My now husband was in charge of organising our honeymoon & kept it a surprise until the day of our wedding. WOW! He did such an amazing job!
We stayed at the Sukhothai in Bangkok for 3 nights before arriving at the Pimalai, where we stayed for a further 11 nights.
We visited January 2011, it's just taken a little while to get the review on! Sorry!
We were picked up by a private car at Krabi airport & whisked off to the Pimalai's very own jetty & speed boats on the coast! The transfer was around 45 minutes from the airport to the jetty. A few other couples arrived separately in a mini bus, but we would definitely recommend the private car if it's for a special occasion, or you prefer traveling that way! ;)
The boat left the jetty just before sunset & the transfer to Koh Lanta & the Pimalai Resort was around 50 minutes. The views were absolutely stunning! We saw lots of limestone stacks & little villages / homes on the coasts edge. It was a great way to travel! We arrived at dusk & the view of the resort itself is mindblowing! The rooms are all built in to the hillside which is so green & the beach is beautiful & white! It looked like paradise! We were greeted on the floating jetty by the Pimalai's staff. They gave each of us a beautiful lei around our necks & our luggage was put onto little golf carts.
Check in was quick & smooth & we were greeted with a cooling face flannel & a lovely cool drink (much needed after all the traveling).
We stayed in one of the basic rooms, but it had everything we needed - the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was lovely & we had a balcony overlooking some of the 'jungle' gardens.
The restaurant where you have breakfast is one of the most beautiful places I have ever eaten! You can see the infinity pool, the beach / sea & the beautiful trees / flowers & wildlife. The restaurant is a decked area & is open all the way around.
The food here is amazing! The breakfast is like nothing we've had anywhere else, they catered for absolutely everything! Cereal, fruit, a selection of juices, different fish, rice, vegetables, toast, jams etc... The honey is still the best honey we've had anywhere in the world; they have a slab of honeycomb dripping honey down constantly & you can just put a little dish underneath to capture as much as you want. I ended up having seabass & rice every morning, which was a little odd at first, but I soon got in to the swing! ;) Plus it kept me full until lunchtime...
We also tried the seafood bar, which we ate at most lunchtimes - I loved the fresh seafood & noodle soup, delicious!
The restaurant down on the beach is beautiful! It's lovely listening to the sea lapping & looking at the beautiful views - the beach really is stunning & the staff work so hard everyday to keep it that way, raking it every morning before we all get up!
We also ate in the Thai main restaurant & again the food was beautiful.
We can't really fault any of the food at all, including room service too! It was all delicious!
The only criticism we would have is the pricing at the resort. Thailand is very cheap, but the prices at the resort were pretty high! It would be comparable to London prices for a lot of things & it's quite pricey getting there & staying there as it is.
We had a couples massage for 1.5 hours which really was relaxing & luxurious - the spa is very beautiful & we would definitely recommend visiting at least once. Again, the prices are quite high.
We went elephant trekking which the hotel arranged for us. We met a couple & their two boys on our trip who had traveled around 40 minutes in the 4X4 to collect us before heading to the sanctuary. They told us how much they paid for their trip & it was A LOT cheaper than what we paid; so this was a little disappointing. The resort seems to take advantage of the location (not near anything!) & it's luxurious status to charge guests a lot more than is maybe necessary. But it was a great experience meeting the elephants & seeing some of the jungle too.
It's not an adults only resort, so you have to be prepared that there are families there & we did come across some annoying screaming children occasionally. But there are plenty of beds along the beach & if you want piece & quiet, you can head off a little from the main part & it can just be the two of you with your beds. The benefit of staying on the main beds is that you get butler service & the big 4 poster beds are the best! They are not always available, but we got one most days & didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn.
There's a great little local restaurant called Same Same But Different just up the beach from the resort (if you have the resort behind you, turn left & head up the beach until you come to it). It's a very authentic setting & the food was delicious! It was extremely cheap too! Exactly what we had been expecting from Thailand. Definitely get along to here if you can - beautiful! We also tried a couple of local places at the other end of the beach, which were ok, but not quite as good as SSBD. We had a couple of very cheap massages outside of the resort too which were great!
We would love to visit again at some point for a wedding anniversary, but I think we'd upgrade to a room with it's own swimming pool & make the most of those beautiful views! :)
We had an amazing time & would highly recommend this resort for somewhere particularly special! It's romantic, the location is stunning, the beach is quiet, clean & very perfect looking! The staff are very attentive & cannot do enough for you!
V & J Thompson x
- 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