My boyfriend and I visited Aleenta Pranburi for a week in late October 2013. We had the most memorable, relaxing holiday, thanks to their stellar service and unbelievable value for money. I loved every moment and want this place to maintain its exclusive, hidden gem quality! We appreciated the intimacy and small-inn feel of the resort (having only about 22 boutique-style rooms), and a serene ambience of the location. The hotel manager, James Noble, is the most amazing hotel manager I have ever encountered. More about him under the subheading, “STAFF” but all in all, we cannot thank James and the resort enough for making our vacation the most magically splendid, ever.
In point forms, here are my comments:
FOOD – stellar gourmet offering from beginning to an end. Its continental breakfast spread, brought on a three-tiered trivet stand at each guests’ table, was always beautifully presented. In addition to this trivet stand full of assorted breakfast pastries, cold cuts, cheeses and ‘made-fresh-daily’ assortment of tropical preserves, we’d get to order a breakfast entrée, ranging from a Thai style soup noodles, green tea waffle with house-made ice cream, among so many other smartly prepared varieties. Each offering was so mouth-watering, and with copious varieties, one wouldn’t have to repeat a dish for about 9 days if you so choose! Lunch/Dinner options were equally abundant, presentation leaning towards the “unfussy haute cuisine”, and adhered to its “Locavore/Slow Food” mandate. There are at least 3 different dishes/dessert items which I hope that the resort’s Executive Chef, Ian, would one day share with me. I was so inspired by their menu selections, they were so ‘steal worthy’.
AMBIENCE OF THE LOCATION/PRANBURI – if you want the quietest, nearly deserted beach, warm sea water (with the occaisional jellyfish that you need to watch out for during the rainy season), freshest seafood, and an opportunity to immerse yourself with the pulse of the ordinary local life, then this is THE place. If you’re looking for an exciting night life, or rather, something similar to Phuket or Samui, then this place is not for you. In Pranburi, we were able to go on long, mild-paced bike rides along the quaint roads without worrying about traffic. With the resort’s complimentary rental bicycle, we explored the coast line and left all the worldly stress behind. There are many inexpensive but safe and fresh restaurants along the coast and inlands; we never had a bad meal. Locals are extremely friendly and it never felt as if I had to watch my belongings. All in all, it’s a great place for a truly slow-paced escape.
RESORT ITSELF – We stayed at its Oceanview Villa (Villa 3, if I recall correctly). When we were shown our home away from home, we were delighted! It was incredibly roomy with a very large terrace overlooking the ocean. The staff went out of their way to bring to our terrace some lounge furniture from the beach; they truly accommodated our every need. The resort’s ‘main pool’ was seldom used by others (I guess because most of them had their own pool?) and while small, it was spacious enough for the two of us to swim leisurely. It was virtually our own swimming pool for the entire week. Should you wish to do a few laps, then their Frangipani Villa had a good sized lap pool, but we didn’t feel the need to go there.
Before we arrived, we opted in to their "Tailor" Service. For a nominal fee, our exclusive Tailor -- one who helps "tailor your stay", Koy, picked us up all the way in Bangkok and ensured that our every need was being met for the duration of our stay. Whilst we sunbathed, Koy would periodically bring us a chilled glass of water, and afternoon canapés. When we returned to our room, we’d find a small jar of hand-harvested fresh aloe vera gel that she had brought in for our after-sun skin care. The Tailor Service is definitely worth it; there was never a moment when are needs weren't met.
I was also very impressed by the Aleenta's adherence to sustainable business practice of using reusable containers/jars for items such as shampoo and body soap. All food is also locally sourced. You can even visit the vegetable garden (open to the community).
STAFF – staff MAKES this place the most incredible hidden gem I have personally ever visited. The hotel manager, James Noble, leads a close-knit brigade of friendly, discreet and truly caring staff. Koy, Chef Ian, Pongsak, and many more -- were all wonderful hosts. For a starter, they have a “No Tip” Policy. If you insist on tipping, then they will siphon it to Blue Water Foundation, a charity they support. We loved how caring the staff was about us – we jokingly pestered them to upgrade us to one of their beachfront villa with its own swimming pool. We knew it was impossible as all the villas with pools were booked up by the time we had contacted the resort. Well guess what? Koy managed to find a vacancy – on our very last day – and upgraded us at no extra charge. We are so grateful to them for making our last night so special.
The Aleenta family of resorts is very lucky to have a talent like James in charge of the place. When we signed up to their cooking class, James personally took us to the local market as well as guiding us to Aleenta’s own organic farm. From the greetings he received at the local market, you could clearly see he was a respected member of the Pranburi community. And his background as a Michelin-starred chef, his personal involvement in our excursion elevated the experience into something out of a Food Network show. While the resort and the location were wonderful, James' charm and genuine care for the guests and staff made us want to return there. He truly is a great ambassador of the resort. I sense that numerous other guests share that sentiment on this site.
All in all, a million thanks to Aleenta, to James, to Koy, to Chef Ian, et al, for treating us like family, and turing our vacation into a gem of memories. Words could never convey how perfect our experience was.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aleenta Resort Hua Hin features ten "one-of-a-kind" luxury rooms, and free-standing villas. All rooms are tastefully decorated with custom-made wood and rattan furnishing, including heavenly soft king or queen size beds. All rooms feature mini ipods and Bose music systems with over 400 varieties of custom made songs. Books, games, private plunge pools and in-room dining are just some of the features in the 18 rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aleenta Resort Pranburi Hotel Hua Hin
- Aleenta Resort Hua Hin
- Aleenta Hotel Hua Hin