An adept at luxury boutique hotels around the world, I recently met up with an intimate group of friends from around the world for a weeklong stay at Costa Lanta. The experience was far above and beyond expectations, and among the best of any I've ever had.
To begin with, unbelievable service, full stop. To put this into perspective, I was arriving from a weekend stay at the Sukhothai in Bangkok (one of the finest 5 star hotels in the capital), and the level of service at Costa Lanta was right on par with that of a much larger palace hotel.
We were personally (and warmly) welcomed by the owner, Kasira, her partner, and their lovely beagle Junior. Our room had been upgraded, and were personally escorted to our room and a tour of the site. This I would stay is standard for a boutique resort. But what followed was above and beyond expectations:
1/ I had arrived with a severe sunburn from my previous week in Thailand. Before even settling in, the owner personally contacted a local dermatologist of obtain prescription creams to instantly relieve the pain and ease the experience.
2/ We were staying with friends for my birthday celebration, and she had organized a surprise dinner party for us on a private section of the beach, with stellar service and a personalized birthday cake
3/ Several bicycles were at our entire disposal to explore the island on our own and fully experience the breathtaking landscapes
4/ The staff had happily organized several additional services including private massages outdoors overlooking the sea, personal training sessions at the local thai boxing center, and diving and snorkling trips with door-to-door pick up service by boat
5/ The restaurant staff is unbelievably accommodating, always remembering the personal tastes and preferences of guests, and ensuring that they are always properly taken care of
6/ The food at the Costa Lanta restaurant is by far the best on the island, confirming what I had read previously before arriving
Costa Lanta is located on why I would consider the most beatiful beach on the island (I visited them all). They are totally isolated (set away from the typical tourist crowds), yet within walking distance of the town center, and nearby bars and restaurants.
Unbelievable designed individual bungalows, yet extremely comfortable and user friendly.
Beautifully landscaped grounds, with lush gardens, a winding stream, and private beach. One of the best swimming pools I've yet to see at a boutique hotel (and huge - at least 25 meters long - the photos don't do it justice).
An amazing restaurant, with relaxing music, games on hand, and extremely friendly staff. And all of this in a spirit of durable development, environmentally friendly, with with a feeling of being full embedded in nature, yet with all modern amenities and conveniences.
Oversized kingsized beds, rooms are cleaned and set twice a day, sprayed for bugs at night before the mosquito nets are let down, the bathrooms are oversized with rain showers, the materials used are both modern (concrete, teak wood, neutral colors) yet cozy, the walls fold back, allowing you to take rejuvenating naps in your bed, while in nature at the same time.
For anyone looking for an amazing boutique or luxury hotel experience in Koh Lanta, do not hesitate one second. I visited several of the others on the island for lunch or drinks, I had zero regrets and was always so glad to return to Costa Lanta at the end of the day.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Lanta Hotel Ko Lanta
- Costa Lanta Ko