Huge rooms on an upscale bay
Covering a pair of ochre-painted two-floor buildings and a flower-draped courtyard in between, Phra Nang Lanta is an unusual Mediterranean-themed resort in the northern corner of stunning Ao Ba Kantiang.
Each of 15 rooms was individually designed to fit into the building’s curving contours, with the smallest bagging you 50 square metres. Custom patterns adorn glazed floors and cushioned daybeds are set out on spacious terraces affording an outlook over the bay. Some rooms bag you a Jacuzzi tub and a nearly full kitchen in 78 square metres of space.
We like how the purpose-built resort was drawn up to accommodate different types of travellers—families have plentiful space and extra beds; couples enjoy hidden nooks; and those with mobility limitations can take ground-floor rooms with no steps. One room we inspected smelled a little musty, but we reckon an hour with some of the many windows open would take care of that.
The small swimming pool looked a bit murky and could be a disappointment in this price range, but it fits nicely into the beachfront garden. Offering a restaurant and bicycles, staffers have been courteous to us here and at Phra Nang’s other property up in Ao Nang.
For more cash you could try The Houben’s plush and trendy concrete rooms and red-tile swimming pool. Ao Ba Kantiang also hosts Pimalai, a five-star resort covering most of the hillside behind the beach’s southern half.
Address: Ao Ba Kantiang, Ko Lanta
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º4'16.88" E, 7º29'55.33" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
Up to 5,100 baht
|2,500 baht||3,800 baht|
Up to 6,000 baht
|4,100 baht||4,100 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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