Sunday, 13 August 2017

Best and Cheapest!

It is a phrase we hate to hear, 'Where is the best and cheapest food on the island?' Normally we try to delicately put that if it is the best it is very unlikely to be the cheapest.


Last night, however, we were proved wrong....

Kandi Lounge is known for it's enormous dinners and yesterday's Sunday Roast topped it all. For only 195 baht, I had the largest Sunday roast I have ever had. Lashings of vegetables, potatoes, yorkshire puddings and of course gravy and chicken. There was so much, there was barely room for the gravy to be added!

It was so large that I only ate a small proportion of it, but luckily for me, Mark put the rest in a take away box and I shall be eating the rest today (and maybe tomorrow).

If you are hungry, there is only one place to go.... Kandi Lounge.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Thank you!

Last week, we held a bring and buy sale for the animals of Koh Lanta.

We were given, many clothes, sheets and items that people no longer wanted but felt someone else could find use for.


We also donated 15% of the bar takings that night for Lanta Animal Welfare, everyone did love 'drinking for a good cause!'

We raised in total 6,240 baht, 4,640 baht to directly help a dog suffering from Diabetes and the rest to go to Lanta Animal Welfare to keep up their great work.

All the goods left at the end of the sale, were donated to Lanta Animal Welfare for pet bedding.

We would like to thank everyone who came and donated.

Mellisa & Nick

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A new addition to Lanta


Isn't it annoying when all your favourite places shut on the same night! What are we meant to do then? Go home and talk to the husband!!


Luckily a friend recommended that we try a new bar, called Joker Bar, that is handily located right next to the wonderful May's Kitchen.

Owned by the charming Chad, the bar has that lovely Thai beach bar feel, with great music and a delicious mojitos. Chad proudly told us how the bar had been decorated and built from rubbish from the beach.

Chad originally had a bar in Phi Phi but was attracted to Lanta because of the more relaxed vibe.

I love his tagline, 'I open when I wake up, and close when you can drink no more!'

We wish him every success for the future.

Check it out, next time you are here.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Thank you!

I just love people who don't just want the world to change, they want to change it themselves.

I am sure you all know about the amount of plastic in the oceans, and every year in the Green Season we see the problem ourselves.

As the wind and waves change with the change of seasons, rubbish from all over the world is dumped on our beaches. At the end of the season, much of the rubbish will wash back into the sea, but obviously we would all rather is was taken out of the sea altogether.

Well we are lucky enough to have TrashHero on the island and every Sunday they host a beach clean up, and everyone is welcome.

But 2 of our lovely guests could not wait to Sunday and asked us for some bags and went to the beach and picked it up themselves. They bought it back to the staff, so that they could recycle what they could.
Thank you Laura Hughes and William Hatfield, both from the USA.

Mellisa & Nick

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Chemical Free Mosquito Repellants

Every year we try to come up with a new eco project. Last year it was up-cycling and this was not only a great way to reuse our waste from the resort, but also fun to do and provided some useful new things around the resort:
New Screens for the Cozy Bamboo Bungalows
- Tables on the balconies for the air con and family bungalows
- Shelves for the bathrooms
- Roof for the bike shed
- Walls for the recycling area
- Fence for the Standard Fan Area
- Screens for the Cozy Fan Bamboo Bungalows.
New Bike Shed
All these things were made up from broken or outdated items that could have just ended up in the trash.
New Tables for the Air Conditioned Balconies
This year we have been investigating providing chemical free mosquito repellents for the rooms. Did you know that there are many plants that Mosquitoes do not like and just adding a little garden pot to each balcony can reduce them (well that is the theory).
New Plants for the Balconies
So 2 days ago, we started to grow, from seed, some of the plants we are looking to incorporate into plant pots on, firstly the Standard Fan Bamboo Bungalows, and if it is successful, all around the resort. We are currently growing, Coriander, Basil and Marigolds. But I am still trying to find Citronella, Lavender and Rosemary. We think that not only will it repel the mosquitoes, but it will look pretty and smell wonderful.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

May's Kitchen, not just a fabulous Thai Restaurant


May's Kitchen is one of our most favourite restaurants, but not just because of the great food and company. May has a big heart and yesterday her heart was broken.

May went to the beach with her family and her beautiful baby grand daughter and was devastated to see that she was playing not with shells but plastic.

