We spent a very comfortable and relaxing 6 nights here in July 2014. It was a highlight of our 4 week stay in Indochina, and a great place to arrive at the start of our trip from the UK to acclimatise and get over the jetlag.
The staff were always very friendly and welcoming. And the rooms were spacious and immaculate.
The main pool is lovely, and the inclusive breakfast was always something to look forward to. The kids always enjoyed saying hello to Alex, the resident parrot.
Some suggestions for what could have made it absolutely perfect:
* with Hua Hin around 7 kilometres away, there isn't really a great deal around in the immediate vicinity. The in-house restaurants (we tried 2 of them) were always very nice but quite pricey (close to Western prices) - and the costs started to add up eating lunch and dinner for a family of 5.
* The beach was nice to look at, with loungers set out on the outer perimeter of the resort. But there's then a 6 foot drop down to the beach from the resort (with steps along the way) which doesn't make it quite as accessible. And it isn't a conventional 'walk straight out onto the sandy beach' type resort for you beach purists. Once you've climbed down the wall the sea water is warm, but there isn't much else to recommend it - it's nice to listen to the waves washing ashore, but to look at it's a bit uninspiring. We ended up spending most of our relaxing time by the pool instead - as did most other guests. Probably not the place for you if you're looking for an out and out beach holiday.
And a few little tips if you're looking to economise whilst you're there:
* the resort runs an hourly bus into Hua Hin (for which you have to pay per passenger). If you're a larger group (we were 5), you can book a taxi cheaper. Alex (the concierge, not the parrot!) will even book one for you, and there are plenty of tuk-tuks back from Hua Hin (again cheaper than the hotel bus).
* if you're getting fed up paying restaurant prices for food and drinks on the resort, there's a little 7/11 directly over the main road just outside the resort.
* we didn't try any of the spa facilities (again the cost was the main factor). But if you wander 50 yards to the right of the beach, there's a group of local ladies running 1 hour massages for 300 baht. I tried one and thoroughly enjoyed it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take in the treasures of Thailand’s royal seaside town. Moments away, Anantara Hua Hin Resort is a romantic oasis of palatial architecture and lagoon pool gardens by the sea. Signature luxuries and hints of Thai culture grace 190 rooms and suites. Revitalise with morning yoga on a sunrise shore. Find your own escape at acclaimed golf courses and vineyards, or retrace history in coastal palaces. View lotus-filled lagoons from fresh perspectives – floating in a pool or being pampered in a spa suite. Stir up tasty adventures with contemporary sala lounge cocktails, authentic Thai and Italian classics, or fiery seafood barbeques by the beach. ... more less
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