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Layana Resort and Spa
Ranked #1 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Clifton, United Kingdom
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“Superb Honeymoon, Great Resort”
Reviewed 28 April 2011

We recently spent nine nights on honeymoon at Layana Resort and Spa and had an absolutely fantastic time. We flew to Bangkok and spent three nights in the city before we arrived on Koh Lanta.

The hotel’s own boat collected us from the pier and the team greeted us on the beach as we stepped off board onto the wonderful white sand of the extremely quiet and peaceful beach.

We stayed in a Garden Pavilion Room for the first seven nights and then decided to upgrade to an Ocean Deluxe Room for the last two nights for a supplement. The Garden Pavilion Room was lovely and we were greeted to a wonderful honeymoon spread on the bed, a flower-filled bath and complimentary Champagne and chocolates. On the seventh day, we moved to the Ocean Deluxe Suite for an extra-special ending to our honeymoon and it was definitely worth the extra money. We spent the first night sleeping ‘under the stars’ in the outdoor bedroom (but under the mosquito net) and then our second and final night in the spacious bedroom on the first floor. The Ocean Deluxe Suite had two showers (one indoor and one ‘al fresco’ and a bath with big concertina windows that made it feel as though you were bathing outside. The room was much more spacious than the Garden Pavilion with a bathroom with dual sinks, a dressing area and additional storage space. Outside, we had a terrace area overlooking the pool and of course, a second floor with the outdoor bedroom/day bed. My only negative comment about the Ocean Deluxe Suite was that although they looked soft and inviting, the outdoor chairs were SO uncomfortable! My overall opinion of the rooms would be that the Garden Pavilion Rooms are very nice and have everything you need but the Ocean Deluxe Rooms go the extra mile (although two nights was enough as a special treat!)

The resort as a whole was really clean and exceptionally kept. The pool was a nice temperature (much cooler than the warm sea) and the pool and beach-side service was very impressive – towels laid out on your loungers for you, iced water poured and continuously topped up and fruit kebabs and cool, scented towels supplied in the afternoons. It was never busy and there were always plenty of loungers available both by the pool and on the beach and quite often we would be the only people in the pool.

The restaurant was in a great spot overlooking the beach and we had three evening meals here. The first was a BBQ buffet which was nice but not hugely inspiring, the second was a Thai evening which was really nice with a good selection and on the final evening we dined a la carte which was OK but no better than the meals that we had at the nearby beach or roadside restaurants and much more expensive.

The breakfast selection was great with continental, full English and Thai options as well as fresh fruit, a great selection of breads, eggs and waffles cooked on request and fruit juices and smoothies.

The staff were all very attentive and did everything they could for us. My only comment was that considering the resort was not full when we stayed, the service could be a little slow at times – 15 minutes waiting for our drinks (two small beers) to arrive at the dinner table?!

The location was superb, right on Long Beach in a secluded spot away from the bars, restaurants and other resorts. It was however just a short stroll to the beachside restaurants and bars (mostly to the right of the resort) and we also had a Thai massage in one of the many ‘huts’ right on the beach – for just 250 Baht!

The Linger Longer Spa at Layana was amazing and myself and my husband had a massage together which was one of the best that I have ever had - and reasonably priced at around the same price as a spa treatment in the UK (perhaps a little cheaper!)

The island was perfect for us – enough to do and see yet not full of back-packers and tourists. We hired a motorbike for a day to explore the island (booked through the resort) and would strongly recommend this – some of the bars on the East of the island have views to die for!!! We also took the boat to Koh Phi Phi to see the famous ‘beach’ and clear blue waters. The island itself is a complete dump but if you take a long tail boat out to see the islands, it’s a trip worth doing. Although beware - you have to pay 200 Baht per person to just step on the sand on the famous beach – which is covered in tourists!!!

In the evenings we dined out and ate in Salandan (the main town on the island) on a couple of nights and then wandered out to the road near the resort on one night when we found ‘Chilli House’ which to the left of the resort where we had one of the best (and cheapest!) meals.

