Anantara Resort And Spa Hua Hin
43 / 1 Phetkasem Beach Rd, Hua Hin, 77110, Thailand
Anantara Hua Hin Hotel
Anantara Hua Hin feels reminiscent of an ancient Thai village. Exotic interiors, attentive service, and the surrounding tropical gardens make this resort and spa one of the most romantic and luxurious hideaways in Southeast Asia.
We stayed at the Anantara and would NOT recommend it. The room was smelly and some of the staff very rude upon complaining. There are other hotels in the area offering better quality at lower rates. The food was also expensive and nothing special.
Stayed Anantara at Hua Hin 17 to 31 October 2005.
This is a lovely 4*+ resort hotel set in well kept gardens. The service was better than most 4* hotels I've stayed in around the world. The staff were friendly, attentive and treated guests like real guests. This was particularly true of 3 out of the 4 restaurants I ate in. A similar standard can be applied to the bars. One really is made welcome.
The standard of food was excellent, well cooked and plenty of it with an extensive menu mostly Thai but also with other western dishes. Good wine list. The Thai wine was surprisingly good. The Italian restaurant is undoubtedly the best with its understated class.
The main pool area is large freeform and most attractive. Squeaky clean, but the water was cold particularly after rain. Separate childrens and and adult areas. Good swim up bar. Lots of free towels.
Rooms: I can only speak for my room (balcony not terrace). Large, clean with good daily maid service. Well laid out with teak floor and good fixtures and fittings. Very effective aircon.
Small beach with romantic view out to sea at sunset. The sea is very shallow, still only waist high 50 yards out.
It is, from my experience difficult to find fault with this hotel and I will certainly return.
This is a hotel/spa with quality and highly recommended to fellow travellers. One point worth mentioning - there are lots of steps between the various levels so anyone with walking difficulties might have problem.
Unique Quality: Outstanding characteristics:
Food - as above
Pool - as described
Service and staff - as described
Attention to detail - this is always a sign of quality. Such detail was apparent in the restaurants and also my room. Example; fresh lotus petals placed on the bed and in the bathroom every day and the meticulous way in which small things like soap and toiletries were arranged to milimetric precision - every day.
Same standard in the restaurants where it was quite clear the staff had had excellent training and knew their stuff. Nothing was too much trouble. A nice touch in the first class Italian restaurant - a fresh leaf printed in gold with your name placed on the table prior to arrival (when booking a table for the evening in advance.)
Directions: About 3 hours drive south of Bangkok on good roads. General area very good - the King lives close by. Hua Hin is very safe even at night with a good night market and excellent local restaurants.
Very luxurious and typical Thai
If you decide to stay at the Anantara, be sure to choose a lagoon room.
(Lower floor: Superior Lagoon, Upper floor: Deluxe Lagoon)
These rooms are so much nicer then the rather basic normal rooms in the other wings.
Lagoon rooms are grouped - big surprise - around a lagoon. There are just a few rooms in an old fashioned large Thai house, of course with every modern convenience.
The swimming pool is very inviting due to its very large size and the free form with an island in the middle and the famous loy naam swimm-up bar (with happy hour from 4PM to 5PM) on the side.
Food is excellent from breakfast buffet to dinner.
Remember that this resort is in a big garden so there are frequently some mosquitoes around.
The beach is nice to watch, but not really great for swimming. (We always saw jelly fish warnings and at high tide, the water comes up to the wall separating the hotel from the beach)
Unique Quality: Tropical garden setting with comfortable rooms. Marvellous spa around the lagoon.
Directions: Around 3.5 hours by car from Bangkok.
Compare Limousine prices! Thai Limousine now charges about twice as much as their competition, which has slightly older Mercedes.
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We stayed there in October 01 and payed approx. EUR 38/Person/Night (low season/standard room).
Prices seem to have been increased since then, unfortunately and differ according to season and room catagory, of course. Although Hua Hin does not belong to our favourite locations, the Anantara was one of the best hotels we visited, so far.
There is nothing special about the rooms but its garden with small lakes and so many tiny details is absolutely fantastic. The main swimming pool is great (a landscape in itself) and the second pool is next to a beautiful laguna. Service and food is good and cleanlyness without any doubt. The beach there, though, certainly cannot be counted to one of the best in Hua Hin.
