We stayed at The Houben for nine nights over the New Year period. The hotel is up the hill a little from the small village of Kantiang and is quiet with spectacular views to Koh Haa.
The rooms are large and well-maintained (we stayed in two different ones due to the nature of our booking). The ones above the restaurant have the best views. The ones opening to the pool make you feel like the pool is your own private property.
The pool is gorgeous to swim in (despite being unusually red!). While we were there it was the perfect temperature - unlike many Thai pools, which are often quite cold. Maybe the red tiles attract the warmth. And even though the hotel was full it wasn't noisy or crowded.
The staff are attentive without getting in your way and can advise on whatever you want to do or need. Any 'problem' or question is attended to straight away within the best of their ability given that this is southern Thailand and a little off the beaten track.
Red Alert (the restaurant) is a welcome break from 'Thai style' - especially if you have been in the country for a while. The Vietnamese spring rolls and Massaman curry are delicious. Shana Houben runs the restaurant and bar (and probably other aspects of the hotel) with enormous care and detail. Nothing is too much trouble - ask her to make you a hot chocolate - you won't find a better one anywhere. The breakfast is plentiful and high quality.
The village is really close and has everything you need - 7/11, tour and transfer booking places (Lanta Jinda Tours is the best), dive places (Scubafish being the stand out here), small gift shops and the infamous Drunken Sailors restaurant.
The beach is an entertaining 3-5 minute walk away.
We will return to The Houben again knowing that staying here adds so much to the holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the hilltop of Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta. Isolated from the crowds and villages , only 5 minutes walk down to the local shops. Overlooking at the great sunset view of Andaman Sea.The spacious rooms with comfortable bed, well-equipped with free WI-FI internet connection by cable access .The Houben affords the modern contemporary decoration. Outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi where you can view the tranquil ocean and listening to the serene sound of waves crashing along the shore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Houben Hotel Ko Lanta