Lovers of all things nice, sunshine, beaches, five-star, spas, pools, pampering and good food … Welcome to Ko Lanta Resort in Thailand.
Fifteen of the 52 islands in the Andaman Sea which make up the Ko Lanta group belong to Ko Lanta National Marine Park. Close to the mainland of Krabi Province, when people refer to Ko Lanta, it is the big island they are talking about.
It is 26km long and 5km across at its widest and most development has been on the west coast. The best beaches are in the south-west where there is still virgin rainforest. There is little there except lengths of white sandy beaches and boats which take trips to outlying areas. Dolphins are often spotted and there are plenty of squirrels, monkeys, snakes and over 100 species of birds.
Until Pimalai Resort and Spa opened last year accommodation was pretty much low-budget backpackers and guesthouses.
Pimalai has 75 luxurious and elegant rooms and suites built in 40 hectares of lush tropical forest with direct access to 900m of beautiful sandy beach.
Pavilion Suites have views of Ba Kan Tiang Bay and beach and have a separate living room with CD/DVD system and television. You can choose between one or two bedrooms and all have a sundeck and private garden. Large bathrooms have double vanities, separate walk in-shower and toilet and a bathtub overlooking a small garden.
Bayfront Deluxe rooms have large living areas and decks with cooling fans. They have views of the beach and lush tropical plants.
The Hillside Superior houses are in the southern-Thai style, each containing four rooms.
All rooms have polished wooden floors, teak furniture inside and out, bamboo blinds, air-conditioning and Siamese artifacts.
Pimalai Spa is in a natural environment enabling you to experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest while receiving relaxing treatments from skilled therapists using Thai herbal and other natural products.
At Baan Pimalai Restaurant you can dine inside in air-conditioned comfort or outside where you can enjoy views across the infinity pool and Andaman Sea. They serve traditional Thai and western cuisine.
Rak Talay Beach Bar and Restaurant is under a towering tree with views across the sea and gentle southern breezes. They serve light snacks, salads, local seafood and stir-fried Thai dishes.
There are bars serving refreshing drinks poolside and in the lobby, and you can visit their library, use the Internet, or enjoy the fitness room.
There is a scuba diving centre on site and they can arrange excursions to highly rated and untouched diving spots.
Canoes, windsurfers, a small sailing boat, mountain bikes and use of the fitness room are free of charge. Other recreations include making garlands from tropical flowers and taking Thai cooking lessons.
Ko Lanta, off Thailand's southern coast.
Pimali Resort and Spa rooms start at around $310 per double per night. Boat transfers to Ko Lanta cost around $50 per person each way.
Qantas flies daily to Bangkok with connections available through Thai Airways to Krabi. Return economy airfares per person to Krabi via Bangkok start at $1692 from Sydney; $1694 from Melbourne; $1714 from Perth via Singapore; $1716 from Brisbane; $1719 from Adelaide and $2036 from Darwin via Singapore. Available for travel until September 18, 2002. Prices include charges and taxes and seasonal surcharges and conditions apply.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Pimalai Resort and Spa
99 Moo 5, Ba Kana Tiang Beach
Lanta Yai Island Thailand
Ph: 0011 66 075 629 0547
Fax: 0011 66 02 551 email@example.com
Qantas: Ph: 13 13 13