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An hour by boat from the mainland, this secluded resort on the island of Koh Lanta is worlds away from the crowded beaches of many Thai islands.
Pimalai sits in 100 acres of tropical rainforest and has direct access to over half a mile of pristine white sandy beach. Accommodation ranges from deluxe rooms to two bedrooms villas and all have been decorated in a contemporary Thai design, with dark wood furniture, polished wooden floors and bamboo blinds.
There are eight restaurants and bars from which to choose, offering an extensive variety of cuisines to suit everyone's tastes. Each has its own style and ambience ranging from the relaxed Banyan Tree Pool Side Café to the elegant Seven Seas Wine Bar.
Facilities include two infinity pools, two tennis courts, a fitness room and a library. Guests can also enjoy a number of activities at the resort, from kayaking, sailing and diving to Thai cooking lessons, elephant trekking and excursions to the Lanta Marine National Park.
Why we love it
For a more unusual activity, why not try the resort's Squid Safari. You'll be taught how to hook one of the slippery creatures and if you catch one, the staff will barbeque it for you!
Katie, Original Traveller