The Pimalai Resort and Spa is the grandest luxury resort on Ko Lanta. It’s secluded and exclusive, hidden away near the island’s southern end at the beautiful Kantiang Beach. The resort is a sprawling complex covering 100 acres of lush natural vegetation and is effectively split into two separate sides of the road. On one side, a hillside estate scaling the mountainside. On the other, a beachfront property hugging the long, pristine beach.
Everything about the design of the resort exudes an air of opulence, with clearly hand-selected details throughout. Everywhere, there is an abundance of deep, dark teak wood. There are repeated motifs – of birdcage lampshades, the symbol of southern Thailand, and of large candle lanterns reflecting in the many lotus ponds scattered across the complex. Generally, the resort does a great job of incorporating the natural environment, with the greenery evident everywhere, meaning the resort almost resembles a Balinese luxury hotel.
The teak-infused opulence continues in the rooms, which are elegantly designed in the contemporary Thai style. They are large, even the most the basic choice, with an indulgent amount of living space that extends to the bathrooms, too. Rooms are furnished lavishly, with no expense spared for good quality materials. There is a range of room options, from pavilion suites located right on the beach to more expansive hillside villas that also benefit from private pools and incredible views of the bay below.
The resort occupies a vast area, so it’s a good job there is plenty to keep visitors occupied here. To stay active, there is a fitness centre, tennis and basketball courts, garden croquet, and ping-pong, while guests can also rent mountain bikes for free. Guests have two swimming pools to choose from, one by the beach and one up the hillside. This hillside infinity pool is particularly popular for its expansive views across the bay.
There are several restaurants and bars to choose from, offering slightly different vibes and catering to different tastes. The Seven Seas is an elegant, romantic fine-dining spot with a dress code that overlooks the entire Kantiang Bay, whereas less-exclusive beach bar options offer more casual fare.
There is an art gallery, a shop, a dive centre, and a kids’ daycare is open in high season, while there is also a yoga studio on-site. Pimalai can also arrange other activities around the island, such as diving and elephant trekking.