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Pimalai Resort and Spa
Ranked #2 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Stockholm, Sweden
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35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“living the dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

we want to thank the friendly and upbeat staff at Pimalai, our boatman Khun Don, and Ms Jan from Andaman Adventures for their valued input making our holiday an experience to never forget. Pimalai just delivers on all counts : food you cannot fault, a private pool villa with enormous ocean views and true total privacy, and staff for whom no request is any issue. We visited no less than 8 different destinations this time in Thailand, but we are inclined to say that Pimalai , combined with its surroundings, was probably the best and most abundant of them all. you cant go wrong here.

Room Tip: ask miss Jan at Anda;an Adventures - we had a pool villa to dream about!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SA_Stockholm
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 8 September 2014
Dear Susanna A - thank you so much for review, especially for highlighting the upbeat and friendly staff of Pimalai ( and also those of our good partner Adaman Sky adventure) -always very nice to hear. Hope to see you again back soon - Sunny rgds from lanta. Franck
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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed at Pimalai Resort and Spa, an experience that truly took our breath away. We splurged and stayed in a Pool Villa Suite. The suite was fully self contained and we also had our own private pool. Our room overlooked the beautiful Andaman Sea The customer service was exceptional.

The onsite restaurants catered to a variety of tastes. I particularly loved the beach restaurant and the buffet breakast served at "The Seven Seas". If you are looking for relaxation and pure indulgence then this is definitely a winner.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NR2007
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Sawasdee NR2007 from Sydney - Thsk for the nice review and for highlighting that the customer service was exceptional. Make us feel we are on the right tracks. Sunny rgds from Lanta. Franck.
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Love going 'home' here. You can't imagine the trip you are in for. It has been a few years since I was last here but I'm sure it is still absolutely amazing as always :) :)


I will be back one day when I have the money (and all my vaccinations)

Love crawling on the beach here in the night.

Room Tip: Get a beach view room obviously.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
sawadee Bob S - still the same here; not much changed ; as a matter of fact not much changed for the past 14 years since i have been here. look forward having you back. Start to save.... Sunny rods from Lanta. Franck
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

Pimalai is a fantastic resort. I had initially booked the laguna but once I saw how deserted long beach was we decided to cancel our booking and relocate to katiang bay. Very glad we did this.

The resort was beautiful and the pools and beach were great. The service was amazing, every stuff member we came across was very friendly and helpful, especially one of the waiters who looks after the downstairs pool and a lady at breakfast, I think her name was kwee.

The restaurants at pimalai were good but we preferred to eat outside of the resort - favourites were drunken sailor, Thai rock n roll and why not bar.

All in all loved our stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Dear Clareow
Thank you for review; u choose the right spot/ bay - the best on the island with life all year around .
Glad you enjoyed being with us. Thsk for praising staff and especially Keaw at the Sevens seas. Make them very proud. Sunny rgds from Lanta. Franck
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Pimalai is a sneakily luxurious place... not over the top, not in-your-face, but really, really nice. The spa is one of the most lovely I have ever seen in Asia, and the facial I had was superb, the Thai massage another of our party had was just as good. The two pools have fantastic views, the beach is well managed with lots of fun equipment -- boogie boards, catamarans, kayaks etc and plenty of lounge chairs. The gym is really incredible for a resort, huge and wonderfully equipped, and there are 2 tennis courts. The fancy European restaurant was a bit too fancy and stiff for us, the others were very good. We stayed in the lower half, in my opinion vastly preferable to staying up on the mountain. The golf carts that take you up to the higher restaurants are fun, it is less fun to go in a black SUV, I wish they didn't use them, it spoils the atmosphere. If you are looking for an exotic very Thai experience this is not it... there is some of that feeling but not a lot, except perhaps in the spa.

Room Tip: Make sure you research the on the mountain versus by the beach options, they are very different.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 4 September 2014
Thks for review longterm expat. Glad you enjoyed the overall experience. Sorry about cars; we are working on alternative strong electrical cars to replace fuel power cars . It is very steep where we are and we need to get the right ones. Thks for nice review once again. Sunny rgds from Lanta. Franck.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Pimalai as part of our honeymoon. We stayed there for 9 nights in June this year (2014). Everything about our stay was fantastic. We stayed in one of the hillside villas, which is bigger than our flat! We had our have pool, daybed and outdoor space. The views were amazing, the staff were more than happy to help and were always polite and friendly.

We stayed during the 'off peak' season but this only meant that the main restaurant was closed for refurbishment and that the speed boat docked at a harbour the other side of the island. Everything else was open including the other 3 restaurants.

The food, location, staff and views were amazing and will stay with my wife and I forever. We could not have asked for a better honeymoon stay.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Saswadde ! thks for the great review. Delighted to read that you have had a wonderful honeymoon with us. U know were we are now; so think of a wedding anniversary celebration one of these days! Sunny rgds from Lanta. Franck
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

There is absolutely nothing that I could thing of that needs improvement. We stayed in a 3 br pool villa which was perfect by all means. All praise goes to the staff of the Pimalai. Anything we ever wanted was taken care of. Thank you, everyone at Pimalai, for making this a great holiday for everyone in the family.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 5starsorwiththekids
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franck d, General Manager at Pimalai Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 8 September 2014
Dear 5starsworthwiththekids! thank you for great review; thank you for being with us in August - It is also a great season (may - Oct) to travel with family; great to read you enjoyed all . Sunny rgds from Lanta. Franck.
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Property: Pimalai Resort and Spa
Address: 99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lanta
#2 Family Hotel in Ko Lanta
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
#2 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Pimalai Resort and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 121
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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