Published on July 7, 2007
The 187-room Anantara Resort in Hua Hin is a distinctive Thai village-style property located on the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Thailand, around 220 kilometres 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.
A three-metre 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 clam descends. Polished timber floors and Thai-style sala (pavilions) heighten the ambience of the intimate tropical hideaway.
Echoing Hua Hin's mainly provincial, primary low-rise landscape, the Anantara comprises 21 two-storey structures interspersed with meandering pathways and ponds filled with lotus blossoms and lily pads. All garden and sea-view rooms and suites feature private balconies or terraces.
For those looking to indulge, the Lagoon Wing boasts 38 rooms and 12 Anantara Suites with large balconies surrounding a private pool and lagoon. The Lagoon Wing provides guests with the highest levels of attentive service and first-rate facilities. Guests in the luxurious Lagoon Wing can enjoy benefits such as a roundtrip airport pick up, in-room express check-in, a beautiful selection of signature soaps, one-hour Internet connection, CD and DVD selection, a choice of local daily English newspaper, an iPod connection and breakfast in your room or in the restaurant not far from the beach.
Three bars (including a pool bar) and four restaurants present guests with an extensive choice of wining and dining options. Breakfast is offered at Issara Cafe, which offers both a buffet and a la carte options. If alfresco dining is more your style, enjoy grilled specialities, sandwiches or pizza during the day and beachside barbecue dinners at Sai Thong.
The resort's signature restaurant, Baan Thalia, offers an innovative Italian menu for dinner only. Overlooking the swimming pool, Rim Nam serves international fare during the day. Classic Thai favourites and local dishes are presented in the evenings when the restaurant takes on an intimate ambience with a view of the romantically lit pool and palm trees.
With its elaborate teak ceiling, large overhead fans and ornate furniture, Sala Siam, adjacent to the lobby, is reminiscent of times long gone. Enjoy international and Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner or sip a cocktail and listen to live music in the evening.
For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, book a massage, health or beauty treatment at the stunningly sensual Anantara Spa. For those with more energy to burn, the resort has a fitness centre and tennis courts. Five golf courses are within a short drive of the resort. Thai cooking classes, excursions to Hua Hin's nature-based attractions and an array of water sports are amongst the recreational pursuits available.
Anantara at a glance
Anantara at a glance
High Points:Beautiful garden landscaping. Activities for the whole family.
Low Points: Issara Cafe, where breakfast is served, has a transparent roof, which makes the dining hot and sunny. Plus it is located too far from the beach.
Find it: 43/1 Phetkasem Beach Road, Hua Hin 77100. Tel: (032) 520250 or (02) 477 0800.
Pay for it: Deluxe Garden View US$195 (Bt6,750) to $305; Deluxe Sea View Room $210 to $320; Beach Terrace Room $220 to $330; Superior Lagoon Room $270 to $380; Deluxe Lagoon Room $300 to $410; Anantara Suite $635 to $745.
Browse it: www.anantara.com.