HUA HIN, once a sleepy fishing village evolved into a fashionable leisure destination for the stylish upper class of Thailand, in fact, a resort fit for a King.
The Official Royal Residence is to this day frequented by members of the Royal Family. The town itself is charming with lovely streets and day and night markets. It has one of the most delightfully maintained Railway Station in all of Asia, complete with Royal Waiting Room, a photographer’s dream!
The former Railway Hotel now the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin, was built in 1923 by the State Railways of Thailand. Located adjacent to four miles of white sandy beach, enclosed by lush tropical gardens, manicured green swards featuring fabled topiary, the architectural style is old world charm, with fine colonial features and furnishings.
Centara Grand Resort has preserved its unique identity seamlessly merging the past with the present-day and like the attribute of the elephant — contributors to the country’s culture and a Royal icon for centuries — it never forgets a face.
The service at Centara Grand is attentive and consistent. The staff are happy to personalise the needs of their guests be it room comfort, transfer services, day-to-day activities, excursions, or that special villa or preferred room for their returning guests.
Boasting 209 Lavishly appointed rooms and suites and 42 private villas set amongst the extensive grounds with options of outdoor Jacuzzi or pools, Centara Grand can cater to each guest’s individual taste.
Overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, the Resort also has three swimming pools convenient to each wing.
With a plethora of daily activities, the resort is family friendly with a kid’s club, E-Zone for teens, putting greens, tennis courts, fitness center, and offering yoga, tai chi, martial arts, bicycle rental and a full range of outdoor massage services.
Read Hua Hin Sights And Sounds for more information about the destination.
Spa Cenvaree, set in a colonial bungalow within the hotel grounds offer guests a full range of luxurious body and face treatments as well as ancient Asian therapies.
Golf is a popular pastime in Thailand and Hua Hin is no exception, with several world-class courses. DestinationElite visited Black Mountain Golf Club situated in the foothills of Hua Hin, an award-winning course, with an impressive 27 holes and luxury facilities. Centara Grand has a golf concierge on site to smoothly take care of all your golfing requirements.
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The Centara Grand offers a lavish breakfast at the Railway Restaurant, and as evening falls, a delicious buffet spread tempts.
Coast Beach Club and Bistro is set in a very tranquil beach setting with a rather cool bar. The cuisine is modern fusion featuring fresh seafood, pizza, and local Thai specialties.
Hagi, a short stroll from the resort features impeccable Japanese delicacies in a modern Japanese setting.
Housed in a whitewashed bungalow Suan Bua Thai restaurant serves up Thai specialties from the four regions of Thailand and have themed evenings with traditional Thai dancing.
You can indulge in an elegant High Tea at the Museum Corner and enjoy happy hour and a nightcap with live entertainment at the Elephant Bar. There is also The Club bar available for guests to enjoy throughout the day.
On the first Thursday of each month, you can enjoy Dine Along the Beach, a collaboration between five sister beach resorts of Hua Hin. The evening is a celebration of signature dishes from each of the five resorts accompanied by the fine wines from the Monsoon Valley Vineyard Hua Hin. It is a wonderful evening with exciting food, wine, and entertainment plus an opportunity to make new friends while strolling along a beautiful beach in the moonlight.
After enjoying Monsoon Valley wine, we decided a visit to the award-winning vineyard was a must. Set in a scenic valley with lush hillsides of grape vines and olive groves the vineyard is a true symbol of abundance. A former elephant corral the valley has a mystical quality. You can experience a vineyard tour, elephant ride, and indulge in wine tasting and gourmet food at the Sala Bar & Bistro.
Perhaps the best validation of a good resort is its return guest rate. At Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas the return guest ratio is a very high 30%. In this group, the average nights’ stay is 34 Nights, with international guests returning annually, often to the same room or villa.
It’s like coming home.
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