Layana is simply perfection. To have hundreds of reviews and over 90% giving it the highest possible rating says it all. No children under 18 so very peaceful.
SETTING: The perfect get away if you really need to get away from the world and relax on a quiet fantasy tropical beach. Classy but informal easy going. Drinks and fruit brought to your sun-lounger, sunsets to die for. Great to watch them at 6.00pm from your lounger with a Happy Hour sundowner!
DINING: The food in the hotel is fabulous! We love Thai food and their Special Thai evening introduced us to many new dishes. Their dining deck is practically on the beach, what a setting. If you want a really casual night you simply wander up the beach even in bare feet to a number of simple and lovely beach restaurants which serve good seafood, great atmosphere and very inexpensive.
The Layana breakfasts are the best! Anything you could want, fabulously fresh. My wife has a wheat allergy and they brought her special gluten free delights every morning without being asked.
ACCOMODATION: They only have about 50 rooms which is so unusual. It gives a lovely number of guests and never feels crowded. Even wandering down to the beach at 10.00am we had no trouble getting a pair of loungers.The best rooms are the 3 Beach Villas or the 3 Ocean suites. They are much more expensive and sometimes hard to book as returning guests feel they are worth the extra and book them far in advance (but still worth a try as we met guests who had book only a month or 2 before and got cancellation).
Our favourite is the Ocean suite as it has an open-plan upper floor where you can relax after yout meal at night with kindles and listening to the sea.The Garden Pavilions are also great. I prefer upstairs rooms as they are more private on the balcony.
They fill your room,Free of Charge, with as much bottle water as you ever need.
TRIPS: Anything you could want ! I did TaiChi at 7.00am on the beach led by Scottish 'Jimmy' the amazing Thai speaking Head of Leisure who had lived and studied marshall arts for many years in China. Tai Chi was a great meditation/balance exercise which sets you up for a peaceful stressless day.
They do a Sundowner trip which I would never miss. Just a few couples in the a classy cabin cruiser drifting peacefully through the mangroves for a couple of hours watching wildlife,monkeys etc with generous amounts of canapes wine, bubbly and beer. Also snorkeling trips to Phi Phi, scuba trips, cycling, a long-tail boat around the island... As we were chilling we didn't do much but enjoyed a few visits to Saladan for markets, dinner etc (10 mins in a Tuk Tuk) and a longer trip to Lanta Old Town which is tiny but lots of character.
THE STAFF: Are just amazing from house-keeping,waiters, beach boys, management -everyone smiles and nothing is ever too much trouble.I travel a lot and am very sensitive to dull service. Layana is sheer excellence and is clearly very well managed to hit these standards with such 'apparent' happy easiness.
DOWNSIDE: The biggest problem is that your holiday does come to an end. I was shocked to see my wife's eyes were actually filled with tears as they waved us off from the beach for our journey back to the UK. (she's never done that before !).
we have already booked for next year !
- 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