Style and tranquility
La Laanta Hideaway is an intimate boutique resort that blends into the landscape at the centre of Ao Maipai.
Twenty polished concrete rooms with thatch roofs stand on either side of a footpath, backed by a forested slope. Most are freestanding villas along with a few rooms in duplexes, all with vaulted bamboo ceilings, tasteful art and accents of wood, silk and rattan.
You also get a cushy queen bed, air-con, TV, DVD player, fridge, coffee machine, safe and large hot-water bathroom with stained-glass sink. Interiors are quite consistent so we’d skip the pricey first-row rooms and settle for one a little further back. The larger villas bag you more space and daybeds on the terraces, but sea views are obstructed from all but a single first-row villa.
The resort’s focal point is a two-tiered swimming pool set beside a restaurant and bar. Cushioned loungers, umbrellas, massage salas and a volleyball net are included in a glorious beachfront. You can easily walk from here to Baan Phu Lae’s restaurant for a change of pace.
Address: Ao Maipai, Ko Lanta
T: (089) 587 3114 ; (087) 883 9966;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º5'20.11" E, 7º28'53.4" 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 3,300 baht
|1,200 baht||2,800 baht|
Up to 4,500 baht, Add 1,300 to 2,500 baht for beachfront
|1,500 baht||3,800 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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