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“Blue Wave is great but skip elephant abuse at Hua Hin winery”

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Hua Hin Blue Wave Beach Resort
Ranked #85 of 137 Hotels in Hua Hin
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“Blue Wave is great but skip elephant abuse at Hua Hin winery”
Reviewed 29 January 2009

Currently on a one-year tour around the world, we are now staying at the Blue Wave Resort for three months. It's steps from the beach, the staff is wonderful and Hua Hin is a great little city. But I would strongly urge everyone to skip a visit to the Hua Hin Hills Winery. We witnessed horrific elephant abuse by the mahout as he severely punctured the elephant's head with the bullhook for straying three feet over to pick leaves off a tree. It was just horrible as we noticed the elephant's head was bloody and gouged from past beatings. We told him to immediately return to the boarding platform and tried to explain to the him and the staff why we were so upset. Please do not go to this "attraction".

  • Liked — Steps from the beach
  • Disliked — Construction going on next door......and please skip Hua Hin Winery and it's elephant abuse.
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2006

From the outside this hotel looked bleak, a monolithic grey concrete block which reminded me of an inner city housing block in Glasgow. Reception and entrance didn't exactly add to the ambience either, but surprisingly enough the rooms were very clean and modern.

A pleasant restaurant area with good food and service, although nowhere near as good as the restaurants in town. The pool overlooked the beach area, which was the hotel's biggest plus point. The beach was fairly quiet and free from vendors, but there were enough beach bars around without making too much noise. Horse riding on the beach was also available, the long open spaces being excellent for galloping along. The kids loved the beach, when the tide was out there were all sorts of creatures left in the pools, including hundreds of tiny hermit crabs, as well as the occasional tiny octopus.

The downside is that you're a long way from anywhere and once the beach huts close down at sunset there's not a lot going on. There isn't much in the way of entertainment at the hotel and catching a taxi into town is a little tricky as it means walking to the main road through pitch-black streets (or waiting a long time for a taxi to be called to the hotel).

The pool is also very poor for this level of accommodation, its far too shallow and completely unsuitable for any adult over 1m high. Fine for kids to splash around though.

Great place for families, but for a bit more life look elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hua Hin Blue Wave Beach Resort

Property: Hua Hin Blue Wave Beach Resort
Address: 37 Banhuadon | Nongkae-Takieb, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Hua Hin
#28 Spa Hotel in Hua Hin
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Hua Hin
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,956 - ₹ 4,884
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hua Hin Blue Wave Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 147
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