We stayed here in March for a much needed holiday to get away from the stresses at home and La Flora absolutely delivered. It had been a long journey during which I wasn't well but as soon as we arrived that was all forgotten and I started to relax straight away. La Flora offered everything we were looking for: fantastic Thai service & hospitality, beautiful surroundings, fantastic beach, great food options, hotel spa and beach massage available, local village of Bang Niang with interesting market, supermarkets, restaurants.
We stayed in a standard 'Deluxe' room and it was perfect for us and our specific requests had been met. Like many others have said, the Pool Villas actually didn't appeal to us as they looked like they lacked privacy and were tucked away at the back of the hotel. We had no problem with the decor - this is a comfortable beach hotel.
We never had a problem finding sun loungers - the pool area does fill up first but we preferred to be on the beach and even though there are only a few loungers here there was always a pair available after breakfast.
Food in the hotel is excellent, especially breakfast where there is a huge spread of different types of food and service is exceptionally good. We also had the lunch special which is good value and tried the seafood evening in the hotel restaurant - wonderful fresh fish & seafood beautifully cooked and presented. Most of the time we ate in the local beach restaurants nearby - there are several to choose from offering delicious simple Thai food while you look out to sea with your feet in the sand - idyllic. We preferred these restaurants to the many choices in the village, although I do recommend the Thai pancake stall on the main street.
One word of caution: don't tell your local beach restaurant waiter that it's your last night of your holiday. We made the mistake of letting our guard down and doing so and found to our surprise that he had assumed that he could keep the change when we paid (which would have amounted to a 100% tip if we hadn't acted!) - that said, this is the first time it has happened in the 7 years we've been going to Thailand.
If you are looking for good value beach massages, we found 'Lovely Massage' (halfway down the beach to the left) to be the best.
Bang Niang market is worth a visit, especially the Thai food section. I also recommend a visit to the Police Boat Tsunami Memorial - fascinating and sobering.
The local taxi companies offer cheap prices to the airport but it was a very hairy ride and at times we really didn't think we would make it (double the speed limit, repeated over-taking in the face of on-coming trucks on hair-pin bends etc). I'm all for supporting local businesses but not when it comes to safety issues - next time we will pay more and use the the hotel car.
One of the things that really impressed us about La Flora is their very obvious commitment to genuinely listening to guest feedback to make improvements - this included a welcome cocktail party, a phone call to check all was ok half way through our stay, a survey, and on our last night an invitation for drinks and chat with the training manager - very impressive.
We were only able to stay a week at La Flora but we left feeling like we had had a much longer holiday and we can't wait to return. Thank you and please don't change too much La Flora, we loved you just as you are.
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