Have a look at the resort map on their website - some of the rooms are either too close to the restaurant or to the pool, which means that they are not private or quiet as the rest. Ours was 107, which was away from the restaurant, and the noise from the road was well insulated by the fence. Most of the rooms are surrounded outside by some sort of artificial swamp - well kept, nice to look at, but does breed mosquitoes, so ask for mosquito coils and/or get repellent.
The resort has a nice sandy beach, and tides do not affect the swimming very much. For snorkeling go to the rocks to the south of the resort (~200 m) - not fantastic, but some fish and urchins. Hotel restaurant is OK for breakfast (sterile european affair). Haven't tried to dine there, as there are few nice options outside - try Cook Kai, Roi Thai, or we liked Muslim Seafood in the village. If you are there on Friday, you may consider going to the village market (not too early, try ~noon). All these places are easily accessible on foot. Travel agents in the village can book your trips and transfers much cheaper than the hotel, same goes about food, fruit shakes or cocktails, or about the massages. This place charges more than most of its neighbors, but the good news is that you have other great options.
We liked Koh Lanta, and if we ever go to the Andaman sea islands again, we would seriously consider this island. The same goes for the resort - some problems, but easy to get around them
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Buddhist hotel in a mainly Muslim area. Very attentive staff, stylish rooms, and a good restaurant which in the evening extended onto the sand, lit by oil lamps. The hotel is not yet quite finished (no large pool - only a large hole) so rates are half what they will be when completed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anda Lay Boutique Hotel Ko Lanta