La Flora Resort & Spa is located right at the golden sandy beach Bang Niang. Only 1 hour drive north of Phuket Airport. They offer a choice of villas or various deluxe rooms. We stayed in a deluxe room during Low Season and were very happy with it.
From the moment we were greeted we received friendly and helpful service in beautiful Thai tradition. The staff really did turn our stay into a special and memorable experience.
Whether it was enjoying a relaxing treatment at the spa, or a sunset cocktail at the pool bar, the friendliness and happy service was a joy to experience.
Having a cocktail while watching the sunset over the Andaman Sea was a great way to split the daytime activities from the nights festivities and/or romance. Yes, the La Flora Resort does lend itself to Romance.
We especially liked:
The Receptionists taking time to help with pronunciation and Thai language.
The friendliness of ALL the staff from the owner to the gardeners and all inbetween.
The Food in both the International and Thai Menu’s.
The rooftop for Sunsets.
The Infinity pool.
The Room Service Menu.
The La Flora Resort & Spa offers two entirely different swimming pool experiences. Right at the beach is the two layered infinity pool where we enjoyed cocktails and snacks delivered pool side.
The second pool is a large free-form pool which winds through the back half of the resort, creating many tiny private bays. I can’t say more than it looked fantastic, because that pool was officially closed for the low season. However, just to walk out of your room into your Jacuzzi jets and pool would be great.
I’m allergic to chlorine or I would have happily stayed in a room that led directly into the back pool. So I took my antihistamines in order to have a few swims in the infinity pool. Well & truly worth it.
The cocktail list is enormous and the bar staff are very helpful if you want to experiment. The happy hours are frequent and it’s worth going to the bar at happy hour if you like to indulge a bit.
There was a resident guitarist & singer who strolls around the restaurant, pool area and beach front in the evenings. Freddie has stories about all the famous people he’s played music with and he likes to serenade. He’s a real “Character”.
However, it got a bit annoying when we were having a romantic and (for Thailand) expensive dinner and he decided we needed close serenading. What we really needed was privacy to talk and eat. LOL! Oh well, that’s a holiday experience isn’t it. It’s also the only thing I can think of that was less than perfect the whole time we were there.
We had no issues with noise or ground staff or cleaning staff being noisy. In fact, they were polite, helpful and we even tipped the cleaners because they did an excellent job.
The breakfasts were adequate and plentiful and the service was immediate and consistently good.
You also need to know that the beach is not owned by the hotel. Which is a good thing. No beach should ever be owned by any hotel, the locals have a right to enjoy their country, the view and the beach & ocean too.
Neither should we make complaints about fellow tourists in a review of a hotel. That is neither fair nor an accurate complaint to level at the hotel. The complaints from other tourists should not decrease your room and value ratings. Come on, really is that fair?
The La Flora Resort & Spa is great value for money. We lived it up. Dining, Drinking, Spa’s etc and we were thrilled with the very low cost of staying there for a week. It was really good value and we’ll certainly stay there again. In fact, I’ll indulge a little bit more next time.
We also had the privilege of being given the experience of lighting a good luck lantern on the beach. Then putting our hopes and dreams into it and letting it go to sail high into the sky and away into the night. Memorable and wonderful. Not part of the usual service but in low season you never know who you might meet that will make these extra pleasures possible.
I’m now going to post this much. Because I still need to tell you about the great and funny Spa experience but I don’t have time to write right now. So I’ll post this to get started and post more later.
Happy Holidaying Everyone!