We decided to visit Thailand in July of this year (2012) and because of the rainy season in that part of the year, we were advised to choose Pattaya because of its driest climate. After contemplating the hotel and some negotiations with our travel agency (Fischer) we ended up with the Baramie Residence as our final choice. As for the reviews on the Internet, this place seemed to be exceptional. You could have hardly found a more positively reviewed hotel than this one.
After a long and tiring journey from Europe we finally reached Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. We were safely picked up by two Thai gentlemen who were hired by our Travel Agency to drive us to the Baramie Residence. While on the road, the weather appeared a bit scary (overcast, heavy rain, thuderstorm). When we arrived at the residence we were struck by scenes of the road being under reconstruction. The road - just by the hotel - under reconstruction in the rainy season, did not make the impression of a good holiday opening. However, this negative emotion was going to be fixed soon. We were warmly welcomed by Ms. Lapsupa - our travel agency delegate, Mr. Dietmar Matull - hotel manager, and staff. We got a welcome drink and after a short chat the staff helped us with our luggage and ushered us to our room. As far as the hotel itself: the terms as boutique, family type, small-but-cute, stars-underestimated are all very fitting. We got room No. 401 (family suite) which was really something highly above the standard of three stars hotels in other destinations abroad. The family suite was designed as a two-floor apartment. On the first floor we could enjoy a nice living room with table, sofa, TV set + DVD/CD, terrace with sunbeds and table, bedroom (two beds, wardrobe, TV set), bathroom and kitchenette with a fridge, kettle, two hotplates, and a microwave oven (cups, saucers, utensils, sugar, salt, instant coffee and tea constantly available). The second floor consisted of bedroom (one king sized bed, large wardrobe, TV set, cosmetic table), bathroom (shower cubicle + bathtub) and terrace with sunbeds (high level of privacy). Always clean, made up every day, high-quality furniture, very well functioning air condition, nice pictures on the walls, safe available for free. Both terraces faced the jungle-like area behind the hotel (no people, no buzz, just wildlife). In the mornings (5-7 a.m.), one could listen to the concert, organized and performed by well orchestrated Thai birds and frogs (binoculars very useful). You will get just a one key from the front door, so if you want to split up as a group, leaving the key with the reception is necessary.
People (waitresses, waiters, chambermaids) were all very nice and polite. Complicated English for communication is not welcome, speaking slowly and distinctly will bear fruit though. A dash of panto also helped. Particularly the gentleman behind the reception desk is someone who can be boldly tagged as an epitome of the hotel concierge services. Always ready to help (with anything). Mr. Matull - a general manager of the hotel was daily available. He is a very nice, polite, distinguished German gentleman, with a cultivated sensation for an unobtrusive attentiveness.
The restaurant is designed as an open air, giving the impression of colonial style. The high temperature and humidy may sometimes work against the appetite, but a fan helps a lot. Breakfasts were in buffet style with both Thai and European food available: rice, noodles, soup, sausages, eggs, pancakes, yoghurts, jams, bread, salami, fruits, vegetable, orange and apple juice, coffee and tea. The lunches and dinners were organized in menu style - with a plentiful Thai and European meals. A tasting the Thai tapas served only on Sundays is a must.
Two swimming pools were available for guests of the Baramie Residence. One was located just by the restaurant, very clean but due to a road reconstruction too noisy at the time. The other one (by the Casuarina Hotel) was just awesome - large enough, very clean, perfect and clean surrounding, very comfortable sunbeds, showers, and a bar (with limited menu though). A very clean toilet by the swimming pool, modern design, original signed impressionist picture of the tree (Thai artist) just above urinal (!) which made frequenting the restroom a pleasant experience.
The sea: not very clean, depending on the particular day and time of the day. It also depended on high/low tide. Warm water. Generally speaking, the gulf is always dirtier that the open sea; Thailand Gulf cannot simply be of the quality of Phi Phi, Krabi, Phuket and other areas at the western coastline. However, within 14 days of our holiday, swimming was indeed possible everyday. Threats in water: the sand continues far away from the coastline into the sea, aquasocks not necessarily needed, but some sharp stones could be unpleasant. My wife was bitten once to the toe by a crab, but survived. Jelly fish aren´t rare creatures at the area; however, even though I had been coming into a contact with them once in a while, I did not notice any actual harm. Bad skin rash after being burnt by a Jelly fish reported though.
The sea brought many objects to the beach, and I am sorry to say that no one cleaned the beach. Fortunately, the sea had done the job instead - it cleared away as much garbage as it had brought in. The beach was sandy and during low tide very spacy. Everyone who collects
seashells will enjoy the beach as plenty of these fossils can be easily found there.
Little shops were located nearby the hotel (10 minutes walk) - the most required article - anti mosquito spray - always in stock.
Here are some hints for trips within 30 minutes driving from the hotel: the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is a beautiful place, indeed worth seeing, with an elephant show. The Million Years Stone Park - another tropical garden combined with stone sculptures, a crocodile show, also nice to see. The Sanctuary of the Truth in Pattaya is a must - wooden temple made according to the original historical techniques. Great to visit. The Buddha Mountain nearby Pattaya - huge Buddha silhouette cut by laser into a rock. Nice place, Chinese nuns ready to take a picture with you. Bangkok - vibrating city, just for people resistant to fainting from deadly hot weather. We visited the Royal Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Traimit - all of these are worth visiting. For me though - visiting the China town in Bangkok was the most powerful experience - the essence of south-east Asia at one place, LSD-like experience for farang like me.
To sum up, the Baramie Residence is ideal place for someone who longs for a quite place with personalized service, accenting privacy, and enjoying indulgence and self-pampering.
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- Baramie Residence Pattaya
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