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Lanta Pavilion Resort
Ranked #71 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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“Lanta in Low Season”
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Lanta Pavillion in mid-late June, which is definitely in Koh Lanta's low season. Low season in Lanta is VERY QUIET, so don't go to June, July, August if you like bustling beach resorts. But, if you want a bit of solitude with a loved one or your family, then low season is for you!
The rooms at Lanta Pavillion are of a high standard. Lovely big double bed, with crisp white bedding, good air con, wardrobe, dresser, TV, nice large bathroom with open plan shower area, plus a nice veranda at the front of each bungalow with tables and chairs.
The grounds are well kept, and there is a nice pool with a few sunloungers, and you are a stones throw from the beach. But the best bit is WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE! That, and our room was only 500 baht a night which is cheap for any island in Thailand for an aircon room.

The downside (if you want to call it that) is the beachside restaurant and tourist office is not open, but Joe who works there will help you with anything you need, from orientation on the island, to helpful hints on the good places to eat (which are still open), and booking tours.

There were three restaurants nearby. Bulan and Sonya do Thai food and breakfast at a reasonable price, and a good Greek restaurant which although was a bit expensive compared to the other two, did massive portions and made a nice change from Thai noodles/rice etc.
there's also a Seven Eleven store for all other bits and pieces.

If you get a motorbike (200baht from the hotel) there are plenty of other places on Lanta too. The roads are reasonable and very quiet, so good for novice scooter riders like ourselves.

All in all a great place to stay. Couldn't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We stumbled upon the Pavilion resort after getting the boat across from Phi phi - and what a find!!!

This time of the year (June) it's low season so Lanta is pretty much empty, which makes for a lovely, relaxing time.

We stayed in the new-style Bungalows which were some of the nicest accommodation we've had in the whole of SE Asia! Very clean and comfortable, with a nice big bed.

Joe, the manager was always very friendly, helpful and looked after us. Thanks Joe!! :)

We rented a motorbike and toured the island for the day - which is definitely recommend. The roads a quiet, and it's a lovely drive.

The place has a great pool by the beach, and we had this all to ourselves for 5 nights!

All in all, a great find on a lovely relaxing island!

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  • Stayed June 2013
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Felizzano, Italy
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Reviewed 22 April 2013 via mobile

if u r looking for a great place to spend you andaman vacation....the LANTA PAVILLON...is what u need,beautiful location....full optional room's...and a spectacular breakfast on the beach side...by the way....for 800/900 bath for a double room with breakfast...it's some of the best that u can find in lanta..

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Stayed here for Christmas and New Year, booking on Hotels.com. Klong Khong beach is quite a good choice: half way up the island, not too busy, but with a decent selection of bars and restaurants within walking distance. It has good soft sand, but (like many of the beaches on Lanta) there are rocks in the sea which you have to negotiate when swimming, especially at low tide.

The small bungalow-type room we stayed in was simple and reasonable, but no more than that (though I think they have some better, more recently renovated rooms also). They all have a fridge - important if you want to take advantage of the cheap booze available at 7-Eleven etc. The restaurant and reception area are very nicely located right on the beach. So the setting was nice. The breakfast was simple but decent, while the food we had a la carte on a couple of evenings was very nice indeed.

Now to the downsides. The swimming pool is small and pokey. And as others have noted, the service in the restaurant left a lot to be desired: at times slow to the point of being painful! That said, the main lady manning the reception desk was helpful and responsive when we approached her, and got things done.

Overall, a reasonable mid-range place. But from our research and comparison with others, you should be able to get better for a similar price.

Room Tip: Go for their higher-range, more modern rooms, if you can get a deal on them.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Ko lanta is very oversold in the high season. So do yourself a favor and book ahead if you come to the island in high season. Otherwise you may be forced to stay here as I did. And you won't like it. I always like to start with the pros, so here goes. They rented me an awesome new motorbike. They also have super friendly front desk staff.

