We stayed here for 5 nights over New Years 2012/2013. The price for our stay was higher than we had paid elsewhere in Thailand, however being high season and New Years Eve you can expect this everywhere you go. I feel that in low season the prices would better reflect the standard of accommodation however in high season you might feel that you are paying more than you should!
Room: Simple but had everything we needed. We stayed in a 3 bed bungalow with a/c. It had one double and one single, wardrobe, television, fan & ac, and en suite. When we first arrived the accommodation was not ready (despite us arriving after the given check in time) and we had to wait a few hours before being able to get into our room. Once we could, the room was still a little messy but nothing we couldn't deal with. I think the room was cleaned a couple of times during our stay but don't expect it every morning (and you have to ask for toilet roll at reception).
Site/Location: The bungalows are situated in a garden with a nice pool in the centre. Despite it being "high season" we had the pool pretty much to ourselves most times (although the weather was not that great on some of our days!). The beach is beautiful and right on your door step. We saw some stunning sunsets and there are some great restaurants and bars along the beach.
We love snorkelling however we were unable to see anything at the beach here due to the low vis. Might be better at other times of year though? The sand is lovely and the water is warm but as many other people have said there are lots of rocks in the water along most of the beach which can make swimming a little difficult especially at low tide. However the rock pools are great for exploring and we saw some amazing marine life.
Koh Lanta is a beautiful island and is very quiet compared to the rest of Thailand. We were there at the busiest time of year and we were still able to find peace and quiet (just walk up the beach for 5 mins and you pretty much have it to yourself!) During our 5 days we had a lot of rain (just an unusual storm set apparently that unfortunately hit just as we arrived there- usually the weather is meant to be really good in dec/jan!) so we didn't get to explore that much of the island- but what we did see was lovely.
The onsite bar was amazing (Freedom Bar)- we spent most evenings in there listening to music/playing games and watching the sunset and the staff were great! On New Years Eve they put on fireshows and it was great watching the fireworks and lanterns along the whole beach!
On site restaurant food was ok but better to go to some of the other places along the beach which have a nicer setting.
Overall would recommend- if you can get a cheaper price and don't mind a very simple level of accommodation. The best thing is definitely the location being right on the beach (although bare in mind there is not a lot nearby - just a few other resorts and small shops so might be worth hiring a car or scooter for exploring the rest of the island) and don't come to Koh Lanta looking for full moon craziness!
However that is what makes Lanta so special- it's feeling of remoteness, the peace and quiet and definitely the lack of idiotic drunks you get in so many other resorts!
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