Large, romantic midranger
Big changes had unfolded at Sri Lanta since our last visit, with the resort adding a huge three-floor stack of rooms and a bunch of new villas on the hill overlooking the southern stretch of Khlong Nin.
The original 40-square metre bungalows made of wood and bamboo have held their integrity and we still love the graceful concertina doors that span the entire front sides of these rooms. Inside it’s a romantic, minimalist design featuring smooth wood floors, four-poster beds and vaulted ceilings.
Further up this tree-draped hillside sit the newer villas with a modern design relying on a lot of brushed concrete and glass. The “myth” and “star path” villas have sea-view terraces that are more like living rooms. Over in the three-floor stacks, which are advertised under the name The Sense Resort but owned and managed by the same group, rooms have at least 50 square metres and some come with Jacuzzi tubs on private terraces.
Sri Lanta boasts an exceptional beachfront filled with massage salas, loungers, red umbrellas and lawns backing the sand. A unique aspect is how the beachfront consists entirely of common areas, with no villas to hog up the seaside and plenty of open space for kids to run off steam.
Beachfront facilities include an upscale restaurant; bakery; spa; volleyball net; TV lounge with billiards and ping-pong; slackline strung to the coconut trees; miniature soccer goals; and three dark-tile swimming pools including one designated for adults only. Staff does a good job of taking care of this whole area, from landscaping to restaurant service.
Of course, the resort’s expanded size has its drawbacks, and we found reception less personable than previously. We’re also not fans of the new, block-like concrete reception area. Still, the resort has retained its share of elegance and still stands as a top midrange pick on Ko Lanta.
If you like the sound of Sri Lanta and you don’t mind a more isolated location on the headland of nearby Haad Khlong Tob, Moonlight Exotic Bay Resort is also worth a look, as is Andalay Boutique Resort on Haad Khlong Nin.
Address: Haad Khlong Nin, Ko Lanta
T: (075) 662 688 ; (083) 394 6661;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º3'4.25" E, 7º31'58.51" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Up to 4,500 baht
|1,350 baht||1,700 baht|
|Superior double room|
Up to 5,000 baht
|1,650 baht||3,000 baht|
Up to 8,000 baht
|1,800 baht||4,000 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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