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“Driving Tour of Thailand, First Stop Hua Hin”
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Evason Hua Hin
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Pranburi
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Singapore
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“Driving Tour of Thailand, First Stop Hua Hin”
Reviewed April 21, 2008

I always wanted to drive from Phuket to Chiang Rai and see the countryside of Thailand. Around Songkran (Thai new year) 2008, I finally took time out, rented Thai’s national car (Honda Jazz), armed with Michellin Thailand Map and Google Maps on my iPhone and headed north. Google Maps, other than for the purpose of calculating the distance and estimated driving time, was a non-starter because all geographic labels in Thailand were in Thai.

With the exception of Thailand’s experiment with U-turn systems which defy international norms (“U-turn Bridge” flanked on either side by “Frontage Roads”, mix for instant spaghetti of traffic, and U-turn on through-traffic speed lanes, must-culprit of hundreds of accidents yearly), I found Thailand highway driving easy. On the primary and secondary highways, all signs were in English (avoid anything four digits).

I am contributing a series of hotel reviews accompanied with short observations of the cities I visited during this driving trip. My itinerary was:

Phuket >Evason Hua Hin > Conrad Bangkok> Ananda Museum Galley Hotel, Sukhothai, Centara Mae Sot> Phu Chai Sai Mountain Resort Chiangrai>Orchid Hibiscus Guesthouse Sukhothai>VN Guesthouse Kanchanaburi>Evason Hua Hin>Phuket .

First, Evason Hua Hin

Location
First of all, Evason Hua Hin is not in Hua Hin but located halfway between Hua Hin and Pranburi. I stayed here twice, both ways up and down highway 4 but struggled to find it both times. If you exit at Hua Hin on Highway 4, it’s 25km drive south (that’s in addition to the 20km to Hua Hin before I discovered that Evanson Hua Hin is not in Hua Hin). If you exit from xxx, chances are you will not find it and resort to returning to Hua Hin only to trace your way back to Pranburi on the local road.

How I booked it
I called up the hotel, told them I live in Thailand, asked for discount for B&B. Amazing how this still works in the new millennium. I paid B3,500 including VAT and Service charge (which adds up to 17.7%).

Rooms and facilities
Once you get here, the resort sprawled across 20 acres of lush gardens and everything in earth tones offer a real hideaway. I always admired the natural reinterpretation of Evason’s (or Six Senses which is their umbrella brand) resort experience. I say “re”-interpretation because today’s typical luxury resort design is so predictable and recycled, the old-world and back-to-basics charm of Evason’s design is in fact refreshing. Sitting by the poolside, their white sunbrellas, lush and thick sun-chair futons, earth-tone concrete pool all seemed so at ease with the resort experience than the uber-chic resorts we come to take for granted.

Breakfast
In its pleantifulness and quality, this is the second best breakfast in Thailand after Sheraton Grande Laguna, Phuket. I only discovered their egg station on my second stay (look for it outdoors toward the lounge around the corner from the pastry station).

Crowd
A lot of well-heeled ADULTS. Evason must have a super-agent in Germany... Lots of Russians, as always, in their D&G tops and Puma pants (I actually saw a dude with Superman T-shirt with Shell logo shorts today).

Wireless
Wireless is available only in the common areas, by the pond and the pool. These are the central points which connect the beach, the pool, restaurants and shops etc. I’m sure there’s excuses like unplugged resort experience etc. etc. but not having in-room wireless in a luxury resort today has no excuse.

