My husband and I stayed at the Aleenta, Pranburi for 4 nights and left only yesterday. I have to admit, I am one of these people who use Trip Advisor to gauge opinion from other travellers before I book but rarely do I post my own review ( I know, it's bad but something I am trying to get better at!). Until now. I was so impressed with this hotel that I was compelled to share my experience with the travelling community. To put our trip into context, my husband and I had been to Hong Kong, Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney in the last 2 weeks. It was an important trip as it was the first time I had seen my brother and sister in law for 2 years and the first time I had been to Oz since they moved there 10 years ago. It was full on and we knew that we wanted somewhere very quiet and relaxing in a small hotel at the end for a few days before returning home to the UK. I searched and found the Aleenta. It was perfect for our needs. I had to search extensively to get a room. The Aleenta books up quickly months in advance so you'll need to be prepared to wait a while.
We were exhausted when we arrived on our flight from Sydney, getting into Bangkok at 8.30pm. The journey from BK to the Aleenta is a bit of a nightmare (it took us 3 hours in a private taxi, I would say travelling average- fast speed) but it's doable as it's mostly highway. I had emailed the hotel a couple of days before to say we would be arriving late just incase they thought we were a no-show. Even thought we arrived at midnight, check in was smooth and the team had prepared a sandwich each for my husband and I which I thought was a really nice touch and very thoughful as we had not had a chance to eat anything.
We stayed in a Palm Pool suite and wow, what can I say? The room is fantastic. Looking right onto the beach with a terrace, little dip pool (absolute god send in the heat) and 2 sunloungers with sun shade. The view is incredible. The room was spotlessly clean and the housekeeping team were extremely attentive ensuring that the room was cleaned each day and turned down at night. There were little touches in the room which made this hotel stand out from other more average hotels - ipod and docking station in the room, candle with essential oils burning at turn down, huge pillows on the bed (bed is extremely comfortable), use of bathrobes, slippers, and for ladies, a very stylish beach bag, books for your use - I won't go on because it will spoil the small surprises for new guests. Let's just say this is highly impressive and illustrates how the Aleenta always has the comfort and relaxation of the guest in mind. My husband normally has the proverbial 'ants in his pants' when he is on a relaxing beach holiday but due to the relaxing nature of the Aleenta (no tv = no footie!) he actually read 3 books, something which he never does. I have absolutely no complaints with the room. I cannot praise the housekeeping staff enough and the little touches go a long way to make you feel very welcomed and very relaxed.
The restaurant and the bar area are also spotlessly clean and offer a good range of food and beverage choices. My husband and I don't eat seafood and so we were a little concerned that we would not have a lot of choice from the menu but this was not the case. The staff are also so helpful and friendly. The food is of a very high standard. The breakfast is wonderful with a lot of choice. This is a minor thing but if I could give anything constructive ( I know James and his team always welcome positive and constructive feedback) for consideration is that there is not really an area where you can enjoy a drink before dinner. We enjoy a few drinks before dinner, cocktails etc but we felt the only place we could sit was at the bar on high bar stools ( I personally found these tricky to negotiate with dress/heels on) or sitting at a table which although comfortable, gives the waiting staff the impression that you are ready to order your meal and therefore we ended up ordering food before we were ready to.There is an area near the pool but as this area was being used for a table for dining we felt we couldn't sit there. As I said, a minor thing and nothing to worry about, just something that we felt could be thought about for those guests who like to enjoy a few drinks before eating.
On our last day (yesterday) we requested if we could keep our room on until 6pm as we were not getting picked up until 6.30pm. This unfortunately was not possible due to a wedding taking place the next day and the room was needed for the guests which we totally understood. However, we were given full use of the shared facilities (pool, restaurant, showers) and although we would have preferred to have stayed in the privacy of our own room, we were not made to feel in the way, actually quite the contrary. The staff were attentive with drinks and offering the menu for lunch and we appreciated the offers of the showers. It was nice to watch the wedding preparations unfold and secretly quite envious, the setting is phenomenal ( we married 3 years ago in a church wedding but after seeing this place I wish we had come here!)
We also had the opportunity to have an informal chat with James the Aleenta Manager and what a really nice person he is. It is very clear that James is passionate about what he and the Aleenta team are trying to achieve and this comes across in everything it tries to do.
We are back in the UK now suffering from quite a bit of jet lag and a bit of holiday blues! I felt I needed to write this review while it was fresh in my mind though and sorry for the length but hope it has been helpful!
Well done to James and the Aleenta team for topping off our wonderful holiday by ensuring we had the perfect ending. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel and would not think twice about returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Pranburi is the original award winning boutique luxury resort upon which Aleenta started. This special boutique luxury resort and spa features 25 unique residences, most with private pool. Each suite is located within mere footsteps of the beach and offer commanding views over the stunning sea views over the Gulf of Thailand. Situated on the pristine and golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive south of Bangkok. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aleenta Resort Pranburi Hotel Hua Hin
- Aleenta Resort Hua Hin
- Aleenta Hotel Hua Hin