Having spent 9 days backpacking through the north, decided to round off with 5 days of luxury. Stayed in Krabi for one night and made the mistake of using the public ferry to get to Lanta, thinking it would be a great experience and much better value than Layana's boat. It wasn't! Grubby, cramped, hot ,long journey. If you can splash out on the private pick up from Krabi to Layana, do it. It may seem a lot, but we did it on the way back and it was the only way to travel. Arriving in style would have been much better and I regretted not doing it. Arrived filthy from the ferry port and phoned the Layana, who seemed a bit shocked we were coming by ferry, but immediately sent a car for us. Welcomed by Michael with a welcome cold towel and drink. Very easy and relaxed check-in. Went to our Garden room and wow!. Every bit as good as the photos make out and the grounds are lovely. Pool area is lovely and with so few rooms never crowded. Setting for breakfast is wonderful, overlooking the beach. Bizaarly every morning they showed us to our table sat us down and put our napkins on our laps, which was a little odd as you have to then get up straight away to go to the buffet. Happy hour is well worth taking advantage of as the sun goes down.......heaven.
Didn't use the spa, as out of our pricerange but had free head massage by the pool. The whole package was sheer magic. I suspect everyone else there had more money than me but that made it an extra special hotel and at £123 per night through Asiarooms.com it was great value. The Pimalai is considerably more expensive and I am not sure what more they could offer.
The "wine tasting" evening was good value. Wine is very expensive in Thailand and as wine drinkers, it was a very welcome evening and our host was very generous with the wine.
If I had one criticism it would be a slight us and them approach from the management who are European and all the staff Thai. When management were around the staff looked very nervous. Maybe I'm just not used to 5 star standards and as someone who loves the Thai people I would have liked everyone to be a bit more relaxed. It was only management who chatted with us rather than ordinary staff, as if they weren't supposed to. Management seemed to be constantly testing their staff who seemed uncomfortable around them and on one occasion did test a waiter in front of us on what she was serving. She looked frightened and thought this shouldn't be done in front of guests. Maybe they need a couple of Thai managers to break obvious barriers.
- 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