Khao Lak, Thailand

Casa de la Flora

Rates per night from$239.38

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB7,818.03), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Blooming gorgeous


Bang on Bang Niang Beach

Casa de la Flora is a modernist masterpiece in Khao Lak, with beds and bath tubs fit for four and a playful restaurant and a bar scene. The spa is as tropical as its surroundings, dishing out coconut body scrubs and banana body wraps. Go and get your five dailies.  

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A molecular cocktail each at La Aranya. SilverSmiths can have some Thai tapas, too; GoldSmiths get a bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival


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Need to know


36 cubic-form villas.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from $239.38 (THB7,818), excluding tax at 18.7 per cent.

More details

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.

Packing tips

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.

Food and Drink

Photos Casa de la Flora food and drink

Top Table

Take a front-row seat with sea views and enjoy the tropical breeze.

Dress Code

Bright-white linen layers, pepped up with floral hits here and there.

Hotel restaurant

La Aranya restaurant has a shaded sea-surveying section and a cluster of sun-kissed tables closer to the waves. The chef's fresh, fun Thai food is served with panache; we loved the seared salmon with sherry balsamic glaze and khaw phad larb (spicy fried rice with northern Thai spices). 

Hotel bar

Order fruity concoctions at the pool bar, in the restaurant or from the privacy of your villa – obliging staff will nip an icy libation to you. Don't go home without sipping a dazzling cocktail ­­– we're talking flavoured mists and flammable bits. 

Last orders

Drinks are served until 11.30pm in peak season; 10.30pm in low. Last orders at the restaurant are taken at 10pm during high season; an hour earlier, off-peak. Linger over breakfast between 6am and 11am.

Room service

Order Western options from the all-day (6.30am–11pm) room service menu, which offers a choice of salads, pizzas, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. Room service halts half an hour earlier in low season.


Photos Casa de la Flora location
Casa de la Flora
67/213 Moo 5, Khuk Khak
Khao Lak


The hotel is an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport (, which receives regular international flights from dozens of destinations. Try Thai Airways (, Cathay Pacific ( or Air Asia ( if you're coming from Europe or Asia, or from Australia, check out Virgin Australia ( or Jetstar ( Bangkok Airways ( offers domestic connections.


Taxis in Phuket are pretty cheap and you’ll feel more of a beach-holiday vibe if you gad about by boat or on foot. If wheels are a non-negotiable, you can expect an hour’s drive from Phuket to the hotel: head north to Phang-Nga province on Petchakasem Road; when you reach central Khao Lak, you’re just 10 minutes away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Learn to make perfect pad Thai by having a cookery class with chef Jimmy, or take part in free aqua yoga sessions in the main pool. Have an indulgent spa treatment (we like the sound of the deep marine purifying facial or the creamy banana body wrap). Wander along the local beach, stopping off for a cocktail here, a second massage there. If you want to go further afield, staff can arrange private or shared tours (from THB4,500 each) to a variety of local beauty spots. Start with Similan Islands (nine uninhabited and eye-bogglingly green-and-beautiful islands), which offer amazing diving and snorkelling. Spy on rare chicken crabs at Taichi Island, which has a beautiful sandy beach, rocky outcrops and a mountain outlook. Hop on an early speedboat to Phi Phi Island and beat the crowds. Any Mr Smith worth his sea salt will be keen to visit James Bond Island; the tour includes a half-hour canoe trip through the lagoons, and you can admire the amazing mangroves. Landlubbers might prefer to go on an elephant trek by a local waterfall (or bathe the elephants), explore Phang Nga’s monkey temple and stalactites or to have a day trip in Phuket, with a temple visit, a market tour and a shopping session in one of the retail emporiums. If you tire of Bang Niang, Khao Lak has a wealth of other beautiful beaches, including motorboat-free Pakweeb, pretty Nang Thong and peaceful Khuk Khak.

Local restaurants

Having eaten at La Aranya, stroll along the beach and choose from the buzzy little restaurants, many of which serve up succulent seafood. Drink cold beers and banana coladas and listen to Beyoncé at Smile Bar (+66 (0)87 627 0544) on Bang Niang Beach, which serves reliably good Thai food. It’s a popular spot, so booking ahead is recommended. (There’s a Khao Lak version of Smile at 5/15 Moo 7, Phetkasem Road; try the marlin if it’s on the menu.) Tired of Thai? Switch to Italian (and delicious wood-fired pizzas) at Pinoccio’s, also on Bang Niang Beach. You might not expect to eat Japanese food in Phuket, but when the sushi and sashimi is as good as Enzo’s (+66 (0)76 486 671) on Moo 5, Khuk Khak, why not?  


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachfront hotel in Khao Lak and unpacked their bikinis and binoculars, a full account of their luxury Thai break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa de la Flora in Khao Lak…

It can be hard to get your five dailies, but not at Casa de la Flora, whose spa treatments feature banana, coconut and cucumber, whose cocktails are packed with tropical goodness and whose restaurant champions local produce. Not that fruit is our favourite thing about this dazzling modernist hideout on quiet Bang Niang Beach. Highlights aren’t in short supply here, but top points go to the utterly amazing staff, who will welcome you with a straw-topped fresh coconut and an essential oil-splashed cold towel, and who will make it their business (and pleasure) to look after you until you leave.

Rooms are packed with hi-tech flourishes – from Apple TVs to touch-screen light dimmers to set scenes of various seduction levels. There are those beckoning beds and baths as big as bathrooms, which take an hour or so (hey, you’re in no rush) to fill, and the thoughtful, generous extras: free high tea every afternoon, cookies at turn-down and the services of your attentive 24-hour butler. We love Casa de la Flora’s flower-inspired rooms, we love its prime position – any closer to the waves and you’d be sleeping with the fishes – and we also love the local area: trips to James Bond Island and Phi Phi are obligatory and the beaches are eye-bogglingly beautiful. The best way to enjoy this hotel, though, is by doing very little at all, simply wandering from one petal-packed path to another, taking in every corner of the Casa. 

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