Do you dream of getting in your car and simply driving away from the daily grind? Destination: idyllic island bliss and a wealth of authentic and natural wonders! Pimalai Resort & Spa, the authentic and natural five-star sanctuary on Koh Lanta, is giving guests the chance to achieve their vision of freeway freedom with a new self-drive adventure that includes exclusive “buy one get one free” benefits.Under the new “Drive to Koh Lanta” promotion, Thai nationals and expats who take their own car to Pimalai can enjoy a two-night stay in a choice of stylish rooms, spacious suites and luxurious villas, for the price of just one night! Options include the beautiful Beach Villas and the newly-renovated Hillside Oceanview Pool Villas, which are nestled in the canopy of a lush forest, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea.
Whichever option they choose and however long they stay, every guest will be treated to twice as much time to unwind, with one free night for each paid night. For example, a two-night break will be offered for the price of one night, and a four-night retreat is available for the price of two nights. Fancy an immersive two-week vacation? Under this enticing offer, Thai residents will pay for only seven nights!
With all this extra time and their own car offering complete independence, visitors will be able to experience the many local activities and natural attractions that make Koh Lanta such a compelling destination.
Intrepid explorers can take a scenic drive from Pimalai to Mu Ko Lanta National Park, a gloriously unspoiled landscape of native trees, beautiful beaches and mangrove forests. Park the car and take a stroll to the lighthouse, which is nestled on a small headland, before hiking along coastal trails with spectacular sea views and fantastic photo opportunities. Trekking up to Khlong Chak waterfall and cave, guests can even visit a responsible elephant sanctuary, Following Giants, which cares for these magnificent creatures and lets them roam free in the jungle.
Many visitors are attracted to Koh Lanta’s sparkling seas, and this mesmerising marine world can be uncovered with a traditional long-tail boat ride and kayaking trip to Koh Talabeng, an enchanting offshore island that features verdant jungle, lush mangroves and a network of caves that were once used by pirates! Adventurers will have plenty of time to explore this unique ecosystem and reveal its hidden secrets in a sustainable way.
Back on dry land, travellers can take a short drive to Lanta Old Town, a quaint port that exudes laid-back charm. Stroll along the quiet streets, past old wooden shophouses, and pay a visit to the wonderful Koh Lanta Community Museum, which is free to enter. Then sit back on the seafront and savour local specialties, including fresh seafood. Pimalai recommend the Shine Talay Restaurant, which serves the “catch of the day” from local fishermen, including lobsters, oysters and cockles.
After a day of discovery, guests can drive back to Pimalai and indulge in a soothing 90-minute aromatic massage at Pimalai Spa, and a selection of exclusive dining experiences. Savour an Exotic Thai Set Dinner for just THB 1,500 per couple, an Andaman Seafood Set Dinner for THB 1,800 per couple, or a sumptuous Surf & Turf Barbecue for THB 2,495 per couple. For more information about Pimalai’s special menus.
So what are you waiting for? Simply hop in your car and set the satnav for “paradise” – an enchanting, eco-friendly escape at Pimalai is just a short drive away. For guests living further afield, Pimalai has teamed up with Drive Car Rental to offer a fly-drive option; take a flight to Krabi International Airport and car hire is available from only THB 650 per day, including full first-class insurance coverage.