My wife and I had targeted Thailand for our honeymoon in November 2012. Bangkok was the easy part of the plan, but the honing in on the vast choices of tropical "island" destinations proved to be more difficult, as there are so many choices both on in the Gulf of Thailand to the east and the Andaman Sea to the west. As members of the Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (Club SLH), we knew we wanted to stay at SLH properties - if you are not already a member, it's free to join and you stand a much better chance at an upgrade upon arrival at any SLH property. Based on the recommendation of some very close friends, we selected the Pimalai as one of our destinations. I could only log one real complaint, and that is we didn't stay longer than four nights - seven nights is a great target, if not longer. This is a spectacular property with a tremendous amount to offer, and the staff is among the best I've come across in all of my travels. The management of this property starts at the very top, with Franck de Lestapis (the general manager), who was quite present all throughout the property during our stay. His attention to detail trickles down to his entire staff. Food is excellent, but don't be afraid to sample some local restaurants in the nearby town (just north) or at Same Same restaurant on the beach just to the south. If you book through SLH and they are offering a massage package (one-hour massage EVERY day), you MUST book that! Best massages we've ever had, and everyday no less!
- 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