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Mook Lanta Resort
Ranked #16 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Melissa, Nick, Miao, and Jin (pretty sure I'm not spelling that right) and the staff are all so sweet. They create a really fun, sweet, laid back atmosphere. It was sweet seeing them just enjoy some beers and laugh together. We felt like we were staying as guests in someone's home the way they suggested fun things around the island, fed us breakfast, went diving/snorkeling with us, and provided great service while smiling and laughing all the while. The dogs around the resort also made it feel like a home. Bear in mind, this is not luxurious, per se-- we slept under a mosquito net and had a pink frog living in our bathroom (one of the non-AC'ed bungalows). But it was peaceful and beautiful. And the staff are what really made it a remarkable week to remember fondly.

Room Tip: Rooms without AC have a fan, which we found sufficiently comfortable at night. That saved us a ton o...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Oooh Samantha you are one of the most loveliest people I have ever met and I was so sad you could not go diving (but pleased you were pregnant!). If you return, with the baby, let me take you, as you dive instructor, for your first dive.

I totally agree with you, sometime people mistake our great reviews for a luxurious resort, which is not what we are. But if you are looking for somewhere with lovely staff, close to everything and people that care about you, I hope you agree, that is us.

Hopefully see you next year with a little baby

Mellisa & Nick x

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We had booked to stay at Mook Lanta for seven nights but ended up staying for 11. We were disappointed with the crowds, noise and filth of Patong, Phuket, so we headed to Ko Lanta three days early. When I first sent an email to Mook Lanta, asking if they could accommodate us early, Mellisa replied saying they were full till the second day we'd be there but that we should come anyway, as she'd see what she could do and would at least help us find a place to stay elsewhere, if necessary. When we arrived, Nick greeted us warmly and offered us each a complimentary drink, which we much appreciated especially because it was a hot day. Luckily for us, another couple decided to leave one day early. Mellisa juggled some of the future guests so that we could stay in the same bungalow for the whole time.

We stayed in a garden view villa with fan, hot shower, queen-sized bed and deck with two chairs and hammock. Although the room was basic, it was clean and comfortable. At night, it cooled down substantially, so we didn't even use the fan. During the day, it got quite hot but we spent our time on our deck or at the nearby beach. There was a gap between the ceiling and upper walls of our bathroom but, the whole time we were there, we noticed only one bug and it was easily washed down the shower drain. All bungalows are surrounded by flowering gardens, so we often smelled jasmine and heard many different songbirds. Also, about half a dozen chickens, three friendly dogs and a laid-back cat live on the premises.

Mellisa was very helpful about activities and beaches for us to visit, Nick gave useful suggestions about getting to Bangkok from Ko Lanta, and the other staff all were friendly and happy to help us. They printed several documents for us and booked our transportation to Trang airport and our cooking lesson at Time for Lime.

We opted for the breakfast included with our daily fee, so in addition to coffee and orange juice, we had three options each morning: eggs, bacon and white toast, eggs, ham and white toast, or yogurt , muslix and banana. Other options were available at extra cost.

We were a two minute walk from Long Beach, which is beautiful, shallow and not crowded. Also, we walked to many different restaurants for our lunches and dinners. Next door was Sita Massage, where they gave wonderful massages on the beach for 300 baht (the standard fee for Ko Lanta). And we were about a 15-minute walk to the Lanta Animal Welfare, where we went to help by cuddling their rescued cats and walk their rescued dogs.

We found the free Wi-Fi to be very slow and couldn't access it from our room most of the time, but that forced us to spend more time enjoying our time there instead of getting immersed with emails and Facebook.

Overall, we very much enjoyed our time at Ko Lanta, and Mook Lanta contributed to that. It is not a luxury resort but is pretty, friendly, in a good location, and safe.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cutetreefrog
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Hi Debi

Oh thank you so much for a wonderful review, what is better than having a great review is having fun and interesting guest like you and your wonderful husband. Wish you were going to be here for the wedding.

Regarding the WIfi, you are right, unfortunately it is slow (much slower than the West) but we are at the mercy of the provider. We are looking to install another line at the far end to further expand the bandwidth but this takes time.

I know I say this all the time, but please. please come back, I rate you 10/10 as a guest.

Mellisa & Nick x

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

When I read the reviews for this hotel, one of the key aspects that stood out was the fact that people who stayed felt that the customer service was very good. I was not to be disappointed! Mel and Nick treat all of their guests like close friends and nothing is too much for them.

We spent just short of two weeks at the Mook Lanta and found it to be a brilliant hotel in a very good location. OK yes the beach is a bit rocky and you have to walk a whole 50m to get there but if you want sandy beaches there are two within 5 minutes walk. The rooms are sizeable and are looked after really well by the hotel staff (all of whom are friendly, smile a lot and do their best to help). We stayed in an air con room and were perfectly happy!

We really felt that Mel and Nick did everything they could for us, this even extended to Nick driving us to the doctors and waiting to bring us back when my wife was poorly... They are incredibly friendly and enthusiastic about the hotel and did as much as possible to make our stay memorable. They are a brilliant couple and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!

Our stay was certainly interesting. There is lots to do in the area from diving to elephant trekking all of which the hotel will help to arrange if needs be... We had some highlights and a lot of laughs although the a group of young High School grads Americans who did nothing but attend sing alongs and write prayers for the staff really were an eye opener! These I am told are not the usual guest demographic!

