Having been a frequent traveler for nearly four decades, now more or less settled down, my judgment of hospitality is still quite vivid and realistic. Hotels were my second home. When the Amari Hua Hin was built, I followed it’s construction closely but was surprised by the final revelation of the development when the curtain was drawn at the pre-opening.
A delicious combination of top architecture, simplicity and functionality combined together created this resort on the coast of the gulf of Siam, top tourist destination, a holiday retreat, a great place to stay with all the amendments you could wish for. As you approach the Amari Hua Hin on Kao Takiab road, parking is ample, either in front of the hotel or underneath.
The lobby area boasts a Mediterranean atmosphere with blue and white colors, smartly spread on the high rise walls and ceilings. Coral ornaments with integrated chandeliers round off the architectural design. The walls are decorated with different sizes of After checking in with the well trained front office receptionist and getting served the obligatory herbal tea drink, the room key card that operates the lift , opens the room door and turns on the power system in the room is handed over. The lift automatically registers the level your room is on. There is no way the lift will function by selecting the level manually.
A precaution against unwanted visitors. The corridors are kept simple with occasional ornaments at the lift area. At entering your room , whether it may be a standard , superior or family suite , you immediately notice the tasteful decoration of the walls with black and white pictures of Hua Hin’s history and contemporary impressions. Room furniture is kept in warm, natural tones, functional and still luxurious. Luxury is one of the positive impressions you register at the Amari Hua Hin.
It definitely is a five star resort beyond any doubt. Rooms contain a king size bed , mini bar, tasteful curtains, a balcony with sea view and all the shower cosmetics you will find in any comparable luxury hotel. The family suite has a round bathtub with an invigorating, relaxing herbal based bath gel. There are several outlets at which lunch and dinner is served. The romantic one on the beach front was baptized Shoreline Beach Club where fresh seafood, meat and poultry is barbecued to perfection.
You can choose from having dishes served or select and manage your own personal mini grill at your table. By day, During daytime, you can relax at the beachside and enjoy cooling cocktails and fresh salads including a German potato salad and cool smoothies. Try the mango one ! Other outlets include The Mosaic, mainly inhabited for breakfast. For Dinner we chose The Beach Club. A mixed salad and German potato salad as an entrée and a huge BBQ grilled plate with Beef Sirloin, Lamb Cutlets, Fish Fillets, Chicken Breasts, squid sate and grilled Mais.
The Mojitos we had as an appetizer drink were made very classy. They also make Virgin Mojitos and Margaritas for those who prefer no-alcohol. A romantic experience, the Beach Club at night, low lights and candles with a soft Jazzy background music. The bigger surprise was the pricing of the menu. For a 5 star accommodation, these were 3 star prices.
Prices are kept low to attract people from the beach. This one of the reasons it does not carry an Amari sign on the restaurant. Beachcombers will surely be attracted by the venue looking at it from the beach. Breakfast was equally attractive and comprehensive with more than I could mention. All needs covered with a live Egg station , juices and home baked bread and pastry. A new Spa concept called Breeze waved me in. With 4 Star prices and 5 star treatments, again this was a definite price breaker.
I went for the full body massage with distressing effect. In addition I took the facial for men. Remove the black heads, white heads and wrinkles (temporarily). The 30 meters + Swimming Pool are a jewel among hotels unless you fancy a canal pool some others have to offer.
The Amari rounds off its package with a Fitness Center , Kid´s club and last but not least a Deli Cafeteria where Amari made bakery , pastries , rich cakes and other delicatessens can either be bought for a take away or simply accompany your favorite coffee intake. I was really impressed by the simplicity, non fuss operation, rooms and architecture.
I surely will be “back”. Contact the Amari for information on the Hotel Resort & Spa : 117/74 Takiab Road, Nongkae, Hua Hin. +66 (0) 3261 6600 +66 (0) 3261 6699, http://www.amari.com/huahin