Style on a quiet stretch of HKD
Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag designed the open-plan concrete cabanas at Costa Lanta, a slick resort with relatively few rooms spread over a large property near the quiet, casuarina-lined north end of Haad Khlong Dao.
Up front by the beach, comfortable loungers are set a good distance apart along a shaded beachfront, where you’ll find no concrete walls or other nonsense. A sleek dark-tile swimming pool gives you another vantage on the sea. Throw in the impressive restaurant pavilion and you have a heck of a beachfront, though be aware that the sea comes right up to edge of the property at high tide.
The minimalist concept continues in freestanding dark-concrete cabanas with thick, castle-like wooden doors comprising close to a third of total wall space. Each of two doors slides open in dramatic fashion as the heavy sections divide and fold up.
When open these rooms are supremely airy, but privacy may be lacking with doors fully open. Fans would also be nice because the rooms stay cool without switching on air-con and mozzie nets are well thick enough to sleep with doors partially open. You also get a safe and a large bathroom with rainshower, but fridges and desks are missing and designers may have gone too far with the minimalism when it comes to the minimal furnishings. Beds are comfy, and the room design is not quite like any we’d seen before.
Further back on the grounds, the resort’s second room type comes in natural-style cabanas, bamboo from head to toe, with vaulted ceilings and broad windows to prop open. Built around a lawn shaded by coconut trees, these do come with fridges along with bamboo faucets and choice of lounge chair or bench on roofed porches. You do not get a sea view from back here.
Staffers did an excellent job throughout our visit. Also in this price range is neighbouring Twin Lotus, more of a classic upscale beach resort with Jacuzzi tubs in some of the duplex rooms and pricey beachfront villas. Both Costa Lanta and Twin Lotus are good, the choice down to personal preference.
Address: Northern Haad Khlong Dao, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 668 186;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º1'39.1" E, 7º38'31.87" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Up to 5,300 baht Bamboo bungalow
|2,500 baht||2,900 baht|
|Superior double room|
Up to 7,400 baht Concrete villa, add 2,000 baht for beachfront
|3,300 baht||3,700 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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