What’s old is new again (and even better this time around)
The Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa that opened its doors in March of 2016 is built on the exact same spot where the former Marriott Hua Hin once stood. However, like a first-time beauty pageant contestant, this property has been given a complete makeover—from the ground up—and the result is a beautifully conceived holiday property.
Designed in contemporary Thai style fused with colonial charm, the resort’s two main outer wings, that lead to the picturesque white sand beach, enclose a lush, central expanse of greenery. This outdoor area is criss-crossed by walking paths, footbridges, and an elaborate interconnected series of swimming pools, making it a fantastic place for families with children—there’s even an elaborate water playground nearer to the beach built just for the wee ones. But those who prefer a bit less volume will be happy to know there’s also a saltwater ‘Adults Only’ pool. Ringed by a tall rectangular barrier made of green hedges, it’s an idyllic oasis in this sea of activity.
Another idyllic oasis is the Quan Spa, which offers a wide range of soothing massage therapies and treatment packages. The hour-long Aroma Fusion Massage is a pleasant blend of several techniques, but the spa also offers body wraps, body firming, facials, and depilatory waxing.
However, the most relaxing spot of all should, ideally, be one’s room, and the 322 units here are elegant, refined, and welcoming, ranging in size from the 39 sq.m Superior room, to the lavish 156 sq.m Presidential Suite. A number of rooms offer direct pool access, but all come with amenities such as Wi-Fi, spacious work desk, minibar, USB wall charger, bathrobes, safety box, and—most important of all—luxuriously comfortable beds with soft pillows and silky linens. Another nice touch is the unique art on the walls, with each piece reflecting aspects of Hua Hin’s historic past, and the thoughtful decorative accents, such as the beautiful polished wood ledge under the flatscreen TV hewn from a single tree trunk. The lovely attention to detail from the A49 group of architects shows in every aspect of the property… from the lobby to the lightswitch.
For diners, the Amber Kitchen offers a choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and Thai and international cuisine throughout the day. Breakfasts are served here as well, and the range of choices includes an amazing selection of breads, pastries and other baked goods (courtesy of the on-site Siam Bakery deli).
Meanwhile, closer to the beach, cool tropical evenings are wisely spent taking in the fine food and beverages on offer at the Big Fish grill. Indulge in their East Meets West Signature Set (B2,800 for two persons), where each of the five courses is actually a two-hander, presenting an Asian inspired dish alongside a Western one. It’s divinely delicious, and paired with one of the superb wines available (try the enchanting 2014 La Sancive Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie) makes for a memorable meal indeed.
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa
107/1 Phetkasem Rd. | Tel: 03 290 4666