The ‘Grand Dame’ of the Hua Hin beachfront scene
Having just passed their quarter century mark, the 26 year-old Dusit Thani Hua Hin remains one of the benchmarks for luxury hotels located along the Hua Hin, Cha-Am coastline. There are 296 accommodation units available within this spacious property, ranging from the 186 Superior Rooms, to the 43 Dusit Club Rooms, and all the way up to the two lavish Presidential Suites. But whichever room you settle into, the one thing every guest shares is access to the spacious grounds. In fact, one of the things that distinguishes this hotel from others is just how spaciously it’s laid out.
The Olympic-sized swimming pool—which measures 50 x 25 m—is definitely a showpiece here, but right beside it sits an enormous ornamental pond, complete with a water fountain and footbridge. You’d be hard-pressed to find a modern hotel giving over that much space to something that has no other function than to just add to the beauty. On a different note, the quiet and leafy north side of the property is home to a salt-water swimming pool with swim up bar that sits in wait for guests seeking an even more tranquil idyll. And on the non-beach facing side of the hotel, the sprawling grounds are home to an extensive fitness center, four tennis courts, and a gigantic cricket/football pitch that in days of yore was used as the polo grounds. This section of the property is also home to the beautiful Devarana Spa where five fully-equipped treatment rooms and three spa villas are on hand to pamper and placate (try the soothing 90-minute signature treatment which combines Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu, Ayurveda, and aromatherapy techniques).
Inside the main building the attention to fine detail and comfortable spacing is noticeable from the moment you enter the elegant lobby, which is home to a spectacular spiral chandelier. Meanwhile, the rooms themselves offer comfort and grace in equal proportions, with little things like old-fashioned wooden headboards and vintage wooden furniture pieces adding an old-world charm to the overall experience. Of course, modern amenities are given equal prominence, so Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, coffee station, mini-fridge, and more, all come standard.
For diners there are four main F&B outlets to choose from, including Ban Benjarong, which features exceptional Thai cuisine and a nightly Thai traditional musical performance. However, for many visitors Rim Talay Bar & Grill, which specializes in steak and seafood, is the star attraction. This colonial-style sala—built right on the beach—is a one-of-a-kind place to be on a moonlit night when the gentle waves of the Gulf of Thailand are lapping at the shores, and the ocean breezes make outdoor dining irresistible.
NOTE: If you book as a Dusit Club Guest you will receive many additional perks, including access to the Dusit Club Lounge where a variety of light refreshments are served throughout the day, and pre-dinner drinks are free-flow from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.