Hua Hin was Thailand’s first ever resort town. Because of this heritage, resorts in Hua Hin have a sort of unwritten obligation to fit in with the regal aura that has long been associated with the city.
During my stay in Hua Hin, along with other media friends across Asia (including Malaysia, Japan, and China), we had the opportunity to come back every night to our lavishly comfortable beds in of Hua Hin’s best hotels, the Intercontinental Hua Hin. I can say it is very easy to get accustomed to the royal treatment, and the hotel definitely become the highlight of my Hua Hin visit.
As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted with smaller stand alone desks manned by helpful, smiling faces upon checking in. The hotel’s centre is a wide-open courtyard which further confirms the aesthetic of its surrounding and guides your eye to an unobstructed view of the sea.
The hotel’s commitment to heritage preservation is conveyed by its grand presidential Suite: La Residence Royal. This 220 square metre suite is an archetype of a classical colonial architecture all the way from King Rama VI’s reign. Among the prominent figures to have stayed here are world class tennis players, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal.
I obviously didn’t stay at that suite, but instead stayed in a ‘smaller’ room, with a spacious balcony with day bed, and the view of the beach. What I particularly love was their non-stop supply of L’Occitane bath amenities!
For one whole week, we got to stay in this heaven and sampling a number of activities that the hotel provides, such as a cooking class, massage at the spa (seriously, BEST massage I had in my life), or the unique ‘merit offering by the sea’; which is basically a simple act of offering food and water to the monks walking along the beach in front of the hotel, on their way to the temple. For this, you need to get up really early, as the monks start making their way up as early as 5 in the morning.
The hotel also offers market tours where you accompany the hotel’s executive chef in selecting the day’s catch at the local fish market. When you arrive back at the hotel, just choose how you’d prefer the ‘catch’ to be cooked in one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whether it’s Thai style in Pirom, Italian in La Felicita, or premium international cuisine at The Azure, there’s something to suit every taste.
Published in Now! Jakarta December 2013
Intercontinental Hua Hin
33/33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin,