If you’ve seen a town that looks almost like Santorini but located in Asia, it’s probably Hua Hin. But as these luxury resorts prove, there’s more to the town than just that.
In the 1920s, Hua Hin was the preferred getaway for Bangkok’s royalty and elite — Kings Rama VI and VII even built summer palaces in the town. Since then, other beach towns of Thailand have become progressively more popular amongst tourists, leaving palm-fringed Hua Hin as a fashionable destination for local Thai and expats only.
It is where you can find an invigorating blend of the city and the sea, set with amazing golf courses, water parks, and an energising, cosmopolitan ambience unlike other beach towns in the country. To get you started, we put together a list of resorts to for you to rejuvenate your senses and enjoy the balmy breeze in this exciting town.
How to get there: There are no direct flights from Singapore to Hua Hin. Take a flight bound for Bangkok and take a car or a limo towards Hua Hin. Alternatively, board an Air Asia flight to Kuala Lumpur, and transfer to Hua Hin airport.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.
Award-winning wellness resort Chiva-Som Hua Hin is an internationally-recognized sanctuary with specialists in every area of health and wellness. It is set in seven acres of serene grounds, complete with a comprehensive approach to guide their guests into elevating their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Your trip first begins with a personalised consultation with one of Chiva-Som’s experts to ensure that you meet your goals and needs during your stay. Here, experience a confluence of Eastern and Western practices to help you achieve wellness in every step of the way, including developing healthy habits after your stay is over. Each of their 54 exquisite rooms are fitted with modern amenities and fashioned with decor made with Thai silk, teak, and bamboo. Chiva-Som Hua Hin holds themselves to the belief that personal wellness goes hand-in-hand with environmental wellness. Hence, they have committed to conducting themselves through responsible and ethical practices such as energy conservation, social welfare programmes and sustainability education as well.
Cape Nidhra is a luxury boutique resort set within sleek contemporary grounds along Hua Hin Beach. Each of its 60 stylish, contemporary suites are fitted with a private pool, complete with plush beddings that come with complete privacy. It’s all about the relaxing beach lifestyle, as guests wake up every morning to glorious rays of sunshine and listen to the little chatters of bird song from the comfort of their own space. When you’re done lazing on the beachfront daybed, head to Cape Nidhra Hotel’s Rocks Restaurant for a delightful blend of Asian and European cuisine. For those who want to venture out, take a short trip to Kaeng Krachan National Park and visit the impressive 11-tiered rock Pala-U waterfall.
Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin is an upscale option in the dynamic beach town just 10 kilometres from Sam Phan Nam Floating Market and the Black Mountain Water Park. It first opened its doors in the early 1920s, and is considered as one of the more highly regarded establishments in the region. It has since been expanded and renovated to fit the needs of contemporary travellers, but still retains an air from the bygone age of elegance. Each of its luxe rooms, suites and villas come with cosy garden views and are fashioned with classic wood furnishings and spacious bathrooms. The establishment is home to four outdoor pools on beautifully landscaped grounds, as well as six restaurants and bars to complete the experience.
One of Thailand’s most magnificent beaches set the scene for Hua Hin Marriott Resort and Spa, a luxurious property perfect for stylish guests. Spend the night in any one of their 322 rooms and suites, fitted with modern amenities for your every need. Upgraded rooms include balconies with gulf views, or terraces with direct pool access. Suites come with living rooms and whirlpool tubs. You can spend your time at Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Park, about four kilometres from the hotel, or if you like to golf, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is a short 10-minute drive away. In the evening, pay a visit to the Hua Hin Night Market, just a short one and a half kilometres away for delightful street food and a glimpse into the buzzing local energy. Those who choose to stay in the hotel can delight their tastebuds in one of the five dining options, ranging from Thai cuisine to international dishes.
Aleenta Hua Hin Resort & Spa is a deluxe, low-rise beachfront resort. At first glance it seems modest, hidden by a plain bamboo fence, and inside, the grounds are simple and modest. It is spread between two wings, one for families and the other for couples and friends, making up 23 unique residences. Each suite is just footsteps away from the beach, with commanding views over the Gulf of Thailand. The accommodations are bright and airy, due to the abundance of windows and white walls. The design is informed by the resort’s zero carbon footprint policy, and almost all of the building materials are either natural, recycled, or locally produced. It is also home to their very own organic community garden and a nearby orchard, where guests can pick fruit freely in exchange for planting a seed. For ultimate relaxation, find yourself in its resident Ayurah Spa, championing therapies such as the Healing Massage therapy that will help to revitalise all the elements of earth, water, wind and fire within your body.
Those who choose to come to Hua Hin in larger groups can consider a stay at V Villas Hua Hin – MGallery. The 28 villa-resort is a haven for guests to enjoy a vacation of secluded luxury in a tranquil, natural setting. Villas range from one to three chic bedrooms, all fitted with private pools and whirlpool tubs, together with special amenities from Hermès. Guests will also be pampered by the 24-hour butler service, who can help arrange for activities such as horse rides along the tides. As for your meals, dine at the resort’s poolside venue, Villazzo Restaurant, as they serve exquisite international cuisine in both alfresco and air-conditioned comfort. Those who want to explore can take a swing at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course just four kilometres away, or visit the Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, just a short 15-minute drive away.
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is an elegant option that overlooks the pristine white sands of Hua Hin. It is home to 159 rooms and suites across two wings, all fitted with stately bathrooms, plush furnishings as well as stylish decor enhanced by the works of local designers and artisans. To adapt to the age of smart technology, all accommodation types also feature a smart TV and sound systems from Bose. To start your day, join their morning yoga sessions by the beach or take a private class or two with their Tai Chi master. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to Hua Hin’s premier shopping destination, BluPort Hua Hin Resort Mall, for all the shopaholics in town. Guests will be spoilt for dining options here too: the luxury resort features eight distinctive restaurants and bars, featuring dishes in traditional Thai cuisine to Mediterranean bites.