It has been a very busy month – between visitors, holidays and work I genuinely don’t know where the past six weeks have gone. Well, I do…mainly eating, drinking and holidaying but that’s beside the point. I have so much to fill you in on but today I wanted to tell you about one of the hotels we stayed at during or Songkran break with my parents.
We had stayed at the Crown Lanta on Koh Lanta back in February 2015 with some friends (you can read about that here) and had a really great time so when I was perusing hotels for somewhere to stay with my folks in April, this hotel was one of the first I checked out for good deals. It had some great prices as April is going into the low season here in Thailand. They had rooms starting from around £35 but we plumped for pool access rooms for just £50 a night – bargain.
This resort is about 5 minutes from the ferry port and can be easily reached by songthaew or as we did pre-arrange a transfer with the hotel (this is quite a good idea as it can be really manic getting off the ferry and slightly overwhelming if you’re not sure what you’re doing). There are a variety of rooms to choose from including villa’s which are spread over the spacious hotel which is set on a peninsula on the north-west of the island. We had booked 3 nights in ‘pool access’ rooms, which sit on a quiet pool near the main reception of the hotel. The main pool which is lovely is a 2-minute buggy ride away over a hill, and near the private beach and restaurants but this time we spent nearly all our time in ‘our’ pool!
Now for my confession – I totally forgot to take pictures of the room as I was so excited to just jump in the pool from said room – so apologies. Our room was pretty much identical to the room we stayed in last time so you can check it out by clicking on the link above. Our pool access room was just great, I finally got to inflate and christen ‘Fanny the Flamingo‘ and we didn’t have the mosquito issue we have found we get with small, private pools. Plus it was just blissfully quiet and peaceful. I would say we spent the majority of our time lounging in the pool escaping the intense April heat. For my parents the ability to flop into the pool from their room probably kept them going!
My mum and I enjoyed a massage or two in the spa at the hotel which is a must do if you’re staying. We had the Relax & Renew package which was absolutely fabulous, 45 minutes aromatherapy with 15 minutes tension massage and enjoyed it so much we went back again!
Breakfast is buffet style and offers quite a variety of different stations for waffles, eggs etc. although my favourite thing about breakfast at the Crown Lanta has to be the stunning view to accompany your toast. The restaurants at the hotel serve a wide range of quality western and Thai food throughout the day. We sat and had lunch overlooking the beautiful private beach and then spent an evening at the Reggae Bar watching the sun go down whilst enjoying one too many cocktails! A must even if you’re not staying at the resort.
We spent 3 fabulous nights on Koh Lanta. We hired scooters and went off exploring which despite some trepidation having not been on one for 40 years, my parents thoroughly enjoyed! It really is the best way to see this stunning island and as the roads are so quiet most of the time. We also ate at the Fat Monkey which was as good as last time, although a special mention has to go to the puddings which are seriously amazing – my mum had a warm fruit and white chocolate thing that she declared the best dessert she’d ever had.
So if you’re looking for a hotel on Koh Lanta, check out the Crown Lanta. This resort offers great value for money with good service and a private location. It really is the ideal place to relax and unwind for a few days and we will definitely be returning!
Tel: 66 (0) 7562 6999 | Fax: 66 (0) 7566 8351
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Disclaimer: Whilst some elements of my stay at the Crown Lanta were complimentary, all opinions and thoughts are, as always, my own.