La Flora Resort & Spa Khao Lak
What We Love
- Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- ?Lovely beachfront location in Khao Lak, close to some of Thailand’s most stunning natural treasures
- An excellent spa, comprehensive activities roster, and well-equipped water sports center?
- Efficient, cheerful service
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Khao Lak is a quiet beach town; those looking for more excitement should head to Phuket
- Large rooms and on-site activities are well suited to families
- ?Dining options are fairly limited; there’s only one restaurant on-site
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With gorgeous Andaman Sea beaches, lush jungle, and limestone mountains, Khao Lak is studded with natural beauty and is a laid-back alternative to crowded Phuket, an hour’s drive to the south. Located on bustling (by Khao Lak standards) Bang Niang beach, La Flora is a complex of two- and three-story buildings and clapboard bungalows (with lovely little porches and pagoda-style roofs) surrounded by tropical gardens and coconut tree–lined paths. Inside, it’s a modern take on traditional Thai design: dark woods, white linens, graphic floral wall paintings, and colored silk accents in rich shades of gold and red.
Bed and Bath
Decorated in bold shades of red, burnt orange and gold, the 138 guestrooms definitely aren’t for the minimally inclined. The plush beds are mounted on dark wooden platforms and have hand-painted headboards. Daybeds sit by the window to take advantage of the ocean or garden views, and all rooms come with idyllic outdoor terraces. Bathrooms have soaking tubs and separate showers and are stocked with botanical products. At just under 500 square feet, the interiors of the Deluxe and Pool Access Rooms are virtually identical. The sole difference is that Pool Access Rooms are on the first floor and have patios that are directly connected to the pool.
La Flora comes with all the facilities you’d expect from a Thai beach resort: two pools (one infinity, another that snakes through the center of the property); an umbrella-filled beach; a water sports center; a tennis court (lessons are available); a well-equipped gym; and an activities roster that includes cooking lessons, mountain-biking excursions, and even classes in Muay Thai (traditional Thai boxing). At the spa you can indulge in a traditional Thai massage, scrubs using locally grown coffee beans, and facials featuring a fresh cucumber mask. The beachfront restaurant is shaded by palms and dishes up traditional Thai cuisine and fresh seafood.
In the Area
Take advantage of Khao Lak’s quiet vibe and get deep into the stunningly beautiful natural environment that characterizes this corner of Thailand. Phang Nga Bay provides jaw-dropping photo ops of nearly 50 limestone karsts (striated, foliage-covered rock formations that rise dramatically out of the sea). Or suit up and venture to Similan Islands National Marine Park, one of Thailand’s top dive spots, where the best sites are underwater. For those looking to channel their inner Tarzan, a trek through the jungles of Khao Sok National Park atop an elephant is not to be missed. Of course, it’s not all about natural glory in Khao Lak; the nearby village of Bang Niang has various outdoor markets to explore, including a bustling night market.
How to Get There
Stayed here in a 2 bed villa with jacuzzi , the accommodation was spacious and clean with a Thai feel. A twin room with 2 double beds and en-suite and a master bedroom with single day bed and en-suite with bath shower and private outdoor shower. A free mini bar restocked each evening was a nice bonus. The air conditioning worked well in each area apart from the master bedroom where it was noisy and not efficient.
The villa itself was showing signs of age and could do with some small maintenance jobs doing on it .
The pool area is a great size , split into 2 one area being shallow enough for the small kids and the other deep enough for a
Swim with infinity end facing the sea.
The breakfast buffet had a good selection of foods from fresh fruit and Danish pastries to bacon and eggs to noodles and curry.
All staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
Prices at the hotel were very good and happy hour made it even better .
All set directly on the beach a great hotel .
This hotel is in a great location as it is a short walk to lots of restaurants, bars and shops. The restaurant on site was amazing. The food was great. They even had room service at the same prices at the restaurant.
The studio room was very large and clean. It had a big double bed and lots of storage places.
The site was well kept and the pools were great.
I enjoyed having meals on the beach as there were lots of tables which offered shade on the beach front. There was lots of sun beds and never a shortage!
The only issue we had was the amount of mosquitoes as when the cleaners would come in they would leave the door open letting them all in. Which meant we would be getting bitten in the night. Reception gave us a few machines to try get rid of them however they repelled them instead of killing them leaving them trapped in the room.
On arrival we were offered cold towels and orange juice which was a nice touch. What was even better was our complimentary upgrade to a 'Garden Villa' which was fantastic!
The hotel itself was beautiful, set in amongst lovely gardens, trees and plants. Its right on the beach with a great beach bar with a perfect view.
They have two pools, the main pool which is by the beach. They have another pool out the back which has a swim up bar and tables in the pool. Very cool.
The breakfast was decent. No pork sausages and the bacon was crispy which isn't ideal but that's just a personal preference. The food in the restaurant was great, more expensive than you get up the road but very nice.
Happy hours... the beers were expensive in the hotel, 199 baht which is about £4.75! (Chang, Tiger, Heineken) (for a bottle as well, no draft) Happy hours soften the blow a bit. They were between 11-1 at the pool bar, 2-4 at the beach bar and 9-11 at the beach bar.
Town - The restaurants and bars were a 5 minute walk. Beers were only 80 baht in town. 60 minute massage was 300 baht. Siam restaurant was great for a good curry, we also tried the Italian (Amici) which was also excellent. There were loads of little bars to sit down and have a nice drink at with some good live music.
All in all I would definitely recommend this hotel, they are knocking it down and refurbishing this summer so I imagine it will be even better next year!
Located in a quiet area an hour or so drive north of the island of Phuket. We stayed in the beachfront villa which offered great beach access but was a bit dated. The resort staff informed us that the villas were due to be torn down to make way for the newer and more bells and whistles non-beachfront units. The food at the onsite restaurant was of good quality and reasonably priced in keeping with other restaurants in the area which was a nice surprise.
Our first visit to khao lak and this is a Beautiful hotel right on the beach.
Staff are fantastic and ready to help with anything to enhance your experience.
We stayed in a deluxe room that was large and spotlessly clean. Overlooking the swim up rooms
There are loads of bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk so get out there and try them. Perfectly safe just in case your unsure of wondering out.
This hotel is due to close next month for a part refurbishment and reopens in November 2019.
We can’t wait to go back!!