We were a little bit skeptical when finally going to Pimalai but it was unnecessary. This place is wonderful in all aspects. Some minor issues though.
Once arriving to Krabi Airport from Bangkok, we were greeted by our chauffeur in arrival hall. He escorted us to our car for an hour drive to Pimalai's private jetty. Then we had a speed boat drive for a good hour. It took a little bit longer than usually because of a windy weather conditions. The boat was a minor disappointment because it was open in sides and not so comfortable otherwise.
At the resort they have a floating jetty which is uncomfortable but ecological. That is a good point really. The manager met us very briefly on the jetty. On the beach one lady gave us traditional garlands made of flowers. Then a diver drove us to our hillside villa...
And what a villa it was! Maybe not the best we've experienced but wonderfully located and very private. We don't especially like very traditional, rustic, dark decor but it worked here. This was the issue we were afraid of. Some people have said that they did not like the (huge) yellow bathroom but we think it was really refreshing. The tub looked very new. It is not a new resort but nothing was worn out really. It has been very well taken care of.
There are two separate buildings consisting a villa. We had one bedroom. One building for bedroom, dressing area and bathroom (tub, walk-in shower, toilet). There is a window in every part of the bathroom. They have wonderful products for bathing and showering. Especially their body lotion feels so good. There should be a toilet door but for privacy there are sliding doors to separate bedroom and bathroom. The other building consists of a living room, kitchen and another, smaller bathroom.
The villa has not that luxurious feeling but it is really, really good. We think that by replacing cotton cushions with silk cushions would easily increase more luxurious feeling. Maybe they just want to be more rustic in style. It is not bad at all. Our villa was in very good condition and spotless.
Infinity pool is smallish but great for refreshing during a hot day. Water feels nicely cool. It is not suitable for small children. Some villas have bigger pools but we did not like their location. One can see to those pools from a restaurant. That for privacy... We had a great unobstructed view of the sea and wonderful sunsets. Beware of monkeys, snakes (we had a green one by our pool) and all kind of insects if you stay up hills. The jungle starts right from your doorstep. So, you may have all kinds of visitors. It is exiting though. The area for sunbathing is very limited and so you must move (heavy) sun chairs a couple of times during the day. We did not try the beach on day time at all.
Villa guests have their breakfast at The Seven Seas Restaurant. They have a very good offering but if you stay ten nights like us you might get bored. Smoothies are made to order and wonderful every morning! They have very good oatmeal. We yearned for fresh berries but tasteless strawberries were the only one to have. Fruit selection was good and mangoes were wonderfully sweet and ripe. The service was kind and so attentive. Every morning we were greeted by many lovely waitresses but Kaew was most wonderful. Unfortunately we missed her the last morning and did not have an opportunity thanking her. The chef, sous-chefs and the whole staff were wonderful.
We had some beautiful dinners at resort restaurants (Spice N' Rice, Rak Talay and Seven Seas) and enjoyed room service dinners for many times. Well, we went to the village 7-Eleven for inexpensive wine... Meals from room service were always hot and nicely presented. There is a wonderful beach restaurant 'Same Same But Different' next to the resort. It was packed with Pimalai guests every night we were there. The food is fresh and tasty. And the price, well, very cheap. Everything we tried was good except Phad Thai which was bland.
Pimalai Spa may be the most beautiful we've visited. The massage we had was wonderfully firm and effective. You may have too 'sensual' massages in Thailand with no effect. We also had a Luxury Nail Care but it was a little bit disappointing because facilities for that were uncomfortable too plain. They did a good job though.
The resort area is beautiful and service attentive, kind and polite everywhere. Since we had a pool villa, we did not try common pools at all. It is very hot down the beach but cooler up hills. Moving around the area on foot was not an issue for us even if distances may be long and hills very steep. You may call a car to pick you up if you want.
When we left Pimalai we had a nicer speed boat for that ride. A good end for a lovely holiday.
- 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