Rustic charms and modern amenities combined
The road that leads to the Pludhaya Resort & Spa is long and winding, but once you arrive at the front entrance of this rustic boutique resort you know right away that the journey was worth it. It’s a peaceful setting indeed, located about 7 km south and to the east of the main island of Ayutthaya and the heart of the Historical Park.
The property is bounded on one side by the Suan Phlu canal, and on the other by an expansive green rice field. There are 21 accommodation units in total, varying in size from the eight spacious villas and suites situated around the swimming pool and lagoon, to the more compact traditional Thai style cottages in the resort’s newly opened 13 unit extension overlooking the rice fields. Both have their charms and advantages, but having spent a weekend in the lovely Plu Jean Rim Klong Villa, I would say that this unit in particular offers a bit of everything—direct swimming pool access, a breezy balcony overlooking the sleepy canal, and plenty of privacy.
The roomy interior of the Plu Jean Villa has a Chinese-style décor, with lacquered wooden furniture, ornately carved wooden dressers and drawers, and colourful floor tiling like something you’d see in a Chinatown shophouse. Of course there are plenty of modern elements as well, including a very comfortable king sized bed, air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, mini-fridge, room safe, coffee and tea making facilities, and in-room Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, the sizeable bathroom offers a deep soaking tub, as well as an outdoor shower.
The grounds of the main wing are lush with greenery, and a small stone pathway interconnects everything. The kidney-shaped swimming pool by the canal is a nice spot to cool off, but there’s also a small fitness room on hand for working up a sweat. And for relaxation the resort has been putting a lot of time and effort into their Plu Hom Spa—located just behind the main reception area—which offers six floor mattresses for traditional Thai massages, a room with two massage tables for aroma therapy treatments, and several comfortable chairs for classic foot massages.
The resort has two F&B outlets, the main one being the open air Plu Pleon Restaurant, which is built over the resort’s lagoon and lets diners watch the ducks, egrets, carp, and the occasional monitor lizard, go about their daily routines. Breakfasts for guests are served here, while lunches and dinners cater to hotel guests and outsiders alike. The menu offers plenty of well-prepared Thai specialties, including many fresh seafood options. The second F&B unit is the Drip Rim Na Café, which specializes in coffees, teas, and desserts, and is located across the road from the resort’s main wing.
One of the nicest things about the Pludhaya is that you get a real taste of Thailand. The friendly staff make sure you have everything you want, but the pace and attitude is unhurried and calm. And if you can read Thai script, there are cute engraved wooden signs posted everywhere with whimsical “poems” that the owner has composed himself. You won’t find that at your average chain hotel.
By Bruce Scott
12/3, Moo 7, Tumbol Klongsuanplu
Tel: 03 570 7565