Thai luxury resort Pimalai Resort & Spa is forging ahead with recovery plans despite the recent closure of Koh Lanta island in the southern Thai province of Krabi until 30 April 2020.
Pimalai is remaining positive and using this time to create new horizons for a property which opened almost 20 years ago.
“The vision of Pimalai has always been far-sighted,” said Pimalai Resort & Spa General Manager, Patrice Landrein. “It is, for this reason, we do not panic but think carefully, take care of our people and consider the future.”
“When we first opened a lot of people thought we were a little mad, to be honest, given the former remoteness of the destination. But look [at] how the world has changed. We came here to create a private, service-driven, nature-inspired experience. This is now more relevant than ever before – and we will continue to move forward with our philosophy and prepare for guests when they travel again,” he added.
Pimalai has started full renovations of 20 of its hillside oceanview villas with private pools that sit at the top of soaring indigenous Ton Yang trees that are as high as 80 metres tall from the ground up and over 100 years old. The design concept offers bright, modern interiors inspired by marine colours, contours and movement. The resort is also conceptualising the first wedding chapel on the island.
Staff training has increased in all departments with regular English classes, folk-design tutorials for unique decorations across the resort and music performance teaching to maintain spirits as well as minds.
A full deep-cleaning and maintenance program is in progress across all 48.5 hectares of the resort including accommodation, public areas, restaurants, spa and gardens. Alternative energy programs, composting and organic growing are all in full swing.
“Like all in the hospitality industry we are under pressure due to our temporary closure, but we are positive and we will come back strong,” added Landrein.