We were really looking forward to a nice relaxing break at the gorgeous looking Palace Lanta Resort after drooling over the paradise-like images of the clear blue swimming pool on the beach and after getting a great deal on a 5 night stay we thought we couldn't go wrong....How wrong we were! We arrived at the hotel and checked in to a somewhat frosty and 'I can't really be bothered to deal with you' welcome. Our bags were taken to our bungalow, which was 5 rows of bungalows back from the beach (even though there was only one other couple staying at the hotel at the time).
The bungalows are pretty grotty looking from the outside - however much nicer inside, which is the only thing which made our stay here bearable! They are big and spacious and very clean. The bed is the biggest we have stayed in yet and you get a fridge, tea and coffee and TV with satellite channels - including a great film channel (thankfully!).
The bathroom was less spectacular and the shower was pretty rubbish. There were also orange stains on the shower where the water had leaked which was strange because after we had laid on the white sheets on the bed after a shower, we would leave orange marks?! Not sure what's in the water there!
You have a front porch where you can sit if you like - however the overhanging jungle of plants and dampness meant there were swarms of bugs and mozzies and we had many unwelcome guests in the bedroom.
We decided to take a stroll to the beach, only a minute away, the first thing that struck us was the pool - IT WAS DARK GREEN! You couldn't see the bottom it was so dirty there were crabs in it and brown scum floating on the water - disgusting! We didn't even want to sunbathe next to it because of the mozzies and because it looked so horrible - a world away from the beachside paradise we were expecting from the photos.
The area was way too quiet, nothing going on, no people, no tourists, no nightlife - nothing - very disappointed. The only saving grace was Auntie Maes cafe at the end of the drive to the hotel, part of the swanky resort next door which does the BEST sandwiches we've ever had and between 8-10pm they do 50% off all cakes and pastries....yum yum!
Anyway, we escaped from the ghost-town that is Ko Lanta and I don't think we'll be back.
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- Also Known As:
- Lanta Palace Resort & Beach Club Hotel Ko Lanta
- Lanta Palace Resort And Beach Club
- Lanta Palace Hotel