This was my second trip to Hua Hin ( hubby's first), and we decided to try Anantara over Hyatt where I stayed the last time. It proved to be a very good decision, especially as we just wanted a quick rest& relaxation trip.
The transfer ( we paid for it, exp ! ) from Bangkok airport and the check in were very smooth - infact, since we had opted for the Lagoon rooms, the check in happened in our room itself. Coming to the room - I haven't had a better one in a long time. Spacious, lovely bathroom, and the largest balcony I have had in a hotel room - all overlooking a lovely little pond. The lagoon rooms are in a slightly quieter area of the lagoon, with extra facilities like their own pool etc...so if you are looking for peace and quiet , it's worth the extra. However, be mindful that they are at the opposite end of the property from the beach.
The resort itself is extremely green, with well laid out grounds, and 2 lovely pools. However, there isn't much of a beach, atleast nothing to rival the sands of Bali or Langkawi. Then again, that's true of everywhere in Hua Hin.
But that doesn't take away from the charm of the property - they have a lovely seaside bar / lounge area , and a seafood restaurant next to it which hosts a popular seafood barbecue buffet on saturdays. There are 4 other places to eat in the resort, apart from the breakfast buffet place....so this is a haven for foodies. BUT - a word to the vegetarians out there....be prepared to have little or no choice. Most of the menus have one or two veg dishes only, some none. Apart from the first night when the staff themselves sweetly offered to make something from me off the menu, they were not very receptive of vegetarian requests. Suprisingly, the most choice / flexibility I had was from room service. That said - whatever I did get was superlative. The husband loved his seafood and Thai delicacies.
Their spa is excellent - I was very tempted to go more than once...but it doesnt come cheap.
The service at Anantara was extremely prompt and efficient ( apart from the food flexibility bit) - they make up in any language issues with their lovely smiles and willingness to help. Special thanks to Alex for recommending Cicada, the local night art market - catch it if you are there on a weekend , some extremely good picks, great atmosphere and live music / performances. They also have a huge food zone - we didnt try it , but supposed to be good.
The one big sour note - the resort shut down the electricity in the resort from 9am to 3pm on one day for maintainence of their generator ( so no lights or fans or ACs ...in the rooms or restaurants)...even though we were warned ( after we reached), and they offered free snacks and drinks in their lounge for that afternoon....it was very irritating to sit in the heat and wait ...not what you pay big bucks and come to a holiday for !
Overall - this was my first experience of the Anantara chain, and what I saw has ensured I would definitely consider Anantara the brand again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 187-room Anantara Resort Hua Hin is a distinctive Thai village-style property located on the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Thailand, around 220 kms south of Bangkok. Hidden amidst 14 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens and lagoon pools, the picturesque resort enjoys a beachfront location at the quiet end of Hua Hin's long sandy beach for only 5 kms. from Hua Hin town centre. A three-meters high terracotta wall cleverly cocoons the resort from the hustle and bustle of town. As you make your way along the landscaped driveway, a sense of calm descends. The sense of arrival is heightened as you admire a decorative wall adorned with a parade of elephants. A cool breeze drifting in from the beach floats through the open-air Lobby with the strains of a melodic Thai tune lingering. Polished timber floors and Thai-style salas (pavilions) heighten the ambience of an intimate tropical hideaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Anantara Resort Hua Hin
- Anantara Hua Hin
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