Family Hotel Review: Anda Lanta Resort, Ko Lanta, Thailand
This family-friendly hotel sits on a quiet stretch of beach overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea.
Best For: Taking it easy; infants & little kids.
Reviewed by: Islay Lord
Why You’ll Love It
Family-friendly Anda Lanta is a quiet resort best suited to families with young children. Positioned on a quiet beach at the end of Ko Lanta Island, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind while your kids splash about in the pool or hunt for shells on the beach.
We visited with little kids and grandparents and its tranquil location was one of the things we liked best – no noise at night and very peaceful during the day. Families looking for action and adventure, however, might find things a little staid.
The accommodation is set among lush plants and trees so you never feel that you’re staying in a built up resort but rather a small, friendly hotel. There’s a lovely relaxed atmosphere, great swimming pool and a handful of activities including kayaking, snorkelling and some fantastic dive sites. All you need to do is peel yourself of the sun lounger!
Why The Kids Will Love It
For little kids this is a great option. There’s a good swimming pool with two adjoining shallow pools, perfect for young globetotters, and the sheltered beach makes paddling in the shallows fun for all.
Family-friendly Anda Lanta have kayaks free for guests to use that should suit older and more active kids and the staff can also help organise excursions, including snorkelling and dive trips to explore the colourful coral reefs. One of the highlights, however, are the swimming elephants! Walk to the en dof the beach and take a swim with these gentle creatures or simply watch them frolic in the sea instead.
Accommodation at Anda Lanta is flexible for families and the restaurant caters to even the fussiest of eaters with a simple dedicated kids’ menu. All in all this is a simple, friendly and very easy choice for a family beach holiday.
Anda Lanta offers 50 rooms separated into contemporary rooms and more traditional Thai style bungalows built mostly of wood. All rooms come with a TV and DVD player, fridge, complimentary WiFi, AC and ensuite bathrooms.
The accommodation is divided into the following categories:
Superior Room: Set back from the beach are these base category rooms that come with a private balcony. Maximum two people per room.
Deluxe Room: Located behind the Garden Cottages, these spacious rooms are set within a private garden. Furnished with either a king size bed or twin beds and there’s small living space as well. Inter-connecting rooms are available.
Garden Cottage: These traditional villas (32 sqm) are located behind the Beach Front Villas.
Superior & Deluxe Sea View: Both these categories of rooms come with unobstructed views of the sea.
Family Cottage: There is only one of these two-bedroom family cottages so book quickly!
Beach Front Villa: Located on the beach, these 50 square metre villas are furnished with a king size bed and enjoy a private terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea.
Best for Families: All rooms work well for families particularly the Deluxe category that has a handful of inter-connecting rooms (we took one and put our kids in the other).
The Family Cottage is another good option but there is only one of these so you will have to book early. One extra bed can be accommodated per room category in addition to a baby cot. Depending on the age of the children, another cot or rollaway bed may be accommodated.
The Pink Pearl restaurant is the hotel’s one and only restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is good but was not the best we had in Thailand when we visited.
The breakfast buffet includes omelettes, eggs cooked to order, sausages, pancakes, fresh fruit, cereals and more. Some Thai options are also available.
Lunch and dinner are served a la carte and we stuck to the Thai stir-fries, curries and nibbles that were good. In the evening tables are set up on the beach and fairy lights hung between palm trees.
For Kids: A children’s menu is available with pasta, fish and chips and other kid-friendly staples. It’s not the most inventive of menus but it kept our kids happy and the service was snappy. There are a couple of restaurants nearby that serve decent Thai food. For more choice you would have to go to the next beach along.
Activities for Parents: Swimming pool, beach, snorkelling tours, scuba diving to some of the Andaman Sea’s most famous dive sites, massages, hire a scooter to explore the countryside, elephant rides, kayak out to sea and boat trips to neighbouring islands.
Activities for Kids: Swimming pool, beach, swimming with elephants, kayaking, beach combing, hermit crab races, snorkelling, scuba diving, elephant rides and boat rides.
AC, babysitting, common rooms, cots, doctors & hospitals, extra beds, inter-connecting rooms, kids’ dining facilities, laundry service, private sit out, pushchair friendly, shops, swimming pool, travel desk & excursions, wheelchair access, WiFi.
At the time of writing rates were as follows: Superior Room: 2,200 – 3,800 THB Deluxe Room: 2,500 – 4,900 THB Garden Cottage & Superior Sea View: 3,100 – 5,700 THB Deluxe Sea View: 4,000 – 7,200 THB Family Cottage: 4,500 – 8,300 THB Beach Front Villa: 5,500 – 9,900 THB Extra Bed: 500 – 800 THB Rates shown are per room per night. Rates vary according to the time of year. Please contact the hotel for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
Ko Lanta is at its best from October through to August with the busiest months being December to March. Daytime temperatures remain a steady 32 – 34C throughout the year with temperatures dropping to 20-25C at night. The rainy season usually falls in September and October.
Location & Travel:
Anda Lanta Resort is located at the southern end of Ko Lanta, Krabi, Thailand. The nearest airport is at Krabi. There are daily flights here from Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur among other destinations. The fastest way to get to Ko Lanta from Krabi is to take the express transfer which combines a trip in a minivan from the airport (approx. 45 mins) followed by a ride on a speedboat to the island – kids love it! The total journey time should be somewhere between 1.5 – 2.5 hrs.
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