- High end resort with superb facilities
- Private beach access, surfing, kayaking
- Elephant safaris, waterfall treks
- Ping pong, tennis, basketball, bike hire
Pimalai is a luxurious modern resort nestled in a tropical forest on the island of Koh Lanta Yai in Thailand's southwestern Krabi Province. This top-notch but laid-back beachside resort overlooks the glistening Andaman Sea and has a particularly peaceful atmosphere thanks to its secluded location away from more crowded tourist spots.
There are a total of 121 rooms, suites and villas spread across more than 100 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. All rooms offer both comfort and space, as well as picturesque views of either the ocean or the resort’s verdant tropical surroundings. All rooms are air conditioned and have a private balcony complete with overhead fan. Some of the amenities common to all rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a bathrobe and slippers, a TV with a DVD player and a hairdryer. Bathrooms come with both a bathtub and a walk-in shower. All accommodation is decidedly contemporary and rooms are decorated in a modern Thai style, with features such as bamboo blinds, local silks, wooden furniture and teak floors adding a genuine sense of character despite the hotel’s considerable size.
There are plenty of on-site facilities, including two large infinity pools surrounded by sun loungers and an inviting spa. Guests staying here have private access to a quiet 900 metre stretch of the Ba Kan Tiang beach. There’s a range of beach activities from bodyboarding and kayaking, to beach volleyball and snorkelling. Elephant safaris and waterfall treks can also be arranged, along with shopping tours and sunset cruises to the nearby Koh Haa islands. Back at the resort itself, there’s a library and a fully-equipped sports centre with a running track, two tennis courts, a half-basketball court, a ping pong table, bicycles to hire and more.
A total of three restaurants and one poolside cafe are open to guests at Pimalai. Spice and Rice offers buffet-style breakfasts and a range of signature Thai dishes for lunch and dinner, while RAK Talay offers lighter beachside dining and freshly caught seafood. The Banyan Tree Poolside Cafe offers refreshing drinks and snacks, while Seven Seas is the place to go for fine western cuisine.
Pimalai welcomes children of all ages, though there are a few areas of the resort that are only suitable for those over the age of 12. Note that some of the Hillside Villas are situated some 60 to 80 metres above sea level with unguarded pools and no interconnecting rooms, so vigilant parental supervision is required. However, many of the rooms have an extra sofa bed and there is general flexibility for families, along with plenty to do both at the resort and in the surrounding area. Babysitting is also available, though note that a full day’s notice is required.
The best of South East Asia, with three nights in gorgeous Luang Prabang (Laos), the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a trully idyllic Thai Island beach.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
From $2,537 per person
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019