Anantara Hua Hin Resort, Thailand
by Julie Baxter | February 2017
"This is a lush tropical resort in a traditional Thai style with excellent facilities. It is ideal for a relaxing break after time in Bangkok, or as a base from which to explore Hua Hin and the surrounding area. The staff are friendly and the focus is on quiet relaxation – although the buzz of Hua Hin is just a 10-minute drive from the resort."
THE BACKGROUND: A favourite escape for Bangkok residents, Hua Hin was first made popular in the 1920s when the country’s royal family built a palace there. A three-hour drive from the city, the town has a modest beach, championship golf course and its own wine-growing area.
THE LOCATION: Just outside the town, the hotel is by the sea but its main attraction is its lush gardens.
THE ROOM: Mine was a Club Lagoon room in one of the traditional Thai buildings within the resort. Each looks out onto a pretty lagoon and guests have access to an infinity pool close to the resort’s biggest, most tranquil lily-clad lagoon. The traditionally styled room combined high ceilings and tall windows with teak furnishings, an expansive bed and a wide balcony with sofa. The marble bathroom had a double sink, shower and deep bath and had slide back walls that let me gaze on the gardens from the tub!
RESTAURANTS/BARS: A lavish buffet breakfast is served in Issara Café and there is Italian dining at Baan Thalia, or Asian and lighter meals at Rim Nam restaurant, Sala Siam bar and around the pools. Themed evenings include a beach BBQ while the Spice Spoons garden kitchen offers cookery lessons.
THE RATES: Club Lagoon room rates start at £141 a night, midweek in March (for advanced purchases), including breakfast and privileges (described above).