Beautiful view from the balcony, friendly staff
We stayed here in january 2015 as well, and we loved the resort then. In two years it has turned very touristy, but luckily filled with families, (since I have a kid too), not party people. The woman, named Oi, in the reception is more than friendly, I really liked her a lot. You can see that she isn't trying, she just is what she is: loves talking with people, and helps everyone with a good heart. My 4-year old daughter liked her a lot too. I got stung by a jelly fish and Oi called a doctor without even asking me if i want to because she was worried, and they arrived in 5 minutes and took me to the hospital, because my foot was really swollen and the doctor said it might be the box one. Thanks to Oi who helped me. I survived.
The rooms were new in 2015, so they were clean and cozy. Now, two years later, they are a bit dirty, there's ants in the bed and bugs everywhere, even if u keep the door closed all the time. You'll get used to it, but the ants where removed from our bed since I told Oi about it, and luckily we got completely rid of them for good.
Both times we stayed here, we had a room upstairs with a balcony. First they put us in a room downstairs because they thought it's "better for kids" but it isn't, and the room/terrace is more lame there. Downstairs it's noisy since everyone is walking and chatting right in front of your door and there's no cozy hammock on the terrace. We moved upstairs directly after we'd seen the room downstairs, and it was more than okay for Oi. Upstairs it was more quite and the room was bigger, and you could see the ocean from the balcony (from the terrace you saw walls and tourists). I definitely recommend the second floor bungalows for everyone who appreciates privacy, even if the rooms downstairs looks good from outside and seem like a good idea first. (The wedding suites have small private pools outside but I don't think they're worth a visit.)
Theres a big pool on the yard a few meters from the beach, for adults, and a smaller for children right next to it. The breakfast is included in the room cost and it's like a continental breakfast or more like a pick 'n' mix with what u like. If u want bacon it costs a little extra. A man waiter who's working at banana beach restaurant, is a bit too exited about kids. He doesn't mean anything bad but he just kisses all kids and make fun with them when they're eating breakfast, all the time and too much, so even my little daughter didn't laugh at him anymore. She thought it was weird when a stranger asked her to kiss him all the time, and didn't stop asking even if she said she doesn't want to.
Even thoug the rooms are average in these days, the location of this resort is great. It's in the other end of the klong dao beach which is more private and quite than for eg in the middle, and located it's right on the beach.
At night, there's an annoying reggaebar next to the resort where some really bad singers with a bad english accent sing in an echoing mic, and it's so loud it's almost like someone really smashed is singing karaoke in your bedroom, so I recommend ear plugs.
Over all, we've always had a great stay here and from our 6-week thai vacay, a planned 3-days stay in banana beach turn out to be 2 weeks since we didn't wanna leave. Of your in lanta with kids, choose this one, it's the best.
Family - Jun 2, 2017