Well where do I start ????
My now wife and I had done lots of research on trying to find the perfect place for our honeymoon. We are so glad we decided on Layana. We read review after review on various different locations and hotels but we never seemed to find anything wrong with the reviews about Layana (apart from the very odd one on trip advisor, and what they complained about was in our opinion a tad fussy.)
Reception : Upon arriving at Krabi airport we were swept away with the Layana staff. Air con transport and ice cold drinks until we got to the harbour. From the harbour our private speed boat to the beach in front of Layana was very very special. This is a must and well worth the cost as the option of 2 ferry boats wouldn't be enjoyable after a long journey. So once we got of the speed boat our pampering continued. Fresh flowers garlands, iced cocktails in the Tides bar and also a very cold towel to refresh yourself. Very nice touch. After 10-15 mins we were whisked to our room (Ocean Deluxe Suite 2) by buggy which made us laugh as it was only about a 50 yard journey. Chicken the Thai reception girl walked us through our room and told us all we needed to know about the room. It was great to find fresh fruit, choc's and a bottle of bubbly in an ice bucket!!!
Room : Oh my god we were in for a treat. The rooms from the website looked great but in reality they were much better. We had so much space and comfort it really made our stay so comfortable. Upstairs. This was where the daybed was with "mossie" net and mini bar facility. The view down to the beach was perfect!! Ground Floor. The bathroom and dressing room areas were set out brilliantly. His n' hers sinks with individual dressing areas right behind. Full walk in wardrobes complete with sandals, dressing gowns and umbrellas for when it rained!! The bathroom area was fantastic. To the left our inside shower area which also led us to the outside shower area ......... bliss. The sunken bath with French door like windows which opened onto the outside shower area. Even the loo area was pretty special. No details required. :-) The giant bed was so comfy and always decorated beautifully with flowers and leaves and of an evening a turn down with sweetie.
Tides & Sundowners : The bar and restaurant area. Tides was a great place to meet or chill with a nice drink during the day or before (5 - 7.30 happy hour) and always after our evening meals. The cocktails were lovely and plenty to choose from. My wife Tania sampled them all!!! Prawit one of the barmen would even make a cocktail up from scratch, just tell him what you like and a few minutes later there it was for you always decorated and always nice too. Sundowners restaurant was just amazing. We never ate out once during our 11 days as the food on offer was fantastic and very reasonably priced in our opinion. The breakfast was unlimited and the choice was endless. The snacks during the day were very nice and cooked to an equally high standard not just bunged together and stuck on a plate. As for evening time every night was brilliant. I could comment on so many things but in a few words was just the perfect venue to spend our 1st nights together as Mr & Mrs. Great food and great service. One thing to be careful with is the wine as it is expensive but this is due to Thai taxes which drive the price up. However we did drink the wine as with fine food you don't want miss out on the wine do you??
Pool : The 2 pools were fantastic and temperature was perfect too. The small pool was also a spa which you can activate by yourself. The large pool was great as there were areas where you could sit in the water in a sculpted seat in the shade reading or just cooling off. Loved the pool areas so much. Also the pool boys were so on the ball and seemed to be mind readers. Always timing the cold drink perfectly and fresh fruit kebabs!!! They were really great at their jobs and couldn't do enough for you. Straightening your bed, sorting your towels, putting up the parasol you name they did it.
Spa : We bought the 15000bht package for 9500 bht special offer and got a total of 9 treatments for around £185 so very good value. Full body signature massages were 1 1/2 hours of bliss. Also the foot massage made you feel like you were walking on air when you came out a really great all round service. The girls were exceptional in there manner and also there massaging skills. If you go don't miss out on visiting the spa.
Staff : Bob & Margie (I think) Your staff are wonderful and your jewels in your crown. Aran, Anya, Chicken, Boy, Sittinporn, Prawit, Red, Aom, Kung, Rung ......... very special and made our stay fantastic.
We really do hope to see them all again soon.
Alan & Tania Grays, Essex
- 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