Thank you so much Nick and Mel for all your help - it was great meeting you!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mikeuta
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DiverLis, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2014

Hi Mike

Thank you so much for your kind review, we absolutely loved having you stay with us and we would love to see you back again with the new one!

Wish we could write a lovely guestadvisor report about you guys too, I would definitely recommend you to other hotels.

Take care and let us know how the next 9 months go!

Mellisa & Nick

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

All the reviews mention the hosts, and it's true, they are lovely. Exhausted, but helpful. Unfortunately this can't make up for the fact that this accommodation is located over the top of stagnant water. The stilted walkways that look so charming in the photos are actually set through a kind of swamp, which breeds mosquitos, and, when the air is still, absolutely stinks. The shower waste from our bungalow emptied straight out onto the mud below, and the sewerage smell was unbelievable. We blocked the holes in the floor and the gaps under the bathroom door with towels to stop the smell seeping into the bedroom overnight. Not that we were able to sleep. We may as well have been sleeping on bare bricks. It's true, Asian mattresses are notorious for being more "firm" than the average westerner is used to.... but in more than 2 months of traveling we have never encountered mattresses this hard. Sleeping on wet sand would have been softer.
The wifi is hopeless unless you are sitting in the one spot close to the bar that gets a consistent signal, the breakfast is dull and repetitive, and the beach is a walk away. We were so disappointed in this accommodation - we had such high expectations and had really stretched our budget to stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2014

Dear Mrs W

I think you must have come to our resort many months ago, as it has not rained here in many months and there is absolutely no water in our gardens (they are looking very dry at the moment) and has not been for months. I can also assure you that all our sewage goes directly to the drains and does not lay underneath the rooms.

I can also assure you that our Wifi works throughout the resort and this again suggests that you may have visited a long while ago, as we rewired, as part of our fixings when we took over, the Wifi, to ensure 95% of the resort is covered. The Wifi is not great speed (this is Thailand) but is as good as any other resort in Thailand.

You are however, right about the mattresses and we are currently looking to purchase softeners for all the beds we have.

I would be most grateful if you could send me a personal email, regarding your stay as I am struggling to find anyone from Taiwan on my customer database and you clearly have not been here in the recent past. I am close enough to all our customers, that I know that I would have remembered if you would have made a complaint whilst you were here.

Kindest regards

Mellisa

I can assure you our Wifi works throughout the

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

We recently stayed in at Mook Lanta for two weeks and had a wonderful stay. We were looking for an affordable place that was comfortable, quiet, friendly, and close to the beach and that is exactly what we found. Added bonuses were the great complimentary breakfasts, adorable bungalows, free wifi, and easy access to some of the best restaurants in Koh Lanta!

Melissa, Nick, and the rest of the staff were all incredibly helpful, always ready with great advice, and they really went out of their way to make us feel at home. Would definitely recommend staying here!

Room Tip: There are two different sections of fan rooms. We stayed in both. The ones in the back, away from th...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mindy R
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Hi Mindy

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we really appreciate it. You were a lot of fun to have around and so we really hope you will return. Your room tip is good, both types of fan rooms appeal to different kinds of people, so if you are reading this and are not sure, contact me directly for some advice.

Hopefully see you soon Mindy

Nick & Mellisa

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Very very Good, would be there again sometime, i am not into writing reviews but as agoda says it will donate 10$ for some humanitarian needs i have to write this (just copied it from agoda here). Really nice people, good location - close to the beach, restaurants, bars, 7-11 etc, very clean and thoughtful rooms, excellent breakfast and beef burgers to die for. so couldn't have been more happy. Thank you to everybody there and many congratulations.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank tanay85
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Hi Tanay

Thank you so much for the review, especially as it helped some humanitarian effort! You were a superb guest and we so loved having you here. Hope you will return to do some more diving, as I know you enjoyed your Open Water Course and I really hope you choose us again.

One of our most loveliest guests,

Mellisa & Nick

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

This was our second time on Lanta but our first stay at Mook Lanta. Having read previous reviews we had high expectations and we weren't disappointed!
Nick and Melissa are excellent hosts who work tirelessly to ensure their guests are comfortable and happy.The staff they employ are friendly and helpful and there is a lovely friendly vibe throughout the resort. We spent a few evenings in the bar and the couple of meals we ate there in the evening were tasty and good value. The breakfasts also deserve a mention for tastiness and variety!
We stayed in one of the garden bungalows with air-con. The room was basic but had everything we needed and was comfortable, spacious and clean. The shower was warmer than others we have experienced on the island which was a welcome bonus. The bed in our room was very firm which took some getting used to but the lack of an aching back in the morning was appreciated!
We will definitely visit again if we return to Lanta and would recommend the Mook to anyone looking for a great value, relaxing break.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mellisa B, Owner at Mook Lanta Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Hi Nina

Thank you so much for the lovely review, we are so grateful you took the time to write this. We loved having you here and hope you will come back.

Mellisa & Nick

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Address: 343 Moo 2, Pra-Ae | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Ko Lanta
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: £9 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mook Lanta Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mook Lanta Eco Resort, offers beautiuful Thai style bungalows in a picturesque secluded gardens. Located on the most popular beach of Phra Ae (Long Beach) we are close to all that Koh Lanta has to offer. Our bungalows range from large family air conditioned bungalows through to inexpensive fan Bungalows. We have Free Wifi throughout the resort. ... more   less 
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