Stylish and plush cabanas
Long Beach Chalet expanded in a major way since our last visit—you now have a choice of the original stilted garden cabanas and newly built plush villas overlooking nearly 200 metres of casuarina-lined beachfront.
The original stilted air-con cabanas (“standard garden lofts”) are just big enough for double beds, mozzie nets, wardrobes and tables containing the TV, fridge and kettle. High ceilings and large windows keep them from feeling too cramped, and there is additional space both on the upper-floor porch and the patio with cushioned platforms down below. Bamboo-walled bathrooms are set on the other side of the exterior staircase in most of the budget cabanas, though a few have them attached directly to bedrooms.
Also set in the garden zone are a few concrete-walled “superior garden lofts” offering a lot more space and porches overlooking a small but attractive swimming pool, the first of two found on the property. We like all of these original rooms for flashpacking couples and families.
Last time we inspected Long Beach Chalet, the entire resort consisted of only this relatively small garden zone and there was no direct beach access. Since then it expanded to the beachfront and an area in between where guests walk through a tunnel of trumpet flower bushes. This makes the property feel like two separate resorts, but guests staying in the cheaper cabanas are welcome to use the larger beachfront pool. Along the sand you’ll also find a bar, massage and lounge chairs, with no artificial obstructions.
All of the newish beach zone rooms were full during our visit, but they looked swanky with cushioned loveseats on terraces accessed through wall-size glass doors. Only the priciest front-row villas have unobstructed sea views, though second-row editions were positioned to receive partial sea outlooks. There’s also a two-floor stack of “pavilion rooms” a little further back. All beach zone rooms come with Jacuzzi tubs and a full list of amenities.
The resort is associated with neighbouring Lym’s Rice Bowl, a restaurant and bar that opened long before Long Beach Chalet expanded.
Address: Central Haad Phra Ae, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 684 805 ; (096) 268 2138;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º2'10.21" E, 7º36'31.04" 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 2,600 baht
|1,200 baht||2,200 baht|
|Superior double room|
Up to 2,900 baht
|2,100 baht||2,400 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Up to 6,800 baht
|2,600 baht||5,200 baht|
Up to 7,200 baht, add 1,000 baht for beachfront
|3,000 baht||6,400 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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