I'd been meaning to write a review for this hotel for a while but somehow time got away and it slipped my mind. It was only after I recommended Layana to friends that I thought I better post a review to show my appreciation to the staff for the care they showed during my stay.
I stayed at Layana in April 2012 for 5 nights. I was holidaying with my partner and on the second last day of our stay at the hotel my partner and I felt tremors in our room (the bed and blinds shook a little). We called reception to see if they had received any notification about the cause and severity of the tremors. The person who took our call didn't seem to understand what my partner was saying and suggested that there was a leak in our room. We ended the call quickly and checked online to see what earthquakes had been registered in the area. Surely enough a large quake had just been registered off the coast of Sumatra and about another 15 minutes later the BBC were broadcasting news on their website that a Tsunami may hit the island several hours later.
As we began to pack our things, a staff member came to our room to warn us of the Tsunami threat. He was very calm, said that we needed to leave quickly and organised for a golf buggy cart to take us from our room to the evacuation point. Once we were ferried to the evacuation point where all the other guests had gathered, the hotel quickly organised vehicles for everyone to be driven up to another hotel on the high point of the island. Once were were on the high point of the island we found ourselves waiting for the Tsunami to arrive, along with loads of other guests from different hotels.
We had to wait it our for several hours but during this time the Layana staff ensured that all their guests were served hot food and beverages, and the manager of the hotel kept us regularly informed with what he knew.
Eventually we were able to return to the hotel as no Tsunami ever came. Once we were back at the hotel is quite late so the hotel provided a lovely free dinner and alcohol for all their guests.
Given the circumstances I was pretty impressed with how Layana handled the situation and I was very glad that I was staying at Layana on this occasion as other hotel guests we met at the high point weren't afforded such organised care as we were.
Aside from the drama we experienced, we loved the hotel. The facilities are lovely, the beach and bar area are great and you could spend all day laying on the sun beds by the water relaxing. The restaurant food is a bit hit and miss. Their traditional thai dishes are done well but some of the Asian fusion dishes are only OK.
I recommend taking the private fast boat to the hotel. This was really lovely and I also recommend the dive trip that you can book through the dive centre at the hotel.
We also took a cooking class at "Time for Lime" cooking school at venue further down the beach. I'm a keen cook and I've been to Thai cooking schools before, but Time for Lime was an excellent and informative hands on class. I really recommend.
We also hired a motorcycle from the hotel and we enjoyed riding around the island and stopping off and eating at different places during the day.
- 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