Koh Lanta Hotels

by Guest

Koh Lanta is located in the Andaman Sea, just off the western coast of Thailand. Though it isn’t as popular as islands like Phuket or Koh Samui, those who make the journey to Koh Lanta are treated to some fantastic beaches, unspoiled interior, and secluded coves. Though there is a bit of a party scene on some of the beaches, Koh Lanta is much more suitable for families, or couples looking for a quieter retreat. There is no airport in Koh Lanta, so the only way to reach it is via a speedboat from Krabi or Phuket, or take a minivan down to the car ferry across to Koh Lanta Noi and then over the bridge onto Koh Lanta island. From there you can continue on to your hotel. There are hotels for all tastes and budgets on Koh Lanta including 5 star resorts to beach bungalows and hostels. Here’s a rundown of some of our favourites.

Non Le Mer Hostel - $

If you are looking for a budget hostel, look no further than the Non Le Mer Hostel. They have several large dorms offering mixed and female only rooms, all of which have air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot showers. There is also a large common room with comfortable space with traditional Thai pillows. Each of the beds have a reading light and personal lockers available, as well as hi-speed WiFi. The staff are excellent and the reception can book everything from tours, tickets, and scooter hire. The dorm beds are extremely good value at US $10 per night.

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Hub of Joys - $

Though the Hub of Joys might not be that close to the beach, the nearest being Long Beach around 300 metres away (Klong Nin and Pra Ae are a few kilometres away), the hostel is still an excellent place to stay as well as being extremely good value. The hostel has everything from private en suite double rooms,  to large mixed and female only dormitories. All the beds in the dorms have a curtain offering maximum privacy as well as personal lockers and free WiFi. It also provides breakfast from the cafe and drinks at night from the bar. Popular tours includes snorkelling trips and horse riding adventures, all of which can be booked from the reception desk. Prices for a dorm bed cost around US $12 per night and US $30 for a private double.

Hub of Joys Koh Lanta

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Lemonade Boutique Inn - $

The Lemonade Boutique Inn is clean, tidy and offers private rooms and dormitory beds. Located in the north, the hostel is just a few steps away from Klong Dao Beach. The advantage of the dorm beds is they don’t have bunk beds and there is a full wraparound curtain to provide privacy during your stay. The private rooms including twins, doubles, and triples. The whole hostel is air conditioned and is close to the bars, restaurants, and street food near the beach. The tour desk sells daily excursions to the other islands, snorkelling trips, motorbike hire, and onward tickets. They even have a tattoo shop where you can get that ultimate memento of your Thailand adventure. Dorms cost from US $10 per bed, doubles from US $25 and triple family rooms from US $35.

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SabaiDee Lanta Hostel - $

Located close to all the amenities along Klong Dao and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, the SabaiDee Lanta Hostel is one of the best budget options on Koh Lanta. Built from old shipping containers gives the hostel a unique feel. All of the amenities of Saladan including the bars, restaurants, and street food are just minutes’ away. There is a kitchenette to make your own food should you wish, and a lovely oasis garden where you can swing in a hammock and read your book. There are a few dormitories, but they are all small with just 4 beds and they have both mixed and female only. The price is only US $10 per bed per night.

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Peacock Hostel - $

The rustic Peacock Hostel looks more like accommodation found in the Caribbean than in Thailand. Created entirely from wood, much of the hostel sits over the water and has a nautical theme with plenty of boat themed decorations and art work. The dormitory sleeps 18 people over two floors. On the wooden terrace over the water you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or a cold beer. It’s just short distance from the ferry pier in the heart of Saladan village. Chill in the hammocks, play a game of cards or head down to the beach. Prices start from US $9 per bed per night.

Peacock hostel Koh Lanta

SriLanta Resort - $

The SriLanta Resort is literally steps away from the beach. Nestled along the coast near Klong Nin Beach, this charming resort has modern bungalows decked out in traditional Thai decorations. The resort is nestled with the beautiful landscape of Koh Lanta. If you can’t drag yourself down to the beach, there I a pool and a spa offering a range of treatments and classes including yoga. At the tour desk, snorkelling excursions, jungle treks and island hopping adventures can be booked. Prices start from US $50 per night in a villa.

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Eco Lanta Hideaway Beach Resort - $

This eco lodge continually gets good reviews online. Located just a minute away from Long Beach, the property is created using natural, locally sourced materials. Each of the bungalows are spacious, air conditioned and have a private bathroom with hot showers. The onsite Eco Restaurant serves up some delicious Thai and international cuisine, though there are other options nearby. In the evening, why not have a sundowner at the Seasun bar. It’s a great location for snorkelling, diving and angling. Great for couples or small families. Prices start from US $60 per night for a private bungalow.

