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We wanted to get an impression of the quiet region north of the lively Phuket on the Andaman Sea and were looking for a well-located accommodation with delicious food and great design. With the La Vela [ad] in Khao Lak we have found such an accommodation. For basic Thailand travel tips, take a look here.
La Vela [ad] in Khao Lak is about 100 kilometres north of Phuket. The transfer from Phuket International Airport to La Vela takes about 90 minutes by car. The transfer can be booked directly with the hotel for 1500 Baht one-way.
The resort is located a little off the main road in Khao Lak and offers direct beach access. The beach is relatively wide and drops relatively quickly and steep into the sea. The sand is wonderfully fine and of white-yellow color. You can enjoy either the shade on the comfortable beach loungers or on a towel under the shade of palm trees. The beach is predestined for long walks in the sand. Just dreamlike to stroll.
Actually, you don't have to leave the hotel at all, because everything is on site. But if you want something else, you can reach small shops, restaurants, massage shops and a food market in a few minutes.
Throughout the day, enjoy cocktails, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and great local dishes and delicacies from all over the world at Kokulo Beach Club and Miner's Bar. Happy hour with reasonable prices takes place in the Beach Club even three times a day. Make sure you don't miss them. Kokulo also serves delicious ice cream.
In the evening, the Kokulo Beach Club offers theme buffets.
Of course, the rooms have a well-equipped minibar and room service. The minibar is relatively cheap. Every day La Vela equips its guests with three litres of water in the room. If that's not enough, refill your bottles at the dispensers throughout the hotel.
You won't get bored at La Vela, because there are so many possibilities.
If you're looking for relaxation, enjoy the tranquility at Qaqula SPA or sweat in the gym. The little ones will find joy and supervision at the Kid's Club, while the parents enjoy peace and relaxation.
If you fancy a little more adventure, book a trip to Khao Sok National Park or white water rafting. Tropical island paradises are waiting for you on the Similan and Surin Islands or on Koh Tachai. If you are more interested in culture, you may be interested in Thai Cooking Class, Thai boxing or temple tours.
Find our opinion on Surin Islands and Khao Sok National Park here..
La Vela Khao Lak shines with a very modern design in every meaning. Modern shapes, highlights, reflections and large white surfaces spread throughout the whole resort.
In total, the hotel has five different pools – with one reserved for adults and one intended for children.
The whole resort, including a garden, is well maintained and stocked with flowers and tropical plants. Next to the breakfast area is a huge field of yellow flowers, which is very popular among guests as a photo spot.
The lobby, where the reception is located, is open to all sides and serves as a place to relax for guests during the check-in process. Here everything is kept in natural materials and very rustic and classy in design.
With La Vela in Khao Lak you are on the safe side. The hotel impresses with its location right on the beach, but still not too far away from the hot spots. The design is daring but consistent and coherent. We love it.
With easy travel from Phuket Airport without long ferry services or the like, La Vela is the perfect place for an amazing and relaxing holiday. The pool access rooms are really great and have definitely convinced us.