DESPITE their best efforts, 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 daughter, Naporn ‘Tem’
Another highlight of the resort is its breezy beachfront restaurant, KINDEE Beach Café & Bar, which serves a wide selection of Thai and international cuisine made using Khun Mae’s own delicious recipes, in a modern, open-fronted cabin overlooking the beach.
It’s the perfect venue for a wedding or party, you may think, especially as it has direct access to the pristine sands. And you’d be right.
Over the past few months Khun Tem has been busy developing a new avenue of business for the resort – that is, making it the perfect venue for lovebirds, friends or executives looking to host intimate ceremonies or gatherings by the beach.
The weddings are particularly special. “When guests are happy, I’m happy too,” says Khun Tem, showing us pictures of a recent wedding she arranged at the resort – an intimate beach party illuminated by fairy lights and flanked by local food vendors serving all kinds of scrumptious dishes. “Whatever people imagine for their party or wedding, I will always do my best to create it.”
While beachfront weddings and events normally cost a fortune, Khun Tem is adamant she wants to help people make their dreams come true without ruining themselves financially in the process.
“Our packages start at just B1,700 per head and we have both western and Thai ceremonies available. We can arrange everything from lighting and décor, to flowers, live music, photography and food (we can even bring in some of the best local vendors to cook too, if you wish).
Weddings at the resort require five months of planning minimum. Other parties can be arranged within two weeks. Veranda Lodge also offers outside catering, starting at just B1,200 per head.
Veranda Lodge Hua Hin, 113 Soi Hua Hin 67, Petch Kasem Rd. Tel: 032 533 678 www.verandalodge.com