The Seven Seas Resort

Koh Lanta & Koh Kradan, Thailand Book from THB4,400

Tropical island resort near Trang, with an atmosphere of utter relaxation and a setting of natural perfection
A beautiful, remote Thai island and peaceful, exclusive eco-resort, providing escapism at its best. Days here are slow and lazy, and the concerns of ordinary life seem a million miles away. The resort blends natural materials and modern design in a small collection of 39 bungalows, each with its own private seating - or more accurately, reclining - area. A chic black marble infinity pool provides a focal point for the resort; the next-door bar, Barnacle, is simple and chilled-out, while the open dining area provides a breezy refuge from the sun.

The resort’s main attraction, of course, is the glittering sea, with its shallow crystal-clear water, and the undeveloped tree-lined beach. If you can overcome the tremendous temptation to do nothing at all during your stay, explore Koh Kradan. It’s a natural wonderland, just 4km long, and its waters are teeming with brightly coloured fish and coral. Back at the hotel, let cool jazz sounds drift over you as you enjoy happy hour cocktails at the bar, before tasting local Thai specialities - or European classics - at the atmospheric restaurant.

Highs

    • Unspoilt Koh Kradan is in the protected Hat Chao Mai National Park. The beauty of the surrounding forest, the clarity of the sea, and quality of the marine life make for superb exploration
    • Better still, this is one of the the only resorts on the island, and further development is prohibited
    • Wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Kingsized beds, mattresses on your verandah, sunloungers on soft sand... horizontal living is irresistible
    • The restaurant has an excellent menu; Thai specialities are rendered perfectly
    • A genuine commitment to limiting the resort's impact on its natural surroundings

Lows

    • Room décor is bland - more could be made of the hotel's Thai heritage
    • The idea of an outdoor bathroom is appealing but for some the reality can be uncomfortable. A high fence and low eaves protect privacy, though sound can carry
    • The beach is a bit rocky when the tide is out
    • Bit of a hassle to get to, but that's half the point

Best time to go

Go during peak season (November to April) when it's hot and dry, but not too humid. Over Christmas and New Year the island can get quite busy with day trippers. June to August can see a lot of rain, while May, September and October are the hottest months, with high humidity and quite a bit of rain.

Our top tips

In terms of the idyllic location and atmosphere, this is a perfect romantic getaway. However, it would also be a semi-sociable retreat for friends; when we visited, a Thai photoshoot was going on and the atmosphere was lively and friendly.

Great for...

Beach
Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Beach Resort
  • 39 villas
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Villa Siri

Rooms

The resort is a collection of detached and semi-detached thatched bungalows built in the traditional Thai style.

Outside, all have terraces or balconies which provide each room with a personal relaxation area, some come complete with mattresses. Inside the décor is sleek and minimalist, the tones neutral, and you get polished wooden floors, bamboo blinds and dark wood furniture. Bedrooms feature huge beds covered with luxurious white cotton, and a bamboo frame suspends a mosquito net prettily - a practical as well as decorative touch. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a porch door provide plenty of light during the day, and long cream curtains shut out the world at night. Feedback suggests the air con units above the bed can be noisy.

Ground floor Deluxe Rooms are set back from the beach, and the slightly larger Premier Deluxe Rooms perch on top; both have garden views. Villas Siam look out over the sea, while the huge Villas Siri and Villas Santi sit on the beach and have their own sundeck and private sala. Do note that most houses are quite close together.

Bathrooms are set behind the bedroom, accessed by doors on either side of the bed. Here, the feel remains modern and chic, but the concept is traditional: an indoor/outdoor bathroom complete with lush jungle plants growing in sand, where prying eyes are kept at bay by the low thatched roof and high wooden fence. Environmentally friendly refillable bottles hold hand wash, a Vitamin A body wash and conditioning shampoo.

