Casa de La Flora
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes a welcome drink, free drinks from the minibar and daily breakfast, sandwiches and a fruit plate
- Watching the sunset over the Andaman Sea from your villa's private plunge pool
- Khao Lak has the natural beauty of Phuket, without the crowds
What To Know
- Beach is on the skinny side, but still wide enough for loungers
- If you're looking for the traditional teak beach bungalow, you won't dig the modern design here
- Room service menu is a little disappointing
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A vision in stone, concrete and glass, this minimalist design hotel stands out for its stark, angular and — unique in southern Thailand — postmodern Brutalist look. Aesthetics are paramount here, and every facet of the design serves not only to look sexy but to maximize the stunning ocean views. Glass-fronted cubic villas come with private plunge pools and polished wood verandas overlooking the Andaman Sea, creating a wonderful water symmetry.
Bed and Bath
The sharp angles and contemporary design continue in the 36 cube-shaped beachfront villas, which have floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer stunning sea views. Despite the sharp lines, bedrooms are surprisingly comfortable, with plush mattresses dressed in clean white linens and piled high with plenty of pillows. Bathrooms have deep stone soaking tubs, ceramic sinks and dispensers full of botanical products.
The strip of golden sand is narrow here, but it is also mostly deserted — a welcome contrast to crowd-packed Phuket, a 90-minute drive to the south. The quality of the water is the same, however: clear, warm and calm, and Casa de La Flora has done an excellent job of blending into the natural environs – wood loungers are built right into the tasteful stone wall separating units from the sea. The house restaurant, La Aranya, serves a mixture of Thai and Western dishes in a chic lounge setting. The on-site spa offers a tantalizing lineup of traditional treatments and Thai massages.
How to Get There
Very posh but still charming hotel. We had a duplex villa with our own pool. Unfortunatley we didn't have the promised ocean view from our bedroom upstairs due to a palm tree. Everything in the villa is stylish and beautiful but not very practical for the actual use. Breakfast was great, combination fo buffet and of the menu. Staff was though very helpful. There's no real beach, especially during high tide. Unfortunalty, after check out when we were waiting for our taxi, apparently somebody already inspected our room and asking us (quite impatiently) where we put the laundry bag, which seemed to me like implying that we took it. Not very nice words after an otherwise great stay.
If you're looking to stay in Khao Lak, love contemporary design (especially clean lines), and you prefer smaller hotels (tranquility, better service, etc.) then just book this now. If that speaks to you, don't bother reading this or anyone else's review, just book.
First I want to address the negative reviews complaining about the lack of beach. If you must have a big sandy beach directly in front of your hotel, move along, but you'd really be missing out on an amazing hotel for what I see as a non-issue. When the tide is down, the beach in front of the hotel is fine. Otherwise, it takes 1 minute to walk north to the sandy beach and 5 minutes more for a long stretch of sand backed by a lagoon and trees, no resorts. Just look at google maps!
I've also seen complaints about lack of views and sun from the cheapest room category. The rooms at Casa de la Flora are all incredible. If you really need ocean views and sun on your private pool, pay the extra money for a level up. It's not much more and you've no right to complain otherwise.
Usually I'd say you shouldn't be spending too much time in your room anyway, but this is not the case because the massive rooms here are so appealing.
A list of other amazing elements: the staff, breakfast, the private pools, shared infinity pool, sunsets, the bed, room lighting, the spa, ginormous bathtub, huge double shower, pillow menu, aroma menu, transfer vans (incl. recliners, wifi, cold drinks), complimentary mini bar, yoga, boxing, excursions, and the location.
Food, drinks, and extras are expensive for Thailand/Khao Lak, but you're not required to purchase any of them. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars nearby.
Our stay at the Casa de la Flora was wonderful amazing and fantastic. It is a great Hotel. The staff is very kind and nice and do everything for you for a very pleasant stay. I hope we‘ll be back next year.
Travelled solo and decided to picked this place to chill out after an exhausting 6-day liveabord at Similan. Stayed at villa 202 which was a 2-story duplex with a private pool.
Both the living room and bedroom were great and the 1st story shower had a really high ceiling (which was mind-boggling to me). Loved the granite tub on the 2nd floor. The private pool wasn't very big but it was large enough to wade in and the jacuzzi jets were great. The biggest bummer was that all the duplexes were the nearest to the road and away from the sea. No sea views and you don't get any sun in the pool area. However, they do have shuttles to their sister hotel La Vela which has an excellent beach 15 mins away. They even allow you to use the sunbathing chairs meant for la vela guests.
The a la carte breakfast was the best I've had in any accommodations so far in Thailand. The cheese quesadilla in particular was really good! Excellent views of the sea from the restaurant and no beachgoers around so it's very peaceful (because there's not much of a beach). They also serve the lattes with a cinnamon stick dipped in honey and brown sugar as a stirrer which was a really nice detail.
There are some decent Thai restaurants 15 mins down the road. But since it's not the main road, there are minimal lights and it's really dark in the evenings so you'll need to brave it if you're walking.
Overall it was a great experience with very friendly and hardworking staff and I'd definitely recommend staying here. Taking off a point for the lack of view, sun, and beach. At this price point it was kind of a given for me.
We have a beach front villa with own pool. We decided in favour of the casa de la flora, because it is a small hotel with limited rooms, that offer also beach view villas. I was a little disappointed, because I couldn't see the sea from the terrasse. Therefore, I switched to the public area, which is not used much.
Breakfast is wonderful as others stated already. Everything is perfect, only if you are looking for a private spot on the beach via the beach front villa it might not be the correct spot for you.