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Owned by the MBK group of Bangkok shopping mall fame, Layana is arguably the best of an elite club of five-store resorts on Ko Lanta.
The grounds are small enough that you won't get lost, and the attention to detail in all aspects is impressive. Though not as massive as the pool at Cha-Da Resort on Haad Khlong Dao, the infinity pool is perfectly formed and surrounded by shaded sunbathing areas on a wooden deck near the large jacuzzi. Watched over by a team of servers and security guards, private beach loungers front an excellent stretch of central Long Beach. Most rooms come in two-storey structures (four rooms per building) and open onto a lawn so perfect that you could play snooker on it. The room interiors are done in a contemporary Thai style, with refreshingly bright colours, natural furnishings and plenty of hardwood and silk. For complete luxury, choose one of the three ocean deluxe suites that cover 88 square metres and look directly onto the beach. Staff speak perfect English, and the resort offers a decadent spa to go with a beachfront restaurant, fitness room and library. Rooms are very pricey, but a range of online packages and discounts can help soften the blow.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.