On my recent visit to Koh Lanta, Thailand my friends and I really hit the nail on the head with our choice of accommodation. I discovered Crown Lanta through fellow travel blogger Janet (from Journalist on the Run), and her beautiful Instagram photos from the resort had me completely sold. We booked our two week stay through Apollo, and were on our way.
The Resort & Rooms
You can find Crown Lanta on a little half island in the north of Koh Lanta, a short tuk-tuk drive from Saladan town. The Resort has all you might need for your stay, with helpful staff and an amazing spa. It is build on a hill, that separates the reception and one of the pool areas from the other pool area and bars. That hill killed us every morning we had to walk to breakfast, but luckily they also had cars ready to pick you up and take you across the property whenever needed. Safe to say, the most common phrase amongst our group was ‘could you please send a car to pick us up?’
We were efficiently checked into our deluxe rooms upon arrival, and were immediately content with our decision to opt for the larger rooms. As we were there for two weeks, the extra space was a great addition, and we made good use of our terrace. The nearby bar staff gladly served our food and drinks straight to the roofed terrace, which was perfect for when we needed to get out of the sun.
My absolute favourite part of the room was the shower. It was huge, and with a full size window peeking towards the pool area (and trees shading you from any curious eyes out there). I felt like I was showering in a rainforest, and loved being able to shower with the sun shining through the window. #AmITanYet?
Ida and I had some issues with the toilet in our room, which led to us asking to be moved to a different room (imagine 2 weeks of having to call reception regarding a clogged toilet every day), and we were moved the next day. The request was handled humbly and professionally by the staff at Crown Lanta, and the ordeal has only affected my opinion of the resort in a positive way. With us out of the room they had time to properly fix the toilet, as well – so it was a win-win!
The Food & Bars
As mentioned above, the hill to get to breakfast was intense. This was probably a good thing, as the breakfast was filled with so many goodies we ended up rolling back down the hill every day. Think eggs made to order, pancakes with pieces of banana and pineapple (yum), fresh fruit, waffles with chocolate sauce and lots of Thai food to chose from. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a creature of habit, and ended up having the same pineapple juice and scrambled eggs every day, which was just too good to stray from.
In addition to their breakfast buffet, the main restaurant at Crown Lanta is called the Cliff, where they had a seafood BBQ buffet twice a week, including a traditional Thai dance and fire show. The other days they serve a la carte, and there is also a lunch/snack menu throughout the day. Items from this menu can be ordered from the pool bar (as in, when you’re in the pool), which I think was my favourite feature of it all. Our favourite: the cheese (and ham) sandwich was a saviour when lunch time came around.
Speaking of the pool bar, it didn’t take us long to get on a first name basis with the bartender (Hi Tom!). In addition to the classic cocktails we all know and love, they also had their own menu of specialty cocktails. Favourites; The Lanta Palace and Sunset Paradise (made with fresh watermelon).
Just below the cliffs you’ll find the Crown Lanta Reggae Bar, where they had live music on some nights, private seating areas and two awesome treehouses where you can enjoy their happy hour. Happy Hour is at sunset, and from the Reggae Bar you’ll have the best views for it, I promise.
We all flew in and out of the spa at Crown Lanta as if the doors were revolving. The staff were so kind and helpful, and the treatments were to die for. All though, I would not recommend booking a milk bath and saying you don’t mind if you and your friend go together. Most awkward bath ever. Those bath tubs are made for couples who don’t mind being a little intertwined.
I tried several treatments and massages during the stay, and will say that the ‘Sun Soother’ package was my favourite. An aloe vera massage for your sunburned skin will be your saviour, followed by a relaxing facial. I will admit I fell asleep. Twice.
The Practical Stuff
Crown Lanta Resort and Spa offers transfers to and from Krabi Airport, which is a 1,5-2 hour drive away, including a short ferry trip. On our return from Koh Lanta we decided to book a private transfer through the resort, and it was both comfortable and affordable. It also gave us 2 extra hours of pool time in comparison to the shuttle from our travel agent, which we were very happy about.
During your stay all spendings will be charged to your room, and it is generally not possible to use cash or card on the resort property. At the end of the stay I’ll admit we were a little worried to pay our bills, but ended up surprised at how little we had actually managed to spend during our two week visit. Thailand is cheap, y’all.
Find more information about Crown Lanta on their website, where you can also book your next stay.
Transparency: Crown Lanta was kind enough to treat my friends and I to some complimentary perks during the stay.
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