We stayed around 10 nights in January in an Ocean Suite and it's our 3rd visit to Layana. Going back again could have been an anti-climax but it was possibly the best holiday we have ever had !
The hotel is unique in its magical setting and blend of top quality with no pomposity. We really needed this holiday to chill out and it was perfect in its balance of peace, sun, magnificent food (I hear the chef used to cook for the King !) and consistent friendliness and professionalism of the staff, from the Spa to the beach. There is accommodation for only around 50 guests, so it is never busy.
I strongly recommend their sundowner trip in the hotel cruiser where you glide quietly through the mangroves at sunset, sipping wine then finding lots of monkeys which spectacularly dive off the trees into the water to get the fruit/bread you throw in.
Fabulous snorkelling and at times a shoal of tiny fish like sardines came in forming the tight baitballs which open up as you swim through them, just like you see in the BluePlanet programmes.
Loved the Nespresso machine in the room, the comfy beds and big 'day-bed' upstairs in the Ocean suite where we often fell asleep at night listening to the sea with our kindles on our chests!
With the brilliant Spa massages, constant supply of free cold water, chilled flannels and fruit as we sunbathed and the cheerfulness of the staff constantly anticipating your needs, I have never felt more content. I am not a grumpy old man, but the lack of children really added to the beautiful peace.
At breakfast the lovely chatty waitresses introduced me to new breakfast which I got hooked on of freshly crushed ginger tea and a Thai omelette with prawns and a little chilli !
We did very little apart from read our books, visit the gym and eat delicious Thai food and wander along the beach collecting lovely shells. Next time I'll join the morning yoga class.
Full marks to Stefan, Jimmy (a multi-talented Scot who speaks fluent Thai), Ned, Leon and all the team. This hotel does not consistently hit such high marks by accident !
- 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