We stayed in a C-bungalow (furthest from sea, cheapest option). This was 3700 baht per night. Bungalow was quite large though when it rained there was a real damp feel and smell to the room and linen. Outdoor bathroom was ok, overrun with mosquitoes at night so had to go to the loo armed with insect spray. Shower is very trickly and not what I'd expect from accommodation at this price. Bed was comfortable and balcony was very nice, hammock was nice to lie in at night before bed. No matter what we did, we got bitten heavily every night. Only on the fifth night did we realise we could request a mosquito net. Narima should put these in every bungalow as standard in my opinion.
The restaurant was nice, decent food and not a bad price. Free water with every meal and always topped up. Breakfast was good as well. Lovely gnarled wooden furniture and a TV in one corner which tended to be hogged by kids watching Disney DVDs. Reception staff are reasonably helpful though their English is limited.
Narima is very remote, getting anywhere will require a taxi or a moped, though they do have mopeds to hire by the hour or day. This made it a little more expensive for us. Fine if you want seclusion, not so good if you get cabin fever.
The bar is really nice, right on the beach, a couple of hammocks and a decent cocktail, lovely. The beach is very rocky however, and walking in to the sea can be treacherous. It is secluded though and is only used by hotel guests.
We stayed over New Years Eve and Narima really let us down I feel. The only special thing was that they'd ordered in some nice fish and shellfish. There was no music, no party, nothing. I know its a family resort, but some sort of celebration would have been good.
Speaking to other people we met, its clear that Narima are still charging their old prices but not updating themselves. One acquaintance had found a beach-front bungalow with communal bathroom for 500 baht a night. We also found really nice-looking rooms in Old Town (Mango House) for 2000 baht a night. Maybe 5 years ago, Narima was THE place to stay, but with development on Lanta picking up pace, Narima either needs to drop its prices or reinvigorate itself or risk losing business to more competitively priced places. For that price as well, surely they can offer free transfers to and from Krabi airport?!
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