I had been surveying this property for years now, always avoided it thinking it was outdated and old from reading previous reviews. Finally, after deciding to make a last minute trip for Christmas (26-28th) I brought my family (5 adults, 2-kids). Wanting to avoid the typical high season rates and absurd mandatory dinners on Christmas and New Year's Eve, we decided in an 'in betweener' break. To our surprise we were given a beachside bungalow with two bathrooms. I estimate the unit size at about 80 Sq.m. 7,000 Thai baht per night inclusive of breakfast. As the staff has eyes like a hawk, extra adult breakfast (room includes only 4 adults) is 320 baht.
Being an older property, the resort condition is very acceptable. Think 'beach house' feeling. Rooms are very clean, the service is really good (especially for the typical Thai resort). The air conditioners are great. Only spotted and caught one mosquito the whole stay! No need to go off campus to buy in food (best to buy your stock of bottled water and beer before checking in, they only supply two bottles of water per room per day).
And best of all, the Chom Talay restaurant has excellent Thai food for dinner. This coming from my Thai family. Very affordable at roughly 120-150 per family shared dish. The small beers are the only thing expensive at 106 baht, but that's okay. Again, the service was great. Of course, traveling during winter allows for cooler Hawaiian-like weather (mid to high 20's). The evening happy hour or late night meals on the restaurant's deck offers a great atmosphere, even with the one-man lounge show. Think Don Ho in Waikiki. You must try the Volcano cocktail. Delicious. It's an award winning (2005) resort drink.
You definitely need a car to get around as the resort is situated off the main road between Chaam and Hua Hin. But if you arrive by taxi or shuttle, there's really no need to leave the campus. Unless you need the seedy night life (for those Pattaya type travelers).
So as I'm writing this on our check out day, from the porch watching my little girl play in the sand in front of our villa, I really wished we could extend our stay. For the two bedroom bungalow, request #106. Awesome.
By the way, they offer massages but no spa services. The swimming pool is huge, clean, and well designed. Very nice property guards and service teams.
We will definitely stay again.
In comparison, Fishermans Village in Haad Chao Samran (Petchaburi) has a nice beachside 2-bedroom bungalow (9k high, 7k, low). But the buffet here at Regent is better. Also, in Hua Hin there is the Banyan Resort with the bet 2-bed villas (high season 9k, low 6k) and best buffet. But it's not on the beach. Beautiful golf course though. All require a car for eating off campus.