We have just returned from La Flora staying from 16-28 May. I researched extensively on this site and others before booking as it was our first visit to Thailand and we booked La Flora as it ticked all the right boxes for us. We were not disappointed. We requested an upgrade from a deluxe room to a garden villa (after reading a previous post) via email the week before we arrived and for 1500 baht a night (approx £32) this was duly arranged. This to me was worth every penny - the garden villa (Room 506) was beautiful, as good as any we have stayed in in the Maldives and the location was perfect - one row back from the beach but as the villas in front are slightly staggered we had a view of the sea. With maybe the exception of the two jacuzzi villas which looked stunning, in my opinion the Garden villas were the best rooms. It was a 30 second walk to the main infinity pool, restaurant, reception, library etc. The Beach villas had two rows of sun beds directly in front of them and although these were in much fewer numbers than during the high season I feel it would have still irritated me had I chosen a beach view villa. The gardens are stunning, there are gardeners working on them daily and the whole place is spotlessly clean. It was very quiet during our first week - maybe only 30-40% occupancy but it seemed a lttle busier as we left. For anybody thinking of going at this time (low season) be aware that Khaolak really is very quiet and whilst this suited us perfectly I appreciate that it would not be everybodys ideal. There were many bars and restaurants that have already closed for the rest of the season. We were disappointed to find that MooMoos (cabaret bar) was closed until 1st October as we were hoping to see the ladyboy show there as we understand that it is more family orientated than others elsewhere in Thailand!! We ate at the Hotel on many occasions both at lunchtimes and in the evenings as well as frequenting Chong Fah (out on the beach, turn right and it is directly past the Makdura Hotel next door), Tonson, a beach restaurant (out on the beach, turn left and it is the first restaurant you come to, about a two minute walk) The Green Pepper, a 5 minute walk up towards the Main Road and the Candle about 5 minutes further on. All meals at all restaurants including the La Flora were very good. At the moment there are two happy hours at the hotel 4.30-6.30pm and 9.30-10.30pm. However the bar, situated within the View 59 restaurant is very quiet and very often in the evening there would only be a handful of people in there. We enjoyed sitting in there at the end of the evening, overlooking the sea and listening to the waves. As it is an open sided restaurant there is no air con as such, just ceiling and wall fans but they did bring in some portable air con units towards the end of our stay as the weather was beginning to take a turn for the worse, very windy and some rain so the plastic blinds on the sides of the restauarnt were often closed which meant it could be very warm in there - however the portable air con units made a big difference. All the staff at this hotel are very friendly and are constantly trying to improve things. We had a walk round the Makdura next door but although some of the villas looked stunning, the whole place just did not have the feel or charm of the La Flora and the grounds were nowhere near as nice. We had complimentary wifi access but with the exception of one occassion I could not connect to it with my laptop (not sure if it was my problem or that of the wifi connecton) so we used the computers in the library to check mail, check-in for our return flight etc. These cost 100 (about £2) baht for an hour so it was not a major issue for us. Each day we received a complimentary daily paper and each evening at 6.00pm the "biscuit boy" brought us a dish of hand made biscuits/pastries which were lovely ( not sure if these things were unique to the villas?) The hotel is set directly on a beautiful stretch of beach, the sea was very warm although quite rough especially towards the end of our stay when the weather began to turn. It would not be suitable in the sea for children at this time of year as the waves were strong enough to knock myself and my partner over but we had great fun in there. We also had a complimentary 60 minute Thai Massage which was awesome - very professional staff in a beautiful spa although the prices were on a par with that which you would pay in England. I also had a 60 minute beach oil massage at the Chong Fah for 300 baht (approx £6.00) which was very good although obviously not on a par with the hotel spa but a bargain nethertheless. There are shops, restaurants and ATMs within a 5-10 minute walk. The ATM at the 7/11 on the main road (about a 10 min walk) does not charge a service charge of 150 baht as others did so worth the extra walk I think. If you walk up to the main road, turn right and walk for about 200 yards on the opposite side of the road to the 7/11 you will see the Police Boat 813 set back from the road through an opening. This boat was moored at sea in front of the La Flora on the day of the Tsumani, guarding the Kings Grandson who was waterskiing at the time. The position where it is now is where it ended up (about 2km inland!!) The sight of it really makes you aware of the force of the sea on that terrible day and you can see how Khaolak was devastated by this but the people here have managed to rebuild both buildings and lives and have remained so upbeat and welcoming which is quite humbling to us spolit westerners. Anyway would I recommend La Flora - you bet I would. Vey few English people - maybe 4-5 couples - I am English but prefer not to spend my holidays surrounded by them. Judging by the accents I would say the majority of the guests were German, French and maybe some Russians. Everybody respected everybody else so it was a harmonious mix. Plenty of Sun-loungers to go round so no issues there!!. The resorts aims itself towards couples and families so if you are looking for action and nightlife this is not the place for you. If you are looking for peace, tranquility, good food, beautiful surroundings and a warm genuine welcome at a reasonable price then La Flora comes recommended.