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La Flora Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   59/1 Moo 5 Tambon Khuk-Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #15 of 60 Hotels in Khao Lak
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“Perfect for us”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

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.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2010

Stayed 10 nights over Songkran period in a pool access room on the 'wooden decking' side. Room was a bit tired, I think the rooms on this side are older than the opposite side and are showing their age. Wasn't really mad on the layout of the pool and these rooms, felt very public and cramped on the decking, the whole set-up didn't feel very well thought out, maybe no real overall plan with bits just added on over the years.

The other pool and beach area were fine, I'd have been a bit miffed if I'd paid for a beach bungalow to find at least 3 rows of sunbeds in front of the view though!

Breakfast was quite good, we were disappointed with the lunch food as the Thai food was not authentic, too westernised for our liking and not spicy enough despite our requests for extra heat. Consequently we chose to eat out most of the time, finding ChongFah a good spot for lunch and 'My Friend' the best authentic Thai food on the beach, although agian we had to get them used to our extra heat requests, not a problem I remember from previous visits to Thailand, normally quite the reverse! We loved 'My Friend' at night finding the food, view, sand in our toes and sound of the sea far more preferable to the offerings back on the road.

We were dreading Songkran at La Flora, thinking it would be used as just as a commercial opportunity but we were pleasantly surprised, it was a wonderful day and it was was really endearing to se the staff letting their hair down and so clearly enjoying themselves but still working hard in their soaking wet uniforms! We were also humbled by the respect and dignity they showed in the presence of the visiting monks and felt crass and inappropriate dressed in our swimming gear watching.

La Flora models itself as a boutique hotel, I'm sure the very helpful Jowell has plans but I think it has some way to go yet. It's a nice place to stay, the beach is great, staff on the whole are very good. The gym was fine and we also enjoyed the spa. If I visited again I think I'd skip the pool access room and maybe try one in the grounds instead. The longer we stayed the more we liked La Flora, it's simple charms certainly won us over by the end.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chiddingfold, Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

We stayed at La Flora during Songkran and thought the staff did an excellent job on putting on a fantastic day with lots of attention to detail.
We were disappointed with the Hotel and thought it was much more average than marketing information from holiday brochures, we certainly wouldn't describe it as a luxurious boutique Hotel, more a family friendly beach resort which would serve it well. Rooms need some attention, the day beds are more a small sofa and are not comfortable for lounging on; bathroom is tired and there is not enought storage space in the rooms. The food is good and we ate in the restaurant a number of times for lunch. You are best heading into town for evening meals as there is lots of excellent restaurants, our favourite's being the lady that sells the lobsters and the Green Pepper, excellent! Khao Lak is shabby but you have to remember the past and that it is definitely still recovering. We were hassled a bit to go into the tailor's but other stalls and shops leave you alone. The Spa is excellent in the Hotel and we'd recommend a Thai Massage there.
Overall if you are looking for a luxurious retreat then I wouldn't say it's the place for you but if you want a family friendly beach resort then it's the place for you.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

We ended up at La Flora entirely as a result of fate after our travel agent contacted us the day prior to leaving Australia to advise that The Ramada Khao Lak (next door) was undergoing extensions. What a great positive twist of fate. La Flora is a beautiful resort located right on the water some 4 kilometres from the main business centre of Khao Lak. It is located a few minutes walk from a small local village (Khuk Khak) which contains many restuarants, markets / shops & banking facilities.

For the first days of our stay we upgraded to a poolside room for an additional 1,000 baht / night. Less than half what our travel agent quoted! The pool area is beautiful & the room was a good size with quality facilities. However, we found the location to lack privacy as many other guests swam or sunbaked directly outside your room. We noticed that almost every other occupied room had its curtains permanently closed for privacy.

After 3 nights we paid an additional 500 baht (ie: 1,500 baht in total) to relocate to a garden view villa. These rooms are huge & are beautifully laid out. The villas are located close to the beach, main swimming pool area & restuarant / bar complex. We wished we had stayed in a villa from day one.

La Flora is a quiet resort which had mainly couples of all ages staying (mostly German but this was not an issue). The staff & management could not have been more efficient or friendly. Nothing was a problem & everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile & hello. Special mentions must go to Tangkwa, Poom, Jeab, Tiger, Bie & Jowell. Tiger's colourful safety helmets & matching sunglasses were a daily highlight!

The breakfasts each day at La Flora were high quality with much variety. There are many eating / drinking options in Khao Lak (too many for them all to prosper). We ate dinner in the resort restuarant twice during our stay & found the food & variety to be of a high standard. The resort restuarant has good options if you want a change from Thai food. As with all resorts there were many cheaper options in close proximity. Many people raved about the small Thai beach restuarant just down from La Flora. We used advice from Trip Advisor to seek out a Thai restuarant called The Candle. The Candle is just 10 minutes walk from La Flora. The food & service from Sine Paulsson and her team was the best Thai food we have ever tasted. The restaurant is very clean & tastefully decorated. We ended up eating there 3 nights during our stay. On each occassion we ate entrees & mains + mixed drinks for approx 800 baht! On our last visit we tentatively tried some Thai wine recommended by Sine's husband Bjorn & it was great (1200 baht). We also would highly recommend the private cooking class (half day / 2,500 baht / couple). Way cheaper than anything on offer through the resorts. Sine & Bjorn were excellent hosts & we would highly recommend a visit if you are staying in Khao Lak.

