We plumped for the option of taking the speed boat directly on to the beach and what a great choice! Pricey but well worth it. Arriving through the open sea after a 20 minute ride gave a jaw-dropping view of the island and the resort, as well as a full scale welcome by the manager and staff. The hotel complex is very well situated on this wonderful island and extremely beautiful in conception and design. Rooms are spacious and tasteful, each one in a small four room block, set in tranquil beautiful grounds. (We had requested a room upstairs when booking nine months previously but this did not materialise, despite a reminder a few days before our arrival; there was never a clear explanation why.)
There is a real sense of space and greenery everywhere in the complex.The pool and restaurant face out to sea and the daily spectacular sunset. Staff were endlessly friendly, helpful and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble.
For a hotel that is wonderful in so many ways food was ho-hum. It was good without being outstanding (by contrast with everything else). Breakfast was included and we also ate in the hotel every evening. For a hotel that clearly aspires to be world class its food is behind many of its rivals in variety, sophistication and interest. Breakfast was most disappointing with a limited range and not enough variety from day to day. (This would not stop us returning, however. Everything else is so perfect.)
- 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