Had a wonderful trip - 11 nights and wish it had been longer. An amazing holiday, our first trip to Thailand, although have been to Far East before and always loved it. Arrived at hotel and greeted with lovely cold towel and a drink. We had booked a deluxe room but ended up being upgraded to a studio room which was wonderful. Room 111, at the end of the block with a good sized terrace. The bed was decorated on our arrival and the hotel then proceeded to bring us an anniversary cake - a wonderful gesture.
The room was wonderful - clean, large and comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and everyone was so friendly. A special mention for Mr Top, who brought our bags to the room and from then on was really helpful and considerate. Senior managers are always visible and very keen that you should let them know if there is anything you need.
The whole hotel area is beautifully kept, the gardeners clearly work hard to maintain such lovely areas. Pool was great and always managed to get a sun bed around it without much problem although it was towards the end of the season. Hotel provides pool towels which you can change whenever you need to.
We were really lucky to be there over Songkran (Thai new year) and the water fights and games had to be seen to be believed. What was so lovely was the fact that the guests and staff all joined in and had the best time.
The beach in front of the hotel was beautiful. We are not really beach people, preferring a pool to the sea, but even we could not resist going into the sea every day. You could swim out to a pontoon and get a wonderful view of the beach. We walked for what seemed like miles in each direction and hardly saw anyone. Bliss! There are mountain bikes for use at the hotel (no charge) and we borrowed them several times and just rode off into the surrounding countryside. Definitely worth doing, even though it was very hot - you just have to stop off and have a beer every so often!
We used the spa once because we had a voucher for a free 1 hr Thai massage. Absolute heaven. The spa is so relaxing and calm but don't know about prices of massages there. On the beach you could have a Thai massage for 300 Baht which seems pretty good value to me.
We had breakfast in the hotel but that was it - drinks seemed expensive and there is a little store opposite the hotel where you could buy beer and soft drinks for a fraction of the price at the hotel. There is a souvenir shop there too and that was quite reasonable.
For eating, we mostly ate either in Bang Niang, about a 5 minute walk from the hotel or we went along the beach to the Ton Restaurant. Each time, we would have a starter (usually shared between the 2 or us, a main meal, and a large beer each and the bill would come to no more than about£8 or £9! One night we pushed the boat out and spent £12 for two people!!
We did two trips, not through our tour operator, but arranged locally. One to James Bond island - a must - but be prepared for mass tourism! The best bit was the canoeing amongst the mangrove swamps and limestone crops. Some places you need to lie right down in the canoe in order to get into the cave area! Brill. The island itself was like being on a film set and we have the usual photos, but the whole place is really one tourist magnet selling tacky souvenirs. But - you can't go this far round the world and not do this trip really...
Also went to Similan Islands - again massive tourist trap. Beaches are beautiful snorkelling ok but very glad we didn't pay the huge prices they wanted for diving there. Some fish and fairly good coral but nothing spectacular.
All in all, this was an amazing holiday. If the weather was better in August, I would already have booked to go back to La Flora, but don't fancy sitting in the rain for most of the time. If in doubt, book it, you will have a wonderful time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will try my best to help you.
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