Location: Pimalai is based on the south west coast of Koh Lanta Yai, which is part of Krabi province, and faces the Andaman Sea, decorated with white-sand beaches and providing guests with startlingly picturesque sunsets.
History: Koh Lanta has reinvented itself from what was in the mid-80s, a backpacker destination, to a luxury retreat. The island still boasts a community of Sea Gypsies, who have lived there harmoniously for hundreds of years.
Service: The Pimalai has won a vast array of awards that attest to the top-of-the-range services guests can expect at this luxury hotel.
Built within the rainforest of Koh Lanta, this boutique beach resort occupies 100 acres of tropical vegetation with direct access to a 3,000-foot stretch of pristine beach. The luxurious Pimalai offers 121 accommodation units – Deluxe, Bayfront, Deluxe, Pavilion Suite, Beach Villa and Pool Villa – all very elegantly appointed. Dining options include four restaurants and five bars, including a popular beach bar, that offer an extensive variety of cuisines. Other amenities include a spa, a small boutique PADI dive center, two infinity-edge pools, a fitness center and Internet access throughout the property an in the rooms. Depending on the season, there are different methods of getting to the Pimalai. From November to April, the high season, it is a relaxing, 60-minute boat ride along the east or west coast of the Lanta Islands to get to the Pimalai. During the Green Season (May to October), guests have the option of taking a 40-minute boat ride to Old Lanta, the old village on the east coast of Koh Lanta Yai, and then transferring to a private car for a 30-minute drive from the east coast to the west coast to reach the resort.
Pimalai has adopted contemporary Thai design while still maintaining that traditional Thai feel, from bamboo blinds to polished wooden pillars and dark wooden modern furniture that complements the surrounding decor perfectly. The look and feel of these deluxe rooms and suites is something to truly admire.
These spacious rooms feature partial garden and bay views. The well-appointed interiors contain teakwood floors, rattan curtains, and regional artifacts. The expansive bathroom has double vanity basins, as well as separate showers and a bathtub with a view.
With 157-square-feet, these spacious villas feature private balconies with lovely landscape views. The interiors are luxuriously-appointed, with teakwood floors, rattan curtains, and luxe fabrics. Guests may choose from king-size or twin beds. The bathroom features a walk-in shower and separate bathtub.
The luxe pavilion suites are situated near the beachfront, with their own private gardens that have been meticulously-manicured. The well-appointed interiors, with two bedrooms and a separate living room, contain teakwood floors, rattan curtains, and regional artifacts. The expansive bathroom has double vanity basins, as well as separate showers and a bathtub with a view.
The Pimalai's 115-foot-long infinity pool features jacuzzi jets, and is surrounded by plush sun loungers for guests' ultimate comfort. Poolside refreshments are available. The Pimalai also features a second pool, this one 164-feet above sea level, with that much-desired infinity edge and incredible panoramas of the bay below.
The Pimalai's natural spa, built in a traditional village style, effortlessly blends into the natural jungle surroundings. Locally-sourced materials have been incorporated into the spa's design. The spa comes highly-recommended, having won awards for its fantastic treatments, which range from royal Thai massages, to oriental fusion treatments.
Steps away from where the tide rolls in, this beachfront restaurant, surrounded by majestic trees, features stunning views of the Andaman Sea. The menu offers light and casual fare, as well as freshly-caught seafood.
This seaview restaurant features international flavors and fusion-style dishes, and offers guests an extensive imported wine list.
Guests who work up an appetite in the resort's beautiful pool can enjoy a chic and casual poolside snack and refreshment.