Soontreeya Resort: the perfect base for discovering Koh Lanta

When it comes to ticking the boxes for a mixed bag of cultural delights, Soontreeya is proving hard to be ignored. In a tranquil setting not too far off the beaten track, Soontreeya mirrors Koh Lanta’s rustic charm and beauty while still providing plenty to do in the shape of activities and night life.

Soontreeya possesses the feel of an oasis with its very comfortable bungalows set in a pretty garden area. The restaurant serves excellent Thai and European food and does particularly well during the daytime where I lounged by the infinity pool and ordered the Beef Massaman Curry at 150THB… it’s delicious!

Long Beach is a 30metre stroll and Relax Bay a short 10 minute walk offering contrasting beaches to watch the sun set or take a dip in the ever alluring Andaman Sea. I did both then scrubbed up and ambled through the thriving after-dark scene. Bistro’s and pizzerias seem to be the new kids on the block among the more traditional Thai and abundance of sea fayre.

Originally from Dublin, Conor who owns the resort with his Thai wife Sa, points out, “The irony of our location is the fact that guests are able to choose from a great selection of nearby bars and restaurants, (as well of course our own). But the location was one of the main reasons we chose this business. It offers the best balance terms of what we wanted to take on and offer our guests”.

Soontreeya’s 20 well kept homely bungalows are just enough to provide a cosy and calm base camp to explore all forms of the island’s activities, such as diving, kayaking through the mangroves, trekking through the interior, cooking classes as well as motorbike and car rental, all can be booked at the resort.

It’s also the perfect base to discover the island and its environs. It is ideally positioned in the village of Phra Ae at the end of Long Beach at the mid-point of the island.

Koh Lanta really does have something for everyone and for the ideal place to stay.

I often thought travelling from one island (Phuket) to another only to discover the same same but different scenario was too much to be bothered with, but Soontreeya offers something for everyone and it’s simple to get to; a bridge between Koh Lanta Noi (Small) and Koh Lanta Yai (Big) provides greater accessibility. Krabi airport is just over an hour away and travellers from Phuket can take a passenger ferry via Phi Phi Island which takes around 3 hours.