The long narrow path flanked by bushes leading down to the lodge opens slightly at the end where there is enough space to get out your vehicle and walk a few steps into the cosy, light reception area where a large round coffee tables sitting on an oriental rug is surrounded by armchairs and sofas to collapse into after your long drive. Decorated with candles, flowers and elegant pieces of wooden furniture, it is here where the formalities are taken care of by the courteous staff. Off of this room is the honesty library where copper pots, carvings, CDs, DVDs and videos are intermingled with books on a wealth of subjects. There is also a flatscreen television here as well as a laptop which guests are free to use.
Round the corner from the welcome area is the pool and lounge. The former, a smart affair with spotless surrounds and spotlights lit at night, has elegant loungers by its side each with a small table and a candle giving atmosphere from nightfall. Just behind the pool is a covered relaxation area with stylish homemade furniture, adorned with cool coloured cushions and decorated with orchids and small decorative objects which is a pleasure to inhabit during warm evenings before and after dinner. If you prefer to be inside then head to the lounge and bar with its floor-to-ceiling windows and bare timber roof structure (also homemade). With flowers on every surface, traditional wooden games and lighting and music pitched at just the right level, this is another great pre- or post-dinner venue (to be shared with Eddie the dog!).
One of the main pulls of Prana is its wellness facilities. The Thai-themed spa centre boasts two massages rooms, a sauna, steam, yoga deck and jacuzzi as well as w host of massage, reflexology, facial and body treatments carried out with the highest quality of products by the sweetest of Thai ladies in fisherman pants, to background music and the sound of trickling water from outside. Upon arrival you'll receive a home-made welcome tea of lemongrass and pendle leaf before having your treatment. Once prepared in the changing rooms, you'll be taken to one of the rooms or sat in a chair in the entrance hall for foot scrubs before being invited to shower outside surrounded only by the forest. Meditation, yoga and relaxation walks along the beach are also offered and use of the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi is complimentary when you buy a treatment. Packages are available.
Another great feature of Prana Lodge is the viewing deck which looks onto the beach down below. In order to reach it guests simply follow a boardwalk path from within the lodge through the forest and past the owners' private house. Perfect for watching the sunrise, there are several loungers as well as a giant beanbag for your comfort posed on the deck at the end of the path.
Getting around the lodge is easy and the paths are well let at night. You'll come across various different animals along your way through the lodge such as guinea fowl, snakes, lizards and monkeys, none of which are dangerous. If you ask nicely (and they have time), Tim and Gail will even show you around their workshops where much of the lodge's furniture is produced.