Arrived from Bangkok via private transfer, and entered through a hedge of elephants! I kid you not. All credit to the groundsmen and their topiary skills. The road down to the main entrance is a building site. What used to be a crazy golf area surrounded by small buildings was being demolished, and on the other side of the road, some construction works were in progress. The lobby looks grand and imposing, with infinity water features and soft furnishings and a well staffed reception. Our room, on the first floor, wasn't ready on arrival, so we were advised to have a drink at the bar, and got charged 120 baht per small beer, (Chang), for our troubles! We were re-roomed to the 5th floor with views overlooking the main entrance and the building works. To be fair, the room was lovely, HUGE double bed, big bathroom, personal safe, and as clean as a whistle.
After unpacking, my partner and I went out to have a look around. This resort is big, very big. No map is provided and there is no overview of the facilities left in the room. We wandered aimlessly about, finding restaurants by chance, (Yellowtail). The hotel has an abundance of conference suites which were in constant use during our 8 day stay, which added to the feeling that the holidaymakers came second to the cash cow that is corporate entertaining. We arrived at the seafront, only to discover that all the exits had been taped off, as the beach and steps had been washed away. Whilst there is a beach to the left of the hotel, which does actually belong to the Regent chain, access is difficult, and on occasion, downright dangerous for children and the infirm.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this hotel is situated in either Cha-am or Hua Hin. Cha-am is about 12km away, and Hua Hin 20km, and the hotel makes no bones about charging to use their over priced buses to get you there,.
The local village, which reception reluctantly told us about, is a 5 minute walk away, and has all the facilities needed, banks, bars, dry cleaners, and very good, cheap restaurants. We can highly recommend the 'Village Bar', for inexpensive cocktails, and clean, welcoming surroundings.
So, in a nutshell, use the local taxis to get out and about, (400 baht return to Hua Hin), use the local restaurants and street food sellers, for top quality fare, and be aware that you are staying at the Regent Cha am 'Beach' Resort that doesn't have a beach.
- 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. We are delighted to announce on our newly expanded and nourished beach, new coat of paint for the entire 559 room resort, a newly renovated main wing swimming pool together with a new contemporary landscaping, an enchanting Peppina on The Beach Italian restaurant and all newly renovated sea facing deluxe rooms. ... 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