Twin Lotus Resort & Spa Koh Lanta – My secret hideaway in Thailand

Twin Lotus Resort & Spa Koh Lanta – Luxury Beachfront Villa.

We were looking for a four day hideaway – a memorable island getaway with easy access to Bangkok to relax. We had heard a lot about this charming little island but had never been there. That was about to change!
Koh Lanta is located in the island district of Krabi Province on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. It is known for its excellent beaches and national park.
We booked the Twin Lotus Resort & Spa which came highly recommended and had consistently made a name for itself and received high marks. We were not disappointed.

We flew from Bangkok with Thai Smile, an airline that I am increasingly happy with as they use A320 jumbo jets. Owned by Thai International, it’s the low-cost branch of the national airline, and the service and facilities are excellent. The other significant advantage is that they fly via Suvarnabhumi Airport.

While all regions of Thailand are now open to all tourists and are free to travel throughout the country. Masks are optional, however, in crowded places. In flight, there is always a mask-wearing mandate that everyone follows.

We left for the airport, eager to resume the journey. Flight time is just over an hour from Bangkok to Krabi.
It felt like the flight was over almost as soon as it started, so it was a comfortable introduction to southern Thailand.
Upon arrival in Krabi, we quickly collected our luggage. We were met by English speaking “Noon”, one of the hotel drivers from the Twin Lotus Resort, and transferred by road to the hotel, a journey of approximately 1.5 hours, including a stop in a service area.
The car was a clean 4×4 and Midi was excellent. The trip was made more interesting with the short 10 minute ferry crossing from the mainland to the island.

Twin Lotus Resort & Spa Koh Lanta.

Once we disembarked from the car ferry at Koh Lanta Noi, we headed to Koh Lanta Yai (Noi means small, Yai means big). We drove 20 minutes to the resort, crossing the bridge that connects the smaller island to the larger one.
The largest island, Koh Lanta Yai, is simply referred to as Koh Lanta, as it is the district’s main tourist destination and home to the largest population.
Koh Lanta is unique because it combines southern Thai hospitality with the typical utopian island atmosphere of Asia. Koh Lanta also has a rich culture due to welcoming many immigrants, such as Chinese, Muslims and even sea gypsies.
As Koh Lanta is easily accessible, exploring is great fun; we enjoyed discovering new places, deserted beaches, delicious food, fair prices and authentic rustic places. There is plenty to see and the island covers 340 km² (km²) of land.

The 76-room Twin Lotus Resort & Spa is an adults-only, 4.5-star resort. Our villa was steps from the beach. The resort is located in a charming bay on the north side of the island. We were greeted by the hotel’s general manager, Khun Biggs, with his wide smile and friendly personality. We were quickly presented with a welcoming cold towel and refreshing Thai herbal drink by the reception team. We were then escorted to our beachfront villa in one of the hotel’s many golf carts.
The property with its own driveway is a quiet and comfortable retreat. Well maintained and cared for, the resort is a haven of tranquility and calm. Nature is everywhere and the air is clean and pure – a great respite from city life.

Just 10 minutes away is Sala Dan Pier, a bustling port area and nightlife hub. This is where the high speed ferries arrive and depart. Ferries from Phi Phi, Koh Lipe or a private boat will arrive at Sala Dan Pier. We visited during the day so it was pretty quiet. It’s usually a hive of activity; however, post-Covid it was still a bit quiet. With many large boats moored for excursions and transfers, the area is a mini Fisherman’s Wharf. A modern pier with seafood restaurants, bars and restaurants, as well as a variety of small souvenir and trinket shops.

Rooms at Twin Lotus Resort & Spa are tastefully furnished and feature luxurious interiors. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and safe. An electric kettle and a hairdryer are provided. All rooms have a private bathroom, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have a private balcony. The beachside infinity pool is excellent, and the resort also has a fitness center and a tour desk where guests can book sightseeing tours.

You can also try a relaxing massage and a wide range of spa treatments or simply laze by the pool. We loved the food at the resort. We ate all our meals here, at the restaurant and at the beach bar. The views are outstanding and the service team is accomplished and world class. The restaurant specializes in Thai cuisine, the freshest seafood and a good selection of delicious western dishes. The chef was very accommodating, and she was simply outstanding!

