4 Family-friendly Koh Lanta hotels

Booking somewhere that suits you as a couple is a whole different kettle of fish to finding somewhere that meets all your family’s needs. It’s definitely worth booking ahead to get what you want if you’ve got children in tow, especially in high season when places fill up quickly. If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, and looking for family-friendly Koh Lanta hotels, we spent a month in the country with a three year old and a 10-month, so have reviewed some beach accommodation options on the island. Some have more plus points than others and we definitely made an error not going for a swimming pool, as our toddler developed a fear of the sea while we were out there – I blame Finding Nemo! Read on for my reviews of tried and tested family-friendly Koh Lanta hotels that sit right next to the sand.

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Koh Lanta hotels on the beach

Koh Lanta Thailand sunset

Lanta Miami, Klong Nin beach, Koh Lanta

About halfway down the coast, on Koh Lanta’s Khlong Nin beach, is family-friendly joy, Lanta Miami – by far my favourite place to stay on the island. Clean and spacious with comfy beds, great bathrooms and idyllic views, the family bungalows overlook the pool, beach and restaurant – meaning you can put your little’uns down for a nap, whack on the video monitor and sneak in some sunbathing and swimming in the pool, safe in the knowledge that you’re right outside with your room in full view. Lanta Miami’s grounds are pretty, well kept and separated into several different eating areas, making it feel like you’re mixing it up, even if you end up eating here most days.

The raised pagodas with low tables make great ‘contained’ entertainment areas for kids while eating and there’s plenty of bars, restaurants, ATMs and minimarts around Klong Nin beach as well as a 7/11 about 1km away. You’re also quite close to Mu Ko National Park here and you can hire a (tire) car (with no seat belts) from reception and go exploring at your own pace. Come evening, grab a Happy Hour Mojito from Mr Love’s onsite beach bar and wallow in paradise.

2. Lanta Cha-da Beach Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta, Thailand

I’d read online that Lanta Cha-da Beach Resort & Spa was one of THE most family-friendly Koh Lanta hotels, so was interested to try it for a night before we headed back to Bangkok. The resort is geared up specifically for families -TUI run holidays here. For the convenience you sacrifice a lot of the rustic Thai beach charm, but there are some huge pluses if you pop in for a night or two during your stay on Koh Lanta.

Choose a room that backs on to the ginormous swimming pool complete with water slide, swim-up bar and elephant fountains and you’re family entertainment for the day is sorted. The novelty of opening the patio doors and jumping into a pool doesn’t grow old and there are safety catches on all doors to stop kids escaping.

Children can boogie the night away at the kid’s disco and swim their hearts out at more pools near the beach. There’s also a babysitting service so you could squeeze in a cheeky date night. Breakfasts are immense with foods spanning several continents – load your plate with dim sum followed by an English fry up, noodles, salad or cereal – you’ll definitely find something for all palettes here (and be able to siphon off a bit for the kids’ lunch too).

Venture out along the silky sands of Khlong Dao beach for body-boarding and more food options, or grab a Tuk Tuk to Koh Lanta’s Saladan Market for a spot of shopping.

3. Eco Lanta Hideaway Beach Resort, Long Beach

About a 20-minute Tuk Tuk ride away from Koh Lanta’s Saladan Port, this small cul de sac of characterful bamboo huts looks wonderfully eco in appearance – if not always by nature (we didn’t see huge evidence of their green credentials). A smattering of hammocks, unpretentious beach bar, sandy restaurant and chorus of frogs at night fuel the relaxed, rustic hideaway vibe. It’s quiet and shady thanks to lofty trees – a welcome relief for hot bubbas.

Eco Lanta Hideaway Beach Resort is smack bang on Long Beach, a glorious stretch of palm-fringed golden sand and calm waters, so vast that even in busy peak season, the beach still feels fairly quiet. There’s also a laundry service, Western-style food on the menu for fussier eaters and lots more little bars and restaurants a short stroll away. Treat yourself to a massage while your little one has their hair braided or nails painted next to you – total parenting win!

