There is little that I can add to the reviews already written that provided us with the reason to select this resort. I can only thank those reviewers and of course the Management and total staff of the Layana Resort for providing us with an excellent holiday. It has taken us 2 years to secure a booking so I would advise anyone interested in going here to book early as many guests seem to rebook before leaving. Would we return and the answer is yes but as we have many other places to visit in the workd when I am yet unsure.
The first words that came out of my mouth when I went into the garden room that we had (1022) was 'wow'. We normally stop in 4 or 5 star resorts and this has got to be in the top best hotels that we have stayed at. The garden room was excellent and having seen the locations of the beach bungalows we were more than happy with the garden room which was in a quieter location and it was great to sit on the balcony pm listening to the variety of birds that were around.
Everything this hotel does is slick and there is clearly an effort by all staff to ensure that everytnig is perfect and in the main it was so much so that it was dificult to highlight any one member of staff that stood out above others.
Karin the Director of Rooms Im sure never sleeps. He was seen early morning waving off guest departing from the resort, driving the cars late at night ensuring guest arriving back to the hotel were driven to their rooms to save getting wet and then he was there the next morning before 7am to say goodbye to us. An amazing guy whose smile and presence seemed to be around most of the day and evenings.
This was a resort where I left not feeling that the priority was to make money out of guests. Water during the day was plentiful and at no additional cost. The price you see on the menu is the price you pay and it includes the taxes. Meal prices were comparable to may local restaurants and we mixed between the two.
Me (nickname) one of the leisure staff was very kind and considerate. We went on 2 trips with him and on one where there was a steep climb and a walk over rocky slippy terrain he was always by my side ensuring that I made it in one piece.
What we found that may be useful to know
The hotel provides plenty of shampoo, soap, shower gel, insect spray - you dont need to take these items. They provide a kettle in the room with tea and coffee provided. The library is quite well stocked and there is free internet access if you cant survive without the internet.
Taxis or tuk tuks (well recommened just for the experience) can be called from the reception or by taking a walk to the main road where many will stop. We normally paid 100 bahts each way which included the tip. 100 bahts is just over 2 english pounds. There was an expectation that this was the rate so we didnt have to establish the price before we got into the vehicle.
We did not go to a restaurant where we did not enjoy the food. We went to a different one each night and i would not ignore the local restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. The look may put people off but I can assure you the food is excellent and the price ridiculously low.
The Kaus Kristanta cost us around 390 bahts. One not to be missed is Time for line a restaurant that serves 6 courses and a different menu each day of the week. They are more than happy to alter the menu if you dont eat certain things. We ate at Thai Cat (butter fish was deliciousbut dont have the pancakes unless you like them to be 6 inches thick)The Frog , several restaurants that overlooked the sea and the italian pizza just outside Saladin. Our only disappointment was a restaurant in the Old Town called Fresh (Seafood or Restaurant) not because of the food but the 2 hour wait for its delivery.
The hotel food was excellent and we can recommend the hotel BBQ. We dont normally go to BBQs but we attended the BBQs each Saturday. For lovers of sushi, seafood this is one not to be missed.
Shopping at Saladin is not as painful as it was in Ao Nang last year. There is no pressure for you to enter a shop or buy and you are left alone to wander. Yes you have to negotiate the price but that is just part of the fun and you can soon find out their lowest price.
We went on the round the island trip by longboat, and the sunset cruise. Both were good fun and in the longboat trip is was good to go into the old town. The hotel put on an extra trip to the Koh Lanta festival at the old town which was great to be part of and gave you an insight into the local culture. Trips were slightly more expensive but the hotel trips provided staff from the resort and the boats were owned by the resort and were briliant.
We went 24/2/12 to 10/3/12 The first week was hot with a couple of outbursts of rain. The second week was great during the day but late afternoon into the evenings there was torrential rain (but probably light for this area).
Local laundry is fantastic and the cost was for 38 items 135 bahts (about £3). We worked out too late for us that you need to ask for items to be ironed otherwise they just wash. Washing put in one evening will be ready to collect the following afternoon.
We wanted a place of peace and tranquility and this we got.
- 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