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We were looking for a four-day hideaway – a memorable island getaway with easy access to Bangkok to chill. We had heard much about this lovely little island but had never visited. This was about to change!

Koh Lanta is located in the island district in Krabi Province on Thailand’s Andaman coast. It’s known for its excellent beaches and National Park.

We booked the Twin Lotus Resort & Spa, which came highly recommended and had steadily been making a name for itself and gaining high marks. We weren’t disappointed.

We flew from Bangkok with Thai Smile, an airline I am increasingly pleased with because they use wide-body A320 jets.  Owned by Thai International, it is the low-cost arm of the national airline, and the service and facilities are excellent. The other significant advantage is they fly via Suvarnabhumi airport.

Whilst all areas in Thailand are now open for all tourists and are free to travel throughout the country. Masks are optional, however, in crowded venues. While flying, there is still a mask-wearing mandate that everybody follows.

We set off to the airport, eager to resume travelling. Flying time is a little over one hour from Bangkok to KRABI.

It felt as if the flight was over almost as soon as it began, so this was a comfortable introduction to southern Thailand.

On arrival in Krabi, we quickly recovered our luggage. We were met by English-speaking ‘Noon’, one of the hotel drivers from the Twin Lotus Resort and we transferred via road to the hotel, a journey of approximately 1.5 hours, including a stop at a service area.

The car was a clean 4×4, and Noon was excellent. The journey was made more interesting with the short 10-minute ferry crossing from the mainland onto the island.

Once we disembarked from the car ferry at Koh Lanta Noi, we headed for Koh Lanta Yai (Noi means small, Yai means large). We drove 20 minutes to the resort, crossing the bridge that links the small island to the larger. The larger island, Koh Lanta Yai, is referred to as just Koh Lanta, as it’s the district’s leading tourist destination and is home to the largest population.

Koh Lanta is unique because it combines southern Thai hospitality with the utopian island atmosphere typical of Asia. Koh Lanta also has a rich culture due to receiving many immigrants, such as the 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 much to see, and the island covers 340 km² (sq km) of land.

The 76-room Twin Lotus Resort & Spa is an adult-only property, a 4.5-star resort. Our villa was a short step from the beach.

The resort sits in a delightful bay on the island’s northern side. We were met by the hotel general manager Khun Biggs with his broad smile and friendly personality. We were quickly presented with a welcoming cold towel and a refreshing cool Thai herbal drink by the front-of-house team. We were then escorted to our beachfront villa in one of the hotel’s numerous golf carts.

The property with its own driveway is a quiet, comfortable retreat. Well manicured and maintained, the resort is a haven of tranquillity and calm. Nature is all around, and the air is clean and pure—a great respite from city life.

Just 10-minutes away is the Sala Dan Pier, a busy port area and a magnet for nightlife. This is where the high-speed ferries arrive and depart. Ferries from Phi Phi, Koh Lipe, or private boat will come into Sala Dan Pier. We visited during the daytime, so it was pretty quiet. Typically it’s a hive of activity; however, post-Covid, it was still a little quiet. With many large boats moored for excursions and transfers, the area is a mini Fisherman’s Wharf. A modern jetty with seafood restaurants, bars and eateries, as well as a variety of small shops for souvenirs and trinkets.

Rooms at the Twin Lotus Resort & Spa are tastefully furnished with luxurious interiors. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar and a safe. An electric kettle and a hairdryer are provided. All rooms are en suite, with air-conditioning and free WiFi. Rooms have private balconies.

The beach-side infinity pool is excellent, and the resort also has a fitness centre and a tour desk where guests can book sightseeing trips.

You can also try a relaxing massage and a wide range of treatments at the spa or just lounge by the swimming pool.

We loved the food at the resort. We ate all our meals here, at the beachside restaurant and bar. The views are outstanding, and the service team is accomplished and world-class.

The restaurant specialises in Thai cuisine, the freshest seafood and a good choice of delicious western favourites. The chef was very accommodating, and she was quite simply outstanding!

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