Myself and 8 friends stayed at one of the Lanta ResidenSea Villas over Christmas 2011 and loved every second of it. The Villa is gorgeous and exactly what we wanted – big social areas, a kitchen that you could cook in (though we didn’t – the restaurants in Kaintiang are plentiful, cheap and mostly very good), large bedrooms and a fantastic pool area. It was a struggle to get us to leave the place most days.
It should be said that the villas are at the top of a bit of a hill – but the view from the balcony makes it well worth it and it really isn’t that bad! We hired bikes too, which helped us out when we were feeling REALLY lazy.
The town itself is lovely, small and quiet but you can party if you like. And the people are all very lovely – Tad who manages the villa will do anything for you (even including booking restaurants for us, recommending things to do and popping by the villa every now and then to check we were all ok!). Also Viki at Scubafish (the local dive shop) is brilliant and will help to book all sorts of things for you including transfers, taxis etc. We also did a dive with Scubafish and loved that too.
Anyway, can’t rate the villa, the people or the place highly enough – next time we do a group holiday, we’ll come straight back here!