If you are looking for a truly restful and relaxing holiday, plenty of warm weather and beautiful sunshine, being looked after by people who cannot do enough for you, and do it with a genuine smile, then this is definitely the place to come to. You will quickly see why Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles.
We have just returned from 4 weeks (December 2013 to January 2014) at the Aleenta and it exceeded our expectations in every respect. The welcome from James (the Manager) when we arrived made us feel like celebrities, nothing was too much trouble and this continued for our entire stay.
We have travelled extensively having visited Mexico, the Caribbean, USA, Canada, and Bermuda, all of Europe, Africa, India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Every country we’ve visited had its pros and cons so in our quest for that ultimate holiday destination we looked to Thailand. This was our first time to the Far East and after extensive research we selected the Aleenta, and we were not disappointed. Let’s be clear, if you’re seeking the Bangkok ‘eclectic wild and rowdy’ nightlife, this is not the place for you!
We had one of the three circular Pool Residences and it was wonderful. The room was large with an enormous super-king double bed as its centerpiece. The bed, complete with mattress topper, Egyptian cotton sheets and topped with loads of pillows was so comfortable, we couldn’t fail to get a good nights rest. Our en suite washroom (shower, washbasin and WC) was partly open air. Towels were changed daily although you can opt to have them changed every few days to support the hotels environmental effort
It’s the little things that make the difference; complimentary toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, moisturizer, cotton buds and cotton balls) and not forgetting the in room iPod. Free Wi-Fi was available throughout the Aleenta, with a strong signal and amazingly fast download speed. I could still surf the net on the beach!
Stepping out of our room onto the deck and into the hammock, my preferred spot, or down into the garden onto the sun loungers just steps away from the beach. We sat every morning in the garden for breakfast, which was a feast in itself, the day gently warming up with the sea dominating the vista, what’s not to like?
The long sandy beach is peaceful and the section in front of the Aleenta is kept clean by the garden staff, who remove anything that washes up each morning. The sheltered water of the Gulf of Thailand has strong offshore breezes throughout the year. This makes it attractive to the kite surfers who normally came out from mid-day to about 4pm. entertaining to watch, one day I counted 17 of them. The other thing to note is the jellyfish, we didn’t see many but they were there. The Thai’s cover up when they swim, probably to protest against being stung. Having said that there were people in normal swimmers and we didn’t here of anyone being stung.
For anyone who has travelled to the west coast of Kenya, you will have experienced the challenge of strategically avoiding the aggressive beach vendors. Well I’m pleased to say you will not be troubled on the beach at the Aleenta. You can stroll around at any time of the day without the fear of being harassed.
This is definitely the open-air life, apart from closing the French doors in our room at night; we were in the open-air for the entire 4 weeks – bliss! And yes there are mossies’ and other bugs, we both got bitten, probably more as a result of not wearing repellant after the first few days! It was our choice and not a problem.
We were not very adventurous and only ate out twice; the food was reasonable but not nearly as good as at the Aleenta. Yes, eating out is less expensive, 500 baht will get you 3 dishes and a beer or soft drink for 2. However, the food presentation, quality and service are simply not a patch on the Aleenta.
Ian (head chef) and his team of Thai staff prepare dishes from locally sourced ingredients that are a delight to eat. They look good and taste sublime! The hors d'oeuvre bar snacks at lunch and dinner were a delight and in some cases, pure works of art. A bag of peanuts in the pub at home just doesn’t have the same wow factor! We all know that Thai food is spicy, and if you can take it ‘traditional’ you will definitely enjoy. However, Ian recognized very quickly that we didn’t want our food traditionally hot and prepared ours ‘tourist strength’. At least we could still speak after eating. The menu was varied, beautifully cooked and presented and we didn’t feel it was over expensive. As a guide, if you behave like you’re ‘all-inclusive’ at the Aleenta, you will need to budget for at least 3,000 baht per head.
Don’t get me wrong, you won’t find hoards of 20 to 30 something’s over-indulging; this is the hotel of choice for the discerning traveller. During our stay, the Aleenta had guests from the UK, Netherland, Switzerland, USA, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and the home grown affluent from Bangkok
There are a few open-air cafes on the strip and of course the occasional street vendor with a small kitchen mounted on a motorbike sidecar, equipped with a gas barbeque grill. Other than that it’s a taxi to Pak Nam Pram, a few km to the north.
The Aleenta staff are a delight and they love westerners, they speak far better English than we did Thai, although some things did take a bit of working out. Notwithstanding, if you take your time you will eventually understand each other. To me its part of the holiday as I don’t expect everyone to speak perfect English when I’m in a country whose native language is not English
We have brought back some wonderful memories from our time at Aleenta, so much so we didn’t want to leave, even after a month. James said, you’ve been Aleentanized, and he was right. Would we recommend the Aleenta? Most definitely! There can be no better recommendation other than for us to have booked to stay for another few relaxing weeks over Christmas/New Year 2014/15. Bring it on!
- 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