Luxury is creeping onto many of Koh Lanta’s beaches, once famous for backpacker huts
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Koh Lanta is not an island known for luxury; backpacker bungalows and budget family resorts have been its forte for many years. However, scattered over widely diverse parts of the island we find a handful of deluxe and super-luxurious resorts meeting world-class, 4- and 5-star standards. And while most of them are relatively new, one old stalwart representative of sumptuousness, Pimalai, has been here since the 1990s, proving that people really will travel to remote beaches if the perfect resort is waiting there.
When assessing resorts I have noted several criteria, including, of course, the guestrooms, most of which I have photographed for this. Also of importance is the resort’s location, the quality of its beach plus the layout, design and landscaping of each resort’s grounds and facilities. All resorts included in this list have clearly been designed by experienced professionals. It was actually something of a surprise for this writer to find as many as seven beautiful establishments qualified for this high-end list on Koh Lanta. It shows how far Lanta’s movement upmarket has come in recent years.
When judging hotels for the Top 10 Romantic Resorts on Thailand’s Andaman beaches only one from Koh Lanta was included. However, after the recent survey for this list more establishments from Lanta will need consideration.
TThe other similar, ‘best of Koh Lanta’ pages in this site include Koh Lanta’s Top 6 Boutique Beachfront Resorts , and for those seeking a little-known retreat with lots of privacy, there’s Koh Lanta’s Koh Lanta’s Top 6 Hideaway Beachfront Resorts . And finally, for families seeking the top spots for the children we have Koh Lanta’s top 10 Family-friendly beach hotels .