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Anantara Resort Hua Hin, A Distinctive Resort in a Seaside Setting
01 Apr 2007
Owned and managed by Minor International Public Company Limited and member of Small Luxury Hotels, the resort property was extensively renovated in 2001. Thirty-eight new ‘lagoon' rooms designed by Marthar ‘Lek' Bannag were opened. At the same time, all exciting rooms, designed by Chulatat Kittibuttra, were also given a makeover by interior design specialist Kathleen Heinecke.
The vision for the Anantara Resort Hua Hin was to create uniquely Thai resort and spa with the timeless appeal of classic Thai architecture and landscaping.
Minor International CEO William E. Heinecke says: "Anantara has a tremendous feeling of peace with niches of surprise at every turn and this coupled with its homage to Thai architecture, makes it a unique property in Thailand."
The resort's renowned tropical gardens were the creation of Bangkok-based landscape designer Bill Bensley who describes the results as "biologically interesting by making five distinct sub-gardens; the white garden, the heliconia garden, the red garden, the palm garden (featuring no less than sixty species) and the yellow garden"
A three-metre high terracotta wall cleverly cocoons the resort from the hustle and bustle of town. As you make your way along the landscaped driveway, a sense of clam descends. The sense of arrival is heightened as you admire a decorative wall adorned with a parade of elephants. A cool breeze drifting in from the beach floats through the open-air Lobby with the strains of a melodic Thai tune lingering. Polished timber floors and Thai-style salas (pavilions) heighten the ambience of an intimate tropical hideaway.
Echoing Hua Hin's mainly provincial, primary low-rise landscape, the Anantara comprises a collection of 21 two-storey structures interspersed with meandering gecko-stamped pathways, tranquil lotus blossom and lily-filled lagoon ponds, and delightful sculptures that surprise you, nestled into the shrubbery.
All garden and sea-view rooms and suites feature private balconies or terraces. The resort's enclave of spacious lagoon suites feature Anantara's signature deep terrazzo bathtubs ‘made for two' set in open-plan bathrooms that extend into the expansive bedrooms individually decorated with Thai artifacts and beyond this to balconies featuring built-in sofas and apace enough to dine.
Three bars (including a swim-up pool bar) and four restaurants present guests with an extensive choice of world-class wining and dining options. Breakfast is offered at Issara Café, with both buffet and a la carte options available. If alfresco dining is more your style, enjoy grill specialities, gourmet sandwiches and pizza during the day and beachside barbecue dinners at Sai Thong.
The resort's signature restaurant, Bann Thalia, whose ‘rustic chic' interior was created by Bill Bensley, offers an innovative Italian menu for dinner only. Overlooking the main free-form swimming pool, Rim Nam serves international fare during the day. Classic Thai favourites and Isthmus of Thailand regional cuisine is presented in the evenings when the restaurant takes on an intimate ambiance overlooking the romantically-lit pool and shadowed palm trees beyond.
With its elaborate teak ceiling, large overhead fans and ornate furniture, Sala Siam, adjacent to the Lobby, is reminiscent of times long gone. Enjoy International and Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner or sip a cocktail and enjoy live entertainment every evening.
Whether holidaying with family, or enjoying an intimate escape for two, the Anantara offers a range of facilities and activities to suite every traveller. For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, book a massage, health or beauty treatment at the stunningly sensual Anantara Spa
For those with more energy to burn, visit the resort's fitness centre or tennis courts. The resort also has links to five championship golf courses all within a short drive of the resort and a resident golf professional. Thai cooking classes, excursions to Hua Hin's nature-based attractions and an array of water sports are amongst the recreational pursuits available.
For enquiries and reservations, please call + 66 (0) 3252 0250 or + 66 (0) 2 477 0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.anantara.com/.
Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means 'borderless water', a name chosen for this element's association in many Asian cultures with wealth and good fortune. Inspired by local architecture and sensitive to the indigenous culture, Anantara Resorts are currently located in the seaside town of Hua Hin (220kms south of Bangkok), on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Golden Triangle in the country's north. Anantara Resort Maldives has opened in August 2006.
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