What Lozza1uk - December 2009 says about "Accommodation" ?
Got back this morning from 14 nights at the Pimalai and totally disagree with the Edinburgh review. We thought the place was amazing and definitely a 5* resort. As we We had a bayfront deluxe room which looked quite a bit bigger than the deluxe rooms and meant you could have a bath looking down to the beach (admittedly through the trees but that meant wildlife as well as a sea view).
The speedboat transfer was a great way to see the island before arriving at the resort and meant avoiding the rougher roads on the island. On arrival we had champagne, a cake, cookies and fruit as a honeymoon couple which was a nice touch.
The pool areas were amazing and the views fantastic. People seem to prefer the beach which meant plenty of room by the pool every day. Food was average and expensive relative to outside the resort but no more than lunch in England would cost. There's a seafood buffet on Saturday nights which is about £40 per person - a lot but it is all you can eat lobster, large prawns etc. The sports area was good too with new equipment.
Outside the resort we ate at Kantiang Bay View (next to Why Not bar on the beach) and at a couple of places in the village. Drunken Sailors was excellent, especially the fruit smoothies so I guess the reviewer below was unlucky. The most authentic place we loved was half way between the village and the Pimalai just off the road. A lot of Pimalai staff ate there every night. It looks really basic (and is) but the owner is really friendly and each dish is cooked one at a time. The prawns with garlic and pepper were amazing. It's also incredibly cheap and portions are large, about 500 baht max for 2 people with a couple of beers each. The only place we didn't like was Jungle View restaurant, just because the atmosphere felt a bit hostile, but it may have been because we were the only people there that night.
I'd love to return to the Pimalai and would recommend it to anyone, unless you really struggle walking as there are a lot of steps (needed to work off the large breakfasts!). In fact a couple we talked to said they thought it was better than their stay at the Datai in Langkawi which we've heard great things about!