In this review I look at the top 5 best hotels and resorts on Koh Lanta, a peaceful and culturally rich island that is just a stones throw from Phi-Phi in Thailand.
Tourists flock to Koh Lanta for the miles of white sand beaches unpolluted by jet skis and the nearby dive spots of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Ko Haa. Away from the beaches there is also plenty to explore from the rugged tree-covered hills to the mangroves and traditional villages, although many prefer to simply luxuriate in their resort. Koh Lanta is only an hour and a half from Krabi International airport. Most resorts are reached by a van and speedboat (or ferry) transfer over to the magical island of Lanta.
I have picked the top 5 best hotels and resorts on Koh Lanta.
1. Crown Lanta Resort
Crown Lanta Resort & Spa (pictured above) 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. It is one of the top honeymoon resorts in Thailand 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 5 pm – 7 pm 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.
2. The Houben Hotel
The Houben Hotel Koh Lanta (pictured below), is a private small boutique hotel run by a Belgian family comprising 15 sea view rooms graciously perched on a cliff. Rooms are spacious with stunning sunset views from their balconies. Nice touches include bottled water being sent to your room twice a day and truly excellent coffee, breads and french toast for breakfast!
Spend your days recharging by the pool or strolling down to the sandy beach, and your evenings absorbing the sunset views of the Andaman Sea
3. Rawi Warin Resort
Rawi Warin Resort is just 5 minutes walk from the beach and offers 5-star luxury with 4 large outdoor pools, fitness centre and tennis courts. Spacious Thai-style rooms offer private balconies and fine wood furnishings and flooring. With 6 dining options Rawi Warin Resort is a great destination for seafood lovers, The Watermark offering fine seafood in a memorable outdoor environment. Hearty breakfasts and international dishes are available at The Golden Pond. The Wave Bar is ideal for a light bite or a drink. This luxury hotel has stunning views of Klong Tob Bay, particularly if you choose the villas that are located up the hill.
4. Twin Lotus Resort
This adult only beachfront resort is set amid 12 acres of landscaped gardens which are fringed by a mile-long white sand beach. Snorkel in the warm Andaman waters where you will find exotic coral reefs, or take a boat or diving trip and explore the waters of the 70 surrounding islands where you will discover hidden beaches.
Thai and international cuisine is served at the resort’s open-air main restaurant which offers views over the pool and the beach beyond. The Barracuda Restaurant & Beach Bar offers snacks throughout the day. The resort’s rooms and villas are decorated with chic neutral tones to complement the natural surrounds. Upgrade to a beachfront room to be right on the ocean.
5. Costa Lanta
Costa Lanta resort has been uniquely designed with respect for nature. The design of this resort incorporates superb ocean views and is set back amongst the natural shade of coconut palms, mature trees and native plants of the island. With large grounds and stunning sunsets, this is the perfect place to unwind surrounded by nature and just steps from the shores of the Andaman Sea.
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