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Hilton Hua Hin – Paradise on Earth!

June 25 2014 - Hua Hin beach stretches some 7 kilometres from the town centre to Khao Takiab. It remains little developed compared to other Thai resorts and considering its size you can always find a quiet little spot. Its name (Hua Hin – head stone) is derived from the rock formations that can be seen on the beach in front of the Hilton Hua Hin Hotel. For those who are a little more adventurous, pony rides can be taken and for those simply wanting to relax there are plenty of deck chairs, sun loungers and beach umbrellas available for a small hourly charge.

A great last Sunday afternoon arrival at the beach front Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Hotel welcomed me at their reception with fresh fragrant wet towels and Thai iced lemon tea, leaving behind my entire travelling lag to Hua Hin which was around two hours’ drive from Bangkok. Not much awaited, I was offered a Deluxe Room at 8th Floor {Pait Soon Hok – as they say in Thai language for 806}.


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The hotel offers an extensive range of large, well-appointed guest rooms with private balconies with stunning panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand. Much to my surprise wi-fi is available all around the hotel.

As I entered the room I couldn’t resist myself to view the breathtaking sea view and the Hua Hin City from the balcony of my room with glamorous swimming pool and beach view as well.

After a few moments I decided to review the hotel facilities, which included Gym, Sports like Billiards, snooker, (where kids were already enjoying themselves), squash and much more at the Mezzanine Floor and then further going to the designer Swimming Pool with Sun Set Beach Bar along with it facing the nice white sand beach.

The hotel offers the following facilities:

- Swimming pool Take a refreshing dip in the large free-form pool or relax in the Jacuzzi®, while the young kids have their own fun at the children’s area. Other daily activities include water volleyball and aqua aerobics.
- Fitness Facilities Stay fit with an energising workout at our fully equipped Fitness Centre, tennis or squash courts. Then, relax in the sauna or steam room.
- Kids’ Play Area Located on the mezzanine floor, this fully supervised space offers fun board games, table tennis facilities, Sony PlayStations, as well as creative handicraft activities to entertain children aged between four to 12 years.
- SPA With a comprehensive selection of signature health and wellness therapies as well as hair and nail services, Guests can be sure to enjoy a rejuvenating experience at the treatment room, beauty studio, Japanese bath or Jacuzzis

It was really amazing to walk around the pool and then I got a dip in the pool and rested a while at the pool bar and had my favorite cocktail drink to refresh myself. One can enjoy the following dining facilities of the hotel:

- The Market Feast on fine global cuisines that range from locally sourced Thai delicacies to Italian wood-fired pizzas and traditional antipasto.
- White Lotus Savour delicious, authentic Szechuan and Cantonese dishes at this rooftop venue on the 17th Floor, while enjoying incredible sights of the Gulf of Thailand and scenic surroundings.
- Hua Hin Brewing Company Treat yourself to juicy burgers, tasty pork knuckles, or premium steaks cooked to your liking at this lively venue. Guests can also catch the latest sporting action at the open-air SOS Tug Boat Bar, or visit during evenings for music by live bands and DJs.
- Aqua pool bar / Sun set beach bar Sit back and relax with a tempting menu of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as tropical cocktails made with fresh fruits.
- DECA Located next to the Lobby, this lounge lets Guests experience Hua Hin’s unique cocktail selection with the best live entertainment in town
- Lotus Sky Bar Admire Hua Hin’s gorgeous beach at this stylish bar that serves specialty cocktails.

As the night approaches I decided to walk outside area around the hotel, which offers luscious Thai Cuisine, Tailors, Thai Massage and lady bars with live bands serving a huge variety of drinks. One cannot resist himself/herself to get the first hand taste there. Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is very well centrally located near numerous local sight-seeing and shopping areas.

A small bar down the narrow road in front of Hilton I nearly walked by the perpetually dark location. Wedged between two sets of chatty co-workers I waited patiently for my beer I ordered. The owner of bar was standing near the back chatting with a customer. “I was always fascinated with that kind of bars with their job, what they do and they were just cool. I would ask them questions and would meet people up there to know their experiences around Hua Hin.

Not much spending time at night outside, and going back to my room I noticed a live Filipino band playing at Deca Bar of Hilton near the Lobby and couldn’t resist myself to watch it live for a while.

For business persons, whether the occasion is a professional conference or social gathering, the hotel will help plan a successful event down to every last details, the hotel offers the following facilities:

• A large ballroom with spacious terrace that accommodates 500 guests in a theatre-style setting, and 600 guests for evening cocktails
• 4 function rooms that seat up to 60 people each
• State-of-the-art facilities with audiovisual equipment rental, photocopying and printing services

Next morning I got up early and decided to walk over the beach and the view of the sea was amazing, a few people, walking, jogging and swimming around there. That afternoon I decided to taste the local food in front of Hilton and walking there I got into a small street and saw a small family restaurant outside their house who sells food there and around Hua Hin streets. I enjoyed the local fast food “Gai Pad Prik”.

Fastfood

Naticha Phonkhamthong, Executive - Marketing Communications, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa was so kind and generous to get me the first hand taste of the hotel by taking me for some drinks to Beach Bar, then to delicious dinner at terrace of Lotus Sky Bar on 17th Floor overlooking the sea and city view and after that few more drinks at Deca Bar near the lobby.

Naticha

As I sent few pics of Hilton Hua Hin to my best friend in Germany, Dietmar, and he commented, “Reny you are in paradise” and he immediately decided go to Hilton Hua Hin next year.

Click here to watch some interesting pics clicked by me!

- By Reny Singh, Public Relations Director & Associate Editor, HCA.