Atlanta Villa – 429 Moo 2 Saladan, Ko Lanta, Krabi, 81150, Thailand
Date of Visit: May 2016
Since we were visiting Krabi (for the first time) for about 6 days, we really wanted to stay on one of the islands nearby. I was torn between Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, and so I read reviews and blogs to decide.
Conclusion: Phi Phi Island is prettier, but wayyyyyy more touristy. Koh Lanta is apparently also pretty, but quieter and slower. So Koh Lanta it was, since I’m honestly not a fan of hordes of tourists shouting and being rude, and jacked up prices.
Accommodations weren’t hard to find, as Hotels.com had plenty of cheap and legit-looking hotel rooms starting from $24. However, I wanted something reallllly special and outstanding – and I found it!
Atlanta Villa was rated 5/5 on both Hotels.com AND Tripadvisor – despite the photos looking meh, when I read into the reviews, almost all mentioned how beautiful and awesome it was.
Price: $147/night for 2 bedroom villa with a private pool. Oh, and a kitchen, plus a sitting area with a TV. How awesome does that sound?
So let’s get to business about how it was.
To be honest, Koh Lanta looks like a very sketchy place. Especially since it was low-season, the area looked a little deserted and run-down, which made me worried. This place is ideal if you are looking to hide and chill, since there isn’t much to do there (no shopping too, girls!) The things on the island aren’t that cheap either – a massage costs THB400 (as compared to THB250 in Krabi Ao Nang).
Atlanta Villa was also not very easy to get to. We hired private transportation to take us from Krabi Ao Nang to our place in Koh Lanta, even they had trouble finding it. From the main road, the car would have to take a turn into a tiny dirt path 100-200m up to where the villas are. So if you are going there, keep your eyes open and the GPS working.
If you need transport from Krabi to Koh Lanta – contact Ao Nang Travel at 075684664 – it cost us about THB 500 per person for a shared van, 2-3hr journey.
There are plenty of food stalls near the villa, walkable distance. Nothing fancy though, mainly local fare. There are also 7-11s (yay!) about a 10-15minute walk away, which we frequented to buy loads of snacks, haha!
You can also call for room service from the villa, which is reasonably priced and delivered in lovely bento boxes – homemade, for sure.
This place is amazing. The pictures on the internet does absolutely no justice to this place whatsoever. Each villa is spacious and tastefully designed, clean and beautiful. The kitchen was well-equipped with stoves, kettle, microwave, coffee machine and everything we needed, and the sitting area was so comfortable! I’m gushing now, but whatever..
Both bedrooms were air-conditioned, very very important since it got rather hot in the day, with open-aired bathrooms. It was quite cool to shower in there – made me feel close to nature!
The private pool was amazing, perfect to soak in and take a dip, or tan by the side. At night, there are lights in the pool, and the water is warm, so it’s super romantic to lie in the pool and look up at the stars!
Everything is perfect about this place, you HAVE TO be there to enjoy it!
This was probably one of the best factors too – Aor (the villa manager) was very helpful from the very first minute. She was always on standby to assist us and went out of her way even. J had a scooter accident and she even negotiated with the scooter rental company to bring the cost down (we’ve all heard of such horror stories about rental companies scams, right?). From room service, to providing DVDs to watch, to checking up on us, we had nothing to worry about at all.
WHAT TO DO THERE
Hey, the best thing to do – is absolutely nothing. A whole day was spent just chilling at the pool, in the different rooms and watching TV (also because J was injured ugh). But the villa was so homely and beautiful that I wished I had a whole week to do nothing there.
We also rented a scooter for a day (THB250 / SGD$10) and rode to Long Beach, which was known as the best place to catch a sunset. There were restaurants and massage places along the beach as well!
Aor also mentioned a beautiful national park which you could get panoramic views of the island – if you decide to go, never ever rent a scooter and ride there yourself – apparently the roads are terrible and caused many accidents! (Don’t say I did not warn you!)
Heading to Krabi? Spend some time (or alot of time) here. The quiet island life and some downtime at this precious villa is really one of the best chill holidays I’ve had. This villa is awesome, with a touch of home – what’s more, it’s under $150/night! Seriously, what more can you ask for?
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