I really enjoyed my week here. The pool/garden areas are great and the room was very nice.
The beach, or lack of, is well documented here so it shouldn't surprise anyone as it's mentioned in most reviews on this site! We were aware of it and were happy to stay here regardless - I'd rather be around the pool anyway. The pool and gardens were lovely, with enough sun loungers (and shade!) that it was always easy to find some free ones - this is a very important point that many hotels seem to fall down on - well done Anantara!
I stayed in a Premium Sea View Room and it was a nice room with a good balcony area overlooking the sea which was good for an evening drink before going out. Worth the premium over the standard rooms I'd say as it seemed some of them had no view other than right onto other rooms! Very comfortable bed and bedding.
Buffet breakfast was great - lots of choice and a good quality of food we thought. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. And Alex the parrot was a hit with adults and kids! We ate in the hotel a few nights - the beach restaurant had the nicest surroundings (other than the Friday night - more later) and the Italian the nicest food if you want a break from Thai food one night. Lunch at the pool restaurant was good too. All were reasonable value - of course you will pay less if you go into town, but I think the prices here were just about acceptable in relation to town.
Talking of town, it was a pleasant surprise - it was better than we expected and offered a huge choices of places to eat. Well worth the effort of getting out of the hotel for the evening. While it didn't affect us as we used taxis/tuk tuks to get into/back from town (for 5 people it's as cheap and you can go when you want), I do personally think it is cheeky to charge for a shuttle bus.
I think for a higher end hotel that this is, the Friday evening nightclub-type thing at the beach is a little out of place! It gave a somewhat low-budget feeling to the whole thing that evening. I would imagine that most residents would prefer a more refined, peaceful atmosphere (maybe we chose the wrong night to go to the beach front restaurant!).
In a world full of soulless chain hotels (see all the Hyatt/Intercontinental/Marriott/Hilton properties nearby!), I really liked that this felt a bit more individual and Asian. A bit more local and all the more pleasant for it. I know that Anantara is a chain, but it feels more Thai than American, and that is a very good thing if you're going to Thailand!!
All in all a very nice hotel.
- 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
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