My partner and I stayed in a villa with a pool last June for 10 days. We combined it with a break in Bangkok where it was very fast paced so when we arrived at the hotel we were looking to relax.
The Dhevan Dara is about 15 minutes outside of Hua Hin so we relied on the free shuttle to take us in and out. You could pay for a taxi if the shuttle timetable didn't suit but we were quite happy to take the early evening one in and stay in town till the return at about 9.30pm. There's 2 night markets in Hua Hun, the tourist one and the local (which is GREAT for local food) up by the hospital so we were always kept busy.
We also took the shuttle to the beach one day but found it not to be the best beach in the area so didn't go back. We were also the only 2 people on the beach and so got harassed a lot by people selling T-shirts and horse rides.
The hotel restaurant is quite pricey compared with prices in Hua Hin, also no one other than us ever seemed to eat in there! We ate there for dinner once and lunch once but found the food only ok. We also ordered room service one night but found you had to wait quite a while. There is such a great choice of food in Hua Hin in the markets and various restaurants that it's worth even taking a taxi considering the amount of money you will save and the difference in quality.
The villa's are all enclosed behind walls with a large gate so we enjoyed the privacy and mainly stayed by our own pool. Whenever my partner wanted to use the 2 computers and check his email I'd combine it with a swim in the main pool. There are a few loungers by the pool and the pool itself is lovely. When we were there it was also always deserted! The pools included with the villas are very small and not good for swimming lengths so if I went again I probably would book the Jasmine villa's and just lounge by the main pool. We only used our pool to cool off when we had sat out in our garden area for too long!
You can book excursions through the hotel to various temples and parks in the area. We found we could also book the tours in Hua Hin and saved a little bit of money. Sometimes we were charged extra for drop off and pick up being out of the centre but it still always seemed to be cheaper than the hotel tours. As you're not too far from Bangkok you can also do some of the tours to the River Kwai and Tiger Temple if you like long days! We did the floating market tour and two other tours to different temples. All three were really enjoyable and it was nice to get away from the hotel.
Although we wanted to relax after Bangkok after a couple of days it does feel quite isolated! A lot of the villas are owned or rented by locals who only visit at weekends so during the week it's very empty and quiet.
The interior of the villa was beautifully decorated with a comfy bed that caused me to sleep in a lot as it was so nice! The bathroom had a waterfall that you could turn on and a rainforest type shower. There was also an outdoor bath but we didn't use that due to the bugs that wanted to join me. There is also a small selection of English channels to choose from on the TV with a movie on at 10pm.
The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the housekeeping service. They always did an excellent job but the time they came varied from day to day. We wanted to chill out by our villa but we were always on edge that the gate would open and there they'd be ready to kick us out and clean! We tried to time it so that we'd go and check emails/swim in the main pool during this time but as the time changed day to day it was very hard!
Overall I would recommend staying here if you like your privacy (except for the 30 mins when you're villa is cleaned) and want to truly relax. We got a great deal on price through flight centre where we paid for 5 nights and got 5 free so I would only book if you can find a similar deal.
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