Of all the places we stayed on our trip to Southeast Asia, we were most looking forward to checking in at the Cocotero Resort, The Hidden Village on gorgeous Koh Lanta, Thailand.
I had spent hours online researching varying accommodations, from fancy resorts and basic budget bungalows that range from $10 to $1000 USD a night. Koh Lanta, being the second largest island in the Andaman sea after Phuket, is not a small island, so picking the right location was also a priority. I knew we didn’t want to be too secluded, even though we had planned to rent motorbikes, and we wanted to be somewhat near the main town of Saladan.
Eventually I stumbled across the Cocotero Resort on AirBnB and I knew this was the place we were going to stay! The grounds looked like something out of a dream, the bed looked like a nice size and the hut itself was gorgeous. It was also close to Saladan and not far from the beach, which we liked.
The lady at reception was friendly and helped us with booking a tour of the 4 Islands for the next day and with renting motorbikes, which were delivered to us at the resort. They serve coffee and tea every morning, but do not serve a breakfast.
Our resort was everything we hoped for when we first saw it. The bed was comfy, the hut roomy, and it had an air conditioner. The bathroom was probably my favorite part of the hut, specifically the shower. It was like a rain shower and kind of felt like it was outside. The siding in the bathroom didn’t extend all the way up or down, so it was open up to the outside to let the cool breeze in the bathroom at night. We had to be careful with shutting the curtain to the bathroom though so the mosquitoes wouldn’t get in the hut. We did have a big mosquito net that covered the bed, which is good because it is much needed.
We visited Thailand in the beginning of April, which coincided with the beginning of the hot season. I have never experienced heat like this before, which was almost unbearable at times because of the 90% humidity in the air. The air conditioner did its best too keep the hut cool, and it did make it somewhat bearable inside. We were up to 3+ showers a day on Koh Lanta because we were drenched with sweat the moment we stepped out of the hut.
The amenities provided in the room each day were appreciated. We were provided with bottled water each day, soap and the best strawberry shampoo! Turn down service occurred around 5 PM every night, which included spraying the room with mosquito spray and taking down the mosquito net and covering the bed.
If you are looking to stay directly on the beach, this isn’t the place for you. We were fine with the location because it was about half way between town and the beach, which was an easy 3 or 4 minute ride on the motorbikes.
No refrigerator. If you’re staying in a bamboo hut this is to be expected (which we knew about) but we didn’t realize how much we would have appreciated a cool bottle of anything until we spent 3 nights on Koh Lanta. Warm bottled water or warm rum will just never taste good
When there is a power outage the huts become an unbearable furnace. The power went out our last night for about an hour. Thankfully we had both just showered so we were cooled down, but I was dealing with some serious 2nd degree sunburns on my legs which made me just radiate heat. Power outages aren’t uncommon on Koh Lanta, especially with the powerful thunder and rainstorms we were having each night.
None of the ‘cons’ really would dissuade us from staying here again. Especially after they went above and beyond for us after we checked out. Unfortunately we had placed our passports in the safety box for safe keeping while we were on our boat tour of the 4 Islands. We were so use to always having our passports on us, that we didn’t even think twice about checking the safety box before we boarded our van ride back to the mainland. We were especially distracted too because we realized that Jake had left his debit card in the ATM the night before. It was only as we pulled up to our finally stop in Krabi, 2.5 hours and 2 car ferries later that I got that sinking feeling in my gut. I knew I had forgotten our passports.
Thankfully, our guesthouse in Krabi, BanTo Guesthouse, got on the phone and called Cocotero Resort and spoke with people and made a plan to get our passports returned to us. We had our passports in our hands by the end of the day. We will forever be thankful to the people at BanTo Guesthouse and Cocotero Resort for turning around one of the worst moments in our lives and showing us the generous and friendly hospitality that Thai’s are known for.
If You Go:
We paid $55/night plus a $20 fee through AirBnB. If you can book it on Agoda your overall price will likely be lower
Motorbike rentals cost 200 baht/day ($5.50 USD), make sure you have your International Drivers Permit before you leave home so you can rent one
Walk or bike down to the beach for the sunset, it is incredible!
There are many great restaurants within walking distance on the beach as well
If possible, book your stay during the cooler months
Book your 4 Islands tour with Opal Tour Service, they are the best on the island
**We were not compensated in any way for staying at Cocotero Resort, or for any tours or activities. There are affiliative links in this post though, which means if you end up booking we will receive a small commission***