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Anantara Hua Hin Resort
Ranked #10 of 142 Hotels in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 July 2008

I stayed in the hotel in September, and as a Travel Agent, will try to give you a good all round view.

The Anantara Hotel is lovely, we really enjoyed in. The service was fantastic, all the staff no matter what department were lovely, friendly and happy.

We upgraded to the Lagoon Room, which was amazing. A double bath, walk in shower, and a lovely balcony area. When we stayed, the Lagoon rooms had their own pool, which was lovely and quiet. There was no bar there, and it was very very hot, so the main pool area was better as it was a little closer to the beach.

The beach area is very limited, so the sunbeds are within the grounds of the hotel, and on the edge of the beach at a higher level. The advantage is the beach sellers cannot pester you. The sea was warm if a little murky at times.

The breakfast at the hotel was lovely, the omelettes fantastic, as is the fresh fruit.

There is nothing outside the hotel directly. The hotel offer a shuttle service down into Hua Hin. There is not a lot in Hua Hin, lots of back streets, with tacky shops and restaurants. We did not go down that much, as we felt there was not much to do. The nightmarket was very small, and something and nothing really.

The hotel have lovely restaurants, and quite often have set menu specials. Lunches are great, if a little expensive by Thai standards, but not by British standards.

You can do the floating market from Hua Hin, it is a little closer to do it from Hua Hin rather than Bangkok. This is worth doing. There really is not much cultural sites around Hua Hin area.

Would I return to the hotel - yes I would, but look to get a deal on lunches/dinners. As we enjoyed the hotel so much, we went to Anantara in Koh Samui.

If you want more info, then feel free to contact me.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2008

We stayed for 10 nights at the Anantara and came away with mixed feelings on our holiday. If you are looking for a tropical paradise location then Hua Hin is not for you, whilst the hotel is very beautiful the town and beach are not.

The good points on the hotel:
The staff are extremely freindly, gardens and pool area are beautiful and the rooms are very clean indeed. We had a few dinners as the hotel and can reccommend the Italian restaurant for both quality of food and service.

The bad points
We upgraded to a seaview room and whilst the balcony, view and size of the room was good it was a bit dated and could do with an update esp the bathroom. Food and drink in the resort was always to a high standard but very expensive.

During our stay we had a look at the Lagoon rooms and I would say if you can afford it or can get a good deal I would definatley upgrade to these rooms as they are totally different to the old rooms and more in line with what I would expect from a 5* hotel, even though the hotel was extremley quiet we could not get a good upgrade deal.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank pjay72
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Reviewed 9 June 2008

The Anantara Hua Hin is NOT comparable to a Four Seasons, or Ritz Carlton, or a Sheraton; not even close. It aspires to the big league, but unfortunately falls short largely due to disappointing service.

Firstly on the positives. The hotel is reasonably pretty, with well grown-out gardens, wood carvings and furniture, and so forth. Also, the food is good. Unfortunately, these are about the only good things I can say about it.

In terms of areas for improvement, the hotel needs to focus on a lot of things. On our second day there, it was very hot during lunchtime, so we were seeking somewhere indoors or in the shade to eat, but got rejected by both restaurants. The Italian restaurant was hosting a group lunch for a large corporate's employees, while the Thai restaurant was hosting a tour group and wouldn't let us sit in the shaded area even though there were empty tables. And we were fully paying guests! I guess this is another takeaway: this isn't really a romantic place you'd go to, as they do bring in tourists by the busloads.

Secondly, we reserved a car "limousine" to bring us from Hua Hin to Bangkok airport to catch a relatively early flight; we went up to the front desk to make this reservation the day before our departure. On the morning we were supposed to leave, our car didn't arrive at the appointed time of 6.30am. Fifteen minutes passed, so we went to ask the front desk what was taking the car so long. The three men at the desk said "Sorry late, five more minutes", several times. Their body language (nervous, not looking us in the eye, speaking to each other in Thai) betrayed them however; we eventually found out that the reservation had not been sent to the car transportation firm the day before. The front desk lied, and didn't even have the courtesy to aplogise to us. This to me is utterly unacceptable.

I will not stay at an Anantara ever again.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2008

We booked the Anantara online only three days before we arrived in Thailand. It had been recommended by a friend so we decided to give it a try.

