We looked at many beachside Thai resorts which all looked lovely and varied a lot in prices. Some reviews critized Pimalai's service however we could not think of a more perfect place to begin our honeymoon. We spent 4 nights in a Deluxe ROom ('basic' option) and were delighted - these rooms are much closer to the beach than the pool villas and suits. A two minute walk leads to the bottom infinity pool, 3 minutes to the beach and bar. At all times the staff were friendly and helpful. Our room was turned down daily, and plenty of free drinking water daily. The room was spotless, spacious, extremely comfortable, tv, divine bathroom, private balcony, and the air conditioning brought relief without being too strong or drying us out.
We ate each night at Same Same but Different, a beachside restaurant about 100m to the left of the resort. This was much much cheaper and better food than offered by the resort - not that it was bad, but just overpriced and quite westernized. Much more traditional and fun at Same Same. Walk 15 mins down the island road to the left to find Drunken Sailors - noodles for $3 Australian and amazing fruit shakes!
We had a couples massage which, at around 7000 baht was pretty pricey, however it was an amazing one-off experience and we would definitely recommend it. Half an hour in a private spa in the jungle followed by a sea salt rub and an hours massage is a divine way to spend a morning! Both pools were incredible although we only visited the top pool once as it was further from our room. Half price cocktails each day on the beach bar are definitely good value.
We would return to Pimalai without hesitation and recommend it to couples, families with young children, and anyone wanted pampering and relaxation without having to think too hard (swim or read a book??). Obviously a five-star experience but we didn't feel the pressure or overbearing presence of some other places. We went to many other beach resorts after this that didn't have the cleanliness or uncrowded beaches - Pimalai is literally on its own with no beach hawkers or salesmen as are found on Samui, Phuket, Phi Phi etc. Pimalai transfered us from Krabi airport which was a sightseeing tour on its own!
- 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