Needing a break takes on new meaning for residents of Bangkok in particular.
The traffic, fumes and noise alone quickly take a huge toll. Getting away from it all does of course include heading to the airport and writing off a day just getting to the big, glitzy resorts in destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui with their hand raked sand and never ending rows of deck chairs packed with tourists from all over the world.
However a growing alternative for the younger set as well as parents is just three hours away by car on an excellent freeway. Hua Hin was home to the summer residence of King Rama V1 from 1923 for the same reasons the area appeals today – the classic combination of peace and quiet and a long white sandy beach.
Development along the beachfront has fortunately been controlled - no Gold Coast in the making here thank heavens – which explains why the newer boutique style properties are mostly on small strips of land probably originally designed for residential development.
Let’s Sea Hua Hin Alfresco Resort is an excellent example of the new breed of quality eco conscious beachside resorts. Children under 12 are not allowed. My room was a Moon Deck suite with king sized bed. Check-in was quick and easy – and I was escorted to my room. The resort accommodation is built either side of a 120 metre long swimming pool with a bar at one end. Ground floor guests enjoy a deck overlooking the pool. Upstairs suites have a rooftop garden where you can get a glimpse of the sea – but you need to be a bit of a mountain goat to get up the steep internal steps. The suite is large and inviting thanks to soft earthy colours, terrazzo style flooring (can be slippery when wet) and exposed brick feature walls. The oversize bathroom includes a rain shower and one of the biggest baths in the business. All the goodies are there – right down to an iPod slot, video player, full size mirror, widescreen TV, a very comfortable full length window seat (great for reading the newspaper) umbrella and insect spray. By lifting the hinged desk you can open a door which leads to a little balcony overlooking the pool. The Wi-Fi system is brilliant and it is free. In need of improvement is bedside lighting and the noisy air conditioner which lacks a lower fan speed. Finding the light switches is all part of the fun of a stay. There is a well stocked large bar fridge that works well and prices are reasonable for everything except wine. A small bottle of rum for instance is B380 – can of coke B85, bottle of Australian wine B990. Finally, people talking in the pool and bar can be a little loud at times and as a similar unit is directly opposite – the light curtains need at times to be drawn.
All is forgotten however when you step into the crowning glory of this resort, the open air restaurant and deck overlooking the sea. The young and enthusiastic waiters are charming and efficient and the food beautifully prepared and presented. Al la carte breakfast overlooking the sparkling water was an absolute treat – my choice was fresh fruit followed by cereal with yoghurt and honey and a glass of sparkling wine. So much better than tackling what’s left at the reheated smorgasbord at a large resort. By dinnertime, everyone in the restaurant knows your name. Prices are very reasonable – grilled baby snapper for instance around $17. Guests also enjoy a sand lounge at the end of the pool, breeze bar in the lobby, a spa, extensive in room menu and the Z-luxe club for those who want to maximize their resort lifestyle.
After a very relaxing and enjoyable few days seemingly far away from the madding crowd I was back in Sukhumvit in less than three hours on Sunday.
There is a range of packages available at the website - the cost per night is usually under $150 a night for two. More details, www.letussea.com
Ian McIntosh is Australia’s Senior Traveller
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July 6, 2013
Dear Khun Ianmcintosh,
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Thank you for introducing Hua Hin to the world.
While we are working to please every customer, we are really work hard to balance different interests and sustain peace as well as what destination has to offer. This is what a small team family can do and make the difference.
As we are small, there is no big budget to buy some expensive ads to promote. Your sharing is highly appreciated.
We are sorry to see that your sleeping quality and room design does not 100% please you. The wine price can be a major problem in the country which does not produce wine and put a very high tax to bar alcohol and luxury goods. We hope it does not bar your happiness too much during the trip here.
Let's Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort never stops at any point of success. We keep continue to develop and if you come back again, you will see next step of our new Eco-chic program, which delights and surprise our guests starting from August 2013. Our new breakfast menu and presentation has just started on July 1, 2013.
We look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy even more ]Hua Hin[ at Let's Sea.
Let's Sea Team
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