Updated: May 7, 2018
Probably the island’s most exceptional beach setting, therefore remote. One of Koh Lanta’s most southerly resorts fronts a flawless and private cove of snow-white sand, calm turquoise water and angled palms. Most of the modern-style villas are separated and scattered along the garden path, while those higher up the hill offer more seclusion and serenity, and possibly better views. Some villas are almost on top of the sand, barely 20m from the sea, and others face the lush gardens. All are bright, elegant and breezy, with soothing tiles, retro-style furniture and space for an extra single bed. The Family Villa featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate living area can accommodate up to three children, but faces the garden. The hotel can organise tours and snorkelling trips, and the beachside pool is sparkling-blue and shady. Close to the national park (which is only accessible by car), the resort is however isolated, with no shops or cafés within walking distance.
Massive, secluded, some children’s amenities, but no beach frontage. Dominating the northwestern tip, the Crown Lanta is set among vast undulating gardens of ponds, creeks, cliffs and lawns, but doesn’t face a beach. However, a sliver of private sand is accessible by steps from one of the pools, while Klong Dao, with all its beachside cafés, is a short stroll away. All accommodation is compact, without being spacious, and the huge balcony is filled with furniture. Most luxurious are the villas with a separate living area, direct sea views and private pool with edges that seem to merge into the horizon. Families could stay at villas with a kitchenette, private pool and two bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. These are perched on hill tops offering views of the sun rising and setting. The hotel offers free use of kayaks, bicycles and snorkeling gear, and there are a kids’ pool and tiny playground. It does feel a little isolated, although it’s only a 20 minutes’ walk to Saladan, home to the port, as well as numerous shops and seafood restaurants.
Lovely Thai design, ideal beach, and families welcome. One of very few on Lanta that looks like it’s in Thailand, this resort is immensely appealing with curved ornamental roofs and tropical gardens of waterfalls, ponds and palms. Villas are accessible along a raised boardwalk but are clustered tightly so the balcony and windows directly face other villas, doubtless affecting privacy and peace. But inside they are delightful: bright and roomy, with plentiful luggage space and charming old-fashioned wooden furniture, though with an undersized balcony. The Family Villas are particularly nice, containing an alcove with a cot, twin wooden bunk beds and a king-sized bed – all without feeling cramped. The newer rooms in modern blocks lack charm, but are quieter, and some have connecting doors. Nothing is set up for children, but there are two pools and it faces Khlong Dao, an attractive beach. It is also walkable to the main road with numerous tourist facilities and to Saladan, home to the port and ample shops and seafood restaurants.
Unique beach setting, family-friendly and oh-so convenient. In a tranquil area far removed from traffic and crowds and perfect for strolling, this aptly-named resort is located on an isthmus, facing a scenic cove within Khlong Doa beach and another bay without sand. Spread out among the shady lawns are several types of bungalows, all with, unusually, a fridge and large enough for an extra single bed. These range from cosy, comfy and simple standard bungalows in safari-style huts facing the gardens to deluxe versions with perfect beach frontage. The semi-detached Family Bungalows have twin bunk beds and can even accommodate a third child on an extra bed without feeling overcrowded. These bungalows feature lovely old-fashioned furniture and some Thai decorations, but no sea views. Attached to the beachside pool is a children’s splash area, and it’s a lovely 15-minute stroll to Saladan, with the port and numerous shops and seafood restaurants.