On the downside for families with toddlers and babies, Eco Lanta only possess one high chair and cot (or they did when we visited in 2017), so if there’s more than one baby staying here, be prepared to share or do without. There are a few loungers (which you’ll need to bag early) and deck chairs dotted on the beach, but no beach towels are offered.

Mosquitoes are rife here, possibly because of the stagnant water feature in the centre of several of the huts and we were eaten alive in the first couple of days, so be sure to put your nets down at night and take plenty of repellent. The huts are constructed with varying levels and steep steps, which can be a bit of a challenge if you’ve got tottering toddlers.

Be aware, there is also no swimming pool here, so if you have sea-averse children (we did), then it’s a bit of a struggle when the temperature hits 40 degrees. It was too hot to walk on the sand in the heat of the day here, so we ended up paying to use the pool at Miami Lanta further up the island, just so we could cool off with the kids.

Overall, it was a fun and interesting place to stay for a few days, but the service and guest extras could do with a bit of a polish in order to feel like you’re getting value for money. I’m not sure I’d go back here with young children.

4. Railay Bay Resort & Spa, Krabi, Thailand

This isn’t a Koh Lanta Hotel, but Thailand’s Railay Bay was our family-friendly stopover* in between Bangkok and the island of Koh Lanta. Also highly convenient for getting to Koh Lanta, as you can catch a boat from the beach outside the hotel to the island.

Accessible only by boat, Railay Bay, near Krabi is a magnet for the tourist hordes and it’s not hard to see why. On the west side, magnificent towering limestone cliffs encircle the horseshoe-shaped bay, a fleet of long tail boats bob in the water and you’re perfectly positioned for sunset. Rock climbing, diving, boat trips and a whole host of other activities are on offer for adventure lovers, although the downside is the noisy boats and crowds mean you won’t feel like you’ve discovered your own slice of Thailand.

It’s a fantastic spot for a short layover before heading to the islands (ferries depart to surrounding islands such as Koh Lanta from the beach) and the views are picture-perfect. The staff at the hotel are unfailing in their friendly welcome and adoration of children, monkeys hang in the trees, there’s a small children’s play area, a beachside restaurant with a buffet breakfast and a delicious pool overlooking the bay.

Some family villas have their own jacuzzi pool, which is nice to loll in if you have sleeping babes inside the villa, however there was a strong smell of drains in places, which can be a little offputting! Choose from oodles of eateries up and down the beach as well as a little shopping avenue for clothes and essentials.

*We flew down from our Bangkok hotel to Krabi on a domestic Thai Airways flight, and then got a taxi to take us to a longtail boat leaving for Railay Bay.

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  • Nell (Pigeon Pair and Me)
    April 23, 2018

    Tui are brilliant – I bet it would be nice, knowing what you’ll get at their hotel. But I also like the idea of being overlooked by dangling monkeys! #MondayEscapes

  • Karen Beddow
    April 25, 2018

    Oh there are some really good ideas in here, we have been trying to get to Thailand and I think 2019 might be the year that we finally get there. I’m going to look these places up. Thanks for linking up to MondayEscapes

    • Mama Travels Earth
      April 25, 2018

      Thank you, yes Thailand is brilliant with kids, I hope you get there in 2019!

  • Annabel
    June 7, 2018

    Dim sum, fry up and noodles in one sitting, that’s some breakfast. Your photos make me want to jump on a plane to Thailand right now. Useful to hear about the mozzies, I’m so out of touch with long haul travel, I’d forgotten about mosquito nets. My kids would love Thailand, those beaches look stunning! Thanks for linking up with #FamilyFriendlyStays!

  • Baby Loves Travel
    June 9, 2018

    We’re off to Thailand soon for a family trip – but budget backpacker style – I bet no where we stay is as nice as these look! #FamilyFriendlyStays

  • Nicky @GoLiveYoung
    June 10, 2018

    Some lovely places to stay here in Thailand. We’ve stayed in a couple of great places in Thailand too #FamilyFriendlyStays