Monday, March 5, 2012

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO THAILAND, part 12, Intercontinental Hua Hin

The hotel transfer picked us up at Bangkok Airport for a pleasant 3 hour drive to the Intercontinental Hua Hin. Time passed smoothly - in the car we had bottles of water, snacks and magazines.

The hotel is very modern in a traditional Thai style. You step into the lovely reception in the Main building, where the Spa is situated. A very attractive contrast. Outside you get the genuine touch of Thailand and as soon as you step into this beautiful property you feel nothing but harmony and relaxation.

We stayed in a Pool Villa (nr 8). The pool in this villa has one has the best locations. There are only 3 villas in total, one of them with 2 bedrooms. It’s an open plan between the bedroom and living room. Technical equipment includes flat TV, DVD and Ipod dock and you can borrow DVD films from the library.

The Villa has a large bathroom with separate shower and Jacuzzi. The bathroom has a glass wall looking into a small private garden so it is very light and gives you an outdoor feeling. Bathroom toiletries include shampoo, conditioner & body lotion from Bulgar, bathrobe, slippers, safety box and ironing board with flat-iron.

The villa area is secluded from the other hotel guests and has direct access to the beach and main pool area. No other guests except the ones staying in a villa are allowed to enter this area. The villas also offer their own cabana outside (still on the private villa area) where you can sit, have a drink and watch the sunset/ sunrise.

A long beach lies in front of the hotel, and though the water is not turquoise as it it often is in Thailand, the beach is still very attractive and absolutely the best we saw in this area.

There is a large pool area with a swim-up bar and a pool restaurant where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or happy hour.

The resort offers 6 restaurants & bars including an innovative Thai restaurant Pirom, trattoria-style Italian restaurant Felicita with wood-fired pizza oven, and beach grill Azure with fantastic views. Azure serves pizza, sandwiches, salads and other light dishes during the day. In the evening they serve delicious seafood dishes, and the first evening we had a romantic dinner by the pool with really great food. If guests stay min 7 nights they receive a complimentary dinner by the pool.

Both Felicita (Italian) and Pirom (Thai) have beautiful outside areas surrounded by water. This was our favourite spot at breakfast as well. Between those restaurants you also find the Lee La Bar where you can have afternoon tea or in the evening enjoy delicious drinks with excellent live jazz music (Tuesday – Sunday).

The spa offers a variety of regional treatments, while the fitness centre features the latest cardio & weight training equipment. The resort is close to seafood restaurants, local markets, vibrant nightlife, 8 golf courses & idyllic national parks.

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