On the northern tip of the island of Koh Lanta Yai, on the Andaman side of Thailand, quite off the beaten path, there’s a little modernist beachfront retreat with the incongruously European-sounding name of Costa Lanta. Costa Lanta’s 22 boxy bungalows stand just inside the treeline, leaving the soft sand beach delightfully au naturel, and adding to the hidden-colony mystique of the place. And as for the bungalows themselves, they’re quite a departure from the traditional-styled villas of most Thai island hotels — these are made from concrete and from hardwoods salvaged from old colonial homes, spun together into hard-edged geometric forms, with wide windows opening them to the gardens and the sea views. Services are kept purposefully simple; just an infinity pool facing the beach, a waterfront restaurant serving fresh and authentic local cuisine, and a smattering of leisure options, including traditional Thai massage and an extraordinarily mellow little lounge. Get away from the crowds and enjoy some stylish relaxation on a refreshingly human scale.
• Free Wi-Fi
• Architecture & Interiors: Duangrit Bunnag
• Unique: To capture the beauty and calm of the surroundings, the bedrooms are designed to integrate with the environment. The open box style of the Cabana rooms maximizes exposure to light – the bedroom walls open up entirely offering guests the luxury of capturing the sea breeze and the warmth of tropical sun.