Seriously never been to such a beautiful location. The pool at the top of the resort looks down over the resort and right to the stunning sea. Half the time my friend and I were there by ourselves (we were there during the riots in Bangkok/ easter which might have put some people off though). It's the only place I've ever been where a waiter will wade into the pool to offer you some fruit. The spa was really amazing, you have your own private room, with private outside tub for a bath before your treatment. We'd spent a lot of our money on the accomodation so could only afford one treatment each (£50 for an hour treatment), but it was worth it for the experience. There is a little shack just down the beach though that does really good massages (and manicures/pedicures etc), with a view of the sea and the sound of the ocean for about £4 so we went there almost every day instead.
Similarly, the food in all restaurants was great, we really liked the restaurant on the beach which had a really great atmosphere and cocktails. It's not a resort for late night partying (pretty quite by 10:00), but the bars down the beach stay open later if you want something a bit more lively and we did love the relaxation. Similarly, there were a few restaurants down the beach that were much cheaper than the restaurants at the resort so we tended to have lunch there and save our money for the evening.
If I had to find a fault I'd say that you sometimes had to have a bit of a hunt for a waiter in some areas of the resort, particularly up by the top pool. But as half of of the time we were there by ourselves, it would have felt a bit OTT to us having a waiter standing there all day in case we felt like a snack. Staff were all really polite and lovely for beginning to end. I haven't stayed at hundreds of five star resorts, so perhaps there are things that we didn't notice that others would, but for us it was perfect. There was also plenty to do and staff would organise excursions, but it was such a nice place we mostly just wandered around the resort. I almost feel like its a shame I've already been as think it would make a great honeymoon resort.
The airport pick-up also makes you feel like a celebrity, the air conditioned car with drinks on ice for you, the speed boat ride past beautiful rocky outcrops to the island... wow!
I've never left a review before, but felt like a wanted to leave one for this hotel, particularly becase I was amazed anyone ever left a bad review!
If you can afford it, book it, you wont be disappointed.
- 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