All things considered, we’d rather be swimming with whale sharks

We don’t normally need much of an excuse to pack our bags and head to Thailand, but the prospect of diving with whale sharks really seals the deal.

Inviting travellers to discover a truly unspoilt side to Thailand, Pimalai Resort and Spa is a serene sanctuary situated on one of the country’s finest (and quietest) beaches in Koh Lanta, spread across 40 hectares of lush hillside and beachfront.

Since welcoming visitors three decades ago, little has changed, beaches without footprints sprawl beneath rainforest canopies and it has become a favourite for repeat visitors seeking unrefined luxury, away from the hustle and bustle of the better-known islands.

Actively encouraging guests to explore the surrounding island, the resort offers a variety of activities and excursions including scuba diving with the majestic whale shark in their natural habitat!

This unique coastal area is one of the first to welcome the whale shark each dive season…

Ba Kan Tiang Beach is spectacular

This unique coastal area is one of the first to welcome the whale shark each dive season, claiming the most frequent sightings throughout SouthEast Asia. 

In partnership with Scubafish, the PADI 5-Star, Gold Palm and IDC-certified dive centre, Pimalai offers divers a chance to explore the tourist-free turquoise waters of Koh Lanta when whale shark sightings are most frequent, which is about now… 

The majestic, slow-moving whale shark is one heck of a behemoth. They can grow to 18m and live for upwards of 130 years. With their huge mouths, they’re a filter feeder and gorge almost entirely on plankton. They pose no threat to tourists.

As well as whale shark excursions, travellers can also embark on a peaceful Sunrise Mangrove Tour to spot macaque monkeys or head out on a culturally rich Old Town Tour.

A beach Villa at Pimalai Resort and Spa

Pimalai is also home to three delectable restaurants, including RAK Talay, which serves up signature Thai dishes on the beach and the elevated, seafront fine-dining destination Seven Seas, with contemporary menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs. 

Guests can admire the sunset on Kantiang Bay whilst sipping on signature cocktails and tucking into succulent seafood and sumptuous steaks. After a day of exploration, there’s the opportunity to unwind at its award-winning spa.

Treatments combine traditional and contemporary techniques intended to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. We’re prebooking a Thai Lanna Herbal Wrap and Andaman Sea Salt Scrub right now…

The Luxe Review in The Phanganist

In related news, The Luxe Review had the great pleasure of being interviewed by The Phanganist, the online magazine about the island of Koh Phangan, neighbour of Koh Lanta. Read The Luxe Review: Light at the End of the Tunnel here.

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