SCHOOLS out, so it’s time to take the kids to the beach where they can enjoy lots of sunshine and endless opportunities to use up all that energy from the last couple of months’ studying and exams. And there’s nowhere better to go for this break than Hua Hin, an easy drive of two and half hours from Bangkok.
Conveniently located just north of the town is the five-star Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa, a newly opened hotel that’s ideal for young families.
Occupying a 30-rai site from Petkasem Road to the beach, Ananda Hua Hin features a collection of private beachfront pool villas and 173 luxurious rooms. It also boasts tropical gardens and several extensive swimming pools.
The hotel is a great base to explore numerous nearby attractions that will keep youngsters occupied for hours. They include water parks, zoos, cycling, rafting and all kinds of exciting adventures in two of Thailand’s most beautiful national parks. And the kids can get close to real wildlife at an authentic animal sanctuary run by the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand.
Hua Hin has unique connections with Thailand’s royal family who have traditionally resided in nearby beachside palaces during the hot season. Exploring some of these royal buildings, several of which date back many decades gives young students an interesting new perspective to their history lessons.
Ananda has a unique ‘Check-in, Bliss-out’ concierge service offering guests everything from impressionist watercolour painting classes to a videography programme, and a private beauty menu in the hotel’s superbly equipped Spa. It also boasts a selection of elegant classic cars to explore the nearby hills, or to visit local golf courses and Hua Hin’s famous vineyards.
The resort’s dining options are extremely attractive, ranging from international fare to Creole, buffets, stylish dinners and the freshest seafood in an Italian-inspired restaurant.
Ananda Hua Hin is a managed by Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies with a portfolio of 42 hospitality properties across all market segments.
General Manager Nigel Tovey, a veteran of Thailand’s hotel industry, commented: “Ananda Hua Hin is a brilliant place for families with young children, especially during the schools’ long holidays. We have lots to occupy young minds and bodies here, including one of Hua Hin’s largest swimming pools as well as bikes to explore the surrounding countryside.
“We’re also close to all kinds of wonderful natural attractions such as waterfalls and truly amazing national parks.”
One of the hotel’s highlights is Ananda Pool Villa Collection, a cluster of luxurious and spacious private units with their own outdoor space and private pool.
The 900 sq m is Hua Hin’s largest facility of its kind, making it ideal for meetings, parties and weddings.
For reservations, contact 032 898 989.