On our first stay on Koh Lanta we discovered the island we’d been looking for – it has enough amenities, comfortable accommodation and WiFi so we can work but there’s a laid back atmosphere and quiet beaches. We decided this was the place to base ourselves for the next month.
When we were first here a friend recommended the apartments at Sai Naam on Long Beach and we loved it – especially the direct access to the pool from our balcony. The manager Mia invited us back but this time we’d be trying out some of the villas at Malee Seaview as well as another one of the apartments.
Malee Seaview is a residential complex that includes the apartments at Sai Naam and 45 villas. All are individually owned and while you can rent the apartments through Agoda, the villas are rented out by the owners.
Lanta Hideaways Villa C12
We started our tour with a week at Villa C12, rented out by Lanta Hideaways who manage a number of villas at Malee Seaview. It’s set a little further back from the beach than some of the other villas but all Malee Seaview villas are on the beach side of Long Beach road so it’s only a two minute walk through the leafy grounds to get to the beach. It is one of the smaller villas here but for us it was plenty of space.
The two bedroom villa comes with a semi-private pool (shared with the villa next door) in the big garden, well-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, an outside/inside room with tables and chairs, and a bathroom. There is A/C and fans throughout.
Our favourite room was the spacious upstairs loft-style living room with high ceilings, lots of light, a comfy corner couch, flat screen TV and DVD player, desk, and an extra double bed so it could work as a third bedroom. There’s no cable TV or WiFi but you can rent DVDs and use the WiFi at the nearby restaurant at Sai Naam. Double doors lead from the living room to a terrace where you can enjoy meals overlooking the pool.
Another highlight was the kitchen with modern décor, a breakfast bar, and everything we needed – washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, good knives, lots of dishes and pans, a water cooler, and best of all – an oven. These are hard to find in Thailand and it was the first time in nine months that we’d had one. The first thing we did was bake cookies and roast potatoes – yum!
We felt at home in the villa – a comfy couch and a well-equipped kitchen has that effect on us, and the owner Anna helped with her friendly welcome and gift of a tropical fruit basket and insect repellant. The quiet location, pool and easy access to the beach were bonuses.
- Location a few minutes from the beach
- Semi-private pool
- Bright and spacious living room
- Well-equipped kitchen
- No WiFi
- Bathroom is a little small for a family
- Beds were quite firm
Recommended for: Families.
The two bedroom villa (A12) we stayed in sleeps up to six people and costs 18,000 baht ($570) a week in low season (May-October) and 36,000 baht ($1140) a week in the high season. Water and electricity is extra. There are discounts for stays over 4 weeks.
For more information see Lantahideaways.com. Owners Anna and Tommy manage 35 different villas at Malee Seaview on Long Beach and at Klong Dao beach. They range from 2 – 4 bedrooms, are all of a high standard, and some of them are beachfront. The site is in Swedish at the moment but you can use Google Translate or email them for details.
Sai Naam Residence Apartments
Sai Naam Residence is a complex of 19 apartments set around a huge, beautiful pool, just a one minute walk from Long Beach. The ground floor apartments have steps from their balconies leading directly to the pool – a feature we loved.
On this visit we stayed in G106, a three bedroom apartment with pool access. It was spacious and stylish with slate tiled floors and modern art. There is A/C and WiFi throughout.
The large living room has a big corner couch, flatscreen TV and DVD player (no cable, but you can borrow DVDs), and leads into the bright kitchen/dining area with glass doors on to the balcony.
The bathrooms and kitchen are modern and very clean. While the kitchen isn’t as big as the one in the villa it still comes with a hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer, toaster, plates, pans, and water cooler. If you don’t feel like cooking there is a restaurant onsite that offers home delivery.
Take a video tour of our apartment at Sai Naam:
The apartments at Sai Naam are great value – for the price of a hotel room you get much more space and a kitchen. The highlight is the gorgeous, massive pool.
- Big, beautiful pool (and direct access from the balcony)
- Easy access to the beach
- Modern, stylish décor
- Comfortable beds
- While the WiFi was fast on our first visit it was much slower the second time.
Recommended for: Families or couples who’d like more space and amenities than a hotel room but don’t need a full villa.
Prices vary depending on the size of the apartment, length of stay and time of year. In the low season a three bedroom apartment costs from 1250 baht ($39) a night, and a one bedroom pool access apartment from 900 baht ($28). The minimum stay is 3 nights.
We loved the location of Malee Seaview right on Long Beach (or Pra Ae). There are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby but it’s all quite spread out so doesn’t feel overdeveloped. This end of the beach is very quiet so you’ll easily find a stretch to yourself, and the sunsets here are spectacular.
In the area we particularly recommend the Faim de Loup bakery for good bread and Red Snapper for tasty fusion tapas – both are a few minutes walk away.
There are plenty of things to do on Koh Lanta including hiring a moped to explore quiet beaches, hikes, waterfalls, snorkelling trips, and scuba diving.
You can get to Koh Lanta from Krabi by ferry or minivan. If you are staying at one of the Lanta Hideways villas then they can arrange for a private minivan transfer for you.
We continued our tour of Malee Seaview with a stay in one of the exclusive beachfront villas – read more about the private infinity pool, direct access to the beach, and cinema room.
Thanks to Mia, Anna and the lovely staff at Sai Naam who provided our accommodation at Malee Seaview.