We came to Ko Lamta intending to stay 5 nights. We booked 2 nights first to see how the resort was and were glad we didn't commit to any more nights. As we moved on to another resort.
After dinner on our first night we went back to shower off a days with of suntan lotion and mozzie repellent to have our shower stop running after about 30 seconds.. Just enough time to get covered in soap ! I went to reception to find only a security guard available to help me... After 30 minutes of frustration I was given the key to another villa to use to shower for the 2 nights we were staying. I guess it was a solution but given that we were paying for their highest category villa this was far from ideal.
We stayed in August in low season so there is pretty much nothing open either side so the beach is deserted and most places are sheltered by green mesh and are being renovated. There are a few places to eat on the main road that offer a nicer environment than the hotel restaurant.
The hotel restaurant has very good food but it is very basic and ok for lunch. They also have a lot of birds begging for food at the table that the staff encourage by feeding them and loads of wasps all over the fruit and jams at breakfast. ( I think there was a wasp nest in the roof of the restaurant)
There are 2 pools and enough loungers (Esp when we were there) however there is a small Lilly pond next to the pool by the beach which has still water and is a mosquito breeding pond. As soon as it got to about 4.30 we saw loads of mosquitoes and my husband was bitten 4 times within as many minutes. As we were collecting our things we could see them swarming around. I did report this as we were leaving the following day.
There was a small cafe / bakery which looked like it would be nice but this was also closed due to season. The spa that was open and operating on appt due to reduced staffing was very nice but charged double the price for a massage than all the local places - and that was the low season reduced price. I accept that it is supposed to be a spa but to be honest I would rather have a good massage than a good environment...
I think that in high season the resort would give a better impression than it did. If you are going to open all year round then in my opinion you should give the same service regardless of the season. Yes the prices were slightly lower than normal but I don't think that given the reduced operations etc that this represents good value for money.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Lanta Hotel Ko Lanta
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