This beachfront resort is styled as a Thai village with opulent details and lagoon-filled gardens.
Get lost in a sanctuary of tropical gardens and elaborate Thai buildings at the original Anantara resort. It’s an escape made for slowing down, where days are reserved for melting massages at the exquisite spa, relishing in a good book by the sea and maybe working up an appetite with a round of golf at one of the seven courses nearby. Come happy hour, settle down by the pool after your mildly strenuous day and choose your cocktail before heading for some salty, sweet and sour pad thai at Rim Nam. If you’re craving a little bit of civilisation, hop on the resort shuttle and visit Hua Hin town centre, the original summer residence of choice for the Thai royal family.
The spa is one of the resort’s highlights and booking in advance is recommended. It’s a glorious private space with massage suites, showers and bathtubs all set outdoors beyond a walled garden of lotuses. Nearby, there’s a little piece of paradise that’s worth upgrading to a Suite for. Looking out over a blanket of lotus flowers and lily pads, the quiet Lagoon Pool & Bar comes with additional perks like afternoon tea, evening canapés and a complimentary happy hour. At the main pool, there’s a swim-up bar with thatched umbrellas for shade, and if you want a sea view, head for a sun lounger on the sandy platform above the small beach (subject to the tides).
Retire to your ultra-comfortable king-size bed, where you’ll have a view of the gardens, sea or lagoon. Rooms and suites are modern yet traditional, with dark, polished wood and Thai silk adorning the bed. A garden terrace or balcony encourages you to sit and take in your view – we recommend a Junior Lagoon View Suite for an impossibly romantic hideaway overlooking the water lilies.
In beautiful beachfront gardens, 10 minutes’ drive from Hua Hin town centre
Good to know
This hotel has a wheelchair accessible room. No departures 30 & 31 Dec.
190 rooms and suites
• Work up a sweat with a match on one of the floodlit tennis courts • Have a Bespoke Spa Experience at the Anantara Spa for extra focus on your problem areas • Book a Thai cooking class at Spice Spoons*.
3 restaurants, breakfast venue, 2 pool bars, lounge
Breakfast at Issara Café
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £58 • Breakfast at Issara Café • Dinner at selected restaurants
Full Board from £90 • Breakfast at Issara Café • Lunch and dinner at selected restaurants
All Inclusive from £98 • Breakfast at Issara Café • Lunch and dinner at selected restaurants • Unlimited soft drinks, house wine, local beer and spirits (11am-11pm, excluding room service and minibar).
*Denotes local charge