Some vacations are designed for socialising in constantly clamouring cities, but others are all about luxuriating in a secluded, peaceful landscape. Far from Phuket’s frenetic nightlife and Bangkok’s bustling streets, rests an award-winning, five-star resort that cascades through lush tropical rainforests of Kanting Bay; offering ocean views to one of Thailand’s finest beaches.
Imagine the scent of exotic plants floating on the warm evening air and the clear waters of the Andaman Sea lapping a curve of pale golden sand. A hidden gem, much of the island is still undiscovered by tourists, Pimalai Resort and Spa is located on the pristine shores of Koh Lanta, with direct access to over 900 metres of the beach. A crescent of fine sand is stretched along the hotel’s waterfront for almost a kilometre, forming one of the island’s most beautiful bays.
With excellent restaurants and facilities, including a cliffside pool as well as dreamy bedroom suites of vanilla fudge sundae tones, teak flooring, and chic panelled accent walls, ensure that Pimalai (Sanskrit for “a little patch of heaven”) more than lives up to its name. Your first glance will reveal the genuine charm of the setting amongst verdant jungle foliage, but it won’t be long before you explore the sea bed that offers an embryonic surfing scene; swimming in waters where whale sharks and manta rays abound, or sailing in the twilight out to a nearby island while properly enjoy the rich, opulent flavours of a glass of fine wine.
Elsewhere, let the natural paradisiacal atmosphere draws you to the gardens and to the calm reaches of the Pimalai Spa. Among the most popular in Southern Asia and the only spa on the island, this haven of serenity offers a wide range of relaxing massage and therapies based on traditional Thai rituals. Using herbal products and aromatic fragrances from flowers and spices, this is a unique opportunity to pamper the body and relax the mind, in a world where time and the Andaman tides flow in natural harmony.
At the end of the day, as the sun sinks on the horizon, the hotel’s two magnificent infinity pools blend with the endless sea, lulling you into a deeper state of relaxation as you take in the gathering dusk that brings a fluvial calm to this jungle paradise. You just have to abandon your humdrum routines and disappear far, far away.
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