We spent ten days at the Layana Resort during August 2007 and are pleased to say that it lived up to our expectations based on what we read at TripAdvisor.
We stayed in Beach Suite 3 which was out of this world and well worth the extra money over a standard room. We were a little concerned that the noise of the waves might keep us awake at night, but that was not the case at all, and we really enjoyed having our own balcony from which to enjoy the wonderful view.
We ate all our meals at the resort – we found the pricing to be very reasonable (much cheaper than what you would pay in Australia for the same quality) and therefore did not feel the need to look for alternatives.
The staff is extremely friendly and Margie, Bob and Daniel did a great job of making us feel welcome and ensuring everything was just perfect. We really enjoyed the wine tasting they put on and as part of our package we received a free Thai cooking lesson which was a lot of fun. Best of all, they gave us the recipe for the cappuccino mouse which my husband ordered virtually every night, so that we can enjoy this at home.
The spa is also excellent and we felt the prices were very reasonable. The Layana signature massage is well worth experiencing and we found that the 90 minute massages were better value than the 60 minute massages.
The beach directly behind the hotel is very well maintained by the hotel staff, but we noticed if we walked beyond the hotel section, the shoreline was very littered and not at all attractive. If you are hoping for beautiful beaches, you will surely be disappointed. However, as we were there to relax, we spent most of our time enjoying the infinity pool where we were given complimentary cold drinking water and small snacks.
The only aspect of our stay we did not enjoy was the trip there and back from the airport. Because the resort is so secluded, it takes quite some time and effort to reach it - approximately 2.5 hours.
Overall, we found the resort to be excellent value for money and will think about returning in the future.
- 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