Paradise Found: The Pimalai

If you read my Thailand travel diary, then you know that we fell madly in love with our hotel in Koh Lanta. And if you haven’t read my Thailand travel diary, then stop what you’re doing and give it a go–but then come back to this post, of course.

While we tried to be fairly frugal with our other hotels throughout the trip, we spared no expense when it came to our abode on Koh Lanta. We wanted to kick our shoes off and truly enjoy our time on the island, so a stunning hotel was definitely in order. And once we saw the Pimalai, we knew we had found the perfect paradise.

Bar none, the Pimalai was the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in–from the delicious food and kind staff to the mesmerizing infinity pools and gorgeous architecture, every single inch of the place was magical (and so Instagrammable). What we loved most about the hotel is that we had everything we needed all in one place. Each day, we’d wake up and eat breakfast overlooking the sea and then head down to the beach. After securing ourselves a shaded cabana, we’d rent some paddle boards or sail boats (both of which were totally free, btw) and spend hours in the water.

For a little change of scenery (as if we needed one), we’d head up to the infinity pool for some late afternoon swimming and reading.

We’d then cap off the day with happy hour on the beach and some dinner. Each night on our way out of the beach restaurant, one of the waitresses would say, “See you tomorrow!” which made us so genuinely happy because she was totally right. Indubitably, we would be there tomorrow, and the night after that as well.

We also loved that the hotel had three different restaurants to choose from, plus quite a few in the surrounding town area. The Rak Talay restaurant down on the beach was our favorite because of the relaxed, casual vibe, but we also really enjoyed the fancier restaurant up at the top of the hotel. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, both Drunken Sailor’s and Pad Thai Rock ‘n Roll were crowd favorites, too.

As to be expected, our room was nothing short of breathtaking either. We had our own little bungalow atop a hill with a comfy bed, plush robe, and rain shower. What more could you ask for?

And how could we not talk about the spa? I tried to get a few treatments done while I was at the Pimalai because, well, vacation. It was super tranquil, super peaceful, and super pretty. See for yourself below!

We really wanted to take a cooking class while we were in Thailand but just couldn’t find the time to do it during the first leg of our trip. Luckily, life slowed down dramatically as soon as we arrived at the Pimalai, and we seemingly had nothing but time on our hands.

We ended up signing up for a cooking class on our last day at the resort and loved learning 1:1 how to make the dishes we’d been eating the whole trip: papaya salad, chicken curry, pad thai, etc.

As I’m sure you’ve gleaned by now, we had a wonderful time at the Pimalai and would go back in a heartbeat if given the opportunity. It–in so many words–was the cherry on top of an amazing trip, filled with memories that I’ll cherish forever.

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