Need to know
36 cubic-form villas.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $287.55 (THB9,436), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast, free minibar drinks (beer, coke and juices) and use of the library, fitness centre, mountain bikes and watersports equipment (time restrictions apply).
Save room for Casa’s free afternoon tea, served between 3pm and 4pm each day; the little sandwiches and pretty pastries will tide tired beachgoers over ’til dinnertime. Boozehounds will enjoy the sparkling wine served at breakfast.
At the hotel
Beach (public; access depends on the tide), library, fitness centre, watersports and free WiFi throughout the hotel. In rooms: iPod dock, Apple TV in both the bedroom and living area, Apple Mac Mini, free minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, Thann toiletries. Each villa has a private pool and 24-hour butler service. There's a stash of on-loan bicycles, free for up to two hours daily.
Our favourite rooms
Opt for a Beachfront Suite Pool Villa and you'll get a sea-spying room and a separate cosy living area. Our top picks are villas 2111 and 2121, on the far side of the resort and furthest from the pool and restaurant. Duplex Grand Pool Villas command the same sweeping wave views, with the added advantage of a second floor for prime ocean-spying; nab 2311 or 2322 for the most privacy. Each room is named for the flower that inspired it.
There’s a sleek little pool with a pool bar (and the occasional aqua yoga sessions); villas also have their own private plunge pools. Of course, there’s also the beach. Guests can still stroll along the beach in monsoon season (May–October), but are advised to check for warning signs.
Spa la Casa has a trio of treatment rooms and a fleet of nimble-knuckled masseuses who know precisely what to do with fragrant Anne Semonin unguents. Opt for an aromatherapy massage, a traditional Thai massage or a body scrub, or be beautified with a manicure, pedicure or wax.
All your aches and pains: be spoiled in the spa, or walk to the local massage shacks on Bang Niang Beach, where breaking waves and reggae tunes provide the soundtrack to your treatment.
On arrival, arduous tasks will include selecting your preferred bath potions and pillows. There's a compulsory New Year's Eve Gala Dinner on 31 December 2017, costing THB8,000 a person (included in room rate for stays over this date).
Casa de la Flora does welcome children, but the hotel doesn't have any facilities for tots, so it's best left to grown up Smiths. The hotel can also provide free baby cots – call the travel team for more details.