We stayed here mid December in the Beachcomber bungalow (the most expensive) and whilst it was very nice, it certainly wasn't worth the price.
We have been living in Southern Thailand for over 10 years now and have stayed in various different resorts over the years so know what to expect when it comes to price and accomodation.
The Beachcomber is the bungalow nearest the bar and retaurant, (of which, the restaurant to be fair isn't particularly noisy, as the restaurant closes at 9), but the music from the next door resort is very loud and people sat just chatting at our resort bar can be heard very, very clearly. Very annoying to say the least! Not what i would expect of the resorts premium room. It also doesn't really have a sea view to rave about and has no privacy because has large windows all round, so you have to keep the curtains when you are in the room closed so other guests dining or walking by can't see in. The room is big and spacious however but the bathroom is very mediocre and the room is in the totally the wrong location. Why would you put your best bungalow right opposite the retaurant and less than 50 feet away from the bar?? Absolutley ludicrous!!
The staff are very nice, however, i have no clue who the owners are, as we were never introduced. I thought it was a family run resort and therefore it would be been nice to see who these people were, or at least get a hello welcome etc etc.
I can't fault the breakfast, very nice as was included and good choice. Lunch and dinner menu was pricey, we only tried it once, finding better and more reasonable food outside.
The gardens and public areas are well maintained and very attractive, so cannot fault these either. There is definately room for a pool and it's something I think Castaway should consider, especially given price they are charging.
The beach at this location isn't the best, as if you want to walk along you have to first negotiate a deep channel and rocks before reaching the main part. If you are not child friendly like us then i would avoid this particular island during school holidays as they are everywhere. Babysitting services are yet to be fully appreciated here and so parents have to sadly bring kids with them when dining. Some people like kids running about playing at night, i however do not. (To this resorts credit, they have signs saying to parents not to let kids do this here, so that not a major issue thankfully.
In comparison to other similar resorts we have stayed in, I would not rate this particularly high. For a lot less money we have had better accomodation, facilities and a pool too in similar beach front locations.
In conclusion. Clean, well presented resort, don't bother with the most expensive room, it really isn't worth the extra, unless you want to either watch people eating/drinking or want to listen to their conversations. If you want a bit of peace keep away from the first 3 bungalows. If you aren't a fan of children check with the resort on family policy. (oh what bliss a couples resort would be....:)
Would we stay here again? Yes, however well away from the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lanta Castaway Resort is a boutique beach resort located on the southern end of Long Beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We have 22 modern air-con bungalows. Our Beachcomber Restaurant features awesome Tex-Mex dishes, as well as, a selection of excellent Thai, Western, and Seafood BBQ. Our Mad Bull Beach Bar offers a terrific atmosphere with awesome views and delicious cocktails. Other services include: beach-side massage, free WiFi, motorbike rentals, and transfer & tour coordination. We also have an onsite dive shop operated by Dive and Relax. We do not have a swimming pool on the property. However, during high season, the beach is excellent for swimming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lanta Castaway Beach Hotel Ko Lanta