Kao Lak goes modernist

Khao Lak in southern Thailand is famous for the limestone cliffs that jut out from the crystal clear waters.  Those and its beautiful tropical surroundings making it equally popular for travellers and tourists alike.

Those visiting Khao Lak may be intrigued by a striking complex of buildings situated on the beach. This is the just-completed Casa de la Flora hotel, which comprises 36 contemporary grey cube villas, tiered back from the coastline and set in lush vegetation.

This is urban design quietly nestled among an oasis of natural serenity.

The hotel employs a range of eco-friendly initiatives, including chemical-free pools, water recycling and use of recycled paper and aluminium furniture. This, combined with the range of facilities, including library, restaurant, shop, bar and spa, makes Casa de la Flora a stand-out addition to the Thai hospitality scene.

The resort’s 36 spacious villas come in eight categories and are designed to allow guests to experience the environment from inside out, with large glass facades that widen the perspective when looking out to sea.  The spaces are designed using concrete and natural materials such as teakwood, resulting in stylish spaces ideal for rest and seclusion.

You may be aware of the duties of a concierge, which is usually to pander to the wishes of guests; well, the Casa de la Flora Hotel has taken this role a bit further and has created a position called the ‘Dream Maker’.  The role of the ‘Dream Maker’ is to get to know each guest individually and helps to fulfil all their wishes, from a romantic dinner on the beach to helping guests surprise their partners on a special day.   

As well as having their own private swimming pool and decking area, there is a range of amenities, including an in-room entertainment system from Apple, Wi-Fi Internet access, and an i-Pod docking station. For dining, the La Aranya restaurant, just steps from the beach, lures guests with veritable feasts of Thai and international cuisine. There is also a large infinity pool at the center of the resort with a bar serving smoothies, snacks and tropical cocktails. For some pampering, the spa, with four rooms and wide variety of spa treatments, is certain to leave guests with a holiday glow.

Casa de La Flora is located directly on the beautiful beach of Khao Lak and close to the Khao Lak National Park. The hotel is a one-hour drive by car from Phuket International Airport.

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