Not only is it offbeat and far from Thailand’s touristy hotspots, but the five-star Pimalai Resort & Spa also spread across 100 acres of lush rainforests is a destination complete with extravagance. By Rashima Nagpal
Pimalai, in Sanskrit, literally translates to ‘a little patch of heaven’. The 100-acre Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta, Thailand embodies just that. Perched on a hillside at the southern tip of Koh Lanta island, and overlooking the pristine Kantiang Bay, the property is nestled on an enviable spot. To get here, land in Krabi, from where the resort arranges complimentary boat transfers to kickstart your vacation. Add to it five-star hospitality, laid-back tropical vibe, couple of brilliant sunsets, and you have the perfect island holiday at your disposal.
Welcoming patrons for two decades now, the resort has a knack for spoiling guests silly. It begins with one of the 121 accommodation units tastefully done up in traditional Thai style of architecture that make you feel right at home. With rooms and villas situated 60 to 80 metres above sea level in the middle of a serene rainforest offering unrivalled ocean views, and all-round privacy, Pimalai is perfect for a family trip, a romantic getaway, and a postcard beach wedding–all the same. With no immediate neighbours, the resort doubles up as a peaceful private sanctuary. From Hillside Ocean Pool Villas that command breathtaking vistas of the tropical scenery to the Beachside Villas situated only a few short steps away from the shoreline, and Hillside Villas that come with the luxury of shuttle services to and from the resort’s other locations—the accommodation options here cater to all tastes. Spacious layouts and designs further seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings.
No holiday is complete without good food. And Pimalai takes good care of that with its remarkable portfolio of dining venues. The Rak Talay beachfront bar and grill is iconic for its Thai-style seafood spread best devoured with artisanal cocktails and sunset views. Nestled in the resort’s jungle interior, Seven Seas serves up Michelin-chef-conceived à la carte menus through the evening. While Spice’N Rice is the go-to restaurant for authentic Thai delicacies, trust Banyan Café for your fill of snacks, salads, and pizzas at the rooftop.
The resort’s beautiful natural setting sets a calming mood the minute you get here. But, adding to the resort’s low-key vibe is a range of activities worth indulging in. Think two infinity pools; a PADI-certified dive centre (open through the year!); onsite wellness experiences ranging from traditional Muay Thai classes to tennis matches; and rejuvenating therapies at the signature Pimalai Spa that features three double treatment rooms, four single treatment rooms, a steam room, and an outdoor jacuzzi! For the outbound, the resort happily arranges snorkelling excursions, private boat rentals, a mangrove eco-tour on the east coast of the island, and forest walks, among other things. Rest assured, there’s something for everybody at Pimalai!