The villa is exquisite, located on the beach. Self contained with a beautiful large outdoor patio with daybeds and lounge chairs. The villa’s balcony overlooks the bay and is just steps from the water’s edge. For shade and greenery, the resort has planted many trees, including tall pines, which give off the most beautiful fragrances, especially in the early morning and early evening.

Andrew Wood, Khun Biggs the general manager of the hotel and Pichai Visutriratana enjoy a lazy afternoon at the Twin Lotus Resort & Spa Koh Lanta.

The villa is extremely comfortable and has everything you need for a great beach vacation. The eco-friendly interior design is classic and comfortable. The bathrooms are incredibly spacious and the walk-in shower is sumptuous.
We especially loved the lovely views from the floor-to-ceiling windows that cover both sides of the room, allowing light to stream in with mosquito nets and curtains that slid silently for added privacy and sleep.
We couldn’t wait to explore – so as soon as we had partly unpacked, went for a walk along the beach, past the hotel’s horizonless pool and beach bar – we were already impressed.

Koh Lanta Thailand.

What to do in Koh Lanta?

We took the opportunity to visit Lanta Batik, which is at the northern tip of the small island and is run by a very dynamic family led by the extraordinarily talented Mr Saichon Langu.
Her designs are incredibly artistic and so much so that we bought three pieces of batik to use for Christmas gifts for family and friends. We paid less than 400 baht (US$11) each.

After visiting the shop, we drove about a mile further down the road to a long driveway that led to Tae Laeng, an English sign that said “Ancient House”.
Built by Chinese settlers in 1953, it has a beautiful view overlooking the water. The house and the land are no longer occupied; however, the colonial-style property is largely intact and reminiscent of a bygone era. In the corner of the grounds is a small plot of family cemetery which is still maintained and visited with evidence of flowers and offerings to respected ancestors.

We also saw the abandoned farm equipment that was used by the family when they lived here, including a very rusty but largely intact tractor that was used to pull boats out of the water.

A visit to Koh Lanta would not be complete without visiting the center of Mu Ko Lanta National Park at the southern tip of the Big Island. Many visit the lighthouse on the hill and admire the view of the coastline and the Andaman Sea. This area of ​​Koh Lanta is part of the national park, which covers several islands, including Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. The national park headquarters and visitor center are located here in Laem Tanod, where you will also find hiking trails, scenic bays and monkeys.

We went by car with the ubiquitous Noon Driving as our unofficial guide. The journey from the Twin Lotus is 26 km and takes around 50 minutes. It was an incredible drive along the coastal road through small villages and exciting pockets of eclectic rural life. We weren’t in a rush and stopped often to take pictures and walk around. For me it was a great snapshot of island life. It was evident that the islanders have a civic pride in their surroundings. We saw almost no litter and the roads were well constructed and maintained.

Upon arrival at the center of the national park, you first see the lighthouse, the botanical garden and the picturesque bay. You can then take a walk in the park among the towering palm trees and the campsite.
This sprawling 134 km2 park is full of caves, viewpoints and abundant natural wildlife. According to national park literature, more than 130 species of birds can be found in the nature reserve.

This part of Koh Lanta, depending on weather conditions, is also a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving with its clear waters and coral reefs.
We visited the old town on our return trip driving north and then east. When I arrived it reminded me of the colonial style buildings of Penang and George Town and the strong Chinese influences.

Lanta Old Town, located on the east coast of Koh Lanta, was once the island’s main trading port. Today Lanta Old Town is a lovely place to visit, especially the Walking Street where many buildings have retained their original wooden features, which look like they have stood still for 60 years. You can stay in the old town of Lanta, but few people choose to do so because it is located on the east coast of the island, which has no beaches. All Koh Lanta beaches are on the west coast of Koh Lanta Yai.

The old town of Lanta served as a port and commercial center for the island, it has a post office, a police station, Buddhist temples as well as the hospital of the island. The long pier and harbor provided a safe harbor for Arab and Chinese trading vessels sailing between the major ports of Phuket, Penang and Singapore. The shopping and pedestrian streets have been very well preserved. The area is immaculately clean and I would recommend a visit for sightseeing or shopping if you are visiting Koh Lanta.

Richard F. Gandhi