Magical moments at the south end of Pattaya Bay
The word monttra means “magic” in the Thai language, and it’s a fitting moniker for The Monttra resort, an intimate retreat situated on top of a seaside cliff at the foot of Pratamnak Hill, the forested hill that sits between Jomtien Beach and South Pattaya. The relative seclusion of this 23-unit boutique property means that it’s as peaceful as it is personalized,however it’s just a short drive to the city’s notorious ‘Walking Street’ and the ferry pier, as well as many other local attractions. And, if you’re in the mood for a healthy jaunt, the famous Big Buddha lookout point is just a 15 minute uphill stroll.
But for those who are interested in pure relaxation this pleasant property offers a truly tropical hideaway feel. Sitting by the resort’s free-form infinity swimming pool and watching the sun set over Koh Larn—which lies directly across the water—it’s easy to forget about life for a while and slip into a more meditative mode. The resort is also located directly beside the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, and watching the variety of sailboats, catamarans, and lasers criss-crossing the open waters off the beach provides a charming (distraction and endless photo-ops).
The Monttra has only been open since December of 2015, but you’d guess it was longer the way the architecture has been adapted to sit snugly amidst the tall tree canopy environment. It’s as though the forest grew up around the resort, when in fact only a single tree was cut down during the construction process.
The choice of guest accommodations includes 16 lovely 42 sq.m Garden Suites, from which guests have a choice of ground floor or second floor units (the ground floor have a garden verandah and the upper units have a large private balcony). The polished cement floors in these rooms help to keep things cool in the hot weather, and the overhead fans provide a nice breeze if you want to skip switching on the air-con. Meanwhile the luxurious king size bed, swivel mounted flatscreen TV, capsule coffee maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi makes lounging indoors as tempting as lounging by the beach.
However, for optimum luxury there are also three Sea Breeze Suites (53 sq.m) to choose from, which include stunning ocean views and private gardens, as well as four spacious, high-ceilinged Canopy Suites (83 sq.m), two of which have their own private plunge pool.
Breakfast is served at the resort’s outdoor Canopy Restaurant, and guests can choose between the inventive and delicious set menus (Asian and Western tastes catered to equally), or opt for a mix’n’match custom morning meal. Throughout the day the restaurant and bar offers a varied selection to choose from, including healthy juices and smoothies, Thai classics—the Chicken with cashew nuts was terrific—curries, soups, salads, and more. Of course, in-room meal service is also an option (the concierge actively recommends it), and it will certainly help you make the most of your luxurious suite. On request guests can even have an unforgettable dinner prepared and cooked directly on their terrace or garden.
The resort’s scenic outdoor spa facility, known as the Jungle Gazebo, offers rejuvenating treatments and health therapies and, just to make sure you visit at least once, a complementary 15 minute massage is given to every guest as a welcome gift. The resort also employs a ‘Soap Concierge’ and ‘Skin Supervisor’, and the soaps on offer are all handmade locally, using no harmful chemical ingredients. Many more health and wellness services are provided on a rotating basis, including yoga on Mondays, Thai cooking on Thursdays, and massage class on Fridays, to name a few.
All in all, The Monttra is the perfect weekend or short-term getaway spot, especially suited to burned-out Bangkokians, canoodling honeymooners, small families, and groups of close friends. You really feel like you’re “away from it all”—at least for a while.
NOTE: Alternative dining options are within easy reach as well, and it’s a relatively short walk down the road to The Chocolate Factory and The Sky Gallery. These all-day restaurants are two of the area’s most popular wine and dine hot spots, offering indoor/ outdoor seating and spectacular elevated views of the Gulf of Thailand.
398 Moo 12 Rajchawaroon Rd.
Tel: 03 830 6333