Nestled in 100 acres of nature, this five-star island sanctuary invites guests to experience the magic of the “green season” in southern Thailand, with an amazing array of attractions and activities on land and at sea
Experience-seeking travellers can explore the spectacular sea caves of Koh Talabeng all-year-round
KOH LANTA, THAILAND: Pimalai Resort & Spa, the five-star sanctuary on the tropical Thai island of Koh Lanta, is an eco-friendly haven of tranquility and activity. Every aspect of this private paradise is designed to act in harmony with nature, from its small-scale excursions to its immersive experiences. So, for guests visiting during the “green season”, southern Thailand’s lush summer months, this extraordinary 100-acre resort offers almost endless opportunities for adventure.
Many tourists avoid southern Thailand in the green season, but in doing so they miss one of the most magical times of the year, when Mother Nature reveals all her abundant beauty. Flowers bloom, rivers flow and everything appears more vibrant and vivid. For Pimalai’s discerning clientele, who tend to avoid the usual tourist hotspots, there are many inspiring things to see and do during this period, on land and at sea.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park, the marine reserve that surrounds the resort, is closed to visitors for six months from 15th May 2022, to allow the local flora and fauna to be replenished. But lying outside the national park, the island of Koh Talabeng is famous for its sea caves, which create a world of intrigue for kayakers. Intrepid explorers can paddle into hidden caverns to uncover an otherworldly landscape. As one of Thailand’s larger islands, Koh Lanta is also home to rolling hills, forests and waterfalls. A series of hiking trails are suitable for all fitness levels, including a light one-hour route that takes trekkers to Klong Chak waterfall, and a more strenuous two-hour path that leads deep into the island’s interior. A professional guide can be arranged.
Guests can take a one-hour jungle trek from Pimalai to Klong Chak waterfall
For many people however, there is no reason to leave Pimalai at all! With just 121 stylish rooms, spacious suites and breath-taking villas with up to three bedrooms and private pools, every visitor can unwind in blissful seclusion. Named as Southeast Asia’s second best resort in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards”, this heavenly hideaway is also one of only 26 global properties to form part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection, an exclusive community of socially responsible and eco-conscious five-star hotels.
Covering the equivalent area of 75 football fields, filled with exotic native plants such as banyan trees, coconut palms, jasmine bushes, bird of paradise flowers and even century-old, 80-metre-tall ton yang trees, the entire resort feels like a private nature reserve. Wildlife abounds, with species such as monitor lizards, eagles and hornbills all visible in the area, and marine creatures such as dolphins inhabiting in the azure waters offshore. Guests can spend endless hours strolling around this organic wonderland, chilling out on the 900-metre-long soft sandy beach, or feeling the spray of the sea with a range of non-motorised water sports, such as paddle-boarding and kayaking. Sports enthusiasts can stay in shape with tennis, badminton and basketball courts, a fitness centre and Muay Thai ring, and children will be inspired, educated and entertained by the regular schedule of creative activities at the Kid’s Corner.
Soothing experiences can be enjoyed at The Pimalai Spa, which is nestled in the heart of the forest and specialises in time-honoured Thai therapies, many of which date back hundreds of years. This multi-award-winning wellness centre recently unveiled four new massages that embrace Thailand’s ancient healing wisdom, including a dedicated “Pregnancy Massage”, to help relax the body and rejuvenate the soul. Yoga classes are also available to promote mindfulness, or guests can simply plunge into the resort’s two shimmering, infinity-edged pools and take a soothing swim whilst gazing out over the ocean – pure bliss!
“At Pimalai, we always look forward to the green season. It is such an rewarding time of year, when the entire island just seems to burst into life and colour. With Mu Ko Lanta National Park due to close from mid-May, travellers have a unique opportunity to discover a different side of this destination – a land of lush jungles, hidden wonders and colourful wildlife. We look forward to showcasing the beauty of Mother Nature to all our domestic and international guests this summer,” said Charintip Tiyaphorn, Pimalai’s Owner Representative.
Pimalai is nestled in 100 acres of lush jungle, cascading down to a 900-metre-long private beach
Pimalai is now inviting guests to book early and benefit from significant savings for their summer holiday. Under the “Early Bird Promotion”, savings of between 10% and 40% are available for bookings made in advance. Rates start from THB 5,820 net. Alternatively, the “Long Stay Promotion” starts from THB 11,564 net and includes up to seven free nights if guests stay for seven or more nights. Both offers are valid from now until 31st October 2022. In addition, the “Stay 5 Pay 4” package offers a free night, complimentary transfers and daily breakfast for guests who book a five-night stay. Rate start from THB 16,296 and are valid from now until 30th September 2022.