Guests are encouraged to enjoy wearing comfortable informal clothing. We do not have in place a strict dress code but as a matter of courtesy we wish to recommend that smart casual attire be worn at breakfast and dinner. Beachwear is acceptable at the beach restaurant and dining facilities adjacent to the pools.
At the “Seven Seas”, our signature restaurant, we are a little bit more formal and request – at breakfast and dinner services - that guests come more appropriately clothed, so we do not allow “thongs”, “short shorts”, swimsuits or overly revealing attire.
During the high season the seas are calm and guests have the option of swimming in either of the resort’s 2 infinity pools or in the warm blue waters of the Andaman Sea. During the green season (May to October), we may have the red flag raised about 20 times during that period. In general and because of the bay being sheltered, swimming in the sea is almost all year round..
To our knowledge there have not been cases of malaria recorded on Koh Lanta. The resort has a pest control program in operation and for that reason the population of mosquitoes is rather low on our property. If you are concerned then you may wish to apply an insect repellent.
If you intend to spend a lot of time in the northern regions of Thailand where malaria is more common you should consult your doctor or local health authority for advice re anti-malarial medications.
Generally Thais are quite open to western ideas and behaviour but within certain limits. One should realise the King of Thailand is absolutely respected by Thai people and the monarchy should in no way be questioned or criticised. The majority of Thais (96%) are Buddhist and there are thousands of wats (temples) throughout the country including two small wats on the east coast and on the north end of Koh Lanta. When visiting a wat, wear appropriate clothing...beach shorts and tank tops are not appropriate. Monks should not be touched by women. The 2-handed “wai” greeting is common in Thailand. You may return the greeting with a smile, eyes cast downward and a slight bow or you should simply smile and say thank you. It is best that you do not initiate a “wai” as there is a protocol as to who should “wai” first. Thais are not used to skimpy clothing and topless or nude sunbathing is frowned upon.
The resort has a qualified nurse on duty for 24 hours a day. More serious ailments may be treated at the Koh Lanta Hospital which has English speaking medical staff, a pharmacy and dental clinic. We will always be able to help with language via one of our Guest Services Officers.
Not all of the accommodation units are readily accessible by wheel chair but most of the restaurants, libraries and other facilities may be reached by wheelchair. The paths within the resort, though steep in places, are also navigable. For more information contact our reservations department and indicate that you would like an accommodation unit that is easily accessed by wheelchair.
Can I smoke a cigarette/ cigar/ pipe in any of the resort’s restaurants??
The past 8 years the Thai government’s on-going reinforcement of smoke-free zones in public areas has required us to further restrict smoking in all our restaurants. The law says that Patrons are NOT allowed to smoke where food is served. Therefore, please note that smoking is not permitted in the Spice’ N Rice Thai restaurant and in our signature restaurant the Seven Seas restaurant; both restaurants have an outdoor terrace; for the smokers only a small section in each of these 2 restaurants has been allocated for those who wants to light up a cigarette.
Another outlet the Banyan Tree Poolside Café, adjacent to the large pool at the villa estate, also has an area allocated for smokers.
Rak Talay, by the beach, an all fresco restaurant, remains to this day – and this could change at any time - the only non-restricted area for smokers; though, one, as a matter of courtesy, should always ask guests at nearby tables if it is suitable for you to light up a cigarette. Thank you for your understanding.