I've just returned from two weeks at The Regent Cha-am, (Holiday Inn), following my fourth visit. My wife has stayed with The Regent Cha-am some nine times. I think this is testimony to the courtesy shown by all staff, the setting and beach.
I agree with the comments of other visitors, in that the prices of food and drinks in the hotel is high, as compared to the village just a 5 minute walk away. There are many Thai bars and restaurants in the village, all offering good food and drinks at reasonable prices, and it appears that most of the hotel residents take advantage of this, rather than pay the hotel prices which are close to double. The atmosphere in the village is great as well, as you tend to meet up with other guests who you've spoken to around the pool.
In the main, we used the lucky bar in the village both for drinks and meals, although our travelling partners insisted on visiting John's bar on occasions for the English meals, including roasts, much to my dismay. The food however is good, and Thai meals are available, albeit a limited choice.
It is mainly an hotel and resort for the 40 plus age group, with little excessive drinking witnessed. The resort of Hua Hin is some 18 Kilometers away, about the equivalent of £12.00 for a taxi there and back (people carriers included), at any time of day or night, and is much more lively with many more bars and restaurants. There is also the night market to visit and barter for your goods, and a Tesco within a shopping center for those who so require.
We have found on our fourth visit, that we are reunited with guests from previous years, some of whom visit the hotel annually for some 6 - 8 weeks, escaping the European winter.
All in all, The Regent Cha-am is a wonderful hotel to enjoy a relaxing holiday, a resort that we intent to revisit on many future occasions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Regent Cha Am Beach Resort embraces an enchanting stretch of unspoiled beach along the sunrise side of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort naturally blends with its lush tropical garden surroundings. The rooms are accessed by airy, open corridors with soothing views of the vast park’s greenery or the twinkling blue sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Resort Regent Beach Cha-Am Hotel Cha-Am
- Cha Am Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Cha-Am
- Regent Cha-Am
- Cha-Am Regent