It happens every green season, as the seas change rubbish from the seas gets washed up onto our shores here on Lanta, if we waited until high season, most of it would go back, but the good people of Lanta do not want to gift the world this rubbish and so many, like May, choose to clean the beaches for the good of Lanta and the rest of the world.



May and her team picked up 68 bags of rubbish in just over 1 hour, she also rang the Orbotor (the Mayor of the island) and gave him a good talking to too!


She transformed 120 metres of Long Beach and ensured that her grand daughter could find shells again on the beach.

Love you May xxx


Thursday, 15 June 2017

High Season has come early!

Time to get your bikini on and hop over to Koh Lanta. The rain appears to have stopped and we have beautiful blue skies.


The best news is that at this time of year you are saving over 50% on our high season prices (always book direct with us for the best prices).

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Finally!

They are here.

It has been a long painful wait but yes they are here.

We only provide straws if you request it but now they are recyclable!

Yes and for the person who said they had never heard of paper straws, they work!


Friday, 12 May 2017

Exciting Times in Koh Lanta

Yesterday, we at Mook Lanta Eco Resort, were lucky enough to have most of the Dive Centres on Lanta use our bar to discuss an exciting new project: Coral Propagation for Koh Lanta, which a few have been working on for some time.

Dive Centre Owners and Managers watching the Ocean Quest video
A video was shown to the owners and managers of the Dive Centres regarding the work Anuar Abdullah has been doing in Thailand and across Asia as a whole. Anuar is the CEO and Founder of Ocean Quest and is collaborating with Reef Guardian Thailand and the Department of National Parks in Thailand to set up projects with the local community to regenerate the coral in the surrounding seas.


Anuar gave an interesting speech after the video, he has been researching Coral Propagation for over 20 years and says he is frustrated that environmental research and money has focused on reporting the damage to the coral around the world, but very little focus, effort and money has been spent on how to fix it.

With a small amount of training, Coral Propagation is relatively easy to do. Anuar has been growing coral for nearly 20 years! He compares it to 'splicing' a tree and says with very little effort and a little knowledge, everyone can help to repair the oceans. He gave an example that at piece of coral, only 1cm in size can, with the right treatment and right conditions, grow to 15cm within 18 to 26 months. But Anuar says 3 special areas need to be created for this to be a success:

1. Nursery - An area where coral can be grown from small live parts of coral.
2. Hospital - An area where 'sick' coral can be quarantined, treated and helped to recover.
3. Home - An area where the new coral can call home.

Anuar and his team have successfully achieved this elsewhere in Asia, most notably Malaysia, and he is keen to start projects around Thailand.

Dive Centre Owners and Managers listening to Anuar Abdullah's Speech
So he is working with Koh Lanta Dive Centres and the Marine Park to train instructors to become Coral Propagation Trainers to enable them to train divers to help with this work. This could potentially mean that each dive centre has it's own trainer and maybe it's own area, that they monitor, manage and grow.

The enthusiam from the Dive Centres was palpable and the meeting was exciting to listen to. It costs 15,000 baht to train a trainer, but he, in turn, could train hundreds. All the Dive Centres fully supported the project and many were keen to take the next steps, as were we. Nick and I instantly agreed that we will sponsor a trainer on the island and we hope many other Resorts will follow suit. How incredible would it be for Koh Lanta to lead Thailand in Coral Propagation?

I am excited for the future, obviously we cannot repair the corals overnight, but we can stop the degradation and start building coral gardens for the future.

Big thank you to Anuar, for a very interesting talk, and all the Dive Centres who participated.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Open All Year!


Mook Lanta Eco Resort is open throughout the year, but during Green Season our restaurant will be only open for breakfast and the bar is open until 7pm everyday.

Locals, expats and guests from other resorts are more than welcome to come and enjoy our delicious breakfast with limitless fresh coffee and free WiFi. Why not try our famous Mook Muffin?

Green Season (May to October) is a great time to visit the island, it doesn't rain everyday (but expect some whilst you are here), it is always hot but the weather is a little less predictable. At this time the locals and expats have more time for you and of course the rooms are less than half price!

We are getting quite a few bookings, so if you would like to book, please do this direct, as we will beat any of our booking agent prices!





Friday, 28 April 2017

Big Mook Lanta Thank You!

We have had a superb High Season and we are looking for a fun-packed, but a little bit more relaxed Green Season.

All through High Season our guests have been leaving their beach toys, mats, games etc with us so that other's can enjoy them. Throughout the season I have seen children (and adults) sneak to the box to borrow a bucket and spade, a boogie board, a football and more.