  • Liked — In its pleantifulness and quality, this is the second best breakfast in Thailand (see my review for more details).
  • Disliked — Difficult to find, extremely.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 29, 2008

We visited the Evason resort in January & had an amazing two weeks. It is a 3-4 hour drive from Bangkok airport but we were picked up in a private car so slept most of the way there. When we arrived we were exhausted but had a wonderful welcome - cold flannels & lemongrass tea - so refreshing. We stayed in a pool villa, not cheap, but totally worth it if you value your privacy. The room was amazing, such beautiful furniture. There was an enormous day bed, the size of a double - great for lazing on to watch a film, or just chill. We had a butler, she was such a sweetie, who couldn't do enough for us.
If we needed anything, we only had to call & it was there in an instant: - fresh ice for our ice bucket (though after a while they topped it up twice a day when they saw how often we used it). - incense sticks were replenished as we used these all the time - body lotion, shampoo, bath gel, bath salts topped up whenever we asked, also insect repellent, far better than anything bought in the UK. We were half board but had as much bottled water brought to us each day for free. Outdoors we had an amazing pool, not big enough to swim in, but it certainly kept us cool. There was an enormous bath which was sunken into a pool full of tiny fish & lillies. The two showers were outdoors, though under cover - absolutely amazing.
Enough of the room - the food was wonderful, plenty of choice. We sat upstairs on the restaurant veranda at night, no problem if you book it at breakfast. Wine tasting was fun & informative, the little shop on the beach made us some amazing clothes at great prices. The beach isn't great, but when the tide is out you can go for lovely walks along the beach.
All in all a wonderful stay, the staff were great, special thanks to Jaew, our butler, she was amazing.

Stayed January 2008
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cumbria
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Reviewed March 16, 2008

We stayed at the Hideaway in October '07, which was a really refreshing time to go. The resort is amazing and peaceful.
Although it's a 3 hr private car transfer it's well worth the journey.
Our pool villa was spacious and immaculate with a discreet butler service. There isn't much of a beach but who needs it when you have your own pool.
The food was lovely and there's plenty of choice with the various restaurants. Our villa was near The Living Room Restaurant which had sala's. These are tables which are set down into lily ponds. Very romantic and ideal if you want to propose as my partner did!

You will not be dissapointed if you stay here!

  • Liked — Privacy
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed March 10, 2008

We stayed at the Evason Hua Hin as part of our honeymoon in August 2008 and to be honest our only regret is that we did not spend the entire 3 weeks in this resort. While it was an unexpected 4 hour bus ride from Bangkok, it was completely worth it. The service, the staff, the food, the spa, everything was perfect. One tip - the massage tents just along the coast are every bit as professional as those available in the resort at a fraction of the cost - it can be off putting to get massaged on the side of the road but stunning sea views and fresh fruit make up for it completely. Also, while this really is the ideal honeymoon destination, it may be on the quiet side for families or groups. Also, it's definately worth the early morning rise to meet the monks.

  • Liked — Room service
  • Disliked — Mosquitos
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 27, 2008

If you want to get shipwrecked in an utterly perfect way the Six Senses Hideaway is a very good choice. There were only two negatives.

As the resort is flat, most villas have no view or aspect. After a week of living in an enclosed tropical garden courtyard, even an atttractive one such as this, it can still begin to feel at little claustrophobic.

The very hyped spa did not live up to its reputation. It was full of mosquitoes and the massages were less than Banyan Tree standard. Also as this is a green resort, the grey water at the spa is recylcled which makes the lily ponds in the spa compound unattractive.

Everything else was excellent. The beach shack for dinner overlooks the sea and pretends to be a rustic shack, albeit a rather perfect shack The villas are perfectly designed and have a decent size pool, providing that you go for the Pool Villa Suite and not the smaller catergories.

When a message is delivered it comes in rolled up inside a piece of bamboo. Everything at Six Senses is made to look simple, however it is simplicity perfectly done and as a result it was supremely relaxng.

The beach in front of the hotel was not suitable for swimming although it was still pleasant looking out to the sea.

The foods and service were of a high standard which was in line with the not inconsiderable tariff.

It is also good being away from Hua Hin which is not the most attractive of places.

