We've been to Anantara Resort and Spa twice already and so when we decided to take a well earned break in Thailand again this year this resort was our first choice. Hua Hin is on the north-west Gulf coast and approx 2.5hrs drive from Bangkok airport - a long car transfer yes but worth it to see all the sights en route including the paddy fields and the summer palace of King Rama.
Anantara Resort and Spa is set back from the main road into Hua Hin and is secluded within beautifully landscaped gardens which feature an orchid farm. The resort is built in traditional Thai style. The lobby is stunning (open air, traditional thai furnishing and flooring) and on arrival you are welcomed with a cooling fresh towel scented with lemongrass and a cool fruit drink. The staff here are gracious, genuine, friendly yet professional and the service is first class.
All the rooms are lovely but would recommend you at least go for the sea view upper rooms as they are a bit larger, have a better view and of course other advantages such as flatscreen TV and plush balcony area. We were offered a room upgrade this year on arrival and were offered a very good discount on the usual upgrade rate.
The best rooms are lagoon rooms (suites really) which are set apart from other accomodation (next to the stunning spa) and overlook a fantastic fresh water lagoon filled with flowers, an infinity pool for lagoon residents and you get more seclusion and peace and quiet. That said, the main accomodation area islovely and set amongst beautiful gardens and the garden view rooms are well furnished with everything you need.
Every room gets a bed turn down service which is quite personalised with the staff who who like to leave you little notes written on palm leaves wishing you sweet dreams and usually scatter fresh orchids on your bed for you! They'll also tidy up your room during this service and get you anything you need like a change oftowels so you donothave to wait till maid service the next day.
The main pool area is lovely and there is a childrens pool right at it too so in peak season don't expect it to be completely quiet! There's a pool bar too and the bar staff will usually patrol the pool area daily offering to get you drinks. We tipped the staff although there is a 10% service charge built in.
The restuarants are excellent offering Thai (outdoor), Seafood (overlooking the ocean and again outdoor) and Italian (indoor and air conditioned). The food is fantastic and the cost on average compares to a good quality Thai restuarant in the UK. Note though, that wine isvery expensive in Thailand and within the resort. We paid an average of £40 for a bottle of wine with dinner (the cheapest was about £30) although they have their own wine cellar which you are free to visit and very good quality wines. Reason for the hiked up price on wine? It's the 450% tax mark up.
Recommend you book inclusive of breakfast, which is served as buffet and is very varied with continental, cooked elements (they'll do eggs any way you want them to order) and if you want you can have Chinese or Sushi for breakfast instead!
A typical 2 course dinner in the resort with a glass of wine each cost us about £50-60. But the setting, the food and the first class service made it all worth it. Yes, you can eat at a fraction of the cost in town which is a 10min shuttle bus ride away (provided by the hotel at small charge of 100bht each, each way). There are lots of places to eat in town too but don't get dressed up for it as it's all a bit more casual an experience but lots of fun too. We mixed it up and had dinner in the resort but also went into town on different nights too - so you get to experience all the different foods and of course the night market which on a weekend is very busy but worth it. Tip: take the shuttle bus into town and a Tuk-Tuk back - it's the best fun, just hang on! It's only about 150bht.
If you visit this resort you have to visit the spa at least once. This one is stunning, with immaculately prepared treatment rooms and beautifully Thai featured outdoor showers, and plunge baths where you can take a scented jasmine flower bath or milk and honey bath after your treatment. The spa staff are well trained in both Thai and Elemis treatments and each treatment room has a personal changing area and it is all very professional. It is a very relaxing experience and a welcome escape from the very hot sun!
Lastly, the resort does overlook the beach, however there are no sunbeds on the beach as such, but there isa sandy area within the resort overlooking the beach where you have sunbeds (this sound strange but it's all part of the design). Suggest you check the webite to see what we mean.
Cannot recommend Anantara enough, next year we hope to try another Anantara resort, check their website!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 187-room Anantara Resort Hua Hin is a distinctive Thai village-style property located on the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Thailand, around 220 kms south of Bangkok. Hidden amidst 14 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens and lagoon pools, the picturesque resort enjoys a beachfront location at the quiet end of Hua Hin's long sandy beach for only 5 kms. from Hua Hin town centre. A three-meters high terracotta wall cleverly cocoons the resort from the hustle and bustle of town. As you make your way along the landscaped driveway, a sense of calm descends. The sense of arrival is heightened as you admire a decorative wall adorned with a parade of elephants. A cool breeze drifting in from the beach floats through the open-air Lobby with the strains of a melodic Thai tune lingering. Polished timber floors and Thai-style salas (pavilions) heighten the ambience of an intimate tropical hideaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Resort And Spa Hua Hin Hotel Hua Hin
- Anantara Resort Hua Hin
- Anantara Hua Hin
- Anantara Hotel Hua Hin