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Lanta Castaway Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Sherwood Park, Alberta
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“Favorite Thai accomodation”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

The amenities and staff made this a great place to stay for 4 nights. For 1000 baht, we stayed in a garden bungalow, outfitted with a double bed with mosquito netting, clean private bathroom, and small patio with deck chairs. It quickly became our favourite accommodation in Thailand.

The location is a 2 minute walk off the main road, just far enough that you don’t hear any of the hundreds of tourist ridden scooters racing along the coast. The quality of service and hospitality is a reflection on the emphasis ownership has on providing a positive experience. Tours and transportation to and from the ferry are arranged by the helpful staff. Whether in the restaurant or hotel, staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. Wifi is available in the front desk area, and there are 2 PC’s for use by guests.

The Beachcomber Restaurant serves both Western and better value Thai fare. Unless you are really Jonesing for a cheeseburger, make sure you try the Pad Thai, Som Tham or Chew Chi Paa. This fish preparation was my favourite meal in all of Thailand. Also be sure to frequent the beach bar for Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm.

In the main lobby, Dive and Relax arranges daily snorkelling trips (www.diveandrelax.com ). For 1,900 baht, snorkelers are afforded two separate dive sites in a day. Groups are kept small, and when we went, were dominated by divers, resulting in only 4 snorkelers per leader.

As a result of the amenities, location and staff, this was our favourite accommodation in Thailand.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

This awesome place to relax everything is in Tere for ya. The stuff are really nice and friendly. We stay for our honeymoon after 15 days traveling for Thailand we were tired of everything the noise the traffic even te people we found this retreat and changed out life my wife almost cry because she didnt want to live. Food are amazing in the owners too. Thanks for a great vacation

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

stayed here foe 8 nights and found it to be a lovely friendly hotel in an excellent location and very good value for money. food and drink was sometimes cheaper in the hotel than at some of the local bars and was very good quality. one down side was a bad smell coming from our bathroom of an evening but this is thailand you cant have everything! All in all i would come back without a doubt. As for lanta itself, it still has the thai charm that was so popular years ago before mass tourism arrived.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

After arriving from a long flight with excited children we were desperate for some food, a drink and bed. We were late but they still cooked us some delicious food and we ate it overlooking the most amazing view. The people who worked there were so friendly and more than happy to help its with any questions, the food was good, although you could get better and cheaper outside the resort, but still it was perfect if we couldn't be bothered to go out. We stayed in a sea view bungalow which was wonderful, clean and very comfortable. There is nothing I would chage about this hotel and would love to go back again. The only slight issue was the river between us and the beach, low tide it was fine but high tide it did prove very tricky to get onto the beach, however this bears no reflection on castaway or it's staff.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

If you are looking for large airy luxurious reception areas and marble bathrooms then this place is not for you. But if total relaxation, friendly unobtrusive staff, good food and drink and wonderful natural surroundings is more your thing, then come to Lanta Castaway. The bungalows are clean and well equipped even down to a torch for power cuts and umbrellas for the occasional rain shower. We ate there for the majority of our meals during our 7 night stay as the food was excellent and the beer and cocktails well priced and wonderful. The beach was almost always deserted abd unspoilt by numerous loungers and umbrellas. There were no hawkers either which was a bonus. I really cannot say anything negative about this resort and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Stayed here for five days in the Tropical Daze room. This room was excellent. The air conditioning and fan worked perfectly. The layout of the property is very good. The gardens are beautiful. We didn't hear any noise from the reception or restaurant/bar area during our stay. Beers were always cold from the bar area. Housekeeping did a very thorough job. The breakfast choices were adequate but did get boring by our fifth day but the banana pancakes tasted very good and were very filling. The oil massage was good but we recommend getting before early evening; the mosquitoes started to annoy us during the last part of the massage. The scooter rental was easy since it was onsite and prices were competitive for this area.

I got food poisoning from Tiger Wings restaurant on our 4th day and had the worst stomach cramping and diarrhea imaginable. I tried to tough it out by taking some aspirin and pepto bismol type medication from the pharmacy but by 5 in the morning I was in such unbearable pain and misery with a fever and knew by then I had to go to the hospital for antibiotics. Unfortunately, the clinic down the street was not open so we called the front desk and one of the staff was kind enough to drive us to the island's only hospital at 6 in the morning. The doctor was not due to be in until 8 a.m. so the nurse gave me some liquids to hydrate me and some pain medicine until the doctor arrived. Lanta Castaway's driver insisted on staying and waiting until we were done so that he could drive us back to the hotel. We felt bad and told him to go and we would figure out a way back to the hotel but he said that getting a taxi in this area would be difficult and insisted on staying. We didn't finish at the hospital until after 9 a.m. and he stayed the entire time so he could drive us back to the hotel (at no charge as well!) - now that is amazing service above and beyond one could ever imagine!!

Thank you again Lanta Castaway for the wonderful stay, your kindness and excellent service far exceeded our expectations!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Stayed here from 05/04/12 till the 11th with the girlfriend and we both loved it. Its so friendly and relaxed, our room was spotless and we were around when it was cleaned and they do a very thorough job of it.
The bar and restaurant served the best food and cocktails we tasted on the island and the margaritas and caipirinha's are the best I've ever tasted anywhere.
Having a massage while looking out onto the ocean was amazing as well and very well priced at 300baht (roughly £6) for a back, shoulder and head. There is cheaper on the island but it was nice being on site.
Staff were great and had a good laugh with us, they would do anything for you and reception would book the excursions for you so there's no confusion with the languages etc.
To sum it up I would recommend it to anyone and I hope to have the chance to return!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lanta Castaway Beach Resort
Address: 299 Moo 2 | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ko Lanta
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lanta Castaway Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lanta Castaway Resort is a boutique beach resort located on the southern end of Long Beach in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We have 19 modern air-con bungalows and 3 small traditional fan bungalows. Our Beachcomber Restaurant features awesome Tex-Mex dishes, as well as, a selection of excellent Thai, Western, and Seafood BBQ. Our Mad Bull Beach Bar offers a terrific atmosphere with awesome views and delicious cocktails. Other services include: beach-side massage, free WiFi, motorbike rentals, and transfer & tour coordination. We also have an onsite dive shop operated by Dive and Relax. We do not have a swimming pool on the property. However, during high season, the beach is excellent for swimming. ... more   less 
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