Overall, Layana is a superb resort in a fantastic location and the fact that it is adult-only is such a bonus – we really could relax and just enjoy each other’s company. We would both strongly recommend Layana and the island of Koh Lanta for a relaxing break in Thailand.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

We were back at Layana in April, having been here two years ago, and found the resort just as we expected, and perfect in every way for a quiet couples holiday. The weather was beautiful with 8 days of unbroken sunshine. The new management appear to be working hard to ensure that the wonderful reputation that this resort enjoys for service and value will continue. It's the sort of place that makes you want to return to again and again.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

We went to Layana in early March for our honeymoon. All prior reviews reflect my feelings about this resort - fantastic service, attention to detail, great rooms (we stayed in the Garden rooms), excellent spa, great value food and alcohol, the best Thai food I have ever tasted, huge number of options for activities if you are interested and if not, the pool and beach are great. Was sad to be leaving after 7 nights and would love to go back.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

We got married here on 11th March 2011 and I cant beleive it has taken me so long to write a review! Shame on me but also scared to write too much as would love this to be our secret paradise! Layana do not host many weddings here at all - a few a year -as they like to keep the place special for all their guests without a wedding every day like some hotels - so we felt truly special to be allowed. You would actually think they have weddings every day the organisation was so fantastic from the moment we arrived we knew we had selected the best place in thailand - and I spent a long time looking.
This hotel has the most beautiful setting you have ever seen the pool the beach the rooms the hotel grounds. The Wedding / blessing was perfect. we were allowed to choose the exact spot anywhere on the grounds for the ceremony - we chose a place ont he beach. the day of the wedding all the girls (me my sister my mum mother in law and auntie) had our hair done in the suite we stayed in. Whilst the boys kept cool in the pool. The hairdressers were lovely didn't speak much english so they showed each of us hundreds of photos till we chose what we each wanted - we were all more than happy with the professional looks we got. We dressed for the wedding and the photographer came and took some photos in the room. He then went to take some photos of the dressed and ready boys who were waiting in the bar by the beach. My in laws auntie uncle, groom and his brother then walked to the beach area that had been set up for the ceremony to await our arrival - it was all timed to the tea so they didnt get too hot waiting for us to arrive - the area had all been set up with an amazing flower archway, an aisle made with wedding chairs and the whole area chairs and aisle were covered with thousands of beautiful petals! It was an amazing site - breathtaking! myself my dad and sister were then collected from our suite and followed the band through the hotel grounds and down onto the beach. The band were actually hotel staff who had spent all week excitedly talking about the wedding they felt so proud to be involved - what a lovely touch!! The ceremony was short and sweet just what we wanted. the young guy who actually did the wedding was lovely! Again so proud! we all then followed the band back through the grounds to a secluded spot to plant our love tree! nice touch. We then went to the beach where our sunset cruise boat was waiting! all the time our photographer was snapping away and another member of staff had offered to film the wedding and happily spent the whole day filming - its seemed all the staff who werent working got involved and that to me made it so special - they were all there in the background doing their jobs but never intruded and we barely noticed them. the private sunset cruise took us out through the mangroves and stopped so we could watch the sun go down - its a stunning boat and we all lazed bare foot on the back - the whole time we were constantly waited on with as much wine and beer and amazing nibbles we could be fed! The whole trip was about 3 hours and by the time we arrived back to the beach we didnt think it could get any better!
But on arrival back to the beach they had laid out a private table on the beach for the 10 of us - right next to the bridal arch and it had been surrounded by candles and lanterns and petals! It was a truly fantastic site! We were then served a gorgeous 3 course thai dinner with so much choice we literally couldnt finish! Finally served with an enourmous wedding cake and then took it in turns to light floating lanterns that took off into the night! We even returned to our room hours later to find it decorated with wedding flowers petals a bath full of petals and wedding gifts from the hotel!
I could go on forever and will never be able to show how wonderful a place this is - I haven't mentioned half of the other lovely touches they make throughout your holiday. The service is absolutely astonishing! They literally can never ever do enough for you! I cannot wait to return. wedding aside we had the most amazing week here - there isnt a hotel like it - my family were blown away with the small touches the owners and staff makes to ensure absolute luxury!!!!! fruit sticks and water come round all day round the pool and the staff are soooo happy and polite and friendly - they genuinely love being there. all food and drink in this place is heaven.
a week later we all left to go seperate ways - we went on for a honeymoon in krabi and our family went on their holidays. I rang them a few days later to say that no where we had gone compared to our lovely layana but we were having a good time on honeymoon - only to find that half of my family had left their other hotels and had checked back into the Layana as they couldnt bare to leave!!!!!
They all individually loved it! go if you can get in - you wont regret it but be warned no where will ever match up again!!
thank you layana for a unforgettable wedding / honeymoon

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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darlington
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

This is a small hotel and is good as all previous reviews say.

The Tides restuarant at the hotel is good but it would be a shame if you didn't venture out to try some local restuarants. There are restuarants within walking distance by road but would strongly advise that you ask reception to book a taxi for you. It only cost approx £1 per person to take you as far as Saladan. This road outside is very dark at night as there are no street lights. There are also restuarants within walking distance along the beach. We had lunch at one of them but didn't feel we would want to dine there at night.

