Thailand | Oasis Yoga Bungalows, Koh Lanta

When we decided to stay on just one island during our time in Thailand, Koh Lanta was my first choice. From what I'd read it had everything the better known islands had to offer, without the crowds. My second must do, was to stay in a bungalow near the beach. When I came across Oasis Yoga Bungalows, it was a no brainer.

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We arrived in the evening, after being collected from Krabi airport and driven for two hours, including a ferry ride to the island, and the sun had gone down. Even in the dark, we fell in love with our little Koh Lanta yoga retreat! 

The Bungalows are literally just a minute's walk to Khlong Dao Beach. On our first night, owner Farra directed us to Easy Bar on the beach for something to eat & the Indian Bar next door for drinks. We ended up visiting the Indian Bar every night we spent on the island! 

Our bungalow was perfectly simplistic with beautifully natural decor. It had everything we needed - a comfy bed, toilet, shower, towels, air con, a fridge and even reusable water bottles. No TV - why would you need one?! Our little porch housed a wooden table and chairs, surrounded by tropical greenery, and looked out over the pool. A little lizard come to visit while we chilled out on the porch one day.

Koh Lanta & Oasis are very eco-friendly, adopting recycling and composting as ways to manage waste, and encouraging people to use refillable Trash Hero bottles (which you can fill at a number of businesses all over the island!) to reduce plastic. Smoking is banned on the beaches (to avoid cigarette tabs) and lots of restaurants have stopped using plastic straws too.

I swear he was happy...

Speaking of restaurants, the Oasis health bar was a particular highlight. We ate breakfast/brunch here every morning - not only was it convenient but the food was tasty, nutritious and very reasonably priced. As bungalow guests, we could help ourselves to tea and coffee any time too. Tacos were my personal favourite - both the Sunrise tacos with black beans and fried egg, and the baja style fish tacos were an absolute treat!

Of course we couldn't come to Oasis Yoga Bungalows and not check out the yoga. As staying guests, we got 20% off classes. I don't practice yoga as regularly as I'd like, and didn't make it to as many classes as I'd hoped to here either, but I'm so glad I did try it. If there's one moment in my life where I've felt truly, ridiculously lucky, it was practising my downward dogs in a treehouse, surrounded by nature, the sounds of all sorts of birds and beasts, just minutes from the beautiful beach on Koh Lanta.

Kate & Farra made us feel so welcome and completely at home at Oasis Yoga Bungalows. Shout out to Nook for being so incredibly friendly and helpful, and doing it all with a smile! She arranged for us to hire a scooter for our stay, which was delivered to & collected from reception (500THB/£11.45* for 2 days) and even organised us a laundry service (50THB/£1.14* per kg, if I remember right). I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

We paid 5400THB (approx* £124) for 3 nights in November 2017, plus 2000THB (£46*) for airport transfer. You can now also enjoy cocktails and craft beers at their on site Sundowners bar so it really is the perfect island retreat.

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