New attractions make this beachfront hotspot well worth revisiting
STAY: One of the newest additions to the amazing line up of accommodation spots in Hua Hin is the Radisson Blue Resort Hua Hin, which opened in fine style back in late November of 2016 with a grand media event.
This design hotel, located a short drive north of downtown Hua Hin, has a boutique feel but still offers 118 tastefully designed rooms and suites. There are nine room types in total, ranging from the 45 sq.m Superior Rooms, to the ultra-lavish 230 sq.m Presidential Suite which features a fully equipped kitchenette, a private sundeck and infinity pool, two en-suite bathrooms, and room for up to six adults. One room option that certainly feels presidential, but is more suited to just two persons, is the 45 sq.m Deluxe Pool Access Room, which connects directly with the centrally positioned, shared sea-view infinity pool—just step off your spacious private terrace and into the calming blue water. Inside, the rooms feature a very comfortable king size bed, an in-room day bed, desk, 43” flatscreen TV, mini-bar and fridge, separate shower and tub in the bathroom, and much more.
From the comfort of your room it’s just a short walk down to the white sand beach, where a few deck chairs and umbrellas await. But perhaps more enticing is the resort’s main pool, which overlooks this breezy expanse of the Gulf of Thailand. The expansive, blue-tiled infinity pool and adjacent dining area—The Ivy beachfront grill and lounge—are perched well above the level of the sand and surf, providing nice backdrop vistas for all those enviable Instagram pics. For lounging there are over a dozen adjustable lounge chairs situated around the pool, eight of which are on their own private salas, surrounded on all sides by water. Finally, several bright gold fat pigeon statuettes decorate the pool area, one of which doubles as a gushing fountain. These comical, but beautifully designed bird statues are a running visual theme throughout the hotel, and underscore both the fun and playful attitude of the property as well as the attention to eye-catching visuals.
In addition to all this there are three main drinking and dining spots located throughout the resort, including The Exchange, the all-day brasserie restaurant where guests enjoy their sumptuous breakfasts, the Lobby Lounge, and the aforementioned Ivy. Guests also have access to the fully-equipped fitness room, and for some extra relaxation the tranquil ESC Spa offers luxurious treatments in one of six private treatment rooms.
This recent expansion of the Radisson Blu brand is the first Radisson property to be located outside of Bangkok, but it surely won’t be the last.
DINE: When the weekend starts to wind down, but you still crave one more bit of indulgence before the trip back to Bangkok, making a stop at the Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant for their superb Bubbly Seaside Brunch (every Sunday from noon till 3pm) is highly recommended.
For the price of B1,699 net per person, diners can enjoy a lavish buffet, featuring a mix of Thai and international favourites. The seafood selection includes endless oysters on ice, plus Alaskan king crab claws, jumbo prawns, Phuket lobsters, squid, and mussels—all of which you can elect to have BBQ’d to your liking at one of the live cooking stations. The cooking stations also feature meatier fare, such as steaks, chicken wings, pork cutlets and German sausages, or make a visit to the foie gras station where black truffle risotto is also on offer.
In addition to all this fresh-cooked fare there’s a plentiful sushi selection, Thai classics such as Khao Soi Gai (curry chicken with noodles) and Gai Phad Medmamung (fried chicken with cashew), or go for the creative international treats which include everything from beetroot gazpacho shots, to miniature lox and bagels, and Bavarian style potato salad. Meanwhile the colourful dessert trays feature cheesecake, fruit tarts, traditional apple strudel, and more. The price tag also includes a free-flow of red, white and sparkling wine, as well as classic cocktails, and the restaurant even offers an upgraded brunch package for B2,999 net per person which includes free flow of Lombard Champagne.
Of course, the spectacular setting of this stylish open air beachfront bistro is an equally inviting aspect for diners, as it provides commanding views overlooking the lapping ocean waves as well as the nearby Hua Hin pier. Diners can also relax poolside after their meal on one of the inviting lounge chairs—the perfect place to chill out, lie back, and savour one more cocktail while enjoying the live band that provides some atmospheric musical accompaniment during the brunch.
Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant
22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd, Hua Hin | Tel: 03 253 1470 | www.oceansidebeachclub.com
SHOP: The recently opened Bluport Hua Hin Resort Mall is a unique shopping complex and department store, built with a mix of inspirations and ideas from the world’s best-loved resort towns—from the legendary Mediterranean charm of the Cannes boardwalk, to the undying appeal of Lake Como, in Italy. The shops themselves deliver over 1,000 names in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and IT, but be sure to also take in the many fine dining options available, including Peppina, Wine Connection, Coca Restaurant and the You Hunt We Cook counter in the Gourmet Market. In addition, families will love Whaley Port, the first interactive underwater world-themed park in Thailand.
Bluport Hua Hin
Petchkasem Rd. (b/w 100 and 102) | Open: Mon-Fri, 10:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm