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The second Best
I was in Ko Lanta on April 2004.
About the hotels in the island, my first choice should be Pimalai Resort & Spa, but the prices are huge, more or less 160 USD per day. So i find another resort called Sri Lanta.
Very nice situated, with speedboat transfer from Krabi, very secluded, nice beach and very pleasant, with a moderate price 86USD.
There are a huge quantity of resorts in Ko Lanta, the major part are very cheap 20 or 30 USD per day.
Fantastic Seafood in a beautiful setting
This is one of the restaurants at the PImalai resort in Ko Lanta.
Please, even if your budget is not strong enough to stay at the Pimalai, make an effort and drag yourself to the restaurant or this Cafe, which is more like a beach restaurant.
You can choose your own seafood raw from a selection and they cook it for you, so it is super fresh.
The setting is incomparable really, you can have your candlelit dinner with the sound of the waves as background and I can assure it is something very special.
Fairly more expensive than your average thai but worth every penny. Grilled tiger prawns with chili sauce.
Don't miss the crab rice and the fresh juice
This restaurant its in the southern part of the island near Pimalai Resort, on the beach. Fried Crab Rice
Fresh Pineapple Juice
Fried Prawns with Basil leafs
we have just returned from 11 day stay at the pimalai- and having read some of the articles prior going out- i was somewhat apprehensive.however -- i would like to say what an amazing time my husband and i had there, so much so i felt i had to write this reveiw.
yes- i agree with other reveiws that the pimalai is expensive re food and drink by thai standards, but in fairness,the setting of the restaurants/bars- esp th e new seven seas restauarant is truly stunning and worth the extra money you pay. the good thing about the location of the hotel- is that there are other options for food/drink nearby on the beach- no more than 10/15 mins walk away-- offering authentic thai food, in beautiful settings, and at very cheap prices.so u can have the option of eating for roughly 6-7 poundsfor 2 people , you are not only limited to whats on offer at the pimalai. some of the older restaurants at the resort did have a more european feel to them, but i guess all tastes need to be caterd for.
certainly the newer part of the resort - the bars/restaurant ( seven seas restaurant and bar, and banyan tree cafe) and lobby area definitely retained a thai feel to theplace- and this area could not be faulted at all.the views from the seven seas rest/terrace area were fantastic, as was the newer, huge infinity pool in this part of the resort.we certainly had no poblems in using any of these facilities.
re accomadation- we stayed in the newer 1 bedroom pool villas- which i think is def worth the extra money. you certainly get a more exclusive feel to the resort, being set higher in the hills, with the rewards of breathtaking views of the bay from thevilla. our private pool was good size, and the villa itself was very spacious. we loved it., and i would certainly stay there again.the villas were probably no more than 5-10 mins walk from the main lobby- but if this was too much- buggies were available very quickly to transport you there, around the rest of the resort , and to the beach etc
the service we received was honestly second to none- staff were extremely friendly, nothing was too much trouble,and everything done with a smile.
so all in all-- im very pleased to say that we had a really lovely stay at the pimalai- and would definitly stay there again.i would certainly recommend this place , but i would advise staying in the newer part of the resort. some areas of the older part of the hotel seemed dated, and a bit worn. also i would advise venture out of the hotel to eat/drink--- the beach bars/and other restaurants on the beach were great- and at least 4-5 times cheaper than at the hotel.some of our faves was the same same but different restaurant, and the kantiang bay restaurant-- very romantic tables on the beach, daily fresh fish-- superb!
the pimalai is a luxury hotel, and the service,as expected from such a place--faultless.we cant wait to go back!
A very satisfactory experience
Visited for our honeymoon from 26 to 30 April.
Overall we had a memorable and most satisfactory experience.
Accomodation: Clean, spacious superior room. DVD player and free Internet access a definite plus! Location of the room was very convenient. I also liked the balcony with the rooftop fan.
Location: A secluded romantic place with all basic facilities outside the hotel within a reasonable walking distance (a mini market, restaurants, atm etc). You need transport to go to other places in Ko Lanta if you wish, and my advice is to hire a car directly rather through the hotel. A trip from Pimalai to Sala Daan cost us 400BHT with a driver we hired ourselves vs 900BHT that the hotel charged.
Beach: Huge, very nice beach. The sea had a lot of waves due to the tide when we visited, so the water was mixed with sand, but I had a lot of fun body-surfing! Guys at the beach hut were very friendly.
Food: Only tried the Spice 'n' rice restaurant. Very nice Thai food albeit somewhat expensive for Thailand standards. Alternative cheap restaurants closeby, but a visit at Spice is definitely worth it. Breakfast was excellent offering a satisfactory variety of western and eastern cuisine.
Staff: Very helpful and welcoming. Most of the people can handle normal conversations relevant to your stay, however there is a chance that if you want something peculiar you might need to speak to someone else.
Facilities: Absolutely fantastic. Library, gym, spa and pools (especially the new one) are top-class and by themselves worth every penny you spend at the hotel. Can't recommend them high enough.
Activities: Depend on the wheather, so be sure to check conditions if you intend to visit the hotel for scuba diving, snorkelling etc as you might be disapointed. Elephant trekking fun but not something to write home about, Thai cooking class yummy!
I do not know occupancy of the hotel at the period we went there (end of season), but most of the time it felt like we had it for ourselves! During high season pool beds could get a bit crowded as we saw it.
Overall, highly recommended for couples, but not if you are on a budget.