Each room is equipped with a large TV with international channels and DVD player.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

The large open-walled dining area is separated from reception by a beautiful installation of local white tamarind wood. The evening lighting is soft, provided by candles and funky white bamboo stars hanging from the rafters. Tables for 2 line the sides of the room; in the middle, tables are set for 4, with comfortable grey banquettes instead of chairs.

Breakfast is available here from 7-10am. It is not exceptional, but reasonable - a buffet of eggs, bacon, ham, frankfurters, pancakes, breads, cakes and mini croissants, cereals, fresh fruits, salad and juices.

The lunch/dinner menu is available throughout the day, and there is plenty of choice. We generally stuck to the Thai menu, which included a very tangy chilli chicken salad, a good red chicken curry, a fried rice salad, a spicy Tom Yam soup and a delectable pan-fried king fish. The Pad Thai disappointed, but the delicious fresh seafood was worth writing home about. Perfectly cooked prawns in their shells, and soft-shell crab with anti-social quantities of garlic and pepper; delicious. The international menu was also good - pastas, salads and sandwiches, and some excellent imported Australian beef. There was a distinct lack of dessert choice though - just ice-cream or fresh fruit.

Large, white, woolly orbs dangle over the bar, named Barnacle, and this is a great place to hang out in the early evening. There are plenty of cocktails on offer, and the music selection is generally cool and jazzy - although we were amused to hear several Christmas songs on our visit in February. BBQs are often held on the beach, and these are sociable affairs, with lots of yummy, fresh seafood.

Given the island’s isolation, options for eating elsewhere are limited to the restaurants at the neighbouring resorts.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cooking classes
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Paddle away - the resort has kayaks which are free to use and great fun once you get over the wobbling sensation on the waves
  • Go island hopping - the hotel runs a variety of day trips that take in the nearby islands of Koh Ngai, Koh Rok, Kho Lanta and Koh Mook. The Emerald Cave on Koh Mook, just a 15-minute long-tail boat ride away, is considered a real local highlight; although fishing is prohibited in the National Park, you can fish in other parts of the Trang sea or near Krabi
  • Check out the sunset - climb to the top of the highest hill on the island for an awesome view, or head down the other side for dusk on Sunset Beach
  • Spa treatments - if you’re in need of some therapeutic care, indulge in a Thai massage, aromatic facial or traditional herbal healing scrub in the Seven Seas Spa, located near the mangroves in the gardens
  • Do some underwater exploration - the seas around here are home to some incredible corals and fish, and it's a great spot to get PADI certified (there's an onsite dive centre), or further your scuba diving experience, although sessions are a little pricey. If this doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of spectacular sights in the shallow waters (the house reef) around the island, plus snorkels and fins are free to borrow
  • Request a Thai cooking class - learn to combine lime, coconut milk, chilli and turmeric to create the magical flavours of the cuisine
  • Be inactive - you’re on holiday! Sunbathe on the beach, on a mattress, or by the pool on a lounger (note there are only 5 to choose from). If you still haven’t read The Beach by Alex Garland, now is the time to, or get stuck into a good thriller. With so few distractions, you can easily drift off to another world
  • Explore Koh Kradan itself - 70% of island’s area is mountain and tropical rain forest; the coast is fringed by coral reef with soft coral and sea fan in the south. Walk through rain forest to Sunset beach on the other side of island, stick to the paths to preserve the habitat and avoid the native fauna

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are welcome at Seven Seas, though there are not many kids here, and activities tend to be adult-oriented so unless they are very self-contained it could potentially be difficult to occupy them. That said, there is a special 'Bubblemaker' dive course designed for kids 8+, which sounds great fun. Cots and extra beds can be provided.

One child aged 0-2 can stay for free when sharing parents' room; if an extra bed is required a supplement is payable. Children under 12 get a 50% discount for meals.

Family friendly accommodation:

The Deluxe and Premier Deluxe Rooms are ideal for families as they can easily be connected (Deluxe Rooms occupy the ground floor of the building and the Premier Deluxe Rooms are on top). All rooms can fit a baby cot or an extra bed.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
10/
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