I stayed over at Anda Lanta during the Songkran holiday and the experience as a whole was positive. The hotel is nice and well maintained. It is on a very quiet beach where the water tends to be calm, so ideal for swimming, but not at low tide when it becomes treacherous because of the rocky bottom. The hotel is quite isolated (south of the Pimalai and of Ba Kan Tiang Beach), so you'll be dependent on the hotel restaurant (their Thai food is quite good, and a lot more affordable than the Western food on the menu) and on transport organized by the hotel. Please note that Anda Lanta will pick you up for free anywhere on Ko Lanta, but the return transfer to the pier, Krabi airport, Ao Nang, Phuket or anywhere else, is a surcharge. The hotel charged me 800 THB to get to Ao Nang from the hotel, including the hotel car from the hotel to the pier in Saladan, and the ferry ticket from Saladan to Ao Nang. Not an unreasonable price at all, especially when you consider that hotels in Ao Nang will charge you the same price to get you to Krabi airport by hotel car.
Some previous reviewers mentioned that the Sunset Bar, just south of the Anda Lanta, was a nice place for drinks at sunset. To that, I'd say that the only thing worth going there for is the sunset view. The place itself looks like it is about to crumble, the staff is aloof and the drinks are not attractively nor professionally made. One of the drinks I had (Mai Tai) was average and the other one (Pina Colada) was plain bad. The Last Beach restaurant next to Anda Lanta sat empty during my entire stay and as such did not seem like a palatable option to eat out.
Getting back to the resort, the rooms themselves are comfortable, modern and clean. Everything worked well in the room, except for two things: 1- the hot water was lukewarm at best - I'd even say the temperature of the water in the resort swimming pool was warmer than the hot water I got in the shower; and 2- the Internet kept disconnecting on me - to fix the problem, turn off your wifi, wait a couple of seconds and turn it back on again. Worked for me most of the time, although sometimes I had to reboot my phone or computer. Quite annoying, I don't understand why this kept happening.
I was in a Superior Seaview room, and from what I could see they have 12 of those rooms - rooms 501 to 504 have the most unobstructed view of the sea (and 503 & 504 being the upstairs units, they would probably benefit from a better view than the downstairs ones). I was in the next building of four units up the stairs, in 506, with a partly obstructed view of the ocean (see picture). There is another building above the one I was in, and in that one I'd say units 511 and 512 would offer the best views. Do bring a flashlight with you as some of the walkways to these rooms are poorly lit at night.
Now the one thing that unnerved me quite a lot about Anda Lanta was that the hotel was using some of the same staff from morning to evening during my entire stay. I noticed one man and one woman (I'm sure they were not the only ones) who were working in the restaurant from breakfast until dinner, and unless I'm mistaken this went on for four consecutive days. Perhaps this hotel is a family business and if so, it might explain things, but I doubt a hotel of this size could be a family operation. It would be nice to hear back from the hotel management on this issue, because everything seems to indicate that some of their staff members have unreasonable, I'd even say "inhuman", work schedules. Perhaps this explains why, even though the staff is efficient, there seems to be a rather serious lack of smiles at this resort, quite unusual when you realize that you're in Thailand. And quite unfortunate too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden along the western side of Lanta island lies the Waterfall & beach and Anda Lanta Resort, a perfect hideaway for those who seek tranquility while soaking up tropical nature.& Tucked between the sea and mountain. Anda Lanta Resort offers elegantly designed cottages and rooms amidst lush natural surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anda Lanta Hotel Ko Lanta
- Anda Lanta Ko