Hurray for trip advisor! We booked Lanta Castaway on the strength of the below reviews and were not disappointed. We stayed in a seaview apartment, which was huge and really clean. The TV has a few English channels on it, handy for when you just want to zone out watching rubbish TV post a day on the beach and before you go out for the evening.
We had some gorgeous meals at their outdoor restaurant. The freshly caught squid they had on display was so fresh it was glistening (difficult to describe but I'd never seen anything like it). Their bar was great - really friendly and cocktails at sunset is something you'll never forget. You should also pack in as many massages as possible, a bargain and they send you into a different world, so relaxing.
The only negative I can think of was the baby elephant show they provided one afternoon. For me, any performing animal breaks my heart and I left the resort whilst it was on. The photos on facebook depict the elephant sitting down, hardly a natural position. Perhaps this is great for kids who have never seen an elephant but certainly wasn't for me.
One piece of advice we hadn't read before travelling would be not to disregard taking the overland minibus from Krabi (if this is where you fly into) as oppose to the passenger ferry. For us, the passenger ferry took 5 hours from our hotel in Krabi to Lanta Castaway whereas the overland minibus took only 3. The passenger ferry makes you hang around for quite some time before actually departing (we were at the terminal about an hour). Yes, the passenger ferry is more scenic but frankly I'd rather have been at the Castaway Bar than at a ferry terminal.
Another bit of advice would be if you are a smoker, buy your Marlboro Lights before you head to the airport. At Bangkok, they had none (something about supply problems). This might have been a one off (mid December) but you never know.
- 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 19 modern air-con bungalows and 3 small traditional fan 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