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after two wonderful days of five star wonderfullness with the softest sheets known to mankind, we have finally made our way south!
we woke up early and stumbled our way downstairs to our waiting airport transfer car, to be greeted with two goodie bags. i could so get used to this. we had panama hats, fans, a beach bag and i got a sarong/ …
Ok, so now a bit tired. We left Chaing Mai at 11 this morning and got here at 7pm tonight. Tim thinks we traveled about 700 miles. (You can check that fact out). We had no idea that it would take 3 hours to drive from Phucket to Krabi and then they had not booked our transfer, so the poor tour guides had then got to take us by two ferries to get …
First full day on the island. Spent the morning on the beach and we have both just had a Thai massage - very relaxing. Might pop into the town now. I think it might have rained again when we were in the spa, no problem. I think we're going to have a very happy week or so here. Now, where's that tut tut? Second full day here.... Day on beach …
... geordies in there and one girl from Sunderland!! The people there were lovely and we enjoyed watching the game together as it had been a while since we had! We did enjoy Ko Lanta, however I think really it would have been best to hire a couple motorbikes and explore the island a bit. The lack of life and shops/restaurants/bars did make me and Craig miss Ao Nang where we were really comfortable, so with this in mind we booked our bus back to Ao Nang for the next day ...
... them at the irish bar later. We were both in such a flap where we were rushing to get ready and contacting home so we were a little bit late. But it didnt matter :) Everyone was just drinking in the Irish bar! This was the first and only night me and becky bought a bucket of cocktail. Everyone else had been drinking them during the week. Even the thought of it now makes me feel sick. I dont really remember much else to be honest - apparently i got drunk very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Layana Resort and Spa Ko Lanta
A fabulous resort!
We recently stayed here for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. This place is paradise and the friendly staff and owners are there to make your stay perfect. We stayed in a Garden Pavillion which was very spacious and comfortable and could see the sea from our balcony. The Linger Longer spa is heaven and all facilities are wonderful...i want to go back!!
We just spend over 1 week at Layana we had really a wunderful time. Layana is an exellent new boutique resort in Thailand. As we travel a lot to Thailand and we can compare the resort, we can recommend Layana to everyone.
The rooms are very luxury equipped with DVD-System and Wireless Internet access. If you bring your laptop you will find access all over the resort,in the room, at the beach or in the lounge. The rooms are very clean and bedsheets are changed daily.
We liked the service around the pool. You get cold water, cold facetowels and fruit daily. We haven't seen this before.
We can really recommend this place to all who like to have a quite relaxing vacation far away from the big tourist centers.
Thanks again to all staff and the management of Layana. We hope we can see you all soon again.
A Work In Progress
Spent 12 days at Layana over New Year's and left feeling somwhat ambivalent. The hotel is a little over a year old, and as my partner and I stayed at Pimalai a couple years back, we wanted to come back to Koh Lanta but wanted to try out a new experience. Layana did have some nice touches - free internet access and DVD rental, bottled water readily available, great diving school and nice tour options to explore the surrounding islands. What lacked though was the true feeling of luxury. The spa looked a bit shabby, the pool was shallow and was not quite what we had in mind for an infinity pool, and the service is something that still has some kinks to be ironed out (owners are quite aware of this deficiency and alluded to it during one of the hotel's sunset cruises). Rooms themselves are just alright - sheets aren't changed as often as they should, and little touches like offering bath salts for the sunken tub would have been nice. Hotel also only has one dining option but the nice thing is that the beach on which it is situated (Phra Ae or Long Beach) has some better, more affordable options.
To its credit, the hotel does make an effort as evidenced through its bringing a Hollywood chef and offering aerobics courses by the beach, etc. But it's still not quite where it should be if it wants to realistically compete with the likes of Pimalai, JW Marriott, Rayawadee, etc.
Bob and his team have done a fantastic job creating this paradise resort. The pool is great, right next to the beach, restaurant is good (fab steak), minibar items a little overpriced but hey it is a 5 star place!
Great Spa, loved the ''shock shower''. Could'nt recommend it highly enough.
We spent Christmas week at this absolutely beautiful resort. The nice stretch of beach it's on has clear waters and is lined with low-key cheap eateries, no big discos or shopping malls here. It's all about peace, relaxation and pampering. Spend a little extra to arrive by motorboat from Krabi and you arrive in style right up to the beach in front of the resort. The free internet access and dvds for your room viewing are extra pluses. Every care and attention is given to its guests, including ice water and cold towels brought to your beach chairs. One of the best resorts I've stayed in.
Perfect for relaxation
We stayed at the Layana Resort for a week, from Christmas Eve to New Year's Eve. This was our first trip to Koh Lanta, which is a wonderful place if you are looking for lovely, quiet beaches that not even the beach vendors have "discovered" yet.
