First of all, i must say that i do not agree with some previous reviews saying it is over priced. Walk-in customers will always have a higher price compared to bookings through agencies. This is not only at Relay Bay but with all hotels in Thailand. I am not talking about B&B or hostels, let's compare apples to apples. Also I think people need to understand the concept. No place for concrete building and modern facilities at Relax Bay. It is "Robinson Crusoe" style experience. Simple, but still comfortable and with style.
Koh Lanta is located 2 hours from Krabi airport. Quiet and somehow miraculously "under-developed" compared to neighboring Krabi and Phuket. The resort is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden and located on a very nice large private beach, no major hotel nearby!
We spent 5 nights in a VIP beach bungalow. Bungalows are facing the sea, pretty basic but still comfortable. Nice terrace with a table, chairs and a hammock, perfect for a nap a coffee early morning! Just a suggestion for improvement: a small water pipe at the entrance of the bungalow to clean your feet from sand would be nice. Like this, we would avoid to bring tons of sand inside the bungalow... Do not forget a mosquito repellent.
One very nicely decorated restaurant, right on the beach. I highly recommend you the chicken satay and the carpaccio of barracuda! Good breakfast with choice of both western and Asian dishes. I recommend the Thai menu rather than the Western menu. Menu for kids available.
A few words about the beach bar where you can enjoy the sunset but all day long, Some really nice cocktails and fresh fruit juices.
Plenty of small restaurants available a few hundreds meters away on the main road. Free shuttle to bring you there.
No TV in rooms, which is great. Free Internet connection available in the resort.
We organized 2 daily trips via the hotel. Good service.
Overall a great peaceful relaxing experience. I will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax bay is not your average hotel. If you look for a traditional hotel with AC, concrete walls and all amenities you can find in any deluxe hotel anywhere in the world. Well, we are not the place to be. Our rooms are Huts, spaced between 5 and 10 m from each other and set in a as Jungle-ish possible setting. There is almost no concrete and we constructed our bungalows under the trees. This means they are in the shade. Furthermore the grass-type roofs are overhanging and give protection against the sun and around the bungalows we planted flowers and plants to block out the sun. Shade means coolness but also darkness. Bamboo, a living natural product also soaks up the moisture in the air. We air the rooms, but they always smell a bit Bamboo-ish. They do not smell damp and not well kept, they smell natural.Our roofs are made from grass, so they disintegrate after a time. They are not as waterproof as concrete, or tar roofs. However they are much cooler. and they look much better. Prices on the net should be the same everywhere , but you are best served by making a direct reservation at the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relax Bay Hotel Ko Lanta
- Relax Bay Ko Lanta