Cha-Am, just before you reach Hua Hin from Bangkok, remains a living image of what Hua Hin used to be: a quiet and charming seaside location that caters to locals. The beach is long and peaceful, and it’s easy to find a little plot to call your own for the day. Most of the resorts here are along the sparsely populated stretch of coastline ideally located between Cha-Am and Hua Hin, and perfectly suited to rest and recreation.
In fact, there’s not much else to do in Cha-Am than to rejuvenate, drink in the sun and enjoy peace and idyllic tranquillity – all of that within a 15-minute drive to Hua Hin. Hotels here mostly come packaged as resorts, with seafront locations, freeform pools, good restaurants, and all kinds of facilities and services dedicated entirely to pampering you. Some are the perfect romantic retreats for couples, others pack in features that make them ideal for families. You can find luxury and boutique-style resorts here, but there are a number of places too that are extremely affordable.
Dusit Resort Hua Hin
5-Star | Beachfront | Business, Leisure or Families | Tennis Courts | Spa | Horses
An all-under-one-roof seaside escape located midway between Cha-Am and Hua Hin. Four restaurants, a gourmet coffee shop, two bars (with live music in the evening), and snacks served at two swimming pools. With extensive meeting facilities and a separate conference hall, it’s well suited for business retreats, receptions, and weddings. Recreation options include four floodlit tennis courts, squash, snooker, a fitness centre with sauna and whirlpool, and a luxurious modern spa. The 300 rooms and suites are regally furnished and plush; all have private balconies and sea views are abundant.
Veranda Resort and Spa
5-Star | Beachfront | Design Hotel | Pool Villas | Wireless Internet | Poolside Dining | Spa
With numerous rooms, a handful of villas, and a couple suites thrown in for good measure, there’s an option for nearly any budget. In all, there are 118 holiday dwellings, and every one is a lesson in chic styling. Entry-level Veranda Deluxe rooms have luxury touches like separate rain shower rooms; Jacuzzi Sea View rooms let you take in the panorama from the comfort of a whirlpool on the balcony. Available in both one- and two-bedroom models, the Pool Villas are the ultimate romantic indulgence. The resort also features two restaurants, a bar, a Kids’ Club, fitness centre, and a conference room for up to 200 people.
Springfield Village Golf and Spa
4-Star | Scenic Location | Perfect for Couples | Meeting Facilities | Driving Range
With golf, tennis, fitness and cooking classes, a world-class spa and two refreshing swimming pools onsite, there’s no reason to venture outside the grounds of this resort. The 97 rooms, suites, and cottages are fitted with luxurious Thai-style décor and are refreshingly modern. The international-standard golf course (Springfield Royal Country Club) was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features a pro shop and golf school. It currently has 27 championship holes, with nine more in the works. Offering traditional Thai massage and much more, the spa pampers and revitalises.
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
5-Star Resort | Beachfront | Several Restaurants | Spa | Internet in rooms | Contemporary Asian Design
Boundless ocean views, warm Thai hospitality and unsurpassed luxury await at Hua Hin’s latest lavish resort. The 240 guestrooms of the low-rise buildings are spacious, ooze a contemporary Asian mood, and overlook either the ocean or fantastic outdoor pool area set in tropical gardens. Satisfy your taste buds at any of six dining and entertainment venues, indulge in rejuvenating massage treatments at the sumptuous spa, and enjoy a host of other world-class facilities. It’s close proximity to Hua Hin is a big convenience factor – that’s if you’d ever want to leave this fabulous new hotel!