The rooms: feel-good factors
The gorgeous open lobby offers a bird’s eye view of all the imagery one expects from a seaside resort. Low-rise buildings with balconies and terraces arranged around Thailand’s biggest lagoon pool – 200 metres of inviting, azure waters that meanders through a manicured tropical landscape with waving palms and arched bridges. Beyond that, boundless ocean views… Some 56 of the 240 guestrooms have direct access to the lagoon pool. What that means in reality is that you can step right into the pool from the balcony – a major thrill for kids and grownups alike.
Other guestrooms have open balconies and terraces that overlook the lush spectacle of lagoon pool and botanical splendour. Inside, many other kinds of feel-good treats have created the kind of rooms that come pretty close to perfect. The interior style is cheerful, light, bright and contemporary, subtly infused with Sheraton elegance and hints of things Thai. Weighing in at a roomy 49 square meters, peaceful sleep comes courtesy of the celebrated Sheraton Sweet Sleeper technology combined with 250-thread count sheets and down pillows, while technological advances include plasma TV and high-speed wireless or wired Internet (at a price).
There’s a work desk, sofa, iron and ironing board and all the little extras that normally comes as standard fixtures. The spacious open bathroom can easily become a closed bathroom if you’d rather, by simply closing the sliding panels, and has a separate shower and bathtub. In essence, guestrooms have been thoughtfully designed with the utmost comfort and convenience of guests in mind. For a level up in size and luxury, 12 suites have separate living rooms and come in a style that makes them perfect for special occasions like honeymoons and anniversaries.
Sugar and spice
What would the perfect holiday be without ample options to tantalize your taste buds and plentiful opportunities for relaxation and leisure activities? No disappointment here. There are no less than six fashionable dining and entertainment venues, offering a smorgasbord of cuisine from around the world. An international buffet is served up at The Deck (which is also where a hearty breakfast buffet makes the perfect start to a day), The Ink Supperclub is the place to head to in the evenings for tapas and cocktails, snacks can be enjoyed at the outdoor Luna Lanai Beach Bar, and then there’s The Pantry Deli Shop, the outdoor Sheraton Salas Pool Restaurant (Asian and international cuisine), and Sundara Lounge for light meals.
Leisure and pleasure
With all things sugar and spice taken care of, a beautiful spa sanctuary features 12 treatment rooms and a tempting spa menu with a host of blissful indulgences, alongside a well-equipped health club. A kid’s club with an exciting activities program ensures the little ones are well taken care of (and kept busy) while mom’s working her way through the spa menu and dad’s playing a round of golf at one of many nearby golf courses of international repute, all of which can be arranged by the around-the-clock concierge and tours desks. Additionally, a resort activity program offers a number of outdoor sports.
In true Sheraton style, banqueting and conferencing facilities are top-notch (up to 500 people can be accommodated in the ballroom), while Business Centre Services will keep you in touch with the outside world. If you want to be kept in touch, that is.
The final win-over ingredient is direct access to a clean, white sandy beach, adding to a success recipe that makes for a memorable vacation. It’s no coincidence that the words ‘sensible’ and ‘safe’ also start with an ‘s’. The Sheraton experience is one that delivers on its promise, and here at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa it’s a credo that is echoed by every aspect of the resort’s operations.
(Note: A complimentary shuttle service is provided to and from Hua Hin)
Reviewed by Francois Oosthuizen