Initially we were shown to Room 500, and I name this only because in my opinion Room 500 is far from their best room, and the hotel was far from fully booked when we arrived. Anyway, we asked to see what else was available and were shown to Room 724 which is a suite. So impressed were we that we took it on the spot.

It is not easy to find superlatives enough for the buildings, grounds, gardens and pools of Anantara. It is a truly stunning place to spend two weeks where the friendly staff and a team of gardeners work from the early hoursmaking sure you are well looked after and keeping the whole place tidy (and that includes cleaning debris off the beach). We absloutely loved it.

Here are a couple of points to watch out for - and then decide for yourself what you think of them. The concierge sold us (at breathtaking speed) a "meal-ticket" arrangement that in fact works out quite well, but at the time felt as though we were being conned into something. All the onsite restaurant/cafe/bar arrangements are good - excellent, but be aware that some of the theme evenings can be undersubscribed and a bit lifeless. Furthermore the breakfast set-up by the beach could do with refreshing more often. The only real gripe we had was with the fruit juice(!) Believe it or not in a place of this quality, they serve some kind of syrupy nectar juice instead of fresh juice, which in my opinion is a crime. We demanded fresh orange juice every day and we got it (or at least mandarin juice), I suggest you do the same as it can't be that hard for them to get the real thing in.

Other recommendations - if you're there for massage, go down to the beach, turn left 50 metres and clamber up to the lady with the blue sign, she and her team are true healers! Having been smitten by Anantara we plan to try some of the others in the chain and will definitely return to Hua Hin.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2008

We have just returned from a 3 day break in Anantara, Hua Hin. Having spent the previous 2 days at The Peninsular in Bangkok and also having spent time last year at Banyan Tree in Phuket the resort had a lot to live up to - and it did! We had a garden suite near the main pool. The garden rooms can be a little dark as the foliage is so lush but the room was spacious, beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Perhaps next visit we will choose a lagoon or sea view suite but it was a very minor drawback not having a view as we spent most of the day by the pool. The food was excellent - we had dinner at the Italian restaurant and the Thai restaurant - both very good - the Italian restaurant in particular was outstanding. And the light meals such as panninis available for lunch near the pool were great as well. Breakfast was good though quite not up to the standard of the other food experiences especially at the beach restaurant. The spa was of a high standard (though not cheap!) and the evening entertainment in the lobby bar very pleasant (a quite talented trio). And what really made the experience was that the staff were wonderful - we couldn't fault the service and really appreciated their personal and friendly care. All in all a great place to utterly relax.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2008

my wife and i stayed at anantara for a few days after getting married, we booked a seaview room. it was very romantic and we had a memorable vacation. the room was very good with a view over the ocean. the food was very good with a very nice buffee in the evening. we also tried the spa. all and all the anantara was very good we will definately go there again.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

Having just returned from the Anantara Hua Hin, i can only highly recommend this resort. The customer service is outstanding and every attention is given to detail. Even the manager Ivan gave assistance in sources Thai raw silk.
On our arrival we were greeted warmly with cold towels and a cooling drink before being escorted to our room. What a breath of freshair to relax overlooking the beach and sea. The room was spacious and cleaned thoroughly every day. Your bed is even turned down in the evening with a flower.
The facilities at the hotel are excellent, the pools are spotlessly clean and the gardens are groomed.
The restaurants have an excellent choice of menus and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Italian for that special occassion.
What makes this place very special are the well trained and experienced staff, these guys worked so hard to ensure that we had an experience to remember.
The Spa is marvellous try the Thai massage it's amazing.
The layout of the hotel is deceptive as you think that you are in a small hotel. The design is remarkable and calming.
As the hotel isn't far from Hua Hin then you get the opportunity to mix and match your evening enterntainment.
We were there for the Thai new year celebrations which were so well planned even down to the elephant opening the ceremony. The evening of Thai cuisine and entertainment was exhilarating.
I am not one for staying in hotels but i will be going back to the Anantara as my stay was relaxing, great fun and luxurious.

Stayed: April 2008
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Additional Information about Anantara Hua Hin Resort

Address: 43 / 1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand (Formerly Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa)
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Region: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Hua Hin
#4 Business Hotel in Hua Hin
#5 Family Hotel in Hua Hin
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hua Hin
#8 Spa Hotel in Hua Hin
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Hua Hin
#10 Luxury Hotel in Hua Hin
Price Range: £44 - £242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Hua Hin Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 190
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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