The small store just across from La Flora & the 7Eleven in town are good economical options for small daily needs. One hour Thai massages were readily available on the local beach for 300 baht & were very relaxing. We also recommend you treat yourself to a more thorough massage at La Flora. The spa facilities are beautiful & the staff very professional. Worth the extra expense atleast once during your stay. The locaql markets are held Monday, Wednesday & Saturday's from 3pm. Well worth a visit to practice your negotiation skill. Make certain that you utilise the resorts free mountain bikes. Khuk Khak is safe to explore by bike.

If you are looking for a relaxing & typical Thai experience (as opposed to the high volume touristy areas of Thailand) La Flora is a great location. We will certainly revisit.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

We stayed in La Flora as part of our honeymoon in Thailand and have nothing negative to say about the hotel at all. The hotel itself was very clean, and as part of a honeymoon package we were welcomed with fresh flowers, and fresh fruit which were lovely to come to after a long flight. The staff were attentive, friendly and couldn't do enough to help with with our every need.

We stayed in one of the pool acces rooms which we thought we better than the villas, both in terms of value, and privacy and location on the hotel complex. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced.

The variety of trip s on offer was good, and whilst pricier than the local competitors was worth the difference, and comfort was the priority of the hotel

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

This was our first trip to Khao Lak and La Flora, we were not disappointed. The hotel is situated on a beautiful beach in very pleasant gardens.

Staff were very friendly and attentive, Every morning Jowell (Dream Manager) was present at breakfast ensuring that guests were making the most of their stay and attending to their needs.

We stayed during the Thai festival of Songkran, the hotel provided excellent entertainement for Songkran and really brought all the hotel guests and staff together, which we have never seen before. Eveyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and this is a credit to staff at the hotel.

We did the Thai cooking course and took the option of cooking on 'Secret Beach', though a little bit more expensive it was an experience never to be forgotten. You are firstly taken by a chef to the market, who will show and explain local produce, including three month old eggs! You are then taken by long tail boat to a secluded cove where there is a deserted beach, here the chef is waiting for you, a kitchen has been set up, as has a dining table with white linen and silverware. You are then taught to cook on the beach before having a delicious lunch. You are then returned to the hotel by long tail boat.

The rooms are of 'Boutique' hotel standard, they are of a good size, the bathroom is spacious with separate walk in shower, ammeities in the room also iclude DVD player, Ipod docking station, Wifi.

We only really used the main pool, which was well appointed and clean, there were plently of sunbeds, though the wooden sunbeds were more comfortable than the plastic ones, and I think that the hotel should replace them.

The hotel is only a five minute walk from shops and restaurants. As it was coming to the end of the high season, the area was not crowded, there was no problem getting tables in restaurants. Unlike alot of other Thai resorts, you do not get much hassle from shop keepers and tailors trying to sell their wares.

There are a number of excellent restaurants in the area, I would defintaley recommend the beach restaurant next to the Ramada Hotel, which is next door. We ate lunch here most days and it is also open in the evening. By far the best restaurant in the area is called Hill Tribes, it is a short distance away on the main road just past the Police boat that was washed ashore in the Tsunami. The food is Northern Thai, it is excellent and very reasonably priced, there is a very good Indian restaurant just outside the hotel, though a bit pricey. The Jasmine restaurant is a good average restuarant, staff are friendly and tried to get us to join them in drinking Thai whiskey which had been soaked in tree bark.

There are further restuarants and shops a short taxi journey away in Khao Lak Centre, we ate at Busaba, which was good, though a little pricey.

We also ate at Mila and the Italian resturant opposite, the food was OK at both places, but were expensive, even taking into consideration the exchange rate at the time.

We found an excellent tour guide, he is called Mr Key and his office is next to the money changer by the Italian restaurant. The service he provided was second to none, he arranged our trip to Khao Sok National Park, Elephant Treking (Which was treking through forest and not just a walk round a field that alot of other treks are) and bamboo rafting. He is very reasonably priced and he and his family will go out of their way to assist you.

An important thing to remember and quite sobering is the fact that over 4000 people died in this resort during the Tsunami, most people you will speak to were affected by the Tsunami, most will speak about their emotional experiences and it was moving talking to them about this.

The only observations we have about the hotel is firstly that more could be made of the bar, which could be better positioned on the beach, this would encourage more guests to use it as at present it is in the middle of the restaurant. On checking out on 16/04/2010 at 5am, the reception staff would not let us leave until they had checked the room, under the guise of checking whether we had left anything, but was in fact checking whether we had broken ro stolen anything, this was done on a radio infront of us and was very embarrassing.

Overall a very enjoyable holiday at an excellent hotel...............................The next seven days are a different story thanks to a volcano in Iceland.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Wow where do I start...........Firstly, what a fantastic hotel, excellent staff with a matching service from all.
This is our second visit to Thailand and we never thought our last trip would never be surpassed. But it was! Our thanks go out to all staff members wether groundsmen, maids, reception staff, (Tiger, Char and Tai), managers (Dream maker Jowell) and general Manager Kade who only purpose in life was to make sure myself and my family were perfectly happy, which we were for 16 days.
Secondly the rooms, of which we had two adjoining deluxe, were more than adequate and large enough for all 5 of us . They are decorated very tastefully and were clean and well tended to on a daily basis.
Lastly, the grounds and pool area were more than suitable and beautifully kept.The hotel is situated on a very nice beach in the Bang Niang district close to many great restuarants and shops. A short taxi ride to either Sunset beach or Whitesands each is also well advised.
Overall, a fantastic stay at La Flora and we are planning our return next Easter to coincide with Songkran, which this year was made so special by all the staff.what a fantastic day in a fantastic place.

We would wholly recommend this hotel to anyone interested in visiting Khao Lak

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 59/1 Moo 5 Tambon Khuk-Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Khao Lak
#11 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#12 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#14 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — La Flora Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 138
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