It’s easy to see why Thailand makes a regular appearance in Wanderlus+. Perhaps coming from a faint lineage of Thai bloodline has fostered an affinity between us.
On 9 acres of land, once owned by a Thai royalty, the present owners of X2 Kui Buri fell in love with the site and bought it almost immediately and scouted for an architect right away. Tucked away in seclusion, its original site housed a small fishing hut and the owners tried to conserve it but to no avail, due to age, the hut was crumbling apart.
X2 is owned and managed by the Centara Hotel & Resort Group and is a member of more well known, The Design Hotel & Tablet Hotels. X2 Kui Buri is designed by Duangrit Bunnag Architects and is made up of 23 semi private villas that come with their own terrace, garden and private pool.
When I came across X2’s site, it was a tough fight because they have several other properties scattered throughout Thailand. But I finally settled for Kui Buri because of its architecture, secluded location and the fact that there were very little reviews about the place.
Simply said, I like, I see, I go.
Call me shallow but I have a weakness for all things beautiful. This contemporist cave was put together with a combination of indigenous materials (native; produces, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic, not imported) ,modern lines and with each villa overlooking the seafront. I have always liked the look and usage of raw materials and X2 has carved its distinctive use of locally quarried rocks as their wall exterior, wooden boardwalks harmonizing with its natural peace. Little did I know about the advantages of using stones is that they increase the thermal mass of a building, giving increased comfort in the heat and cold, making it heat resistant and that it is a good fire protection. The skillful masonry is heavyly emphasized throughout its property, making X2 a clear distinction from its competitors.
What makes Kui Buri special, is the absence of local beach boys, parked jet skis, tourists parasailing and ladies touting their wares. I came not expecting top notch five star service and cleverly answered by the owner in a recent interview, that it is not a place for distraction, diversion but simply a hideaway. That being said, I wanted a place where I could wake up, take a dip in the pool, wade till my skin wrinkles, climb back up and find myself asleep on the deck chair with the abundance of sunrays. Luxury is the ability of waking up in the morning with no desire of getting out of bed, rolled up into nicely pressed comforters, starring into a bed of clouds and drifting in and out of sleep.
When residing in X2, it is made known that the nearest local town is not just a stone throw away and getting out of the gates, mean hiring a driver to take you down town. I chose the easier way of dining in. Since it was my birthday, my partner and I decided to dress up and brought our own bottle of Oyster Bay, and like most places, the corkage fee was 500 baht, pretty much the standard around the world. I must give the restaurant 4K (pronounce as fork) the highest deserving commendation during our stay. Not only were the cocktails and food fabulous,each dish served was beautifully styled in their platter with the right amount and beautifully garnished. The manager of the place, Chat, seemed to be the only guy from Bangkok who spoke decent English and he made this joyous occasion even more special when he presented my birthday cake in darkness.
X2 is definitely a hideaway. An unpretentious spot for all who love nature, seek solace and just away from entertainment and shopping. It was a luxury to wake up in a contemporist cave to chirping birds, pine, eucalyptus and tamarind trees and spend late mornings after our breakfast playing the French game, pétanque, under the shady pine trees and afternoons sipping down cocktails while enjoying our reads.
Since its opening, International acclaimed DJ, Tiësto has graced his presence by spending 3 days, in the villa, with the accompaniment of waves and recorded his album, “In search of Sunrise 7”. He sure has his way of getting away from the fast paced cities and sought tranquility in this hideaway, just like I did.
To wrap things up, X2 is a 5 star design hotel but I hope that in time, they would make it mandatory to have their service staff trained towards excellence so as to aim towards holding on to a four or five star title. Unless you are a seasoned traveler of all sorts, Kui Buri town isn’t set-up for tourism yet. My partner and I were certainly put at ease with the warm smiles of teh staff working there. We were both reluctant to leave and felt it was definitely a place etched in our hearts.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- X2 Kui Buri Resorts is designed and built with a primary goal that they must "satisfy the spirit". This is partly achieved via architectural design, but more importantly through natural beauty of the location and the meshing of the structures with the canvas provided by nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- x2 Kui Buri Hotel Prachuap Khiri Khan
- x2 Hotel Kui Buri
- x2 Hotel Prachuap Khiri Khan