We stayed here for 10 days in a 6-bedroom villa, and loved every day. Booking through the hotel website was super easy, and the pickup from Bangkok airport went smoothly. The hotel location is good, - close to the beach with a beautiful view, but further away from "everything" than we thought beforehand. The hotel personell were more than happy to help with arranging transport to wherever we wanted to go though. If anything was a little dissapointing, it would have to be the breakfast. Selection of food, food preservation throughout breakfast hours, and coffee could all use some improvement.
Our villa was great. Sparcely furnished, but clean and lots of space. Really nice with one bathroom for each bedroom, - a rarity in a hotels of this price category. But the most amazing feature was the private outdoor area, with sunbeds, private pool, table & chairs. Both kids and adults loved spending the evenings here.
Public areas were also great. Two great pools, one for the kids (with a very popular slide), and more than enough sunbeds. There was also an outside playground, but our kids basically spent all their outdoor time at the pool. The indoor kids room was also used to relax and watch movies, and it was also renovated during our stay.
We read alot of mediocre reviews about food & service in the restaurant, and while nothing blew us away, most of the dishes we had were good, and not as expensive as some would have it. Restaurant staff were very forthcoming, and we always received good service (we actually feel that service improved during our stay!) A couple of times orders got mixed up, but this is mainly due to language challenges, so this will undoubtfully improve with time. And it's so nice to see the staff playing with our kids, making sure they have a good time. When kids enjoy themselves, so do parents.
We also read that the french owners only greet other french guests ... Nothing could be further from the truth. We were invited on a free trip to monkey island by the owner, and we really appreciated this gesture. Tip! Hide your bananas :-) Owners also gave us tips on our journey further, and invited us to their bistro in Bangkok.
Our daughter cut her foot during our stay, and the minimart manager Ant took excellent care of her, changing her bandages daily. So appreciated!
We would to thank the owners and Ooy, Pu, Tia, Nut, Ant, Gift, Fern and everyone else we forgot the name of (we appreciated you too!)
Hope we get the chance to come back!
Definitely recommended to families with kids who want a relaxed environment with no stress :-)
- 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