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“Quiet, relaxing spot with Pro's & Con's but overall a nice stay”

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LaLaanta Hideaway Resort
Ranked #22 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Reviewed January 20, 2010

Stayed here for 3 nights with my husband for a few days of down time and R&R. If you are looking for a more remote, quiet spot away from busy beaches and crowds, then this hotel is probably a good choice for you.

We stayed in one of the garden bungalows and it was a lovely room with modern amenities, Thai decor, very comfy bed, TV/DVD player which was great at night.

Since the location is more remote (Bamboo Beach) we never left the hotel and spent our days at the pool or in the water on the beach. Warning: there are lots of rocks in the water on parts of the beach. I fell getting out and cut up my arm and knee pretty bad. Be very careful. The beach is very pretty and quiet.

The restaurant serves tasty Thai dishes and great smoothies. Prices are a little on the high side for Thailand, but not exorbitant. I guess you are paying for the convenience of having all your meals on site.

Do not wast your money on the Thai massages! I booked a massage for my feet, head & shoulders and it was not good - money wasted and again, at a higher price point for Thai prices. Also, if you do decide that you must have one, get it done in your room, as the bed they use outside is super noisy (right near the pool and beach). Not relaxing at all.

They have a nice buffet breakfast with a wide selection of food - but watch out for ants crawling around near the granola & cereals.

There is a DVD/Book area with computers too. Good DVD selection to watch in your room. Great WiFi connection.

I would not spend the extra money for a room with a sea view. All of the bungalows are set back from the beach a little bit - it's just the way the property is set up. The ones they pitch as beach or sea view really only have what I thought was a partial/semi obstructed view.

Staff are attentive and helpful. Overall, we had a nice stay and enjoyed our few days spent there.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

We had to write a review as a small token of thanks to Patrick, June, Tony and Mackay who were such wonderful hosts at Christmas time and on our honeymoon. The resort is just as described by the other travellers on this site, we stayed at the same time as Ester (Melbourne) who reviewed below and she really does describe the facilities expertly! However we would like to reiterate that the beach is exceptional, the location magical and the staff incredibly kind and generous. We felt truly spoilt during our stay, Pepe and Watchiko behind the bar kept us laughing and drinking delicious smoothies/cocktails all day.

More than this the people who created La Laanta have wonderful hearts and they have worked so hard to make this resort so special, after only a few hours you are made to feel so incredibly welcome without encroaching on our privacy. We want to say thank you once again and wish them success in the future. Be in no doubt about booking, go before this secret is too well known!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

We spent almost a week in Lalaanta this December and had a wonderful time there. No need to write too much about this hotel, all the raving comments about the beautiful location, wonderful beach, nice pool, good service, and beautiful beachfront restaurant exactly express our opinion.

It was a wonderful place to be with young children, and we had to adjust our travel times to be able to go there as they only allow a handful of kids at any one time. But when you are there it was a very relaxed and lovely place with kids and we all felt really welcome. The rooms are built all in one rather narrow strip of land rather than along the beach which means that less beautiful coast line is spoilt, but also meant that from our sunset splendor room we saw hardly anything except the rooms in front and next to us - our patio was not much of a patio to sit on let alone gaze into the ocean. But in fact we just used a baby monitor and had wonderful evenings down at the lovely beach restaurant so we ended up not missing a nice patio much.

One thing we really noticed about this place was that every single person we met there was thoroughly happy about the resort without any reservations. We were all truly happy to be at this special and beautiful place. Thanks.

Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2010

The hotel is great - the view and the beach is great and the staff is even better.
The sun set is amazing, the staff is friendly and the drinks start flowing...
there is an infinity pool which faces the setting sun, the cottages are built nicely and look out into the ocean...
I came here with my wife. Patrick and June were very helpful. I will definitely visit again. I wish there were more hotels like LaLaanta everywhere!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

We stayed at LaLaanta over Christmas and couldnt have chosen a bettter place. What stands out in my mind when i think back to LaLaanta is how everything is made so easy by the friendly staff. They are so generous, friendly, giving and go above and beyond what you ask for.

