We had high expectations of Layana given all the excellent reviews and unlike other resorts, it really didn’t disappoint!!!
As it was our honeymoon we stayed in a Beach Suite, which had a great view of the sea over looking Koh Phi Phi. The room itself was fabulous - very big, spotlessly clean and highly maintained. The beach suite balcony is the perfect place to relax and admire the beautiful sunsets over a cocktail or two!! Most drinks were half price during sunset hour and there were many different cocktail choices available and could be delivered straight to your room!!
As everyone else has mentioned, the staff are all fantastic, very friendly and can't do enough for you - from the guys around the pool brining you iced water and fruit kebabs, to the maids leaving the lovely floral designs on your bed every evening and the attentiveness of the bar & restaurant staff.
Food in general in the Tides restaurant was fantastic and not too expensive. They had different themes in the restaurant most nights and the choice at breakfast was good too. Unfortunately for us it was low season, so a lot of bars & restaurants along the beach had closed, but a few were open in Saladan still which was just a short taxi ride away.
We would highly recommend the Sundowner cruise run by the hotel. You either get picked up on the beach by the hotels speedboat or taken in a taxi to meet the boat at Saladan pier, depending on roughness of the sea. It’s a lovely relaxing cruise through the mangroves between the two Lanta islands and was hosted by the hotels owners Bob and Margi who were great company. You’re provided with a great selection of canapes and drinks on board and we got to see wild Macaque monkeys and flying fish – it’s a lovely way to start to an evening!!!
Overall the Layana is a fabulous place which we thoroughly recommend to anyone. The owners have obviously put a lot of thought and attention to detail into designing the whole place, ensuring you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
We wish we were still there and plan on going back very soon!
- 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