Upscale family choice
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Not to be confused with Cha-Ba Bungalows, the gargantuan Cha-Da resort has one of the biggest swimming pools on Lanta, if not in all of Thailand.
The pools -- there are actually two or maybe even three (we lost track) -- include a huge main section near the beach with a swim-up bar, then a wide L-shaped section that hugs the main hotel building and several of the villas. All rooms are at least 50 square metres in size, and while they don't possess the style of nearby Twin Lotus, they come with luxury features like in-room whirlpool and terraces with swings that often open straight onto that endless swimming pool. The detached villas have high ceilings, hardwood floors and separate sitting areas. Cha-Da offers a Thai-Western restaurant, coffee shop, spa, fitness centre and jaw-dropping reception/lounge area with thick wooden pillars and a high slanted roof that lends the feel of an ancient Chiang Mai temple. The resort enjoys a great beachfront location, but you might check out the similarly lavish and family-friendly Crown Lanta Resort on nearby Ao Kaw Kwang if you prefer a more isolated setting.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.