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Pimalai Resort & Spa in Ko Lanta, Thailand

Pimalai Resort & Spa is located on the southern tip of Koh Lanta, far from the north’s commercial buzz. Here the buzz comes from cicadas inhabiting dense tropical vegetation, where contemporary Thai-style rooms and villas nestle into the hillside. Rich orange, pink and lime green Thai fabrics complement dark teakwood flooring and rattan curtains, and throughout the property, pagodas and infinity pools conjure tranquility. At the base of the hills, a wide swath of white-sand beach leads to the Andaman Sea.

Lounge on a daybed on the shores of an azure bay and work up an appetite for lunch, a chicken salad sandwich with an Asian twist of pakchoy, lime and sweet chili dressing. Board a boat bound for Koh Lanta National Marine Park, whose rocky cliffs are home to mammoth monitor lizards and curious macaques. Hike in undisturbed wilderness. Return to the resort for a sundowner perched high above Ba Kantiang Bay.

Location of Pimalai Resort & Spa

Pimalai Resort & Spa
99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Nearest Airport: HKT

Amenities for Pimalai Resort & Spa

  • General Information
  • 79 Guest Rooms
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Pets Not Permitted
  • Dining
  • 4 Bars
  • Poolside Dining
  • Private Dining
  • 4 Restaurants
  • Wine Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Laundry Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Tennis Courts
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Music & Movie Library
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Outdoor Spa Treatments
  • 2 Outdoor Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luxury Linens
  • Private Pools
  • Activities
  • Bicycling
  • Cooking Classes
  • Excursions
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Basketball
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Nearby
  • National Park
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Beach
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Pimalai Resort & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

I went without any expectations and had no time to checkout the resort before travelling. Everything was first class - great restaurants, great spa, fantastic friendly well trained staff and lots of them amazing villa, loads of space, fantastic views. Amazing service. Probably the most relaxing trip I've ever had. Recommended for couples

PaulRR - Aylesbury

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

I have visited the Pimalai twice before and as a well-travelled individual, it remains my favourite hotel in the world. Myself and my husband were booked to stay this Christmas for our babymoon though for very exceptional circumstances we had to cancel. The Manager could not have been more accommodating in helping us resolve our personal situation and I simply cannot wait to return. It is rare to find such a hidden paradise in Thailand, or in fact worldwide, these days, particularly one with such a good Manager. Look no further and enjoy.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

So Pimalai has always been one of my fave hotels ever since I fell in love with Koh Lanta, and finally I had the chance to stay here - and boy do I wish I was back there now! We had the 'most cost effective room' and I've got to say it was absolutely gorgeous! We were on the upper level and had a partial sea view. The room was stacked with amenities and plenty of bottled water. I unfortunately was very ill during my stay, and had the Nurse called out to me twice who in the end had to arrange for me to have a day stay at the hospital. The staff went out of their way to help you and always with a smile! The room service and Banyan Tree were excellent. Breakfast was varied and delicious! Unfortunately this is all I got to visit as I was in bed a lot of the time! I have seen past reviews complaining about the jetty....we arrived on a particularly rainy day with lots of waves, was the jetty moving yes - did it bother me? No it was fun - what's the worst that could happen you fall in to the sea and get wet? Staff take you bags so nothing valuable would get ruined! Would I stay here again - ABSOLUTELY! We are already planning on our next visit!!!! Thank you to everyone at the Pimalai - you were AMAZING

simposh - London, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Pimalai was the best place that we stayed on our trip around Thailand. Very relaxing and quiet place if that is what you are looking for at the end of a trip. One of Thailand's Princesses (the current King's daughter) was staying there and it was apparently not her first visit which must be a good sign. The resort has 90 or so rooms but it is very spread out so it did not ever feel crowded other than maybe peak times at the spa and breakfast. We stayed down by the beach in a beach villa with its own pool and view over the beach to the sea which was amazing. Since we had our own pool I am not sure if the main pool chairs get snagged first thing in the morning but it kind of looked like that from the breakfast areas. The beach is beautiful but not clear blue water and white sand if that is what you are looking for. We ate at two of the hotel's restaurants and they were both great (Raktalay at beach level and Banyan Tree higher up). We did not eat at their fancier restaurant called Seven Seas since it has somewhat of a dress code. Same Same But Different is a great local restaurant right on the sand and right next to the resort. We had lunch there almost every day and dinner once. It is short walk to 7/11 if you want to buy beer or other items. The spa was also very nice but crowded in the reception and post treatment areas.

