Name: Crown Lanta Resort & Spa
Related: Crown Lanta Resort & Spa, Krabi, Lux Hotel Collection
The Crown Lanta Resort & Spa is only an hour and a half from Krabi International airport and one of the top honeymoon resorts in Thailand. It is reached by a van and speedboat (or ferry) transfer over to the magical island of Lanta. Lanta is still regarded as a green paradise where you will find splendid scenery such as rugged tree-covered hills, mangroves, and nine white sandy beaches. In addition, the livelihoods of local fishermen continue to depend on the island and it’s surroundings. As you explore the island you will observe them continuing to work and celebrate their heritage.
Best time to visit
Koh Lanta’s dry season runs from November to April. This is considered the high season and is when most tourists visit. The rainy season runs from May to October. With temperatures still generally warm, those tourists who don’t mind the occasional downpour take advantage of the fact that most areas tend to be a lot quieter and many hotels, including the Crown Lanta, offer reduced rates. May is a great time to visit, as you’ll benefit from having fewer other tourists around and the weather is still good, albeit with the occasional rain shower. From June onwards, the winds might be a factor to consider, especially given the hotel’s high elevation and beachside location. The monsoon tends to be in full swing in September and October so it can be rainy (although warm) during these months.
How to get there
You can fly non-stop to Bangkok via London Heathrow with British Airways, Thai or EVA Air; flight time is around 11 hrs 30 min. From there, you will need to get a connecting flight to Krabi International Airport, which takes about 1 hr 20 min. Once in Krabi, you can either take a boat from Klong Chi Lard Pier, about 5kms outside the town, or a minibus. During the high season, the ferries have two daily departures to Koh Lanta, and you may travel year round via land (minivan). Both modes of transportation take between 1.5 and 2 hours to reach the island.
Crown Lanta Resort & Spa is ideally located, giving you the privacy of paradise, while also offering access to all the sights and sounds that Koh Lanta has to offer. This beachfront resort stretches across 22 hectares of park-like land, across gentle hills which lead down to dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea. The resort takes advantage of the stunning views across the ocean and Phi Phi Islands. An intimate and private white sand beach sits in front of the resort and there is also direct access to the famous 3km long Klong Dao Beach.
83 generously-sized rooms surround the two resort pools, one with a swim up bar and a happy hour from 5pm – 7pm which is the perfect place to try the best margaritas in Thailand. Enjoy the tastes of Thailand at the on-site restaurants, and be pampered at the rejuvenating Infinity Spa. In the evenings, sit beachside at the Reggae Bar and enjoy a cocktail while experiencing one of the best shows on the island – the sunset.
Generously-sized Gazebo, Elegance and Pool Access Deluxe Rooms, (all 50 sqm), include a bedroom and a bathroom with a rain shower. The rooms themselves are modern with large windows in the bathroom and bedroom leading to the balcony. Expect amazing views from the Gazebo and Elegance rooms which overlook the 25-meter long lap pool, garden and across the ocean. Relax on the daybed in the privacy of your large, private balcony.
Pool Access Deluxe rooms give you direct access to the lap pool. With the open of your door the cool refreshing water beckons you for a morning, afternoon, or night swim. Rooms on the top floor of each block have best sea and sunset views.
You can upgrade to an “Ocean Sunset Villa” which is over double the size of the deluxe rooms with a bedroom, a bathroom, and living area. Just 8 sunset villas are surrounded by green gardens and breathtaking ocean and sunset views. “Ocean Private Pool Villa” is of a similar design but also offer a private swimming pool and breathtaking panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and Phi Phi Island.
The “Grand Villa Residence” is a massive 235 sqm and includes: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas, kitchenette as well as a private swimming pool, and outdoor deck area. Ideally perched atop the peak of the island, this suite offers views of both the sunrise and sunset.
Restaurants & Bar
The Peak is a great place to start or end the day with a sumptuous breakfast buffet. For dinner, Western and authentic Thai cuisine are served nightly. Enjoy either meal from atop a cliff, overlooking the Andaman Sea and Phi-Phi Island.
The Reggae Bar is right on the beach. This bar has a breathtaking sunset environment with small plates and cocktails to match. Located right along the waterside it is the perfect place to unwind and relax with a few drinks and some great snacks. There is a strip of private spaces leading out from this bar, each looking out to the ocean, where you can sit or lie and watch the waves hit the rocks as the sun sets. There is also a tree house that looks out to the ocean with more on the way. A definite must see when you stay here and quite unique to this resort.
The Cliff is the pool-side restaurant that overlooks the resort’s private beach. It is open for lunch and weekly seafood BBQ dinners.
As well as the pool, fitness centre, beach and gardens which are all yours to explore, there is an excellent Spa which offers massages, body scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, milk baths, and saunas all to help you unwind, relax, and rejuvenate your body. All treatments are expertly administered amid a relaxing, tranquil private environment.
Mountain biking, kayaking launched from the private beach and great snorkelling are also available as well as a playland for kids.
Cooking Classes are available daily at the resort and a must for those foodies. Classes are held at the Peak Restaurant with stunning views. Learn to make shrimp spring rolls, tom kha, coconut chicken soup, a shrimp pad Thai, and wok-fried spicy chicken with a fried egg over rice.
Beyond the resort, you can try elephant trekking, monkey shows, island tours, scuba diving, hiking, fishing, visiting the National Park, shopping, exploring Lanta Old Town which is just a tuk-tuk ride away.
Lux Hotel Collection
Our exclusive benefits at Crown Lanta Resort & Spa are complimentary sunset drinks (2 per booking) at The Reggae Bar, 10% off any a la carte spa service, 10% off any of the hotel restaurants (a la carte menu only) and 10% off hotel laundry services.
The Crown Lanta Resort & Spa features in our top 5 best hotels and resorts on Koh Lanta and top 5 best romantic resorts for couples in thailand and our top 5 best luxe-for-less resorts in Thailand.
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