One of the best experiences I had staying in a resort hotel!
It is our forth anniversary of dating each other, and we intended to travel to Japan with a group of friends, but the trip was cancelled at the last minute. Instead, I arranged the trip to Hua Hin for us three couples: me, my girlfriend; her best friend and the BF; my sister and her BF.
Booked through a website dedicated to last minute bookings and got a good deal at 7000 Baht per night for lagoon access rooms with Club benefits, which includes access to the club lounge, complimentary internet access. Would like to stay longer but due to room availability, we were able to stay only one night.
As my GF always complains that I owe her an "official" marriage proposal as we are already preparing for the wedding later this year, I thought I could arrange something special in this trip. Called the hotel the night before our arrival and told the assistant manager that our trip is going to be a special occasion and I would like to propose to my girl friend during our stay. The staff promptly offerred to arrange for a bouquet of roses be prepared and ready during dinner time.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the staff and lead to the lounge for a sit-down check-in. The process was a breeze, and knowing my intention, the F&B/Guest relations manager offered to take us around and showed us all the dining facilities in the resort. In the end I selected the beach front Luna Lanai as I plan to light up some fireworks on the beach during the proposal.
The decoration in the room for the special occasion was wrongly put into my sister's room, but that's ok since I want the surprise to be during dinner time rather than when she goes into the room. We asked the staff to take off the decoration and redecorate again in my room while we are dining. The result: a very successful surprise; the flowers came in time while the fireworks on the beach is lit, the live band came singing just as I bring out the ring and kneeled down. Another surprise in the room as the decoration was done while we were dining. All in all, a very touching experience thanks to the help of the staffs.
It is a big resort with eight buildings, four on each side with a big, lagoon style loop pool in the middle with an infinity pool near the beach side. There are numerous jacuzzi pockets along the loop, with a touch of a botton, the jacuzzi runs for about 5 minutes. There is a impressive-looking play ground for children right next to the lobby area, making the resort ideal for those travelling with kids. There are four dining options in the resort to fulfill your dining needs: the Deck, In Azia, Salas, and Luna Lanai. The resort, in spite the Hua Hin in the name, is actually located in Cha am, but it is merely ten minutes away from downtown Hua Hin. We drove our own car there so did not get a chance to experience the shuttle services. Being a resort this size, I think the car park spaces is a bit insufficient.
There are practically no beach in the stretch where the resort is located, you need to go to the north side to see a nice little beach, but it is shared with other adjacent resorts.
We stayed in the lagoon access rooms, the room has ample space, is smartly decorated, and has a private terrace with two loungers and a stepladder leading into the loop pool. For those who likes to swim, the room is perfect, you can just get changed in the room and jump right into the pool. You practically have a private patch of the pool available day and night. It would be nice if we could some how lock the sliding door while swimming. We were concerned someone could just get into the room therefore dare not swim too far from the room. The bath room is very spacious as well. However, there are no clear markings on the faucet for the bath tub, took us some time to figure out which side is cold and hot water. The sliding door for the bath room requires considerable force to open when closed in place.
During our one night stay, we dined at the Luna Lanai, then had breakfast in the Deck the following morning. We also visited the Sundara lounge numerous time for refreshment after swimming.
I would say the food is average in this resort, however, the service more than make up for the taste of the food. Luna Lanai offers Thai cuisine, the food do not taste the best, but it is not bad, and exceeds my expectation. A little side note: my sister got sick during the stay and could not eat the spicy thai food, we asked the staff if we could order something not on the menu, the staff inquired with the kitchen and came back with the special dish. Although the dish was too salty for my sister, but it's excellent marks for the service. The price is more reasonable than I thought. An ample dinner for the six of us costs us less than 2000 baht after a 50% discount as we have Starwood Privilege cards. Even without the discount, at about 3600 baht, I think it is very reasonable given the facility and the excellent service.
The breakfast served at the Deck has a huge selection, the Thai noodle soup tastes very good. However, I find that the food selection caters mostly towards western appetite and only a few stir-fried and congee related dishes were available.
For those with lounge access, the Sundara lounge offers complimentary drinks and snacks during most of the time. It's a nice place to sit down, rehydrate, and relax after swimming.
All in all, an excellent trip to an excellent resort destination!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embedded in a tropical garden, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa comprises nine buildings surrounding a 200 meter long, lagoon-style swimming pool, 6 restaurants & bars, spa, fitness center, 2 tennis courts and a kid's club. All deluxe rooms feature a private garden, balcony or direct access to the pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Hua Hin Hotel Cha-Am
- Sheraton Hua Hin Resort And Spa
- Sheraton Cha-Am