Now on to the cons. Not the cutest beach in Ko Lanta. Their restaurant was the worst I tried. They negotiated the price for me but I later found out I still overpaid. And the worst part, the room. Super hard bed, big non fluffy pillow, a shower head that only half worked, a shower drain that never ever drained, not even overnight. And the final issue? I was woken up at night with noise on the roof. It went on for 30 minutes. I figured it was a monkey. In the AM, I said to the front desk lady, a monkey kept me up. She said, monkey? I said, yes, on the roof. She said, we don't have monkeys on Ko Lanta. She thought for a moment and said... Oh, it was a rat. We have lots here on Lanta. Really? I've been here a week and the only be I heard was at Lanta Pavilion.

So No, whatever you do, no. Look elsewhere, sleep on the beach. You'll be more comfortable, promise!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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hawaiian9, Manager at Lanta Pavilion Resort, responded to this review, 10 March 2013
I am sorry this customer did not enjoy his stay. He stayed in one of our newer bungalows with a brand new bed and pillows. We had never had a complaint about our beds before this, at least in the 4 years I've been here. I looked at the new bed in this room and found it to be of the same quality as the rest. The pillows are a bit firm and I will get some new ones so people can choose. The restaurant is one of the most popular on the beach, but I realize that it is not always up to Western standards. The Thai food is very consistantly good but the European food is not always what we would expect Keep in mind also that Southern Thai food is different than Bangkok food. Some like it and some don't. There are lots of monkeys here. It is difficult to control their behavior and they can be cheeky. They usually stick to the hills and rarely venture into the resort. When they do, it is usually to pilfer food. It is quite possible that one or two got on the roof and made noise. No way to keep monkeys from doing what they please, short of trapping them or killing them which no one does here. The island is indeed full during the peak season so by all means book early. As we fill up before most, it is unlikely that people end up here at the last minute. Most enjoy their stay. The bad reviews we get are usually because someone is upset with the service. The staff here are not trained to Western standards, though we do make an effort. Again, I am sorry that some are not satisfied. We do try. Remember that this is a tropical island and has only been developed for a few years. Short of importing staff, we have to make the best of dealing with locals who are not always as well trained as we would like.
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Colico
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We were in Lanta Pavilion for 2 weeks in Nov-Dec 2012. We booked online. They pick you up from the pier to the resort. The bungalow was very very simple and rude but good for pice and position. Cleaning ok but sometimes they forgot to leave clean towels. Wi-fi works only sometimes. Breakfast is included, there are coupons with a list of breakfasts and you can choose what you prefere; i find complicate this system, i prefer breakfast buffet. Beach and sunset are wonderful. There are rocks in the sea and if you don't pay attention you can get hurt. We rent a scooter for one day: new scooter, good price 250baht. On the beach there are a lot of bars and restaurants, my favourite is Casa Mi Bar: typical, clean and very good food and price(and also wi-fi)!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We came to stay for only one night. We were promised a deluxe room, but ended up close to the road and furthest away possible to the beach. Not very 'deluxe'. The room was clean though a cockroach was observed. The biggest problem at this place is the service. The woman at the reception is not very helpful, in fact you feel like a burden when approaching her for service. When we first came to the resort she just gave us the key. That was it. We had tons of luggage, didn't know where the bungalow was. Help your self.

The restaurant is OK, but the food was given to us at different times. When I was finished eating, then my girlfriend got her food. And it took quite some time before we got the food.

We travelled with our 9 months old daughter and asked if we could get the baby bottles cleaned. No problem, except when we came and asked for them 4 hours later no one knew where they where. After some searching the bottles were found. Not cleaned of course.

Ca 21:30 someone knocked at our door. It was one of the bartenders claiming money for the night. For some reason it was not possible to pay the bar bill during checkout. Not very common, we have stayed at 5 other resorts on kho lanta. All of them we have payed the bar bill at check out.

