Sep 03 2012
What lures so many beach bums to Ko Lanta is the opportunity to have paradise all to yourself. With just nine bungalows smack dab on the sand, Baan Pakgasri Hideaway is exactly what those beach bums are dreaming of.
Perhaps because there’s so few of them, a lot of detail has gone into the bungalows. Each is made from solid teak – both inside and out – with thoughtful amenities like a mini-fridge filled with bottled water, an electronic safe to stow your valuables while sun-tanning, and a rainshower seamlessly built into the ceiling of the bathroom. The double-sized beds are firm, but not in a back-breaking way, and some bungalows have enough floor space to add an extra cot for children. Internet addicts will be happy to know that there is free wireless internet and it reaches all of the bungalows and even the beach.
But our favourite thing about the bungalows is that they’re just steps away from the white sand of Khlong Nin Beach. Making the most of the picture-perfect view, each bungalow has a furnished balcony and this is where the staff serve your breakfast each morning. Included in the room rate, breakfast is your choice of scrambled or fried eggs, toast, fresh fruit, juice and tea or coffee (instant, of course).
In terms of facilities, Baan Pakgasri Hideaway is pretty basic. It lacks a restaurant (hence breakfast on the balcony) nor does it have a beach bar, spa or swimming pool. But the simplicity of the resort means that your beach time won’t be interrupted by loud music or the persistent cry of “Massage?” If you are looking for somewhere nearby to have dinner, Baan Pakgasri Hideaway has an arrangement with the restaurant at Lanta Miami Resort which is a five-minute walk down the beach, and they will also let you use their pool.
Since it is such a small operation, you’ll quickly get to know the Thai family who run Baan Pakgarsi, as well as their cat, who can usually be found napping atop brochures for snorkelling trips and cooking classes in the reception area. Though their English is limited, they’re very welcoming and will pick you up from the Saladan pier with advance arrangements.
Like all resorts on Ko Lanta, room rates fluctuate wildly by season. High season rates range from 1,950 baht for a Standard Sea View Bungalow all the way to 2,950 baht for a Beach Front Bungalow with its own Jacuzzi tub (perfect for a honeymoon), while rainy season rates from May to October are discounted by more than 50%. This may not be the best value resort on Ko Lanta, but getting to keep paradise all to yourself is priceless.
Baan Pakgasri Hideaway
214 Moo 6, Khlong Nin Beach, Ko Lanta Yai
T: (0) 75 662563 / (087) 794 8898
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