Given the name, we were expecting some kind of rustic wooden house at Fisherman's Cottage, but instead we found an intimate and stylish boutique resort with 10 polished concrete bungalows set just back from the beach.
Each named after sea creatures like "Whale", "Red Snapper" and "Sea Horse", the detached villas are creatively designed with colourful sheets covering firm but comfortable beds on raised platforms draped in mosquito nets, large swing-open glass windows, great front terraces with hammocks and bamboo furniture, and stylish murals of whatever sort of aquatic life the particular room is themed after. The high thatched roofs leave a gap up top, so this isn't a good choice for those who freak at the sight of a gecko. Also partially open to the elements, the spacious bathrooms have miniature tropical gardens and sinks made from the same polished concrete that encompasses the walls and floors. The fact that all rooms are fan-cooled makes them slightly questionable value, though the "Dolphin" room we saw felt surprisingly cool in the middle of hot season. The resort has a lovely bar/restaurant set right next to the beach. The beach-bum staff were quick to hop up and show us around. Note that we were quickly offered a 300 baht discount as walk-ins in March. Like many places on Khlong Khong, they close up for the worst of the rainy season.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 1,200 baht. Notes: Add 500 baht for a triple
Haad Khlong Khong, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 667 217
(081) 476 1529
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B