I stayed at the Pimalai last December for one week. The resort is simply incredible.
We arranged to be picked up by the resort's bus and transferred by boat from Krabi. Although a touch expensive this is by far the most pleasurable and convenient way to get to the Pimalai (alternative taxi and boats can be booked separately at a lower price but I doubt the service and comfort would be anywhere near as spectacular).
The boat transfer was particularly magnificent as the luxurious speed boat takes an hour to sail through wonderful islands and a great stretch of blue sea. Arriving by boat has a definite wow factor as you get to the eco-friendly jetty (which is hilarious to negotiate as it wobbles like crazy) you are greeted by a beautiful sandy beach and the back drop of a wonderful rain-forest.
The staff on the ground then picks up your luggage which magically re-appears in your room after you have been welcomed by the wonderful receptionists, cooled down with scented towels and refreshed by a cold mocktail.
We stayed in a standard room and I highly recommend it. I normally try to stay in a slightly higher quality room if affordable (as it is a treat after all); in this instance that option wasn't available as the next room up was a villa and much more expensive than what we budgeted for.
In fact, apart from the beach villas, the standard rooms are actually the best as they are located in the bottom half of the resort so closer to the beach, restaurants and bars. The top of the resort has amazing views but felt a little bit cut off as you had to get a buggy to get you down to beach or any other amenities (including spa).
The standard rooms all have balconies and are very spacious, impeccably clean and very comfortable. Falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore is pure heaven!
Things I can recommend doing at the Pimalai:
Snorkelling Trip: I can't remember how expensive this was but it was worth every penny. The whole experience was incredible; the staff on the boat were amazing. It's a day trip and includes all food and drinks. It's an absolute must if you like snorkelling.
Spa: I had a massage and facial at the spa and it was rather lovely. The setting is really unusual as you have a little private hut in the jungle, my therapist was very good and the two hours I spent there were definitely the most relaxing I had.
Same Same: Not technically the Pimalai but a lovely restaurant next door accessible via the beach. Reasonably priced, brilliant food and cocktails but mostly amazing setting: right on the beach and kitted out like a Hawaiian tiki bar. Genius.
One note: if you are a bit of an insect-phobic like me fear not although surrounded by a Jurassic Park style jungle the grounds at the Pimalai are fumigated regularly so no real big buggers hiding anywhere in the under-growth.
I am not one for repeated experiences but I would definitely go back to the Pimalai albeit with a better boyfriend this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pimalai, nestled in a lush tropical forest with direct access to 900 meters of pristine sandy beach, is the Andaman destination to set your sights on. The beach resort combines all the right ingredients - subtle five star comforts, natural beauty, far from the crowds, with no noise except the sound of the waves sliding in and out and slowly breaking onto the sand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pimalai Hotel Ko Lanta
- Pimalai Resort Ko Lanta