When I travelled to Hua Hin, a gorgeous coastal resort which has been the favourite holidaying spot for Thais for generations, I was after sun, sea and most of all – relaxation. Lucky for me, I found it at the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort.
The building itself is pretty impressive, designed to echo the style in the eras of King Rama V to King Rama VII, with many features directly borrowed from the traditions of the Mrigadayavan summer palace.
When entering, I was greeted with a cool drink and a pretty shell necklace and guided through the courtyard. Then, the view hit me, and by god was it a view! The collection of brilliant-blue pools, shaped to look like a swimming fish from the air, was a stunning sight, especially with the turquoise sea visible beyond. Utter paradise…
My room was light, airy and kitted out in all the mod cons. I especially liked the stand-alone bath and the roomy terrace where I could take in the view with my morning coffee. The hotel has cleverly designed the hotel so that all the rooms benefit from the view. Fresh fruit, homemade biscuits and luxurious toiletries were some of the nice touches.
Thai food is up there as my favourite cuisines and Pirom Restarant was my go-to place at lunchtime to escape the baking sun. Laid out as a buffet, the tantalisingly tasty offerings included spicy coconut soups, noodles, and a variety of exquisitely-spiced meats, vegetables and seafood.
The spa. I am a total massage-fiend; it’s my ultimate indulgence and I wasn’t disappointed with my 60-minute Oriental Massage. In fact, it was one of the best I’ve ever had. Fresh fruit and a mini pot of hot, fragrant tea whilst I was waiting was a lovely touch.
Destination top tip:
Hua Hin is a traditional fishing town and you can’t holiday here without sampling some of the region’s best seafood. Head to Choa Lay – a traditional seafood restaurant at the heart of the old fishing port. Here you’ll find friendly staff, an alfresco terrace overlooking the sea and a menu as long as your arm, packed with mouth-watering local Thai seafood dishes. Make sure to try the prawns; they’re the biggest I’ve ever seen!