Overseas guests and returning Thai nationals can now add a luxurious and eco-friendly retreat onto the end of their 7+7 vacation, with a salubrious, stress-free stay at Koh Lanta’s stunning five-star sanctuary
Pimalai Resort & Spa, the natural five-star sanctuary, is inviting international guests to rediscover the breath-taking beauty of southern Thailand with a Sandbox vacation that incorporates a series of highly desirable destinations, ending with a spectacular and secluded stay on the pure shores of Koh Lanta.
Under the 7+7 extension of the quarantine-free Phuket Sandbox programme, overseas travellers who fly directly to Phuket can spend one week in the “Pearl of the Andaman”, then enjoy their second week in Krabi, Koh Samui or Phang Nga. This innovative initiative opens up an amazing array of travel opportunities for European visitors, other nationalities, returning Thai nationals and second home owners who have been longing to return to southern Thailand.
Pimalai is now giving all international arrivals the opportunity to extend their two-week Sandbox stay with an eco-sensitive adventure on the exquisite island of Koh Lanta. Having enjoyed seven nights in Phuket and seven more in the more popular parts of Krabi province, such as Koh Phi Phi and Railay Bay, Koh Lanta will feel like a pristine paradise – a blissful break from the outside world. While Koh Lanta isn’t part of the 7-7 program, Pimalai is the perfect place to end a Sandbox sojourn with a few extra nights of indulgent, environmental escapism.
Nestled in 100 acres of tropical jungle on the west coast island of Koh Lanta, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea, Pimalai is a haven of preservation. The lush grounds are blessed with native plants such as banyan trees, coconut palms and bird of paradise flowers, wildlife including monitor lizards, eagles and hornbills, and the resort practises a wide range of responsible programmes such as organic farming, coral propagation and coastal cleaning, allowing guests to connect with nature.
Throughout their stay in a choice stylish and spacious rooms, suites and pool villas, guests can take part in an array of immersive activities. The 900-metre-long beach sets the stage for beach games and non-motorised water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and body boarding, all of which are included in the room rate. Sports enthusiasts can stay fit and healthy at Pimalai’s Sports Centre, which houses tennis, badminton, basketball and pétanque courts, a fitness centre and Muay Thai ring. A lakeside running track and cycling paths wind through lush greenery, weekly tours are hosted by the resort’s general manager, yoga classes promote mindfulness, and the award-winning spa offers soothing therapies*.
While the global pandemic caused unprecedented disruption to life and travel in Thailand, it had one positive side effect; the lack of visitors allowed the Kingdom’s precious ecosystems and rich marine life to recover, without the negative impact of humans. This means that guests who return to Koh Lanta now will be able to uncover an ecological treasure trove that teems with tropical life.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park remains closed until October, but some excursions are still available. The Koh Ngai Fun Day trip features a full day of swimming, snorkelling and kayaking on an idyllic island with lunch on the beach, while the Talabeng Scenic Cruise & Lunch at the Old Town tour lets visitors swim, kayak and explore caves, before returning to discover the rich heritage of Koh Lanta’s Old Town. Alternatively, private beachfront dining experiences, in-villa barbecues and Thai cooking classes are wonderful ways to connect with loved ones.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome back our cherished international clientele. Ever since we opened 20 years ago, Pimalai has been a favoured destination for A-listers, executives and anyone seeking a salubrious, stress-free escape, away from the crowds. Following the 18-month closure of Thailand’s borders, travellers will be able to see this enchanting destination in all its glory. We look forward to welcoming overseas guests back to paradise at Pimalai,” said Patrice Landrein, Pimalai’s General Manager.
Every guest at Pimalai can rest assured that they are safe and secure. Under the “Pimalai Care” initiative, the resort has implemented a series of innovative health and hygiene measures that go above and beyond the usual protocols, including three disinfection tunnels, ozone sanitisation in the rooms, suites and villas, heat cleaning in the kitchens, and 24-hour vacancy periods between bookings.
All Sandbox guests will be treated to Pimalai’s exclusive Thai resident rates, which start from just THB 4,725 net per room per night, including daily breakfast and roundtrip transfers from Krabi. For more information and to make a reservation, please email [email protected] or call 02 320 5500. To learn more about Pimalai Resort & Spa, please visit www.pimalai.com and for
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* Subject to local regulations in Krabi province.