.

With some management attention to develop a true service ethos, and development of an atmosphere in the evenings, Royal Lanta could be pretty good. For now though, I rate it as average.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2013

Thank you so much for your helpful and comprehensive review and I am very pleased that you liked our resort and its great location on Koh Lanta. I am glad you found that we are great value as well as great quality which is our aim.

On behalf of the resort, I would like to thank you once again for taking the time to post your feedback which we do take the time to read and absorb and we promise we will share with all our staff.

We hope to see you again on your next visit.

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We have just returned after spending 2 weeks in thailand, we stayed 5 nights at the Royal lanta and were impressed from the start, the rooms are beautiful and gardens are well maintained. It is in a great location, we hired a tuk tuk and drove around town and it was great that you could walk alond the beach and there were lots of different restaurants to choose from. Staff are friendly and helpfull. All in all a great place to stay

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Nicky312659
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2013

Thank you for the wealth of recommendation and information that you have shared in Trip Advisor with others. We are also very pleased that you enjoyed your 2 weeks stay with us, and happy to hear that our resort have all of what you need inside and outside during your stay.

WhiIst our restaurant offers a wide selection of foods from around the world, there are many and various restaurants around Klong Dao beach and Saladan town all within a small walking distance for you to try.

We hope to see you again on your next visit to Lanta.

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Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights after staying at a fantastic hotel in Bangkok (Anantara) and another hotel close to Krabi (Nakamanda). This hotel was OK in comparison, nothing out-of-the-ordinary. All amenities worked, the family room with double bunk bed for our kids (aged 10 and 8) was great, the boardwalks gave it all a very nice touch, the big pool at the back was void of people most of the time while the one in the front was quite busy, probably because it is closer to the beach.

The area is fantastic - the beach with all the different restaurants and various feet-in-the-sand dinners on warm evenings was fabulous. We never ate dinner at Royal Lanta - it just didn't look appealing compared to all the other options and was mostly quite empty. Actually, it seems most of the beach restaurants are quite busy, while those that are off the beach have more trouble attracting hungry mouths.

There are a few things that were less than perfect us at this hotel (though nothing major)
- the smiling guy at reception was always on the phone with his girlfriend, on cloud 9 it seems. Oftentimes he wasn't at reception at all.
- Why did we need the guy at reception? Because there is no safe in the room - the safe is at reception, so you go there every time you need any of your valuables
- the mosquito net set up to cover the double-bunk bed only covers the top bed. The child in the lower bed lies prey to the little monsters.
Tipp: Buy a big can of mosquito-repellant at the large hardware store across the main road and use liberally in your before going out for dinner.
- According to recent posts, the lady who does the eggs is not the most friendly individual. I can confirm this.
- Generally the level of helpfulness and friendliness is below par compared to what we've experienced in Thailand so far
- If you order food from the Bakery, which is good by the way, they bring it to your spot by the pool. Good. But, they never come back to remove the used dishes - they just sit there all day and attract ants. If you want them removed, you take them back to the bakery yourself.
- A number of the umbrellas are old and tattered, or don't open properly, or close automatically. On a hot and sunny day this is a big nuisance. If you need help there is no-one around. Ok, walk all the way to reception and ask the smiling guy who is on the phone with this girlfriend - if you can find him ...

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hobnob72
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222moo3, Manager at Royal Lanta Resort and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2013

Thank you for staying with us, Royal Lanta Resort & Spa, in the small but beautiful island of Koh Lanta. Unlike your hotels in Bangkok and Krabi, we are a 3 star resort (they are both 5 star) but we do continuously strive to offer a 5 star service. We recognise that sometimes we fail to reach peoples expectations, but we do genuinely care what you think and react to both compliments and complaints. This morning I reviewed your feedback with our management team so that we can improve the areas you found unsatisfactory.

I hope you will come back again and be impressed with us next time.

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Additional Information about Royal Lanta Resort and Spa

Address: 222 Moo 3, Khlong Dao Beach | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: £18 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Lanta Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Royal Lanta Resort and Spa is on an idyllic island, yet with shops and restaurants close by and convenient for Krabi airport. The stylish modern bungalows, each with its own balcony and sun loungers, are close to the two pools, yet the nearby pavilion-style restaurant and bar is right on the sand. Enjoy our 'Coral Leaf Spa'. Sample our freshly-baked pastries in the 'Sea Cow Cafe' and keep in touch via the free Wi-Fi! ... more   less 
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