We just returned from Dolphin Bay Resort with our two kids - ages 2 and 4. As others have said, this place is very kid-friendly. The layout of the pools, playground, and restaurant works very well, especially for kids (like mine) who have a hard time sitting in a restaurant; it is nice that they can swim or play on the playground while you are waiting for food. The food was ok, but definitely not great... I expected it to be better since I understand that it is owned by the same people who own Tartine Cafe in Bangkok, which has very good food. It is about a half hour drive away (and the staff were not very helpful in providing directions) but if you are looking for excellent food, check out the Roadhouse. The room was fine, not fancy, but clean and nicer than I expected from the pictures. Rooms right around the pool could be loud, if you are bothered by noise. We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment, which was very comfortable, but the walls are quite thin and we were disturbed by fireworks the first night and crying babies the second. Also, the aircon in our room was on some sort of timer and kept turning itself off, which woke us up. They finally were able to fix this, but it took a while. My biggest complaint is the bugs... There were lots of flies and mosquitoes everywhere and although I took a lot of precautions, we all got mosquito bites. I got a great foot massage, but was swatting bugs away the whole time! It would probably help if they put some fans around. The view is beautiful, but as others have mentioned the beach itself is really not very nice at all. We didn't swim in the ocean, but did take a boat out to monkey island, which was a lot of fun. The hotel staff were very helpful in arranging that with a local fisherman. Last thing, they are quite strict about the amount of drinking water they will provide so it would be a good idea to pick up a big jug or two at a market before you check in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 38km from Hua Hin, far from crowded beaches, bright neon lights, and noisy tourist hangouts typical of Thailand's other vacation destinations, Dolphin Bay Resort lies on a spectacular, unspoiled 5km beach with panoramic views of the bay, nestled between mountain peaks and dotted with lush tropical islands.Enjoy our comfortable accommodations, friendly, laid-back but efficient service and great recreational facilities at affordable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere of relaxed Thai beach hotel hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Bay Hotel Hua Hin