We were so pleased to find five nights available at this perennially full hotel that we based our whole trip around the dates. It is, as others have written, exceptional in almost every way. The rooms are stylish and thoughtfully designed, with a nice quiet balcony overlooking garden full of palm, mango tree and frangipani. There is always room to chill by the pool or on the beach and the fact that there were no children is very relaxing for those us who have been there, done that! The pool itself has a great view of the sunsets and there is a good poolside service. Stefan and his capable team run a great show. Sailing fans like us will find a Hobie Cat (which was unfortunately out of service during our stay) and a couple of smaller Hobie craft, which we enjoyed whizzing around in. The beach is soft in parts, with quite a lot of coral higher up. The hotel is by no means isolated: along the long stretch of beach there are are plenty of cheap massage shacks, bars (there's a nice reggae bar just out of the hotel to the left) and Thaim Out, by day a cheap and cheerful lunch place, transforms itself into a candle-lit on-the-beach dinner venue serving the freshest fish that you pick and they weigh. We liked the hotel breakfasts very much (the fresh juices were stunning) and the Sands beach bar was great for lunch but the fine-ish dining in the hotel just wasn't our thing. We took in a quayside seafood restaurant in the local town (a £2 taxi ride) and it was good. Time for Lime around the next bay is a great restaurant and cookery school, the proceeds of which support the island's animal sanctuary. But the star dinner was on the east coast in the lovely Old Town in a restaurant overlooking the water called Fresh, which cost about £2 per dish and was extraordinary.
We were hesitant about taking the hotel's four island boat trip because it took most of the day but so glad we did it. There were only eight of us on one of the hotel's smart speedboats. We had great company and the snorkelling was amazing (they provide quality kit), as was the swimming into a volcano through a cave! The team then took us to a fine beach with more great coral reef snorkelling, set up a table and served the most delicious lunch with wine.
If you like peace and quiet and value beautiful surroundings and a highly professional, yet friendly operation, this is a must on Koh Lanta. Such a lot of world to see, but we would really like to get back there again.
- 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