At the end of April every year, the Children of the Forest Foundation, come to the island to enable the children they look after to have a holiday. The Children of the Forest look after orphaned Burmese children (and those left by their parents) on the Thai side of the Burma/Thailand border. These children have no rights in Thailand, they cannot gain asylum or gain citizenship and so have no access to healthcare, schooling and employment.

Children of the Forest provide a safe shelter for these children and offer them schooling. healthcare and food.

Every year they ask the people of Koh Lanta to help and each year, hotels give free rooms, restaurants provide food and boat companies provide boat trips. The local and expat community also give clothes, toys and sweets for the children.

So Mook Lanta has taken all the toys etc left by our guests, as well as gifts donated by our guests and ourselves to Time For Lime Cookery School, where the children will be enjoying a day at the beach. Our bags were full of:
  1. A Boogie Board
  2. Water Guns
  3. Football
  4. Bats and a ball
  5. Fins
  6. 2 Bucket and spades (the deluxe versions with everything you could imagine)
  7. Lifejackets
  8. Beach Shoes
  9. Arm Bands
  10. Mask and snorkels
  11. and much much more!
Thank you for helping us to REDUCE our use of plastic toys, REUSE the toys you have bought and RECYCLE them to help kids who have never had a day at the beach. We still have the box at reception and are happy to receive donations which will be shared with our guests and these lovely kids next year.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Mexican with a hint of Thai spice!

Chilli's Restaurant
We have had a busy high season, so we have been wanting to try Chilli's in Klong Dao for many months, but not had the chance. However with family here we took a long awaited trip there.

The beautiful Chilli
Chilli's is this cool little restaurant by the side of the road, near the turning to Kaw Kwang. There are only a few tables but when we arrived there was already a large table and a couple already there. Luckily we arrived when we did, because the remaining tables filled up quickly after us.

Nachos

Chilli's offers some lovely Mexican food and Pizzas, with a hint of Thai, washed down with some excellent cocktails and hosted by the wonderful Chilli herself.
Chicken Fajitas
Nick's aunt and myself had the Chicken Fajitas, which were delicious and very filling, whilst Nick enjoyed a flavoursome burger with extra homemade barbeque sauce. The food was delicious, more than enough and cheap too!


Thoroughly recommended!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sawadee Pi Mai!

Yes, it is that favourite time of year again, Thai New Year!

Songkran is the most popular Thai holiday with both the Thai people and Tourists celebrating the arrival of the Thai New Year together. It is traditionally celebrated by dropping water over the heads of your loved ones and covering the cheeks in white powder (as a method of cleansing you for the New Year). This has developed into the world's biggest water fight!

Yes that is right, yesterday Thailand was at war! From about midday yesterday, tourists and Thai's lined the streets with buckets, water guns, talcum powder, beer and loud music. The only place to be was on the main street running through the island, well unless you wanted to stay dry!

Sawadee Pi Mai (Happy New Year) to all our Thai friends.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thank you!

We would like to say a big thank you to all our lovely (and not so lovely) guests for providing feedback to us, or via TripAdvisor or a booking agent about our resort.

I read this to my mother when I saw it and it brought me to tears!
We do take the time to read all the reviews we receive, good and bad, and we do try to learn from them.

We would love to be loved by everyone, but obviously Mook Lanta Eco Resort is not a hit with every guest, but we are pleased that many of you do take the time to provide us with feedback. We promise we do not ignore it but do try to look if we could change ourselves to appeal to more people. Sometimes your feedback results in immediate action (ie a request for better curtains in the Cozy Fan Bamboo Bungalows resulted in a mad dash by Nick and myself to Krabi to buy some), sometimes it takes a little longer (being able to offer paper rather than plastic straws to those that request them) and sometimes we are unable to (providing Air Con in the fan bungalows!).

So a big thank you to
  • All our guests from Hotels.com who have collectively awarded us a 4 out of 5.
  • Our reviewers on TripAdvisor who have rated us 4 out of 5 and put us in the top 20 hotels on the island.
  • Our guests from Booking.com who awarded us 4.1 out of 5
I promise that not only do we read your reviews, but the truly wonderful and awful ones make us cry!

If you are thinking of booking with us, please remember that if you book direct with me, we can talk through the different room types to ensure you choose the right bungalow for you AND you get the best prices! Then you will get the bungalow you are happy with and I get 5 out of 5 next year!