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“My Home in Lanta!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lanta Castaway Beach Resort

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Lanta Castaway Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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“My Home in Lanta!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

This is my second trip to Koh Lanta in the past three years and both times I've stayed at Castaway. The owners are very friendly, American expat and his Thai wife, and the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The food is great, the bar has many different drinks with brand name US alcohol, the rooms are extremely clean and air conditioned, and the resort is centrally located on the island so you are never more than 5km away from anything. I tell all of my friends in the US to get themselves down here at least once in their lives!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

This hotel is just perfect! We had a bungalow the tropical breeze, and it was super clean, very spacious, the staff is really really friendly, smiley, and helpful. the bunglalow was the last one and the furthest from the beach, which is not a problem at all, it is only 20 steps away! so dont worry if you get the last one. Just ask for a standalone unit, the other ones have a wall in the middle to separate the two rooms. The place is so much better that you can see on the pictures,and if you don't see any pics for toilet don't worry, they are all inside and very clean. There is a beach bar and a restaurant of the hotel, with excellent cocktails and food, which is also very reasonably priced. there is free internet, and sunbeds for the beach are all free for guests. there is also a diving and snorkelling shop next to the reception, but if you go to phi phi afterwards, you will find the same service about 1000 bht cheaper. I would definitely go there again and again, the location is super!

Room Tip: ask for a standalone unit, and don't worry if its the furthest away from the beach, it really is...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Essex
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I had 6 nights on Ko Lanta, at the Castaway and loved every minute! The staff were always smiling and friendly. The rooms were always spotless and the setting was amazing....felt like heaven on earth. We had planned to book a Sea Breeze bungalow, but they were fully booked so stayed in a Tropical Daze room (D5) instead, and glad we did. The room was spacious and airy and for the amount of time spent in the room, felt it would have been a waste to spend out on the more expensive rooms. We would rather spend our time out on the beach. The grounds were well looked after. Food and drinks were well priced and the cocktails & shakes were delicious...especially the mudslide or mango/watermelon shake! We booked our trips via Reception and these were the same price as the tour offices outside. The massages were cheap, but good (£7.50 for an hour), so good we ended up having 3 during our stay!

Restaurants outside the hotel were good and also had a great bar, (Bajen sports bar) to enjoy a game of pool/darts and a beer.

All in all, we both agreed that this was the best place we have visited in Thailand, and will definitely return to the Castaway again...hopefully sooner rather than later!

The only downside to our stay on Lanta was the Phi Phi islands trip. Although the scenery was stunning, it was just far too crowded to enjoy.......we missed the boat and were 10 years too late!!!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed at castaway for 6 days with a friend. I only chose it as I was diving with Dive & Relax (connected with the resort) but I am SO glad we ended up here. It was just gorgeous. The accommodation was perfect, immaculately kept, so comfortable, everything you could ask for. The location is amazing. The food delicious. The bar staff do amazing cocktails (try the margarita) and provide entertainment (by making you look stupid with board games/card games/puzzles) during the rain. The staff were so helpful and friendly. All of this on a gorgeous stretch of beach with clear blue water. I cannot wait to go back!

Room Tip: not worth paying the extra for sea view rooms as you can't really see that much more of the sea...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

My fiancée and I stayed here for 6 nights in the tropical daze room. As we had a late flight into Krabi we arranged a private transfer through the resort which was quick and easy to do.

The room itself was perfect, shower was always hot and the porch was perfect for reading during rain showers. The whole resort is beautifully clean and all the staff are very attentive and helpful without being interfering.

The food and drinks are very reasonably priced and of a high quality. The beach bar is the perfect place to watch the sunset.

Although the resort doesn't have a pool it does not feel like its missing as the sea is so close, clear and warm!

Without a doubt the best part of the resort are the massages which are to die for...and very cheap - about £6-7.

Although there are families in the resort it is still very peaceful and also this means there is less of the typical "backpacker" atmosphere.

I honestly couldn't rate this place highly enough - we will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

From the moment we exited the airport van, and made the short walk down to reception, we knew that we had made the right choice in resorts. Cute bungalows line the walk and the grounds are well kept and groomed. Once at reception we were warmly greeted and quickly shown to our bungalow, which by the way, was even more awesome inside than out. Other highlights of the property include the Mad Bull Beach Bar, where Bank and Dodo serve up tasty beverages, and the beachside massage deck. Trust me, there is nothing like getting a Thai Massage with the ocean breeze and sounds of the crashing waves only feet away. I highly recommend the experience. I also recommend visiting Cameron and crew at the Dive & Relax Shop located on the resort property for a day of scuba diving or snorkling. A first class operation all around. Everyone told me we were taking a "once in a livetime trip", but after visiting Lanta Castaway i certainly hope that isn't true because trust me when i say, we can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

We stayed here for 3 days at the end of 2 weeks in Thailand and had a lovely time. The bungalows are very cosy and the furthest away still only about a minutes walk to the beach (my only question would be over the curtains - each bungalow has lots of windows and therefore lots of curtains that need carefully shutting so everyone can't see in - blinds might be better!)

The staff are eager to please, and their beach front bar is perfectly placed for wonderful sunset views (and cocktails!) Their restaurant serves pretty tasty food too. They also have free sea kayaks to borrow and some lovely sun loungers and beds reserved for guests.

Room Tip: None of the bungalows are actually ON the beach, so don't bother with spending extra for one nea...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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 star — Lanta Castaway Beach Resort 3*
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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