- 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.
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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
Relaxing Thailand, with three nights in Bangkok, 3 day elephant and jungle package in Khao Sok National park and a week on stunning Thai Beaches.
Tailor-made Classic 1 - 1 hour
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019