- 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 $2,501 per person
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023