We visited here for our honeymoon and were so pleased with our decision.
We spent months researching the perfect place to visit, and after deciding on Layana after reading wave after wave of amazing reviews. And from start to finish Layana excelled themselves, and show why they are revered so highly.
We were met at the airport and transported to the resort in an air conditioned mini van. We were met by the lovely receptionists who provided us with a soothing wet towel each, a cooling drink and a flower necklace. As read in so many reviews the management where very visible, and on cue we were greeted by the director of rooms Kanin, who talked to us about the facilities etc, and invited us to the free cocktail meet and greet night. Stefan (GM) and Kanin run a great resort aided by a superb team, and were on hand to say good morning and evening each day,
The pool/beach crew
Each morning they begin the day cleaning the beach of any rubbish, seaweed etc that has washed up on the beach.
We were greeted everyday with a smile, and they bring you ice cold water throughout the day, as well as frozen pineapple on a stick once day. They lay your towels out for you when you get to the pool, and put the umbrellas up to give you maximum shade and generally look after you.
Always smiling and bring out the amazingly prepared food and look after any special requirements you may have. Each morning with breakfast you get given a weather report for the day, and had the excursions available for the day highlighted.
Room Staff/Turn Down Team
The room was cleaned everyday, and really was spotless, clean towels were provided on request. Every night the bed was turned down whilst you ate in restaurant and nice little biscuit and flower left on you pillow. Mini bar was re-stocked each morning and a receipt left each time so you could reference it to the bill at the end of the trip.
Mostly made up of the pool crew, these guys looked after you on any excursions (which for us included a day cruise to Phi-Phi), amazing food brought along, and snorkeling gear provided from the resort boat. My wife was feeling sea sick and was given something to sort it out, and they continued to check on her through out the day (extra mile!).
We only used the spa once, but the staff were outstanding and very professional. We used the dvd library a fair bit as there isn't really any entertainment as such, but its not really a place you come to for entertainment, the whole place is total relaxation.
One thing i feel worth pointing out - My wife was bitten during the night and her hand became really swollen, we were a tad concerned when the usual things didn't work, so asked for some assistance, Kanin requested a car, and personally drove us to the local chemist, who prescribed a cream to help, which it did. This really underlines the outstanding service and personal care that the whole resort provides.
Tipping isn't necessary (or encouraged i might add), but at the end of our stay and on some of excursions we felt it was well deserved and a few hundred baht which is nothing really to us, was so well received.
Come here if you can, it really is perfection, the resort, the staff, the food, the pool, the experience is all amazing. We are so glad we came and are looking at when we can come back.
Graham & Michelle
- 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