For a tree-cloaked island hugged by the azure sea, Koh Lanta tops our list as a dream getaway on that front.

“And where’s the best place to stay on the island?” we hear you ask. Without hesitation, Pimalai Resort and Spa should be your next move. Facing the Andaman Sea, the resort stretches leisurely across 40 hectares on the west coast of Koh Lanta. It features the five-starred amenities you know and love, and yet still puts much of its attention on the natural resources of the rainforest and coral reefs of the island.

It is the ideal escape for your next island vacation. Here are five reasons why.

[All images courtesy of Pimalai Resort and Spa]

1. The gorgeous room types

From one-bedroom deluxe rooms to two-bedroom and three-bedroom villas, Pimalai offers all to cater to the resort experience you’re after. The most Instagrammable option is the Hillside Ocean View Pool Villa, situated atop the hillside overlooking a 180-degree view of the Andaman Sea. Apart from soaking in the breathtaking view, the 22sqm, infinity pool, outdoor terrace, and detached living room situated to the side of the main villa, also invite you to dive deep into a state of true relaxation.

2. The dining

Dear foodies, if you think island life means a lack of good food, you’re deadly wrong. With four on-site restaurants and bars, Pimalai offers up a range of drool-inducing bites to vivify your dining experience. The beachside Rak Talay Beach Bar and Restaurant dole out scrumptious international seafood dishes from the live cooking stations, whilst the Spice and Rice Restaurant churns out authentic Thai fare to spice up your day. Seven Seas Restaurant is perched on the hill, 60 meters above the sea level, and offers up a stunning view enlivened by French-inspired dishes and an opulent wine selection. For a substantial, simple, and fuss-free meal, opt for The Banyan Tree Poolside Café where you can take delight in a range of comfort food ranging from pasta and pizza to staple Thai dishes.

3. The diving

Considering Koh Lanta’s mesmerising marine life, Pimalai makes for a prime dive destination considering the hotel’s variety of diving programs supervised by PADI Dive Center’s certified instructors. They are suited to both amateurs and professionals alike. Start from basics with the Scuba Diving In The Pool programme if you’re a beginner. The Discover Scuba Diving programme (from one to one and a half days) will also give you a taste of a 12-meter dive even without a full certification course. The PADI Open Water Course, however, should be your move if you wish to obtain a diver certification. The two-to-four-day course is your 101 class on how to dive like a pro. More details on their programs, check here.

4. Koh Haa snorkelling and sunset cruise

For sun-seekers and sea wanderers, situated on the west of Koh Lanta are the five islands (Koh Haa) that next to each other. They provide an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkelling, thanks to the beautiful coral reef scenery and clear blue water. The trip starts in the early afternoon and caps off with a sunset-appreciating session, packed with delicious canapes and drinks, to end your voyage in style.

5. The mangrove tour

To keep it local and minimal, the Mangrove Tour via a long-tailed boat should be your go-to experience. The boat ride through the island’s mangrove forest shows the area’s natural attractions and the abundance of wildlife. You can expect a visit from macaque monkeys and rare fish. Koh Lanta is full of surprises.

Pimalai Resort and Spa, 99 Moo 5 Ba Kan Tiang Beach, Koh Lanta District, Krabi, Thailand, 81150; +6675 607 999

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.