The Pimalai Resort & Spa sits on the peaceful, undeveloped island of Koh Lanta, with a 900 metre long deserted and idyllic beach. Built within the rainforest as it meets the ocean you would hardly know the resort was there. Pimalai Resort & Spa prides itself on being in a natural environment and peaceful setting while maintaining high standards of luxury and friendly service.
The spacious and elegant rooms and villas are designed in a contemporary Thai style with polished wooden floors, bamboo blinds and dark wooden furniture. The deluxe rooms are in clusters of four and are set in low rise Thai style houses, all with private balconies and many of the resort's voluminous one, two and three bedroom villas have their own private swimming pool and beachfront location.
An exciting array of eight restaurants and bars means that there is something to suit everyone's tastes at The Pimalai and each one has its own style with wonderful vistas across the sea or swimming pool. Traditional tasty Thai dishes are of course a favourite but the superb seafood and authentic international cuisine is all prepared with extra fresh ingredients, chosen with care by the chefs.
In keeping with the rest of the resort and the very central philosophy of keeping things natural here, the spa brings guests back to nature with its pretty straw roofed salas fashioned with stones, native wood, bamboo, ropes and ceramics. The design may be simplistic but the spa is of international standards with aromatherapy massages, scrubs and wraps just some of the many pampering treatments available.
The Pimalai Resort & Spa also has a popular cooking school or for those who want to be more active there is an activity centre offering mountain bikes, trekking, tennis and activities such as elephant trekking. The surrounding waters of the Lanta Marine National Park are pristine for diving or snorkelling and the Pimalai has its own PADI dive centre and the resort offers a great squid fishing excursion not to be missed.
The Pimalai has a total of 121 rooms. The spacious Deluxe Rooms have polished teak floors and balconies with comfy seating areas. The Bayfront Deluxe Rooms are larger still with a daybed on the balcony while the one and two bedroom Pavilion Suites have a large living/dining area. The one, two and three bedroom Pool Villas are built on the hillside and have infinity pools, living rooms and kitchens. Beach Villas are well positioned and some have a private pool, others share in small clusters. All rooms, suites and villas feature: safe, tea and coffee facilities, phone, satellite TV, CD/DVD player, hairdryer, fridge, minibar, bathrobes and slippers.
Children are welcome at The Pimalai Resort and Spa and there is a small games room open from November to April. There are also children's menus available and babysitting on request. Please note that children are not allowed in all of the resort's restaurants and certain parts of the hillside swimming pool.
Pimalai has eight restaurants and bars to chose from all serving delicious fresh fare with an extensive selection of cuisines, styles and ambience. Other facilities include two large infinity pools, two tennis courts, wonderful natural spa, fully equipped gym, library and PADI dive centre.
Pimalai Resort & Spa offers a whole host of complimentary non motorised watersports such as canoes, kayaks, sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling as well as bicycles for all guests to use. There are also squid fishing trips, boat cruises, Thai cooking classes and elephant treks are available nearby.
When to travel
Tropical climate and the driest months to visit are December to March. November and April are also good months to visit and you may get some rain, although it is outside of the monsoon season. May to October is the monsoon with downpours occurring once or twice a day, rather than constant rain.
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Location and directions
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Located on the south west coast of the island of Koh Lanta Yai in the province of Krabi, and close to Lanta Marine National Park.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Krabi Airport. Pimalai Resort is then 2-hours by car and boat.