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The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice resort”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Nice resort this, booked as the second stop in a well-customised Andaman Sky tour of the Krabi province and Phuket. The best things about this place are the sunsets, the rooms and the nearby Kantiang beach, would come back. The architecture is modern and we liked it, it was a pleasant counterpoint to the other more traditional hotels we stayed at – the Tubkaek just north of Ao Nang and Mom Tri’s on Phuket.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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raleigh, nc
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Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

I agree with earlier review by pubcyclist that the property has great views, but is missing the character of the island. When we sat in our room, it was hard to tell we were in Thailand. Perhaps this is the intention, but not what we want on our 5th trip to the area, for which Pimilai is the preferred option for a luxurious Thai experience. After asking for a nicer room and finding out the suite we had was the best - we were told by front desk not to compare rooms between 4 and 5 stars at Pimilai which is fair. During high season, the ferry to koh lanta is becoming over extended with wait times of up to 2 hours making the Pimilai/Layana speedboat option even more attractive.

Pros:
- Great views and amazing sunsets
- Sasha (from Belgium); Thai lady from Chiang Mai at breakfast; and Thai lady from Bangkok from cleaning crew were all great throughout our stay
- Enjoyed seeing monkeys walk across the deck!!
- Suites were private from rest of resort
- Breakfast had potential to be good, but was inconsistent during our stay. For example, the waffle batter changed from one day in the week to another.
- Provided iPad mini for communication with house keeping staff which is clever, but it broke for us (not fault of hotel)
- lighting was well laid out and flexible such that you can move panes around for more or less lighting in bathroom

What can be improved:
- Would like to see Thai touches such as local scents and bath products (lemongrass, turmeric, etc, sounds/music and decor. The room welcomed is with Abba playing loudly from the stereo.
- Rooms are starting to show age with stained seating areas and sheets; and A/C sounded like it was going to take off.
- Expected more luxury touches given adjacency on tripadvisor to Pimilai and Layana, but perhaps our expectations were misguided.
- Room prices seemed high for property, and it would have been nice for complimentary mini bar and meals included.

In summary, this is a decent option for the right price in an amazing and uncrowded location on koh lanta. Given the great views, it's possible we would reconsider on future trip now that we know what to expect.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Preston, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Koh Lanta is lovely, Kantieng Bay is beautiful and I firmly believe that The Houben is the best place from which to enjoy both.
As has been described many times on this site, The Houben enjoys a prime location with uninterrupted cliff-top sea views, it is strikingly modern in style and it benefits from having a manageress, and staff, who provide the kind of personal and yet unobtrusive service that you would expect in such a top class establishment.
The top-floor rooms offer fantastic views and a degree of privacy that allowed us to sleep with the curtains open and to enjoy the breath-taking sight of daybreak on the horizon – awesome.
The atmosphere at The (adults only) Houben, could be described as ‘stylish, calm and relaxing’ – it is a wonderful place to wind-down at the end of a holiday. If, no when, we begin to plan our return to Koh Lanta and Kantieng Bay, The Houben will be our first port of call.
Oh, and finally, my contribution to the ‘red pool’ debate. I’m afraid it’s a ‘no’ from me. Whilst the water is crystal clear and just about the perfect depth and temperature for a refreshing dip, the red tiles give the impression that you’re being invited for a swim in the Amazon as opposed to the Andaman. But don't let me put you off - it’s a personal preference thing I guess, and you might love it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear frecktripper ,

Thank you for kind sharing the experience at The Houben Hotel,Koh Lanta on Trip advisor . It was so pleasure to hear your positive feed back ,since it encourages our team to service our guest from the start to finish of each guest’s stay. I know the red tiles pool ( Inspired from my football team ) could make our customers feel like that .It causes to our decision to use the salt treatment instead of any chemical or chlorine to damage your skin or your hairs . Kindly weigh the pros and the cons , i do very invite you to return to try , please let us know your future plan , you are the most welcome to The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta.

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We recently stayed here for a few days as part of a longer stay in the Kantiang Bay area.
The theme of the hotel was lost on us I am afraid. It is an unusual design affording fantastic views from all rooms but we more enjoyed watching the sunset from one of the numerous small bars that can be found locally. The easiest way to describe the hotel was that it seemed to not have any soul. The room was very clean and nice. The staff were friendly. The breakfast was cooked fresh to order but....... It was not a place we wanted to hang out and chill in. We much preferred walking down towards the beach area and hanging out down there. With the hire of a scooter directly from the reception there are also a lot more nice restaurants that fall within reach locally.
It is also not worth paying for the upgrade for a jacuzzi room.
As I said, the hotel ticks a lot of boxes but the overall experience box we could not tick. Sorry.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Dear Pubcyclist ,

Thank you for your kind sharing the experience at The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta Thailand on Trip Advisor. First, i will thank our housekeeping team that they worked had to ensure that our every guest room keep cleaning and it caused you to enjoy also our culinary team. Nothing to say , only apologize if you weren't enjoy with our design . We do thank you once for sharing your thought on trip advisor , we do hope you may return , kindly acknowledge you are the most welcome to The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta .

Warm Regrads,

Walter Houben
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed at the houben for 5 nights in Jan. The first thing u notice when u arrive is the fantastic view. Its so stunning and so peaceful. The hotel is very well designed and all the rooms have balconies from where you get a great view of the sunset every evening ( along with happy hour!) the rooms are really spacious and very clean. Super comfortable and large bed. The amenities are great, nice bio products and toiletries. Great shower and bathtub. Although we had a strange smell the first night, the staff was quick to look into that. The only issue we had with the room was the loud aircon and the drapes dont completely block out the light. But if you aren't a light sleeper, it shouldn't be much of an issue.
The pool is quite nice and there is enough lounging space around. Really liked the small boutique feel of the hotel ( no kids under 12 allowed).
The restaurant has great food, pricey compared to places down the street but the food was worth it. Great breakfast in the mornings, loved the fresh smoothies and banana pancakes!
The hotel is a five minute walk from the best beach on the island, there is light house u can go for a hike around. Renting a scooter from the hotel is useful( specially going to the other beaches and old town). Shana was super nice and even made sure to show us how to use the scooter.
Shana and The staff is amazing, super friendly and just really nice.
4 out of the 5 nights we stayed at the hotel to watch the sunset and have the amazing cocktails.
We had an amazing time and would love to go back! Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

Everything about the Houben is first rate! It was exactly what we were looking for after a busy 3 weeks touring Thailand. It is a very quiet hotel perched on the cliff with a stunning view overlooking the ocean but only a short walk to the beach and more great restaurants and bars and activities.
The rooms are beautiful, the food fabulous, the sunsets superb, and the staff were always so helpful and kind.
I would love my children to honeymoon here when the time comes. It truly was paradise!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Fantastic hotel! Right from the location, greeting, rooms, view, breakfast, it is all fantastic! The views from the rooms of the infinity pool over the ocean, watching sunset from your balcony...absolutely stunning! Quiet, friendly, amazing breakfast...fantastic rooms, we really did not want to leave! Make sure you take the speed boat to save you time!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Address: 272 Moo 5 | Ba KanTieng Bay, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ) 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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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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