Great Location Poor Mangament
Have been staying in Feb 06 for 4 nights in a beach villa with 2 bedroom and private pool, great location but poor management, most of the staff doesn’t understand or speak English properly , also they are not sure how to reply to questions you ask them due to a lack of knowledge and skill. Food is so-so. The hotel is not willing to be helpful if you ask for an outside taxi or how to go to a 7/11 store, so you tend to be stuck in the hotel. The main issue is that there is no manager with proper training to be found around when you need them .The restaurant on the beach (same same) is an alternative but the service is poor. In the hotel a security guard started to shout loudly at my son because he went in a swimming pool shared by few villas, it is not a professional attitude to shout at guest Childs. In the sea there are some bugs or jelly fish that inflicts a light burn but it is maybe due to the period of the year, Good free internet connexion in the room. Anyway better to stay in your own villa and not ask anything until your departure but the pool villa are nice although you would expect a better quality service for a member of small luxury hotels.
We'd go back!
We'd read mixed reviews but went on the recommendation of a friend. My wife and I were looking for a quiet, relaxing (preferably luxurious) and friendly place to unwind from a busy time. We were very happy with the 4 nights we had there.
All of the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They took time to talk to us and look after our requests and, sometimes, came up with extras themselves (eg we had dinner in the room one night and the manager suggested a dish not on that menu as he thought we'd enjoy it.)
The place was not full -- and we didn't have the experience of another reviewer of anything being closed for the owners --so I guess I can't say if our experience of such personal service is the norm or not -- I hope it is!
We loved the pool villas --plenty of room, very comfortable, a great view (from some a little better than others) , your own plunge - pool and verandah. There were no problems getting a buggy (and sometimes walking) to and from the beach areas.
The other room types looked good too -- just as described on the web.
If privacy is what you're looking for, you can see from parts of pool villas to other verandahs and sometimes to part of another pool. That's probably fair enough, but some of the villas on the end of each group on a corner(some are still being built) seem quite open to the road (or in one case to the library/internet room). Some people would be fine with that I'm sure but,given the price, I probably would have asked to be moved from one of the corner ones if we'd ended up in one as they are currently set up.
Unlike some reviewers, we liked the food and, again, all the staff were happy to give some background to it. (They weren't too forthcoming about the practicality of purchasing food elsewhere to make our own meals -- an experience of others too, I think -- but we weren't really looking to do that so we didn't press it.)
Overall then if you're looking for a very polished, big 5 star hotel service, or a uniquely Thai spot, this is probably not for you. But if you're looking for a very comfortable and very friendly place to relax in a great setting, that was what we found!
Paradise Island, Ko Lanta
"Sun and Sea at Ko Lanta"
I would recommend Ko Lanta as a base to go to the other islands, Ko Haa, Ko Phi Phi,,, for snorkelling or diving.
Very quiet although quite spoilt and bearing some signs of the tsunami, but a very good option to rest and enjoy paradise.
It seems to be backpackers paradise but you can find some nice resorts like the Narima or the Sri Lanta and a luxury one, the Pimalai so all your needs are covered here.
Open air massage hut
Restaurant on beach front
Ko Lanta resorts still operating?
I was booked into a resort on Ko Lanta for my honeymoon next month but due to the terrible disaster that hit the southern Thailand coast my booking has been cancelled. Does anyone know of resorts that are still operating, preferably at the southern end of Ko Lanta Yai?
Any advice, suggestions appreciated.
Re: Ko Lanta resorts still operating?
Which resort ?
You can go to sawadee.com and they will have updates on status of all places. Only a few on Koh Lanta suffered damage but best to check on their site.
Re: Ko Lanta resorts still operating?
hi there, i have an email friend who is still working on Ko Lanta, her name is Nok .
email email@example.com , im sure she would be happy to help you
Re: Ko Lanta resorts still operating?
Which resort are you referring , I know Pimalai Resort is definitely still operating.
ko lanta hotel help
We're planning to spend 4 days on the island in March and would like to divide the time between two resorts. We'd like some luxury and are considering Pimalae but wonder if there's another place with a good beach that might also allow for different dive trips, or would they all be the same regardless of which part of the island we'd stay?
RE: ko lanta hotel help
Koh Lanta is not that big so movi9ng from one place to another you will probably find not that much difference, Pimalai is very nice, the Sri Lanta also and a lot cheaper, try www.beachsiam.com as also some new places on Koh Lanta. Unlike some other islands you probably won't find much difference by moving, it's not that you would find much different in the area.
RE: RE: ko lanta hotel help
U can try www.latainfo.com which is quite informative and the rates they get from the resots are competitive.Anyway i will be there last week of jan. so i can give u a first hand review after 3 rd feb.U can email me then.
Dates For Full Moon
I'm leaving for Thailand with my wife next Wednesday for 4 weeks and we'll be travelling around particularly to the islands. As we don't want to be on the effected islands during full moon, I'd be really grateful if anyone could give me the dates in February when the parties will take place and also which islands we should avoid.
Re: Dates For Full Moon
2004 dates are:
February 6th - March 6th - April 5th - May 4th - June 3rd - July 2nd - August 30th - September 28th - October 28th - November 5th - December 5th
Re: Dates For Full Moon
So far only Koh Samui and especially Koh Phangan are the islands with the most FMP activity. I suggest you go over to the Andaman Sea area, the Krabi Province if you want to avoid all that chaos. Koh Lanta is a lovely island, not over-developed. The further south you go on the island the quieter it is. Koh Ngai, which is about 3/4 hour away from southern Koh Lanta is even quieter with one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, in front of the Fantasy Resort. There's nothing going on on Ngai but relaxation, no bars, restaurants, shopping or nightlife, just pure peace and quiet. Koh Lanta has some mellow nightlife, and there are a few bars for socializing. The Lanta Miami Bungalows has it's own bar and the prices are very reasonable. If you want something more upscale, consider the Pimalai or the Narima. There's something there for every budget. My favorite is the Waterfall Bay Resort at the southern end of the island.
Re: Re: Dates For Full Moon
Thanx for the valuable information.