Layana Resort & Spa Koh Lanta Yai celebrates 10 years
In 2002 when a sole sailor docked on Koh Lanta, his immediate thoughts were focused on how to preserve all of its natural features and create an idyllic tropical beachfront home. A while later, his thoughts became a reality and in 2004, the island welcomed Layana Resort & Spa Koh Lanta Yai (272 Moo 3 Saladan, Phra-Ae Beach, Koh Lanta; 075 607 100; www.layanaresort.com), which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Located on its very own private three-kilometer long beachfront, Layana is a haven for those seeking luxury, total seclusion, peace, and tranquility. Just a 75-minute flight from Bangkok and a short drive from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta Noi, speedboat transfers operate throughout high season (November-April) and will have you on the resort’s doorstep in just 20 minutes.
With an unwavering commitment to conservation and green practices, Layana first hit the world stage in 2009 having won its first World Luxury award as “Best Boutique Hotel in the Asian Continent.” It has continued to garner worldwide recognition, winning a string of prestigious awards, and most recently it became an accredited member of the most exclusive collection of luxury island resorts.
In 2013, Layana Resort & Spa saw the completion of a THB 83 million (USD 2.7 million) grand renovation project, further enhancing the resort’s ability to exceed its visitor’s high expectations. Committed to environmental preservation, Layana is constantly emphasizing how important it is to preserve Thailand’s natural environments and cultural heritage through a variety of social projects.
Layana features 51 luxurious guestrooms and suites comprising of 44 Garden Pavilion rooms, three Beach Suites, three Ocean Deluxe Suites, and the one and only of its kind: La Maison. All the rooms are designed in a contemporary Thai style complete with large balconies, while décor and furnishings make extensive use of hardwoods, silk, and other indigenous materials. All rooms have either king size beds or separate twin beds with goose-down duvets, as well as a large daybed. Bathrooms are fitted with bathtubs and separate showers, and the suites are equipped with open-air garden showers.
While the Tides restaurant offers guests a formal dining experience, Sundowners Bar looks directly out to sea from its beach location and is the perfect place to have refreshing cool drinks and evening cocktails.
The Linger Longer Spa is a sanctuary for stress-relief, and guests can rediscover an inner harmony through an extensive range of Eastern and Western health and beauty treatments, all designed to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
The hotel also offers several activities and excursions for those who want to explore the secluded island destination, or alternatively you can simply enjoy the bliss of doing nothing.