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Kantiang Oasis Resort & Spa
Ranked #25 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 December 2012

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 ;)

Room Tip: Room 7 is the only one with pool view from the balcony
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 December 2012

We had booked a room at this hotel for our stay at Koh Lanta, believing this was a beach front facility. Maybe we didn´t study the information good enough, but this is a "backyard"-hotel. We think they have done a great job with the place and it looks very good to be what it is, but with our 2 girls of 2 and 4 years we really wanted a place closer to the beach. That been said; the beach is only a very short walk away. The closest beach is very rocky, so it is a 15 minute walk to were the beach is suitable for swimming.

Our room was a 2 bedroom one (the biggest of the hotel). The room was really dark without windows letting any daylight through. Apparently there is a mosque pretty close which is somewhat disturbing in the morning.

We really want to express our gratitude to the staff. Thank you so much for your service! We had done a mistake booking this hotel and had paid everything upfront. However the managers at Ancient Realm were very understanding and were willing to refund our payment. The money has been wired back to us and we thank you for being so understanding and service minded. Our vacation turned out fantastic. Our advice is to not book ahead when traveling in Thailand, or at least don´t book more than a night or two. We traveled at high season, but availability was not a problem at all.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We were shocked by how rude the staff were here when we booked this hotel. Having been misled by a map posted on their website the resort was in a completely different, much less appealing location. The management dealt with this badly and when I sent an emailing explaining how this needed changing the booking company sent me a highly unprofessional email in reply. Not a great location. Unprofessional staff.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We warmly recommend this place to anyone who wants a calming and friendly environment. A family run business, Ancient Realm is ideally located just off the main street of Kantiang Bay - (they used to be up near long beach but have moved to the south of the island - which is definitely the best place to be on Lanta). Vince is a fantastic host who made us feel very welcomed straight away. People will occasionally wander in from the street as they catch a glimpse of this charming boutique establishment - it is very nice in its design and layout, and contains a pool, restaurant (great food!), spa building, and less than 10 rooms. Definitely one of the best places we have stayed during our travels - the rooms and very beautiful! Also recommend the "Why Not Bar" next to the beach - less than 5min walk away for some great live music.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Ancient Realm Resort and just loved it. Yes there were a few negatives, but the positives outweighed them.

Ancient Realm has a great atmosphere, incredibly friendly staff and a nice quiet peaceful place to recoup. Although it is peaceful and quite 98% of the time, there are some noises that can't be ignored. The Ancient Realm is near 2 Muslim churches who do a very loud call to prayer 2 or 3 times a day. It only lasts 30 seconds at most, but it is noticeable. The first day it seemed a bit annoying, but after that we got use to it. Really, nothing to complain about.

The rooms are really clean with all the amenities. The beds were pretty hard, but that is typical of SEA. Again, nothing to complain about.

The swimming pool is kept cold which is lovely since the ocean is so warm! Yes the pool could be bigger but... come on people jump in the ocean if your looking for a big swim! The beach is just a hop skip and jump away. Very nice.

We will be coming back to Ancient Realm whenever we visit Koh Lanta, which I hope is sooner rather than later!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

I really want to say great things about this place and for the most part, I can. Nowhere is perfect and Ancient Realm certainly isn't, but I always like to think of the 'price/value for money' trade off and if you look at it that way, you can't go wrong staying here.

The place is small, but well kept and well located (it's not right on the beach, but I think it's so close thats irrelevant). The rooms are large (I had a studio) and the beds are comfy. The towels are a bit small and tired, but apart from that everything is pretty good.

The staff and owners are truly delightful and make you feel very welcome. I find most Thai people lovely, but this is above average and the Australian owners are very helpful.

There are plenty of places to eat within spitting distance and you won't spend more than a few hundred baht on dinner and drinks. It's cheap.

Do have a massage in house, they are good and do hire a scooter and visit the island. South of Kantiang Bay is even lovelier.

Word of warning, the place is next to a mosque which means there is a loudspeaker going to go off several times a day inc 5am. But I think you'll hear it at any resort in Kantiang Bay, so you'll just have to deal with it and respect that you're in another culture.

This isn't 5 star, but it's great value and friendly with a good vibe and if you can get past the few things they get wrong (like the breakfast) you'll really enjoy Ancient Realm and Kantiang Bay. I certainly would stay again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

We stayed for 2 nights and November and really enjoyed our time here. As mentioned Ancient Realm is now at Kantiang Bay which was a lovely swimming beach a mere couple of minutes walk away.

Definitely in the quieter section of Lanta but beware you will get woken up by the call to prayer for the village every morning at 5am.

Took a kayak out for the morning and visit the next bays to the south. The first was totally deserted and we were the only ones on the whole beach!!

Enjoyed the bars on the beach and a choice of restaurants. Had dinner at Ancient Realm one night and was very good although the orders sometimes get mixed up as the wait staff sometimes struggle with their English.

One the cleanest places I have ever stayed at in Thailand and the room was excellent value for the price we paid and appreciated the pool to take a quick dip when didn't want to walk to the beach.

The boys who run the resort were very helpful with their recommendations and finding our kayak.

Will happily return when next I need that break from reality!!

Room Tip: Only a small resort of a few rooms so they are all good
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Kantiang Oasis Resort & Spa

Address: 174/5 Moo 5, Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Ko Lanta
#11 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#13 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: £16 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kantiang Oasis Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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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