NO matter how hard they try, big international hotel chains can never fully replicate the kind of homely atmosphere you find at a family-run operation such as Veranda Lodge, a lovely tropical getaway located next to the sands in the middle of Hua Hin Beach.
Run with passion, heart, and soul by Khun Mae (literally Mum) together with her grown-up children, Veranda Lodge has developed from what was once the family’s beachside home to become a moderately-sized resort featuring a selection of suites, bungalows and villas, all set within wonderfully manicured gardens.
The stars of the resort’s accommodation
options include Veranda on Sea – a 40sqm beachside villa with a private sea view balcony; and the 62sqm Balcony Suite, which boasts a large bedroom and separate living room making it perfect for families with young children.
At the heart of the resort lies a large, private swimming pool with its own bar serving refreshments, sandwiches and snacks daily from 10am-5pm. Beyond this, located on a platform next to the beach, is the resort’s casual dining gem, the Veranda Grill, a rustic eatery where you can get your hands sticky tucking into fresh seafood, succulent steaks, international favourites, and local delicacies – all prepared using recipes carefully honed over the years by Khun Mae.
Want to elicit a genuine groan of delight? Order the Sea bass with Thai herbal sauce (B350), or Chicken curry (B240), or Tenderloin steak with mushroom sauce (B380), or Pork chop with butter and herb sauce (B350), or simply order them all and wonder how you’ll ever eat again; portions here are huge and great value for money. And very delicious too.
Room rates at Veranda Lodge start at just B3,200 per night in a Deluxe Room (weekday), and special promotions and deals are regularly listed on the resort’s website (see below).
Veranda Lodge Hua Hin, 113 Soi Hua Hin 67, Petch Kasem Rd. ☎ 032 533 678 www.verandalodge.com