We've just arrived back after 6 nights at Layana. From the minute we were met at the airport, until the minute we took off, we were looked after. The resort is spotless, rooms and bathrooms spacious and well appointed. The grounds are extensive and we never felt crowded. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Every request was met with a smile, and carried out immediately. The staff are all very well trained, and are a credit to Margie and Bob. When my partner went down with a stomach bug (NOTHING to do with the hotel) they all showed a genuine concern, suggesting light food, ginger tea etc to make him feel better.
Food at the hotel was good, and the cookery course we did there was excellent. One good thing about Layana is that the prices for food and drink are very reasonable. They don't rip you off just because you want to eat on site. Likewise with the minibar in your room. You won't find a $10 bag of peanuts here!
The spa was excellent - they run various specials on certain days, which we took full advantage of.
The dive centre is also excellent - friendly informed staff, although having dived around the world, I found the prices a bit on the steep side.
We really were sorry to leave. The boat and van transfer to the airport was the icing on the cake.
My one (tiny) complaint was the beach. In front of the hotel it is pristine and well tended. If you like to go for a walk (it's a lovely long beach) and you walk 5 minutes south you come across alot of plastic (bottles, rope, bags) washed up on the shore. To be fair, this could have been due to the change in the winds bringing the monsoon. It really is an eyesore. Surely the authorities or local hotels could organize a weekly clean up?
I would love to return here.
PS Don't pay too much heed to the monsoon forecasts. We had 6 days of uninterrupted sunshine in the monsoon season - and it's blissfully quiet.
- 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