Been here at Ancient Realm with my husband for almost a week now, another 5 full days to go. All I can say is this place is just amazing. We stayed at the old AR in Klong Dao twice, and were treated like old friends the minute we arrived here - even though there aren't many familiar faces left.
Vince, David and Glenn will do anything for you, and more, and so will others, including our dear old friends Oi an Keaw.
Everything seems to have been thought out carefully: the beautiful surroundings that make you feel totally isolated from all the worries of this world. Mango Tree restaurant that serves the best food in Kantiang Bay at a reasonable price (probably best in all of Koh Lanta; this is our 4th time on the island. Thank you, chef Sak!). Temple Spa, where you can enjoy professional facial treatments and many different kinds of massage. The rooms that have been decorated in beautiful and homey eastern style...
What else? Oh, you can enjoy breakfast on your own balcony. And the rooms are kept perfectly clean.
If you really have to find some cons, those might be the loud 5 am. muslim prayers (which, obviously, the guys at AR can do nothing about) and the fact that this place is not right on the beach like the old resort was. It's not really just a 1 minute walk to the beach (unless you run real fast), more like 3-5 minutes, but that has been no problem for us. Kantiang Bay must be the most beautiful beach on the island, has about 1 km of white sand, and seems to be practically empty any time of the day.
Also, if you want some night time entertainment, you won't find it here. There's no live music at the Why Not bar on the beach any longer (too many complaints from the villagers?). At the moment, anyway...
But, like I said, nothing to complain about Ancient Realm itself. Stay here a few nights - or weeks - and find out yourself ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kantiang Oasis Resort & Spa is an exclusive boutique resort for the discerning traveler or holiday maker. The resort is situated on the famous Kantiang Bay at the southern part of Koh Lanta Island. Kantiang Bay is a scenic and serene tropical Thai beach, with many things to see and do from waterfall walks, elephant trekking, snorkeling and kayaking, to market and stall shopping, relaxing on the beach, or visiting a lively beach bar, sipping sundowners. Kantiang Oasis is located directly in the centre of the village, in an ambient and quiet, yet convenient location close to all modern amenities and facilities to ensure you make the most of your holiday. Kantiang Oasis is a true boutique resort. We take pride in our resort and room design, with all of our many natural handmade decorative features, lush tropical gardens, and finely tuned accommodation, while also paying close attention to every single detail, whether big or small. With only a small number of exclusive rooms, we have the opportunity and experience to service every guests needs on a personal level. We provide a very secure and private dwelling for all guests to enjoy utmost privacy, and our staff is always on hand to help with anything our guests may need at anytime, day or night. A total of 6 Fusion Thai-Bali style studios and 1 Chinese-Thai influenced Suite combine minimalism with a touch of class, giving the guest an open and ambient surrounding, yet a private, cool and natural place to escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. With very close proximity to the beautiful white sandy beach, convenient day trips to the picture-postcard surrounding islands, a backdrop of lush mountain rain forest, and a clear blue sky overhead, it is hard not to choose Kantiang Oasis Resort & Spa as your next holiday destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ancient Realm Hotel Ko Lanta
- Ancient Realm Resort