3 Star Hotel at 5 Star Prices
Over New Year's this year, my husband and I spent seven nights at the Anatara Resort and Spa in Hua Hin. Having spent holidays in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and China, I was really looking forward to the excellent standard that is normally a 4 or 5 star hotel in Asia. This was not to be the case. In July I booked the Anatara, specified that we wanted an upper level, non smoking sea view with balcony seat room. We got written confirmtion from the hotel guaranteeing our requirements. Unfortunately when we arrived on Tuesday 27th December we were firstly put into a ground floor smoking room, we were then moved to a garden view room for the night with a promise that the next day we would be moved to the room we had originaly booked. After moving twice the next day we ended up in a lower level sea view room that was damp, it smelled terrible and was by far the worst room I have ever stayed in. It in no way resembled the room that we had booked which we had viewed on their website and in brochures. The manager apologised and explained that as it was New Year's there was no other option, he deducted the price for the gala dinner and promised that on Friday or Saturday he would upgrade us to compensate for the fact we were not allocated the room we had booked. Although I did see the manager most days he never kept his promise and we spent the week in that awful room. I would stronly advise anyone from staying in this hotel as it is not a 5 star location at $225 +10% +7% I would have expected a much better room.
As it was New Year there were no other rooms available in Hua Hin.
Looking through several advetisements in holiday brochures since I have returned the picture of the room we booked and the the room we were given are in no way alike.
I would strongly advise anyone from booking this hotel in the future.
Style irritating and depressing
Have just returned from 5 days at the Anantara. However, the much vaunted style of the hotel was both irritating and depressing.
We had a superior lagoon room on the ground floor. A moat with pea green water flowed around our ground floor balcony, a water-spout 'tastefully' hung 20 feet away squirting an arc of water day and night, and dark green palms and other foliage darkened the room, as did the balcony of the room above. Depressing! Internally the room layout was fine - but what hotel designer chose the enormous hardwood futon bed bases? The corners on those monsters are sharp and unforgiving and I wonder how many guests a week get their shins cut and shredded. (I have a dark blue bruise the size of an orange on my left shin).
The swimming pool for the use of lagoon guests is tiny. Imagine two tiers of loungers, set a foot apart but booked early in the day - reminiscent of pools design in the 1980s? In the large garden, which is well planted and watered, there are some shady spots, but no extra loungers or parasols, so difficult to settle down for a few hours chill-out. All appearance but not really providing a workable service for guests.
The only plus was the breakfast buffet, and the gentle and efficient staff manning both reception and room service.
We did not use the Spa or any of the restaurants as the choice in town is preferable. We also visited the Sofitel and heartily wish we had chosen the open airy style of that hotel.
We had an absolutely lovely time at this resort. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed and pampered by the friendly and charming staff. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a beautiful Lagoon room with private terrace which made us feel extra special. The resort itself was beautiful and although we were there during a busy holiday time, it still had an intimate feel. One of the nicest and most relaxing resort holidays we've had in a long time. We will definitely return.
Having seen the previous mixed reviews and having spent a considerable amount of money on the hotel I approached our 8 day stay with some trepidation. However I need not have worried. From the moment we arrived until our departure the hotel staff could not have been more helpful. The resort itself is fabulous with lots of little touches you would like at home.
We stayed in the larger lagoon rooms which were definately worth the additional cost. They were so much more roomy due to the sliding glass shutters between the bathroom and bedroom.
One gripe is over the racew in the mornings to get a sunbed. We had to get up at 6.30am to go on a trip and over half the sunbeds had already been reserved. I kid you not but one particular European country would get the gold medal for this if it were an Olympic Sport. The majority of the guests are in the 55+ bracket which meant there wasn't much atmosphere in the bars at night.
The food was great with a magnificent spread for the buffet breakfast and the other restaurants good value for money. Be warned they will try to sell you a meal package for 3 lunches and 3 dinners on arrival. Unless you intend to eat all your meals on site, and esp the buffets, you'll be as big as a barn to get your money's worth. Same with the trips. We booked the River Kwai, elephant trip and river rafting through Ken Diamond in Hua Hin itself and saved about 1000 B each.
Lastly Hua Hin itself is a bit of a dump. If this is where the King and Queen stay they need to get out more. Its Ok for the usual DVD and T Shirts but unless you want a suit, as there must be over 70 tailors, there is not a lot else.
Overall we loved the hotel but having been to the Pelangi Beach in Langkawi the previous two years we would return there before the Anantara simply because of Hua Hin and not the hotel.
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Address: 43 / 1 Phetkasem Beach Rd, Hua Hin, 77110, Thailand