Lanta Casuarina Resort

Highly recommended resort, offering top quality accommodation and service at a reasonable price.

Lanta Casuarina Resort - swimming pool

As a professionally managed resort, Lanta Casuarina is, perhaps surprisingly, in the minority in Koh Lanta. This is not to say that other resorts mentioned in these reviews are mismanaged, but that those international travellers who expect a certain standard of service and accommodation will not necessarily find it in the majority of local, family-run bungalow set-ups. Here, however, staff are courteous, discreet and proficient.

With 65 rooms, Lanta Casuarina is large enough to offer the standard 3 star facilities, but small enough not to feel impersonal or lacking in character. The traditional Thai roofed buildings laid out around immaculately manicured lawns give a sense of calm and peace, that is enhanced by the large beachfront swimming pool whose infinity edge meets the blue horizon of the sea in the distance.

The L-shaped hotel building at the back of the resort (or at the front if entering from the road) houses the majority of the rooms. These are further subdivided according to their location - sea view rooms (double and twin) at the front and the standard category, with garden or park view (twin only, beds can be pushed together) at the back. In all other respects the rooms are identical, decorated in a contemporary Thai style, with wooden furniture and cotton / silk fabrics. Each has a balcony, plus air con, fridge, satellite TV, personal safe, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and hot water shower (no bathtub).

A new block of rooms (2010) houses some family accommodation, each with two double beds. The Family room is slightly larger than the Superior room and also has a daybed so in theory can sleep up to 5 people. In decor, they are similar to the other rooms in the hotel block.

A further 12 villas are located towards the front of the resort, near the beach. These are rather luxurious, with high vaulted wooden ceilings and high quality furniture and fittings. As well as the facilities of the hotel rooms, they also offer a bathtub, bathrobes and slippers and - oddly - a weighing scale. A lot of attention has been paid to lighting, which makes the rooms feel cosy and ideal for honeymoon couples.

The villas have recently been split into 2 categories, following guests' complaints that they were not all "beachfront". Two - directly on the sand - remain in this category; the others, some 10 - 50m behind are now simply called "villas", even though they have a partial sea view from the terrace.

The indoor Ruen Thai restaurant serves Thai and western cuisine, as well as seafood; there is also a beach bar and room service available. Lanta Casuarina offers a conference facilities, tour service, laundry, high-speed internet access (in the lobby), car rental, Thai massage and cookery classes. There is on-site car parking, as well as 24 hour reception and security.

Pictures of Lanta Casuarina Resort

Photographs of the rooms and general atmosphere

Lanta Casuarina Resort - an overview of the grounds Lanta Casuarina Resort - the hotel room building Lanta Casuarina Resort - deluxe room Lanta Casuarina Resort - villa Lanta Casuarina Resort - swimming pool Lanta Casuarina Resort - restaurant
 

Lanta Casuarina Resort: Rates and Reservation Policy

Please read the reservation policy on the right carefully

For this year (2010):

Room type Jan 16 - Apr 19 Apr 20 - Oct 31 Nov 1 - Dec 14 Dec 15 - 31
Standard (garden / park view) 2800 1200 2750 3100
Sea view room 3100 1400 3200 3700
Villa 4200 1750 4250 5000
Beachfront Villa 4950 1950 5100 5850
Superior room (3 / 4 pax) - - 3650 4000
Family room (3 / 4 pax) - - 3900 4250
Extra bed 750 550 750 750

 

For next year (2011):

Room type Jan 1 - Jan 15 Jan 16 - Apr 30 May 1 - Oct 31
Standard (garden / park view) 3100 2750 1250
Sea view room 3700 3200 1500
Villa 5000 4250 2300
Beachfront Villa 5850 5100 2700
Superior room (3 / 4 pax) 4000 3650 2100
Family room (3 / 4 pax) 4250 3900 2100
Extra bed 750 750 550

Reservation Policy
Prices are given in Thai Baht and are per room per night, based on 2 people sharing. Prices include American breakfast (ABF) for 2 people, service charge and VAT. Check in time is after 2pm; Check out time is 11.30 am. Children under 2 years of age stay free of charge, including provision of baby cot. A child of 3 - 12 years sharing room with parents with no extra bed will be charged for breakfast at 120 baht per day. Second child will be charged full price for an extra bed. Maximum 1 extra bed per room.

Honeymoon and wedding anniversaries will be guaranteed a double bed, plus welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival.

Compulsory Gala Dinner charges:
24 Dec: 1800 / 900 baht per adult / child
31 Dec: 2000 / 1000 baht per adult / child
Peak season (15 Dec - 15 Jan): a minimum of 3 nights stay is required.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations will be subject to a 10% charge. Cancellations made less than 21 days before arrival in peak season, 14 days in high season or 7 days before arrival in low season will be subject to a further charge of one night's stay. No-show: no refund will be given.