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Twin Bay Resort - $

This three star property is just metres away from Kow Kwang Beach on a little peninsula which is flanked by the ocean on both sides. If you don’t want to swim in the sea, there is a lovely swimming pool surrounded by decking and overlooking the beach. The hotel is nestled within lush tropical gardens and coconut palms. Each of the rooms and bungalows are decorated in traditional Thai wood furniture, are air conditioned, have private bathroooms, and enjoy views over the gardens or ocean. Don’t worry about getting to the hotel, they provide a free shuttle service from the north of the island. The onsite restaurant serves up some delicious food throughout the day, and cold beer and cocktails are available in the beachside bar. Prices start from US $35 per night for a room and a little more for a bungalow.

Rasa Sayang Resort - $

Rasa Sayang Resort sites right next to Sayang Beach, one of the only private beaches on Koh Lanta. Each of the beautiful wooden bungalows are spacious and well designed. They feature private bathrooms, air conditioning, Thai style decorations, a living area and a little terrace. Though the area might be quiet, the bars, nightlife and restaurants of Pra Ae and Klong Dao beaches are just a mile or so up the road and easily reached by taxi or tuk tuk. The hotel also features a restaurant serving up Thai and international cuisine with a focus on seafood, and a tour desk offering bicycle hire, car hire, shuttle services and tours. They also have an inhouse masseuse offering top notch Thai massages. Prices are very reasonable, starting at US $30 per night for a private villa bungalow.

Rasa Sayang Resort Koh Lanta

Long Beach Chalet - $

The Long Beach Chalet only a few minutes’ walk from the beach and offers lovely private Thai bungalows on stilts. Each are spacious and have wraparound panoramic windows offering views over the garden or sea. They are air conditioned, have private bathrooms and large double beds with all the amenities one expects from a modern hotel. Each has a wooden terrace and the more expensive bungalows have sunken bathrooms. Saladan Pier and Long Beach are not far away and the hotel offers a free shuttle service. It also features a restaurant serving Thai classics and an outdoor swimming pool. The tour desk helps organise excursions around the island. There is no better place to enjoy a sundowner than Lym’s, the hotel’s beach bar. Prices start from US $50 for a private bungalow.

Pimalai Resort & Spa - $

One of the most beautiful properties on Koh Lanta (if not in Thailand), the Pimalai Resort and Spa is located in the south of the island. The hotel and the hotel rooms all overlook the Andaman Sea and is nestled within a lush tropical forest. Each room is beautifully decorated, air conditioned, has private bathrooms and a balcony where you can enjoy the view. Other features at the hotel include an infinity swimming pool, tennis courts, a library, fitness centre, and three restaurants serving up Thai classics. A shuttle service picks up guests from the arrival points on the island and the tour desk organises excursions as well as bicycle hire and water sports. Prices start from US $250 per night including breakfast.

Twin Lotus Koh Lanta by Burasari - $

This truly beautiful property is just a short distance from Saladan village and just a couple of minutes’ walk from Klong Dao beach. Each of the spacious suites is tastefully decorated and have private bathrooms and air conditioning. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a large outdoor swimming pool, a spa offering a range of treatments including Thai massage, and the Far Sight Restaurant which offers excellent Thai cuisine throughout the day. The staff are fantastic and can help you organise tours around the island including snorkelling and diving. Perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for a luxurious retreat. Prices start from US $120 for a room and US $200 for a private villa.

Twin Lotus Koh Lanta

Thai Island Dream Estate - $

One of the most popular luxury hotels on Koh Lanta, the Thai Island Dream Estate offers apartments and villas, all of which overlook the beach and sea just a few steps away. Though the property is modern, it is fully decked out in wooden Thai furnishings and traditional artwork. Each of the spacious rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot showers, flat screen televisions, and some have private terraces. The only downside is the property doesn’t have a restaurant, but there are several within a few minutes from the hotel. The tour desk can arrange anything from car rentals to snorkelling tours as well as offering a free shuttle from the entry points to Koh Lanta. Prices start from US $300 per night for a villa.

The Houben - $

Let’s start with the negative. The Houben is an 8 minute walk from the beach. This might sound unappealing when other hotels are beachfront, but it’s hilltop location offers incredible views down over the sea. The contemporary hotel has several spacious rooms all of which overlook the Andaman from the panoramic windows. The onsite restaurant serves up mouth wateringly fresh seafood in dishes made from organic produce. There is also a spa offering a range of treatments, an infinity pool and Thai cooking classes on offer. There are other restaurants and bars within walking distance. Prices start from US $150 for a double room.

Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort - $

The contemporary luxury hotel is located around 10 minutes’ walk from the beach and offer some fantastic views down over the Andaman Sea from its hillside location. Though modern, it is decorated in a traditional Thai style. A free shuttle service brings guests down to the luxurious property nestled in a secluded corner of the island. Each of the rooms are air conditioned, have private bathrooms and have views over the jungle, sea or river. There is a refreshing outdoor pool, fitness facilities, and the Rocky Bar & Restaurant which services up Thai classes in an intimate setting. Prices start from US $260 per night.

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