The next day we were happy to leave. But this wasn't going to be easy. We were heading to Summer beach (300 meters down the road, same beach), and asked for a taxi. "Go to the road" said the woman at reception. Easy said with a 9 months old kid and lots of luggage. But we managed to ask one of the drivers at Pavilion. He wanted 200 baht for a drive where 20 baht would've been OK. So we called the resort we were going to. They picked us up for free 5 minutes later. That's service.

Stay away, we have so far stayed at places like summer beach, Sri lanta, relax bay. By far much better places. Same price or cheaper and you actually feel welcome.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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hawaiian9, Manager at Lanta Pavilion Resort, responded to this review, 16 February 2013
Sorry this customer was unhappy. Let me clarify a few things. The rooms closer to the beach are "garden view' rooms. They are older and cheaper. The room this customer was in is our newest -- just completed with new furniture including a large flat screen TV. It ws indeed a "deluxe" room. There are pictures on the website so there shouldn't have been a surprise. Customers can request a room close to the beach, but we can not read minds. The bar is not part of Lanta Pavilion Resort, so we have no control over what they do other than cancelling their contract. The owners are Muslim as are most on the island and can not sell alcohol. We do not offer dish washing service, although the girls are usually happy to help, especially with babies, but as this was peak season, they were quite busy. I'm guessing that when this customer arrived, they did not understand when the receptionist told them to wait for someone to carry their bags. Sometimes this service can take a few minutes. There is no taxi anywhere on Koh Lanta that will take you anywhere for 20 baht. Our driver is sometimes usy and if you call for a taxi, it takes much longer than the 30 second walk from this customer's room to the road, which is full of taxis. The service on this island coould indeed be improved. The local standards are not the same as Western standards. Generally, the staff is quite helpful, but they can get flustered when very busy or if they feel insulted. We are working on this, but it is hard to change a culture and it is always hard to find employees on the island. Our staff have improved since I have been here, but are still far from perfect. Give them a smile and they will usually go out of their way to help, but if too demanding, you might get a cold shoulder. I appreciate customers pointing out areas where we can improve. Most are quite happy now and most of our bad reviews are quite old. We rae trying!
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Property: Lanta Pavilion Resort
Address: 120 Moo 2 | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#34 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lanta
#42 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lanta Pavilion Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steps from Klong Khong Beach this tropical resort offers, free pick up from the pier, free parking, free WIFI, outdoor adult & child pools, lantern lit pathways and our famous sun set restaurant. The resort also has a professional travel and tour advice centre and beachfront relax bar beside the swimming pool. The spacious and modern bungalows have lantern lit garden pathways with luscious green tropical gardens & outdoor veranda area offering a tranquil and peaceful setting. AIRPORT PICK UP / TRANSFER SERVICE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST Ideally located in the middle of the West coast which is the side with all the beaches. The location offers relaxation and a good night sleep yet only minutes away from the action or steps away from spectacular sunsets on the beautiful Khlong Khong beach. Accessing the rest of the island is very convenient from Lanta Pavilion Resort as it is almost an equal distance to each interesting place on the island. The nature and scenery in the South, shopping and Saladan Pier in the north and the cultural villages such as Lanta Old Town, the chao lay village and the Thung Yee Peng Village. Each air-conditioned room comes fitted with a flat screen cable TV, free Wi-FI, fridge, mini bar, safety deposit box & en-suite bathroom with hot water and free toiletries. The beach front 'sun set restaurant" offers multi nationality dishes cooked from fresh ingredients. There is also a daily beach front BBQ with fresh "catch of the day" and night time fire show in high season. Laundry, dry cleaning, motorbike hire & massage services available along with many day tours and diving trips can all be arranged at the resorts reception. Important information: Please be aware that during the monsoon season (May - October), the restaurant is sometimes closed or open limited hours. The beachfront relax bar is open all year round. ... more   less 
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