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Lanta Castaway Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

I was traveling alone and stayed at simple Garden Bangalow. It is very basic with fan and toilet, shower with hot water but very comfortable for a single traveller who was on a very tight budget.

The Garden Bangalow made of wood and zinc roof. Day time it can be very warm in the room but nite time, it is very breezy.

Friendly Thai staff who would try and give u as much local information as possible. You can pay with cash or credit card.

There is 711, ATM and local Thai restaurant near by. I bought some food from 711 and also local restaurant.

A good place to chill out and relax

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed at Lanta Castaway Beach Resort for 8 nights in February and had a wonderfully relaxing time. The resort is spotlessly clean, extremely well kept and set in beautiful gardens. We stayed in one of the three wooden garden bungalows which are a cheaper option compared to the others available. The wooden bungalows are simple but have all the necessary comforts plus lots of little extras, there are hot water showers too and the room is cleaned everyday.
The resort is situated on Long Beach which, as the names suggests, is a very long and beautiful sandy beach.
I strongly recommend this resort, the staff are very pleasant and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We spent most of our time here in Thailand. First off Koh Lanta is stunning and not spoilt like the rest of the places we visited in Thailand. The staff were very friendly. We watched many sunsets laying on the comfortable deck sipping on fruit shakes or happy hour cocktails. We stayed in both garden and tropical daze rooms. I would suggest definitely staying in the tropical daze room as the garden rooms are very basic and can be noisy. The Dive and Relax dive centre at the resort was awesome and took care of us inexperienced divers, but can be pricey. The location is great and our overall experience was awesome.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Christl O
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We loved the Castaway so much we ended up staying four extra days. We stayed in the garden bungalow, which is basic but suited our needs perfectly. The mosquito net isn't one of those circular nets that hangs in the middle of the bed but instead it attaches to the wall on all four sides. This makes it so much more comfortable when you're sleeping. Also, the safe in the room, daily housekeeping and free water was a great bonus.

The beach is literally one minute away and the staff is great. Food was excellent. Can't say enough great things about this place. We love you, Castaway! We'd be happy to come back any time.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

I really struggle with this review because we did enjoy our week here. The unfortunate part for us was the way the resort is set up on a narrow lot, the cabins can be noisy at night. We arrived and were taken to our cabin directly across from the reception and restaurant. We expressed our concern right away about it being noisy in this location. She assured us that no noise is heard once you are in your room and the windows are closed. Our first night we were away until 1:00 a.m. from the noise of the restaurant, the bar and the kitchen of the neighbouring restaurant that is directly behind this unit. The next day we went and complained. They did offer to move us a couple of days later which did help however there was one night when the noise from the bar on the street in town was really loud. That isn't their fault though but it was definitely not the quiet sleeps I had wanted. I did have earplugs which helped a little and you have to keep all your windows closed at night. Also, during the day you have to close all the curtains for any privacy in your room because everybody walking by can see right in. What we did love about the resort was the fact that it was at the end of the beach so it was more private. We also loved the bar set up and the loungers that they have under the shade. That was definitely a huge plus. Happy hours here are probably the best on the beach. They even give you free popcorn. If you want to walk into town it is literally only a one minute walk up their driveway and you have lots of restaurants and shops right there. Very handy location. Tuk tuks into Saladan were only 100 baht each way. This was also quite handy to get cash from the banks or to just look around. We loved the location being on Long Beach and found the beach to be beautiful. The grounds are also very beautiful. Breakfasts were included and unfortunately were not a highlight for us. They were probably our least favourite meals of our entire trip. I'm not sure why the food isn't good at breakfast because we ate lunch and dinner at the bar and the food was usually really good. Maybe different cooks. Overall, I would recommend going here. Just be aware that you may have noise issues depending on where your cabin is located. One suggestion I would make is that they install a buzzer for when guests arrive at the driveway so someone can come and assist guests with luggage. We had to carry everything quite a distance to the reception and even when we checked out there was no offer to assist with the luggage. That is definitely something they should offer.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

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Our stay at Lanta Castaway Resort was perfect. It was a minor and very cosy resort. The staff was very sweet and the rooms were very nice. We had a lovely family bungalow, which ment at big nice house, with doors between two appartments. The massage was fantastic, the food was good and the surrodings were beatufully keept. I would love to stay there again!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

A high rating on trip advisor (4th of 79 hotels), and some of the very positive comments made, persuaded us that this was the place to stay in Koh Lanta. However, it just wasn’t our style and we checked out early after 5 days.

It is a very small, simple place with bungalows set perpendicular on both sides of a narrow path from the road to the beach, with well-kept borders of bougainvillaea and shady plants.

The resort is in a good location, handy for the ferry and with direct access to Long Beach. There are restaurants, bars, a 7/11, a bakery at “The Living Room” and a live music bar opposite with the most amazing guitarist all close by.

We found the restaurant and bar staff friendly and both food and drinks were competitively priced for the area and of a decent standard. The cleaners and grounds staff were particularly pleasant and rooms were serviced daily. Reception staff were less helpful and did not offer us any information, nor was their English as good as that of other staff.

The problem for us was that the only room available during our stay was a garden room. We were aware that this would be a Thai style building but were not really prepared for quite how very basic it was. The bed was comfortable and the mosquito net and fans were effective. However, there is no room to move around or to put anything. The dark wood boards and low energy lighting make it too gloomy to see and the large gaps between the wooden floor and wall boards allow mosquitos to enter at will. There is no fridge. We felt that it was a back-packers hut at an inflated price as there were other apartments available locally for less. It obviously suits many people but, sorry, it didn't suit us.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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NitLanta, Owner at Lanta Castaway Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2014

Thank you for the review. We were happy to read the positive comments about the resort, but sorry to hear about your disappointment with the Garden Bungalow.

For others reading this post, the Garden Bungalows are our unique, budget room type. They are far different from our modern air-con rooms which include the Beachcomber Bungalow, Sea Breeze Bungalows, and Tropical Daze Bungalows/Rooms. The Garden Bungalows are small, fan only, and much more basic than these other rooms. Therefore, it is important that prospective guests are aware of this fact, and ensure the Garden Bungalow will meet their needs before booking one. In cases where people enquire directly to us about the Garden Bungalows, we always highlight this fact so they can make an informed decision on whether to book one or not. In this particular case, the booking was made through an online agent, and unfortunately, we were unable to have this direct communication.

As a corrective measure, we will no longer offer the Garden Bungalows through agents in order to ensure we will always have clear communication with prospective guests regarding this unique room type.

For those who are interested in this type of room, it is worth mentioning a few things that set our Garden Bungalows apart from other area resorts offering similar budget accommodation. We provide the following things which other resorts often do not:
• Daily housekeeping service
• A small indoor bathroom with a hot water shower
• A safety box
• Amenities: beach towels, umbrella, mosquito net, spray and coils, free bottled water
• A clean, well maintained, and well manicured resort property

With warm regards from Lanta Castaway Resort

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Additional Information about 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: $37 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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