HILTON Hua Hin’s rooftop bar has long been the place to go in town for sundowners and a tasty nibble. Not only because its drinks and food are top notch, but also because it offers the best views in town.
Located 17 storeys above ground, it’s the highest you can physically be in Hua Hin without chartering a plane. And, from such dizzy heights, you get a real perspective of just how low-lying and carefully planned the beach-resort is.
Sink into a sofa, drink in hand, a cool breeze blowing over you while house music plays softly in the background, and it won’t be long before you fall under the bar’s relaxing spell.
Previously located on the south-facing side of Hilton Hua Hin’s popular White Lotus Chinese Restaurant, the bar was recently re-located (as part of the restaurant’s renovations) to the north side. Regulars needn’t worry, though. From here the view is far superior – a sweeping vista that takes in the gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin’s urban heart, and the town’s famous mountainous border.
Stocking high quality spirits and fine wines from around the world, the Sky Bar has an extensive cocktail menu offering well-known classics (priced B230++ each) such as Long Island iced tea and Piña colada, as well as Taste of Smirnoff selections (priced B330++ each), and Sky Bar Twisted Cocktails (priced B350++ each), such as Kir Royal – a blend of Chandon sparkling wine and créme de cassis.
Wines start at B??? by the glass and B??? by the bottle. Local beers, meanwhile, are on offer for just B210++.
To accompany the drinks, the Sky Bar offers a snack menu featuring a selection of appetizers such as Cold drunken chicken in Chinese wine (B100++), and Roasted red pork or Cantonese style duck with pancakes and condiments (B150++), alongside steamed and fried Dim Sum favourites like Fish roll with lemon sauce (two pieces at B80++) and Vegetarian Chinese spring rolls (five pieces at B90++).
A drink and nibble at the Sky Bar of course also acts as the perfect prelude to a hearty feast at the White Lotus Restaurant, which serves up excellent renditions of Szechuan and Cantonese dishes like Stir-fried sea bass with black bean sauce (B460++); Steamed prawns with garlic and chilli (B460++); Stir-fried beef with Chinese wine (B650++); and Stir-fried Hong Kong kale with garlic and oyster sauce (B180++).
White Lotus Sky Bar opens daily from 6pm-late.
White Lotus Sky Bar, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, 33 Naresdamri Rd. Open daily 6pm-10.30pm.
Tel: 032 538 999 et.8427 www.hilton.com