Pimalai Resort & Spa
99 Moo 5, Ao Kantiang T: (075) 607 999 F: (075) 607 998
Just about every glowing adjective and superlative has been attached to the five-star Pimalai, even if the security guards don't exactly welcome sweaty travel writers when they roll up on their motorbikes.
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Most people's first view of the resort comes as they round a bend and see the luxury villas nestled into a vast green hillside, with more beachside villas on the other side of the road. Even the cheapest rooms come with plenty of privacy, polished teakwood floors, wall-size windows with smashing views, enormous terraces, sumptuous Thai fabrics, thoughtfully selected art and every last amenity you could want. Thai-owned and French-managed, Pimalai has won a heap of awards, including several environmental ones. The resort has successfully used their formidable influence to keep Ao Kantiang's atmosphere quiet and pristine; they even instigated an electricity-free hour for the whole bay in 2013 (7-eleven was the only business to not partake). Facilities include four restaurants, two infinity pools, two tennis courts, tour and scuba operators, and a spa that rivals any other in Thailand. A Thai princess has been known to holiday here. Need we say more?
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 6,650 baht, high season 10,200 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 13,300 baht, high season 21,350 baht. Notes:
Room: Private pool villa, low season: 24,000 baht, high season 36,000 baht. Notes:
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