  • Liked — The high level of comfort, the simplicity of the design, tropical gardens
  • Disliked — No view
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Mykonos, Greece
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Reviewed February 10, 2008

We have been in Thailand seven times, but this was our first beach experience. Atmosphere and design drew us to Hua Hin and Evason.. and that was all as described. Attitude, though...was extremely poor. We arrived after dark and were immediately given a very high pressure 'sell' to upgrade from our original basic room to a pool villa a double the price. This involved being trucked around the resort to see various alternative placements.....while tired,hungry and looking forward to relaxing after a long day of travel. we did upgrade to the one up from basic room, at a very slight price rise, and finally got to a late...expensive....dinner at the resorts dining area. I must add that the lighting on the paths from the rooms or villas to the communal rooms....bar, pool and so on is just barely adequate and the signage ....not at all adequate. The pool and other areas are just lovely, although the library and internet access for those at the 'hideaway' are MUCH better than the resort. The spa prices were just ridiculous ...at least double the most luxe spas in bangkok, and NOT as professsional. The beach massage that I tried was not at all good, and really ruined by the passing cars and their fumes. Great place if you want to loll by the pool and soak up the amazing sun. But nothing else to do... and precious little info on what might be interesting in the town. The deal seems to be to get you there, and keep you on the property to extract the max in little extras,. Just an awful attitude that mars the beauty of the facility terminally. The night manager...remember the movie?....really made our stay most unpleasant. Once we had agreed on the upgrade he vanished and we waited around for a transfer to the room that took still mor e of our time while tired and hungry. Not again. Not ever. No matter how beautiful. We adore thailand and find the thai culture appealing in most ways. Evason just happens to be in Thailand, it is not a Thai experience, just a classy pushy beach retreat for rich spoiled travelers.

Stayed January 2008
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Kent, England
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Reviewed January 19, 2008

We went to the Evason Hideaway to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The experience we had was fantastic and we could not recommend this resort more highly. We stayed in a pool villa which was beautiful, spacious and exceeded our expectations. Both the interior and exterior were of an excellent standard. Our Personal Butler could not do enough for us and was extremely helpful. The food was very good especially the Thai and Asian cuisines although we were slightly disappointed with the Western food but we did not go to Thailand to eat pizza everyday! The staff were so courteous and polite and always willing to help and were amongst the friendliest we have found in a resort. We would recommend the Evason Hideaway for a truly fantastic holiday.

  • Liked — spaciousness
  • Disliked — nothing really
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Evason Hua Hin
Address: 9 Moo 5, Parknampran Beach, Pranburi 77220, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Pranburi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pranburi
#1 Spa Hotel in Pranburi
#2 Best Value Hotel in Pranburi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Evason Hua Hin 5*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Evason Hua Hin is approximately 230 kilometres or 140 miles south of Bangkok. An excellent highway provides for a three-hour drive. King Rama VII built a palace there in 1926 and it remains the Thai Royal family Summer Palace to this day. Evason Hua Hin is located in the quiet area of Pranburi, south of Hua Hin Township. Set amongst 8 hectares or 20 acres of gardens, facing the Gulf of Siam, it offers 196 guest accommodations in a garden setting, including 40 private pool villas each measuring 110 square metres. Evason Studios feature an oversized terrace complete with a daybed. Guestrooms offer eco-friendly designs adhering to a renowned responsibility to the environment and the Evason philosophy of Redefining Experiences. Dining options include The Restaurant serving a daily International breakfast buffet, while Kieng Sah restaurant features authentic Thai cuisine. Coast is opened for dinner and serves Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Italian influence. The Bar is located adjacent to the main pool and offers an all day drinks and dining option serving a comprehensive range of wines and cocktails along with traditional international and Asian favourites. Six Senses Spa offers a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience with therapeutic and pampering treatments to balance the senses. Just Kids! Has its own swimming pool and keeps children entertained all day, and at night offers evening sleepovers with professional supervision.Free wifi is available in all guests rooms and public areas. ... more   less 
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