Just arrived back from honeymoon, we booked into Crown Lanta up the road which was completely overpriced and overrated, please don't go there unless you get a sub $150 a night price, and after about 5 minutes we decided we needed to upgrade - Layana is the top rated resort on the island, and fortunately had a room spare. They picked us up in the air conditioned Mercedes van, the manager Stefan and his assistant greeted us on arrival and showed us the facility. We were blown away. Since then we have had great food, drinks, met some other lovely couples, been island hopping and elephant walking, spent time in the new spa and massage centre, out on a catamaran, all organised by the resort's array of private boats and excursions. In short, perfect for anyone wanting to both relax and also do some interesting activities.
The rooms are amazing, the breakfast buffet is fantastic, from all fresh juices (carrot to orange to watermelon, to tamarind and ginger. Make your own blend, awesome) to all English, Thai and continental food, the evening meals are great. The beach is beautiful, their sunloungers are good quality, and easily enough around for all residents. There are only 50 rooms, so the resort never feels crammed, great balance between full and relaxed. You can always get service within a minute.
And that's the best part. The service is out of this world. It's a clear USP they're aiming at, and achieving. There are 140 staff for the 100 guests apparently! Rooms cleaned twice a day, immaculate beach and table service, unintrusive but always there for a brief catch up, to solve a problem, or to just say hello.
Truly spectacular, couldn't recommend higher, my wife was almost in tears when we left - with the staff waving us off from the shore as we went in the Layana speedboat! Thank you Stefan, other Stefan, Jimmy and the team. It was an amazing experience.
- 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