The resort is really a hideaway- a secluded resort. Maybe not ideal if u want to be really close to all the nightlife, town and street markets, but perfect if you want to feel like you are away from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Behind the huts is jungle, at the base of the resort is a beautiful beach which only ever has, at most, maybe 20 people on it at one time. Far cry from the crowds at Railay or Phi Phi and the other islands. The rooms are great, food is great, pools (2!) are great, smoothies are great, beach is great, breakfast is great. Kayaks are free to use. Massages are done on an open hut on the beach. DVD and books are free to borrow. Internet is free. If you are lucky, you may get some free drinks and food. What else could you ask for?

From my experience at Lalaanta, here are some of the things that set this place apart from all the others-

I had run out of pain killers and woke up with a splitting headache in the morning. I went down to reception and asked how far the pharmacy is and how we could organise to get there. I was expecting a 30 minute drive into town, ask around to find a pharmacy in the heat, then somehow get a ride back down the awful bumpy road. Instead, they said no, you stay in bed, our driver will go drive to the pharmacy for you, buy your tablets and give them do you. They did not accept any money for the medication. Sure, it would have been only 60 Baht or something, but where else would this happen? The next day, all the staff made sure i was feeling better - it was like having a second family!

Another aspect that I liked about Lalaanta was that the owners (namely Patrick, who takes care of the bookings) take the take to learn your name. When you are far from home around christmas time, something small like this makes you feel welcome. The owners will hang out with the guests at night and treat you as though they have known you for years and that you are friends.

The staff are amazing. They spoil you. They work so hard, and often work through their breaks (unpaid) without a complaint. They will do anything in their power to make your stay comfortable and easy. The waiters are hilarious and so lovely. I think their kindness and flamboyancy sometimes gets abused and attacked by rude customers, which is very sad and very ill deserved.

Over the few days before Christmas, the staff spent hours and hours making the resort feel Christmas-y. We really liked the show put on for Christmas eve- half of it was a drag show, the other half was traditional dancing. Maybe not for everyone, but it sure was different and entertaining. There were fireworks at midnight.

To Mackay, Patrick, June, Tony and everyone at LaLaanta- you probably wont read this, but we will always remember our stay with you, consider you to now be our friends and will come back as soon as we can.

Esther&James
Melbourne

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

We were slightly skeptical when we drove through the last, incredibly bumpy, patch of road coming to LaLaanta, as it was probably the worst bit of road we had ever seen in our lives.
We would later learn that the team at LaLaanta take a certain pride in their resort not being too accessible, thus making it even more of a "hidden paradise". It would also turn out that the place was absolutely lovely.

The staff in LaLaanta go out of their way to make the service very personal, and you're guaranteed to feel very welcome here.
I'd recommend using their airport shuttle service, it's cheap, AC'ed and comfortable.

The rooms are nice, nothing spectacular, but they are big enough, new, clean and quite nicely designed.

The beach front restaurant is lovely, and the cocktails are even better.
Should you tire of the food in LaLaanta's restaurant, which you are likely to if you stay more than 4-5 days, there are two other resorts further down the same beach with nice restaurants. Also, what is allegedly one of the best thai restaurants in Thailand, a place called Same Same But Different, is a 5 minute drive from there.

LaLaanta don't have a "no children" policy, but they seem to try to make sure there aren't more than 3-4 kids staying there at any same time, simply because it's not meant to be a family place.

But I suppose, most importantly, the staff here is the real gem, they're very very warm and friendly people.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 2, 2010

We stayed at La Laanta for a week and we will never forget the hospitality of Tony , "Mikee" and the rest of the staff/management. The food, service and location is just excellent.
Thanks for everything Tony!
All the best.
/Joakim and family

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about LaLaanta Hideaway Resort

Address: 188 Moo 5, Bamboo Bay Beach | (Ao Mai Phai), Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
#5 Family Hotel in Ko Lanta
#10 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: $35 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — LaLaanta Hideaway Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Artistically inspired living on the most private beach for that castaway experience. ... more   less 
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