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Koh Lanta: a charmed life

PHUKET: Koh Lanta is a very quiet and natural destination with its own charm. The island is still largely unspoilt, offering beautiful beaches, green mountain backdrops, and an abundance of wildlife, as well as being located a short distance from some of the most highly-rated diving spots in Thailand.

Friday 17 February 2012, 11:56AM

Unlike other Thai islands, Koh Lanta remains unspoiled.

Unlike other Thai islands, Koh Lanta remains unspoiled.

Arguably the island’s best place to stay, Pimalai Resort & Spa is built on a splendid 100 acres of hilly lush tropical forest with direct access to 900 metres of pristine sandy beach.

The resort’s architects placed great emphasis on preserving the environment by designing low-rise southern style buildings, resulting today in a resort that complements the setting rather than competing with it.

The property is located approximately two hours from Krabi International Airport and is reached by the resort’s private minibus and cruising boat, or you can choose to drive and catch a ferry.

The accommodation is a restful low-density, southern style design, nestled in the magnificent, lush tropical forest, overlooking Kantieng bay, which is arguably the
best bay on the island.

In December 2005, 39 pool villas were opened at Pimalai. The elegantly appointed
one, two and three bedroom villas are located on a hillside, some 60 to 80 metres above sea level and provide breathtaking views of the majestic Andaman Sea and the surrounding tropical vegetation.

Today, the resort’s facilities consist of a combined 121 Deluxe Rooms, Pavilion Suites, Beach and Pool Villas, all with a contemporary Thai-style design; two superb infinity-edge freshwater swimming pools; a Gold Palm PADI dive centre (operating from November to April); a large fitness room with high quality fitness equipment; a sport ground that includes two floodlight tennis courts; library lounges offering free high-speed internet access; shops and meeting facilities for up to 60.

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To enhance this ultimate retreat experience, the resort proposes four dining alternatives for guest to choose from, complemented by an award winning wine cellar, so you can wine and dine in style.

Last but not least, the resort offers a wide range of activities including, mangrove eco-tours; canoeing; sailing; scuba diving; bicycling; trekking; tennis and Thai
cooking classes, for those looking for a more active focused holidays.

Wedding ceremonies can also be arranged, as the resort offers the perfect setting for couples who are looking for a romantic getaway.

You can also revitalise in the Pimalai Spa that offers a host of Oriental therapeutic treatments using mainly Thai herbal and natural products.

So what are you waiting for? Live the charmed life today, on Koh Lanta.

 Pimalai Resort & Spa, reservation@pimalai.com; www.pimalai.com

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