Our Garden Pavilion room was beautiful--well thought out design and amenities. The pool, just 5 steps from the white sand beach, is very nice, although not deep enough for diving. The Tides restaurant is top notch, with attentive service and an imaginative presentation of food. A bit on the expensive side for a beach restaurant, though, and the breakfast buffet was rather numbing in its sameness. While the resort excelled in many areas, the service is what stands out more than anything. We were so pampered!
We rented a car and drove around the island, which is full of excellent beaches and very little development. Those looking for nightlife would be better off heading to Krabi or Phuket, though. The tourism infrastructure is in its infancy. Koh Lanta is a quiet place, which is just what we had hoped for.
Luxury at the Layana
We arrived at the Layana after 8 nights in Singapore and Bangkok and from the moment of our arrival we were treated to a fantastic experience.
We stayed in a Garden Pavilion which offered spacious and beautifully designed accommodation. No expense has been spared in the decoration of the rooms - extensive use of local wood and top quality fabrics have created a haven of luxury with a contemporary thai feel. Loved the sunken bath with huge windows looking out onto lush greenery!!(don't worry, there are blinds to keep out prying eyes....)
The food at 'Tides' restaurant was well beautifully prepared and presented and, whilst it wasn't the cheapest in the area, continued the luxury theme perfectly.
At the Layana, it was the little things that made the difference - chilled water brought to you, without prompting, by the pool attendants; skewers of fresh fruit to enjoy whilst sunbathing; chilled face towels to refresh you after a strenuous day by the stunning infinity pool - fabulous.
Layana is in the ideal location to allow you to experience the chilled out feel of the beach - there are a number of other bungalow resorts in the area and some relaxed bars and beach restaurants - but if you're looking for attention to detail and consistently high quality, Layana is the place for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to our friends.
The world really does revolve around you
This was our first visit to Layana Resort and Spa and it certainly won't be our last. It truly is a haven. The location is beautiful, the accommodations first rate, and I can't even begin to say enough good things about the wonderful staff. Everyone was friendly and gracious and extremely accommodating to our every request. Be sure to take advantage of the spa services--the massages are out of this world.
Our stay at Layana Resort & Spa was not the first and certainly we will pop in whenever we happen to be around Thailand. Then our experience was overwhelming and most pleasant. Layana is the newest Resort on Koh Lanta Ya Island. It was opened just in November 2004 and it is well located on a 3-km stretch of beach called "Long Beach".
Layana's philosophy is that "the world revolves around you" and this is taken seriously by its owners - Bob and Margie from South Africa - who together with their staff take great care of every single guest.
This is a place where the answer "No Sir, sorry we can't make it" is hardly to be heard. Friendly and helpful staff is always around pleased to fulfil any wish ever. At the moment we exited Krabi airport till our departure we felt special and pampered. We had the opportunity to make acquaintance with Bob and Margie and even have a drink together in a relaxed atmosphere at the "Sundowners" bar watching stunning sunsets and the lazy waves coming in and out.
Our Garden Pavilion room was spacious, bright and well designed in contemporary Thai style. No expense was spared in local woods and marble. From our balcony we could view the infinity pool and the ocean. Cleanness was a big deal and the service outstanding and truly individualized.
At "Tides" restaurant we had our daily breakfast, sometimes a la carte or buffet and also our dinner. The food was excellent, made of freh ingredients and well presented.
For the lazy hours we tried the extensive treatments offered by Linger Longer Spa and here I would recommend the "Layana Signature Massage". The masseuses are highly trained and the products are all made of natural herbs.
For a workout the infinity pool was the best to kill the extras calories we got at the "Tides" and also long walks along the beach. Layana has its own speedboad, so we tried the "4-Island" excursion and a "Sunset Tour", which were simply amazing.
Overall I would say this is the best resort we have ever stayed in. And we are looking forward for another visit as soon as possible.
Will be in Architectural Digest soon - Stunning & First Class in every way!
I took a look at the room before checking in & lifted the bath sheet (which was pillowy soft & weighed in at a hefty (virutally) 5 lbs!) in the (mostly) granite bathroom suite. At this point, in the height of luxury, I said aloud "I just love this place! " The egyptian cotton robes were the icing on the 'amentity cake.' Stuff like this is telltale. It's akin to a person's business acumen being linked to their shoes - you understand. Few 5 star resorts, really 'get' the luxury thing! Linens aren't negotiable in my world - only first class! The dining & the design of the whole place was consistent with the ammenities. Christmas dinner consisted of a romantic beachside table complete with impeccable service (paying attention to every detail) and a gift for all guests. This place is for those who really want luxury. This place is completely first class and operated with this in mind, down to every detail. I definitely recommend this resort.