We spent 3 nights at Banana Garden Home before heading back to Bangkok. We were more than happy to have spent the last few days here. The bungalows (we had B1) are great, nice and simple, but still comfortable. The restaurant, backing onto the beach, serves great Thai food (as well as western, I noticed). While the place itself is lovely, what makes it perfect are the great hostesses Lola (restaurant manager) and Oil (bungalow/bookings manager). Both are very welcoming and friendly - giving true meaning to the Home in Banana Garden. On our last night, they took us out with some other guests to see a local market and fair that was running for the Kings Birthday. Such experiences you won't find when staying in the bigger, busier resorts.
Banana Garden Home has bungalows set in lovely gardens, not 30 seconds walk to the beach past the restaurant. Klong Dao Beach in general does seem quite popular with families with kids, and Banana Garden Home was also host to quite a few, but this didn't turn out to be a downfall as I initially feared - it was peaceful and quiet, nicely laid back. And the Indian bar next door does attract a nice mix of clientele come evening time (amazing cocktails by the way, not to be missed!). I don't think there is a better bar on Ko Lanta and it's literally next door (and easy roll home). Siam massage, also next door, provided some hardcore but amazing Thai massage followed by a much needed foot scrub. Aside from the diving we did with Blue Planer Divers, we never ventured more than a few steps away from Banana Garden Home.
I can highly recommend this place if you want truly friendly, helpful service, in a lovely, comfortable setting, all for great value for money. The beach, although shallow, is truly beautiful, and sunsets to match (which we missed unfortunately due to some unseasonal weather).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banana Garden Home is positioned just two kilometers from Ban Saladan business and tourist center. The resort is set on the beach front at the middle of the legendary Klong Dao Beach set in a beautiful lush garden. Klong Dao Beach is the most popular beach on Lanta Island. Banana Garden Home offers 20 rooms all with balcony, air conditioning, refrigerators and hot showers. The resort design is simple but comfortable and matching with the surrounding environment. ROOM FACILITIES: Air conditioning, hot shower, refrigerator, cable TV and in-room wireless internet (wifi) also coming soon. OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE: tour excursion, ticket and booking service center, Thai massage, Internet & overseas call services, beach bar and restaurant serving classical Thai & European foods on the beach with the most beautiful sunset everyday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Banana Garden Home Hotel Ko Lanta