Pimalai Resort & Spa 

A picture-perfect island idyll

At one with nature, this resort ascends the mountainside from one of Koh Lanta’s breathtaking beaches.

This is tropical Thailand as you’ve imagined it – a forest-cloaked limestone hill (complete with cheeky macaques) tumbling down to a picture-postcard beach that’s bookended by a handful of rustic local restaurants and bars. In the middle of this glorious bay is Pimalai Resort & Spa, a hideaway where wellness and sustainability share top billing. The style blends perfectly with the natural environment and there’s a real sense of place thanks to the gabled and thatched roofs and landscaping that includes koi ponds and waterfalls.

Why we love Pimalai Resort & Spa

  • It’s a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, whose properties are known for their luxury, character and tranquillity

  • The resort is set in 100 acres of beachside forest and gardens, which you can explore on a guided nature and wildlife walk

  • There’s a great range of complimentary water sports at the Beach Hut and a long-established 5 Star PADI dive centre

  • Its secluded village-style spa is a stand-out spot and is so highly regarded it has won awards from the likes of Condé Nast

5 stars
Nov - Apr
Koh Lanta
Krabi 13 hours
Overlooking Kantiang Bay on the south-west coast of Koh Lanta
Approx. 1 hour’s transfer from Krabi airport followed by a five-minute speedboat ride and 50-minute road transfer; after 5.30pm, a public ferry will be used to cross to Koh Lanta
Villas, Suitable for children, Beach



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Sustainability

4 restaurants (seasonal openings apply)

What's included

Breakfast at Seven Seas Restaurant from 6.30am to 10.30am

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast at Seven Seas Restaurant from 6.30am to 10.30am • Dinner at Rak Talay Beach Bar & Restaurant.

Both the natural world and local communities are important to the folks at Pimalai and a lot of emphasis is put on protecting and advancing them both. One of the most exciting projects that resort is part of is The Little Scientist House which was set up by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn. Her goal is to encourage the children of Thailand to take an interest in science and further the education of primary school children. Pimalai now works with 11 Koh Lanta schools that are part of the project and they help them provide a wide range of scientific activities by providing materials and inspiring their staff to get involved. There’s also a real focus on locally created arts and crafts in the resort boutique and guests are encouraged to visit Old Town Lanta to shop, eat and drink, and also to visit the Lanta Community Museum and learn about island life.

On the environment side, the resort runs a selection of programmes including local litter picks with local children to show them the importance of keeping the island clean and safe. They also have a zero-waste project to ensure everything that can be recycled is recycled and food waste goes to a fertiliser-making facility. This low-waste agenda starts before the waste is even produced – the menus are designed to create minimal leftovers, produce is not over ordered and any ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables are used in soups and smoothies.

There’s also a plan to reintroduce the clownfish to the surrounding waters – the surrounding waters were a natural habitat for the famed fish species made famous by the film Finding Nemo. In 2004, they discovered that the population had disappeared thanks in part to the pet fish industry. Through trial and error, they successfully released clownfish and seahorses back onto the Andaman Sea and then started up a coral propagation programme.

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