We booked for 5 days for a special birthday and it was absolutely ideal, no TV, no stress and the day the phone rang, I nearly jumped out of my skin.
We stayed in the Cumin room (Room 1) which was great - the beach villas are, of course, top prize, but we thought our room was ideal. The rooms are simply, but stylishly decorated with comfy beds and Bose sound docks (iPod supplied, but you can connect your own).
We had a slight problem with the plumbing on the first day and the reason I mention it is for the great way in which it was dealt with by Rob the manager. This was a potential negative and the way it was handled scored a big plus in the margin.
Pranburi is delightfully deserted and if you are looking for raucous nightlife, cross this area off your list. Because of the location and peaceful area, you are a little limited if you want to spread your wings and try some alternative restaurants, but with a scooter, there are a couple of great places, particularly the shack at the fishing harbor about a mile south of Aleenta (past the rocky headland and the slightly forlorn elephant). There are a couple of stores for minor purchases, but bear in mind that Pranburi is also quite spread out and you will need transport of some description. Aleenta also has a family friendly wing where you can use large pool even if you are staying in the main hotel (the main hotel pool is tiny, but stunning) and both locations are right on the beach. This is important as the resorts in northern Pranburi are generally not on the beach (just close to it, on the other side of the road in fact!), many of them fail to mention this on their websites and in the photo galleries.
In conclusion, for romantic breaks and to escape Bangkok (and even Hua Hin), this place is perfect. The rooms are great, the food excellent (breakfasts are awesome) and the staff from manager to garden staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Transport arranged by the hotel is expensive, but you do have a choice: you can hire scooters across the road (on the beach side...) from the Evason and opposite the tailor's shop and there is a reliable taxi service opposite Sing's beach bar (also just up from the Evason).
Go to Pranburi now before it gets ruined by development!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Pranburi is the original award winning boutique luxury resort upon which Aleenta started. This special boutique luxury resort and spa features 25 unique residences, most with private pool. Each suite is located within mere footsteps of the beach and offer commanding views over the stunning sea views over the Gulf of Thailand. Situated on the pristine and golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay, Aleenta Hua Hin Resort is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive south of Bangkok. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aleenta Resort Pranburi Hotel Hua Hin
- Aleenta Resort Hua Hin
- Aleenta Hotel Hua Hin