Tod R - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

I am currently four nights into a seven night stay here at the Pimalai Resort & Spa with my boyfriend. We initially booked this place a few months ago based on the exceptional reviews, in addition to Koh Lanta sounding like a bit of a hidden gem! This is my first ever experience of Thailand, and although we are going onto several other hotels after this week, (not in Koh Lanta), I am already concerned that they won’t compare to how truly magical this place is. Transfer & check-in The transfers are complimentary which is such a huge positive, as I believe this would be extremely costly should you have to arrange it yourself. The greeting we received at the airport was wonderful, we were helped with our bags into a large air conditioned van, and provided with chilled water. 45 minutes later you’re at the jetty, and being helped onto the boat. The staff onboard were so friendly, and pointed out lots of points of interest throughout the journey and let us sit upfront to take in all of the wonderful views. You arrive at the beach of the hotel, where we were greeted by a lovely smiley lady who adorned us in fresh flower necklaces and drove us up for a very stress-free check in. Whilst there, we were provided with fresh chilled drinks and towels, which was extremely welcomed after nearly 20 hours of travelling! We were then escorted to our room where we were showed around and any information on how to work things, etc, was given. The room The room itself is lovely, although we are on the lower hillside, we can easily be on the beach, at the Spa, at the lobby, the pool and the Spice & Rice restaurant for breakfast within one minute. I can see the sea from our balcony and bathroom window, it’s simply beautiful. The AC is effective, I don’t find it particularly loud, it almost sounds like waves rolling in, it’s quite therapeutic. I would rather it be louder but working well, than the opposite! Robes & slippers are provided, use of a wicker beach bag during your stay, and bottled water is replaced free of charge everyday. We’ve also had our basket of fruit and cookies replenished once already, so yummy! Food & restaurants Breakfast for us is at the Spice & Rice Restaurant, and I think it’s brilliant. It’s extensive, and caters for everyone’s needs and preferences. On our first morning I was presented with a birthday cake and all of the staff singing to me, which was just such a wonderful surprise! They were ever so kind, I was honestly very touched. We’ve eaten dinner at the same restaurant twice now, which was lovely. The Thai dance show was just fabulous, we really enjoyed it! Lunch at the beach restaurant is gorgeous, as are the cocktails during Happy Hour there! The views are simply breathtaking and the staff down there are absolutely outstanding. The prices are high for both food and drink, but I think that you surely expect them to be at a 5* Resort. There are so many other things that are complimentary, for example, the transfers, that I think it balances itself out. That being said, within a five minute stroll down the beach, you can find several bars and restaurants, that offer lovely authentic Thai food for much lower prices. There is often live music, and last night there was fire breathing and poi, it was wonderful! The beach Okay so I love the beach and Kan Tiang Beach is gorgeous. There is always sun loungers and towels provided, free water is served and replenished, and there is use of non-motorised water activities, such as paddle boards and kayaks. I have stayed at many 5* beach fronted resorts where none of the above has been provided. The sea itself is warm, where the waves roll in it looks a little murky but it’s just sand! It’s clear when you get past that. The undercurrent is quite strong though, or at least, it has been when we’ve been in there, so just be aware, especially if you’ve got young children who aren’t confident in the sea. Other reviews have mentioned rocks, but it’s very easy to find a section without them! Facilities and resort in general The two infinity pools are just divine! The views are honestly incredible. Again, sun loungers are available, towels are not only provided but laid out for you, and water is kept topped up during the day. Even the toilets are lovely and kept very clean! If you go to the lobby they arrange for you to be driven up to the hillside pool, every time we’ve wanted to do this so far, we have waited no more than a minute. There’s also a library with a range of books and DVDs to be borrowed which I think is a really nice touch. The setting of the resort is what truly makes it so very special. I think you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else quite like this in the world. My words couldn’t possibly do it justice, you need to come and see it for yourself! I wasn’t expecting it to be so authentic, but I’m SO pleased it is. The grounds are kept immaculately considering just how much of it there is to look after! We are loving just strolling around and taking it all in. Staff So I truly think that Thai people are the nicest, kindest and friendliest people that I’ve ever had the honour of meeting. Everyone from the moment we arrived has been more than happy to help us with any type of request. They are attentive without being over-bearing, which is a very difficult thing to get right. Their English, on the whole, is very impressive. I have been asking them to help me learn Thai phrases, it’s definitely still a work in progress, but they’ve been more than happy to oblige! :-) I personally feel that the only slight negative that I’ve come across so far is that sometimes I’ve noticed an odd smell wafting around. I noticed it in our room this morning too. It’s almost like a drainage smell, it isn’t particularly pleasant, but it also isn’t a constant smell at all, and before you know it, it’s gone again. Perhaps it’s where we are being positioned on the lower part of the resort, I’m not sure. To summarise - We love it here! In fact, my boyfriend loved it so much that he decided to propose to me whilst we were watching the sun rise on the beach the other morning...! We were the only people down there, it was so romantic and a perfect setting. This place will truly always have a special place in our hearts, and we will certainly be back.. maybe even for the wedding..! ❤️ Thank you everyone at the Pimalai who work so hard to make it the glorious place that it is.

Missahp - Exeter, United Kingdom

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