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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 1 day ago

Having just returned from a 10 day stay at The Pimalai I would say it is one of the most wonderful resorts I have ever stayed at. Set in the mountainside, at the much quieter southern end of Koh Lanta, surrounded by tropical trees and vegetation, stretching down onto a wide sandy, virtually deserted, bay, with wonderful views across to Koh Ha Islands away on the horizon. We stayed in one of the pool villas up the hill which have individual bedrooms and across a terrace to a large living room with a small kitchen ( ideal for fixing your own sunset cocktails! ) and stepping out into a wonderful infinity pool. The villas are all raised above the tree canopy to provide great views out across the bay. The rooms are large, well air-conditioned and have TV's and a stereo system for playing music. It's true to say that perhaps the villas are beginning to show their age, but I believe the resort has a rolling phase of refurbishment which commenced with the beachside apartments and so I'm sure will reach the upper reaches of the the Villa Resort soon, in no way did this impact on our enjoyment of the villa. What truly makes the Pimalai stand out are it's exceptional staff, from the breakfast waitresses who learned our names on the first day and regularly greeted us individually, to the super cheerful and friendly staff at the Rak Talay beach restaurant, who were so kind that they even bought us small personal gifts on our last day, a beautiful and touching gesture, and something I have never experienced from any other hotel staff anywhere in the world! The food in all three on-site restaurants is fresh and well prepared, but if you want to try some of the smaller local restaurants they are just a short walk along the beach and offer simple but perfectly fine food. At one of those on the beach we had barbecued White Snapper in a salt crust and it was wonderful! The Pimalai Spa has excellent staff, experienced, friendly and highly skilled and is set in it's own tropical garden, for a truly relaxing experience. Day trips out to the islands on the resorts own boats mean they can tailor the day to suit the group and avoid the crowds of the mass tourist boats, but ensure you book in advance as they do not run if there are insufficient numbers. It's possible to hire a car to explore the rest of Koh Lanta for a day or half-day, or hire bicycles for shorter excursions along the coast. Understandably the resort do not offer moped hire, but if you wish to do this there are plenty of places in the town that do. In summary, Pimalai resort provides almost everything you could wish for in a peaceful, relaxing, stunning surroundings. We'd go back tomorrow!


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

We just got back from a fabulous one week holiday in Pimalai Resort. I'll try to make this review as objective as possible in order to inform future guests about what to expect. Room: We stayed in pool villa 809, which had a magnificent view on the Andaman sea and Kantiang Bay. The villa itself is huge, with a sleeping room, central patio with private infinity pool and a lounge room with terrace. Do not hesitate to book this type of accomodation, you won't regret the extra cost... Do keep in mind that the villa's are situated uphill and you have to walk/take a (free) taxi back to the lobby/restaurants/beach. This might be a hassle for some guests. If so, you better go for a beach villa with direct access to Kantiang Bay. There is an abundant amount of free water in the fridge, which makes your stay so much easier (especially since temperatures can rise to 35 Ā°in summertime). Breakfast: Served in the Seven Seas restaurant for the pool villa guests. Excellent quality and offer. Fantastic egg station and yummie waffles. Priceless view on Kantiang Bay (but try to avoid the tables in the sun, it can get too hot when there's no wind). Very small remark: It took a LONG time to get our coffee, but it didn't spoil the experience... Pool area: Beautiful infinity pool with excellent view on Kantian Bay. The staff keeps coming around with fresh (free) water and different kind of fruits. Restaurants: 1. Seven Seas: Western style with some Asian dishes. European prices, but very good quality (the salmon ceviche is to die for, as is the bisque...) 2. Rak Talay beach restaurant: Lots of seafood and thai dishes, also very good. You can dine right on the beach, feet in the sand. 3. Spice & Rice: Not visited Transfer from and to Krabi airport: Perfectly organized with AC minivan and speedboat (free drinks to cool off in summer heat) Medical facilities: Excellent nurse on site who assisted my girlfriend during a gall bladder crisis. (free meds for our journey back to Belgium) Conclusion: Without doubt the best hotel on Ko Lanta with excellent staff and delicious restaurants. A note to management: - The wine list needs a serious upgrade and the house wine tastes REALLY bad... :-) - It might be time to give the pool villa's an upgrade, tear and wear is starting to show (paint peeling off, rust spots in the pool, etc...) -

Jan V

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Its our last night at the Pimalai and no review can really describe how wonderful this place is. Amazing location, facilities and rooms. However the best thing about this place is the staff. It's all about company culture, someone should create a case study about the company culture here. The staff are amazing, hospitable, go beyond any reasonable expectation with a smile; you can see the excellent relationship between staff and management based on mentoring and encouragement and fun activities like an employee management volley ball game. We arrived early and they put us up in a temporary room which was very kind after a long trip, the new room they moved us into later has an amazing design. The excursion to Koh Rok was very nice. All of the restaurants are good and have excellent service. While everything was great the surf and turf night was amazing, special mention to the pastry chef that made the most amazing opera cake (better than I have ever had living in Paris. Special mention to the rak talay staff and happy hour staff as well, they knew what you needed before you asked for it. Same goes to the housekeeping staff that very nicely arranged for a second mattress topper as I have a preference for a softer bed. In conclusion this place is heaven and the employees are angels. If you ever need to hire someone on permanent bases to test the water temperature of the pools by swimming in them all year round, please contact me :).

tkawas - Grenoble, France

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Perfect location, exceptional service, pool and facilities excellent, breakfast offering a good choice including local dishes, helpful and friendly staff. We will definitely stay there again next time in Thailand.

365giovanna - Genoa, Italy

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Location of the resort and its grounds are amazing. Gym fully equipped. It's very expensive but worth it. On the downside there're a lot of multigenerational Chinese families and they can be very laud.

Jack02 - London

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