anoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand are so prevalent as to be commonplace at the beachfront Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, located in the very heart of this royal enclave, just two and a half hours from Bangkok. It’s the 17-story tower block (tallest structure in the region) that enables these incomparable views of the gulf and surrounding mountains.
Vistas are best from White Lotus, the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windowed, rooftop restaurant. From here, guests can see for miles while dining on award-winning Chinese cuisine. Those who prefer to stay grounded have plenty of options, including the always-bustling Hua Hin Brewery Company, a former fisherman’s shack dating from 1923 that serves celestial barbecued snacks and freshly brewed local beer.
The immediate view is perhaps most important: The Hilton is mere steps from the beach, though guests can leave the spacious and contemporary Thai-style rooms for the beachfront pool, take a Thai herbal steam bath in the spa, stop by the poolside Chay Had restaurant for an aperitif or feast on local seafood at The Market restaurant on the terrace.
- Staging successful business meetings is a specialty at the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, with its five meeting rooms, universal wireless internet access and Executive Lounge.
- Jazz rules the scene here in June, when the annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival barrels through town with acts from as far away as the UK.
- The Hilton stands on ground formerly occupied by the palace of King Rama V, who loved the location for its accessibility to sailing. Nearby, the spectacular Klai Kangwol Palace, the King’s summer residence, remains a huge tourist drawcard.
Contact Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
33 Naresdamri Road
Hua Hin 77110
Tel +66(0) 32 538 999www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/HHQHIHI-Hilton-Hua-Hin-Resort-Spa/index.do