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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Layana Hotel Ko Lanta
- Layana Ko Lanta