My wife and I recently returned to the Andaman Lanta Resort for an 8 night stay. We had visited previously almost 10 years ago and since we last stayed the resort has been extended and had an extensive makeover. We booked a deluxe poolview villa, which was the same accomodation that we had previously, but the accomodation was greatly improved. The villa no. 4 was located along the side boundary of the resort and has a view over the pool and gardens and is only 30 or 40 metres from the beach, which you can see from the verandah at the front of the unit. The villa was beautifully clean and well maintained and laid out with the only slight downside being the antiquated low pressure shower over the bath (the same as original, but no great problem). The staff were very friendly and helpfull, although many had little or no english. Again no great problem as I don't speak Thai either. The room rate included a daily buffet breakfast and whilst the selection was somewhat limited, if you couldn't find something to eat you would be hard to please. The omelettes were cooked while you wait and were always very tasty. If you didn't like the breakfast selection in the resort there are plenty of other restaurants along the beach within easy walking distance. The resort also now has a very nice little coffee shop opposite the reception area at the entrance where they do very nice coffee, hot chocolate etc and also serve cold drinks. The internet access is also available at modest cost at terminals located in the coffee shop. The resort has a tour desk where they can arrange anything and everything that you might want to do if laying around the resort pool or on the beach is not your scene. If a snorkelling trip is not a priority, but you want to work off some holiday kilos, try hiring a vehicle and drive down to the bottom of the island and do the short treck through the national park. It's a short walk (less than 2kms), but physically demanding because of the steep terrain and you need to take plenty of water with you as it gets very hot under the enclosed jungle canopy. We were amazed at the number of young families with young children and the resort is perfect for this type of relaxed family holiday. Many Scandinavian families obviously taking advantage of the direct flights into Krabi airport from Europe. As mentioned earlier there is a great selection of restaurants close by along the beach and one in particular called Krua Nidnoy is a stand out. Walk down the front steps onto the beach and turn left about 40 of 50 metres. The shrimp and garlic pizza was a highlight. Bamboo, along the beach to the right of the resort is also good and if you want to take a short ride into Saladan town don't miss out on going to Pa-Pa's restaurant. It's a hidden treasure and doesn't really look anything from the street, but when you go through to the rear of the restaurant which is located over the water, it's an oasis. The restaurant is run by a danish man and was recommended to us by a Finish couple we met who were staying in the next villa. This place is a must if you enjoy good food, both European and Thai and the wine and beer are also reasonably priced. One tip is that there is very good small fridge in your room and you can easily go accross the road to the Aleena Mini-Mart and purchase any snacks and drinks that you want. They have a good range both alcaholic and non alcaholic drinks and all snacks and any other small items you might need including sunscreen etc. This resort is classified 3 star, but is certainly at the upper end of the 3 star scale and it's location on the beautiful Khlong Dao beach makes it a perfect spot to stay if you want a relaxing holiday. We will be back again in the future.
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