Beautiful resort, grounds and rooms, great staff led from the front by the friendly manager Frank, super-tasty food too. Booked this as the most luxurious stop in a top-end custom tour around the region out together for us by andaman adventures, who got us a great rate on the resort, plus did a super job of stringing together the different destinations and resorts we visited. I like to go to different places when on holiday, my wife doesn't, so it’s important that the transfers are easy or I suffer for it.
We loved the individualistic character of Pimalai resort, where the rooms are a sharp and welcome departure from whet you expect in the average luxury resort around the world, which frankly bore me. The Pimalai accommodation is more inspired and imaginative and blends in better with the surroundings, which are kept immaculate by what seemed like a small army or gardners. The showers had enough hot at all times, never running out like soma places, and everything was always cleaned to the highest possible standard.
Pimalai consists of three distinct zones, which means you can move from zone to zone to vary your day, or just chill out in one zone all day. Its nice to have the choice. These three zones are (a) the beach (b) the lower pool (c) the upper pool. The resort is so big that to get to the upper pool, for most people means a buggy ride, but the bggies are on-demand and the ride is worth it, if only to go for dinner at the headline 7 Seas restaurant and get a fab sunset view, really spectacular from uo there.
The Why Not Bar down the beach was a great change as was the restaurant attached to it. We ate there pretty often as the local food was so exciting - you had to really explore the menu to get past the western tourist stuff but well worth it - wow - the local fish was stunning and very cheap in comparison with the hotel. We preferred it to the Same Same Restaurant further south on the beach - also nice but more restricted menu.
The food, spa and drink prices at Pimalai were normal for a five star (ie rather expensive). What we got for this was superb service. There was a mix up with our flight, which got delayed (nothing to do with the resort) but the result was that we arrived 3 hours late at Krabi airport. We were naturally a bit worried, but there was a car waiting for us, to take us to a boat on which the only 2 passengers were us, so full marks for seemless service levels to Pimalai.
Pimalai is located on Kantiang beach, which is the best beach I have ever stayed on – and I have stayed on a lot, maybe a hundred, certainly well over 70. The big thing is that it is so quiet and undeveloped, yet you still get top quality sand, swimming and sunsets, with a gorgeous hilly tropical backdrop. We also enjoyed the laid-back beach bars and restaurants along beach (not too close to disturn though, just the right distance away). We were recommended to go to the Why Not Bar by some other guests for a drink and to listen to Bob Marley, which was fun, even though my wife didn’t approve of some of the smokey smells. Live and let live is what I say, didn’t bother me.
In summary I would highly recommend going to Pimalai and I recommend getting a quote from andaman adventures, who appear to be the specialists in this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pimalai, nestled in a lush tropical forest with direct access to 900 meters of pristine sandy beach, is the Andaman destination to set your sights on. The beach resort combines all the right ingredients - subtle five star comforts, natural beauty, far from the crowds, with no noise except the sound of the waves sliding in and out and slowly breaking onto the sand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pimalai Hotel Ko Lanta
- Pimalai Resort Ko Lanta