We had very high expectations of Casa de la Flora, based on its fantastic reviews and amazing photos. We weren’t disappointed – it is a great hotel, ideal for couples who prefer quieter holidays with lots of privacy.
In terms of accommodation, we had a duplex suites. These are located at the back of the resort, farthest from the beach. The suite was huge (in fact, the downstairs was probably a little too big and sparse!), and equipped with all the features you’d expect from a 5 star hotel – from the lovely products, to the gigantic bathtub, to the complimentary flip flops. Everything is done in a minimalist, high-design way. We loved the free mini bar (stocked daily with 4 beers, cans of drink, water and then followed by a mini sandwich and fruit in the afternoon), as it allowed us to make the most of the pool and facilities in our room without having to venture out if we wanted a drink. The only drawback of the duplex suites is that the pools are located beneath the upstairs balcony, making them shady for quite a lot of the day. The pool also felt quite enclosed as a result. I think if we had had the option, we would have gone for a cheaper studio room instead – as they seem more open, but still very private.
The continental buffet and a la carte breakfast could not be faulted. Excellent choice and service. We also liked that breakfast was served until 10.30am. We ate lunch a couple of times in the hotel restaurant (there is only one) and, while it’s lovely, it would be great to have a few more snack options on the lunchtime menu – and the same applies to the room service menu. Dinner was great – with a wide selection of Thai and European dishes – and the service good, with staff calling you by name and always being friendly and attentive. The food and drink prices reflect the fact that it is a 5* hotel, but it was still cheaper than other 5* resorts we have stayed in before. At all times
The beach is very nice – but not the most picturesque we've seen. The tide also comes a long way, so there’s often little beach. But the amazing beach beds go a long way to making up for this! The main swimming pool is beautiful, and the four sun loungers in the pool are lovely (if you can get one). The circular beds around the pool are also fun.
We were keen on going to a quiet hotel, but one that wasn’t isolated, so this was perfect. Around 150baht and a 10 minute taxi ride will take you into the main town (which is pretty commercial), or you can wander outside of the hotel to the convenience stores or to one of the bars or restaurants (these are pretty mediocre, but very cheap!).
We also went on a day-long excursion to Tachai Island for snorkelling - which was like stepping into paradise - with the most incredible turquoise sea and white sandy beach. This was arranged through the hotel, and we opted for the group trip (8500baht for two people). Make sure you enquire about the group trip - we were intially under the impression that the private trip was the only option, and that is double the price. The ticket included a fantastic Thai lunch, soft drinks, beer, sparkling wine and snorkelling gear.
If there was one criticism of Casa, it would be that the hotel could provide a little more comprehensive information about things like restaurant and bar opening times (and happy hours!), excursions, how to order taxis, local area info etc - but aside from that, a fantastic stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa de La Flora, one of the best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2012 is located directly on the beautiful, palm-fringed beach of Khao Lak, just one-hour drive by car from Phuket International Airport. This ultimate design resort with stunningAndaman views as well as its friendly service warmly welcome visitors from across the globe. We are proud of being the first modernist hideaway in Khao Lak, presenting cutting-edge architecture and unique design amid tropical nature. Whether you’re looking for a romantic hideaway or a luxury holiday experience, Casa de La Flora is definitely a perfect choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa De La Flora Hotel Khao Lak