2 local restuarants we enjoyed were "Time for Lime" where you have a 6 course taster menu for approx £10 per person (they also serve decent wine) and is approx 8 mins by taxi. The other restuarant which we were recommended by both the hotel owners and staff their was "Lanta Seafood" in Saladan (10 mins by taxi). Food approx £2 for a main course.

The trips organised by Layana are excellent and we really enjoyed the "Round the Island by Longtail boat" and the "Sunset Cruise". Both these trips are just under £30 per person. We also did one of the snorkelling trips by speedboat (approx £50 per person) and again you are well looked after and price includes an excellent lunch and drinks including wine and beer.

I would also recommend the "Thai buffet" held in Tides after the wine tasting on Tuesday.

I haven't mentioned much about the hotel itself but this has all been said in previous reviews. The only part of the holiday I would not do again are the spa treatments at the hotel. I was very disappointed with 2 of the treatments I had, especially the manicure where 2 weeks later my fingers are still sore!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wales, UK
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

There is not much that can be said that hasn't already been mentioned in previous reviews, but Layana truly is a resort that leaves others on the island in it's shadow. Even the locals know Layana as the best on the island and this reputation is well deserved thanks to all the work the management and staff put into making this hotel perfect for every guest.

There were always little surprises and added extras throughout our stay, such as a free head massage while we sunbathed, the ice cold scented face towels with your lunch or to cool you by the pool, the complimentary cocktail book delivered to our room the night before we left, the insect repellent they offered if you happened to find yourself still drinking cocktails when the sunset and the citronella candles placed inconspicuously under your table at the bar... I could go on and on.

We chose to do three of the trips offered to guests during our stay. The highlight for us was the around island tour because we love to see the area where we are staying and soak up as much culture as possible. Big thanks to Mee for being our guide that day on Layana 3. We also took a tuk tuk to see the Thai boxing which takes place every Tuesday and Friday night during high season. I was a bit worried about how violent this would be but it was a fantastic way to mingle with the locals and the small stadium was filled with children and families all enjoying Thailand's national sport.

I would also recommend the Tuesday night wine tasting at the hotel because it's a great way to meet other guests and have a pre- dinner drink before sampling some traditional Thai cuisine in the restaurant. They have a special Thai night on Tuesday which we really enjoyed.

The hotel is well situated in the centre of Long beach. It has no immediate neighbours which helps keep the beach very private, but at night the beach becomes lit with fairy lights and coloured lanterns and you can stroll in either direction to bars and restaurants. You can also get a tuk tuk or taxi for about 50 baht per person (about £1) to the main town of Saladan or to restaurants dotted along the main road at the back of the hotel. We stayed for 14 nights and never ate in the same restaurant twice as there was so much choice.

We chose Layana because we wanted luxury, relaxation, diving, culture and variety. I can honestly say this hotel offers all of the above, but if you like to stay by the pool or on the beach all day, drink cocktails watching the sunset, and never leave the grounds of the resort, you will be very happy here too. The fact so many people return to this hotel year after year, is testament to it's success.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

We spent nine nights at Layana, and it was the most wonderful resort. really hope to go back again very soon. Definitely recommend the speed boat transfer from Krabi, you feel so special to be greeted on the beach, orchid garlands, ice cold fruit punch............ The service is exceptional. The resort is within easy reach of little bars and restaurants along the beach for lunch/dinner if you want a change. Tuk Tuk ride no problem, collected from reception and the main small town Saladan about 15 mins away. Lots of brilliant sea food restaurants there. We did the island discover tour, just the two of us with a driver, a guide (Boy) and ice cold refreshments. We also went on the Emerald Cove snorkeling trip, but not with Layana as not enough people had signed up. We went sailing on the Layana Hoby cat too.
Brilliant discovery darling ! thank you!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Layana Resort and Spa
Address: 272 Moo 3 Phra-Ae Beach | Saladan, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
#1 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Lanta
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#6 Family Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Layana Resort and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Layana Resort & Spa is nestled on Koh Lanta Yai Island in Mu Koh Lanta National Park. The park is a marine archipelago, home to verdant tropical rainforests and undersea kingdoms of colourful coral rich in natural marine diversity. The resort enjoys a spectacular beachfront location on a 3-kilometer long white sand beach, situated about 2 hours south of Krabi International Airport. Environmentally-conscious design throughout the property results in a simple and elegant Thai atmosphere; alfresco architecture combining with contemporary design to provide an open, cool and natural feel. ... more   less 
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