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“The Picasso Restaurant: great atmosphere, hospitality, excellent for families with kids”

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Cha-Ba Bungalows & Art Gallery
Ranked #137 of 210 Speciality Lodging in Ko Lanta
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“The Picasso Restaurant: great atmosphere, hospitality, excellent for families with kids”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Disclaimer: We only visited Cha Ba’s restaurant, Picasso and did not stay in the resort ourselves. We did meet people who stayed there and were pleased about it, but only have first-hand experience with the restaurant and their staff.

In our two-week stay on Koh Lanta we tried various restaurants (mostly those at the seafront as that was most convenient with our two young children), but after a few hits and misses kept coming back to Picasso because of the mix of the right atmosphere, good food, and super-friendly staff.

The food is pretty good, but not too special. It’s mainly Thailand’s staple dishes, the usual western food and a bunch of Swedish stuff to boot. It’s all of slightly-above average quality, with a good plus for their pizza that was the best we’ve had on our stay and a pretty disappointing mixed grill from the BBQ once, which was just tough meat. I most enjoyed their Thai food which was always of good quality. I tended to pick the spiciest I could find, which were sure hits.

For the food alone I wouldn’t give it five stars though, maybe a 3.5-ish to 4. What makes all the difference is the staff and the ambience of the place. The outside looks quirky, like something from a kid’s dream, inspired by fairy tales, jurassic park and Thailand. It was fun for our kids and we just enjoyed that it was a pleasant ambience to be in. The staff were the main attraction to us though, all of them seemed really into their job, be energetic, helpful and friendly. We quickly had more ‘click’ with them than with the staff at our own resort and it really helped that they loved our two kids. Whenever they had a spare moment they’d spent time with the kids who were playing in the sand in front of the restaurant or stop by our table, run around and act crazy.

This restaurant was five star to us because it was *fun* to be around, the ambience and food were good and the people just superb. It always felt good to be around hard-working, friendly, pleasant people. We gave everybody a big hug when we left.

If we’d ever go back to Koh Lanta we’d definitely visit again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Springwood, Australia
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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

We are at Cha-Ba now, with teenagers and older parents, and all are comfortable in bungalows. Every bungalow is a bit different, you may or may not get Painted vines and flowers, fabric pinned to walls and papier mache orchid light fittings. For bungalows in this price range they are well appointed and clean, beds typically hard, the fridge a nice bonus but rooms impossible to seal completely, so the mozzie coils or spray are useful.
The newer beach front bungalows (B1-B5) have full glass front doors meaning no privacy unless curtains closed, but they look lovely and fully sealed doors.
Lots of little kids enjoying the sculpture of dinosaur and friends ; their families making good use of the paved area, sun chairs and temporary paddling pool within the facility, keeping off the beach. No permanent pool.
Looks about halfway along Khlong Dao beach, and the giant whale tail and coloured lights at night makes it easy to spot. Casual, creative, kid friendly and relaxed.

Stayed January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We stayed here in Nov 2013 and couldn't have been happier. We stumbled accross these bungalows and I am so glad we did. The location is great, the food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. We did have to change our pillows as the ones we had originally were quite tough but the staff did this straight away with no issues.
For the price of the stay we couldn't have asked for anything more. I would recommend this accomodation to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

5 days of relaxing on the beach, lovely staff, clean rooms, kaz is really helpful and booked good trips for us. The restaurant serves delicious food on the beach. Cute bungalows. wish i was still there. we loved it

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 December 2012 via mobile

We looooved this wonderful resort on a long, sandy beach! Although the beach, the location, the food, the whole atmosphere are great, it is really the staff that works the magic. They fulfill your wishes before you've even asked them, go the extra mile with a broad smile and are your friends for your time there - if you wish. Kas, the manager, books you everything you want and tries to offer you discounts whenever possible. Ask for price reduction when you stay longer (wich will be the case, trust me!). Remark to the bungalow: it's really humid in the fan bungalow, so I guess the air-con would be the better choice.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lavagno
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Reviewed 6 December 2012 via mobile

Our bungalow was an average one (800 bath) and the bed a bit hard but if you can afford to spend more you will receive 5 stars treatment!!! The manager Kaz is very nice and friendly and the owner Mr Toy is the most honest person i have ever met!!! The bungalows are located on one of the most beautiful beach in Ko Lanta and the personnel always smile!!!! One weak point only: the cook is not that good but all the rest is perfect!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Guangzhou
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

I booked here upon recommendation of the owner of 'the Retreat' where I was taking a meditation and yoga course. Convenience was important for those 5 a.m. Classes and this was right beside the sala. I had agreed to pay 1500 baht per night which was 'high' season rate for a 'sea view' bungalow since a friend had recommended them over the older, garden bungalows. I arrived to find that I was the only guest in the place and it looked like the entire place was just being reopened for the season .... No kitchen/restaurant nor bar was open. Lots of cleaning and hanging of art and prepping the place for what I was told by the locals, would be the arrival of the tourists in a couple of weeks. My room was fine .... Musty smell ... And a sea view was only possible if you sat on the front deck and looked past the other units. This unit faced the bar, not the sea. I found the location beautiful, the beach spectacular and the couple of staff there delightful. What irked me was paying 'high season' rates when clearly this resort and the entire island were clearly still in low season mode. I'd have no issue paying the price I agreed to if it was in fact high season, there were other guests besides me, (one other guest checked in on my second last night ... A walk in off the beach) the kitchen and bar were open and my room was cleaned more than twice in 7 days. A bit of honesty in their seasonal rate system dates would go a long way to help.

Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Cha-Ba Bungalows & Art Gallery
Address: 20 Moo 3, Saladan | Klong-Dao Beach, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #137 of 210 Speciality Lodging in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Cha-Ba Bungalows & Art Gallery 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want quiet and peaceful, the the garden and Art Gallery is the place for you. We also have brand new beautiful beachfront bungalows with sea view.Or Studio bungalows that make you feel distinct with Garden view.Every bungalow is unique in it’s coloring and decorated with Art. Even though Cha-Ba is located very central on the island, it’s very quiet and since we have plenty of trees, the birds song often is the sound you here mixed with the soft waves from the ocean. ... more   less 
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