To visit the Royal Resort City of Hua Hin is in itself a fantastic experience but to stay in a beautiful resort while you do it is that much greater. This month, HOT Magazine had the pleasure of visiting one of Hua Hin’s newest resorts, the AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas.
The AVANI brand is relatively new with its start in just 2012 and is the brainchild of Bill Heinecke, CEO and Chairman of Minor International, and Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group. AVANI draws upon Minor’s expertise in Asian hospitality and following the brand’s initial two openings in Sri Lanka it has grown to 23 properties across 15 countries.
The AVANI Hua Hin, like all AVANI’s, is a modern contemporary upscale hotel that places a premium on a genuine welcome and a flawless stay, no matter what the guest’s requirements are. Multiple dining venues await you here including an Italian fine dining beachfront restaurant.
The 196 room property offers five different room types, all of which merit a distinction of their own.
The standard room is the AVANI Deluxe Room, which is ample at 33 square metres and gets frequent breezes running through. The natural light shines in all day and it sports a fantastic combination of wood and modern finishing. It is perfect for a small family, say a couple and a child. The room has a private balcony and is ideal to sit out and sunbathe or the admire the beautiful evening views. Guests have a choice between king size beds and or twin beds and there’s a flat-screen television with satellite. Rooms can be connected on request and WiFi is free throughout the resort.
Then comes the AVANI Deluxe Jacuzzi Room. It is called that because it has private jacuzzi access which allows guests private access to step out straight into the luxurious jacuzzi. A lovely patio makes this rooms special, ideal for those who wish to be with a special someone for the entirety of the stay and treat them to great times. The room is decorated with tones of sandy colour which make the perfect reminder of the beach – walking in is like stepping out.
If you’re more of a swimming pool person there’s the AVANI Deluxe Pool Access Room one can sample. Jumping in and out of the water all day knowing your burrow is a step or two away is incredibly convenient for those who either love the pool or those with children who do. If you like the vibe but prefer to stay dry, the balcony is a good place to get one’s tan on. The room’s decoration is in tones of blue, very soothing for those who enjoy nice cool colours.
For those times when more space is needed there is the AVANI Garden View suite which is perfect for a small family whose child has the tendency to run around as its sized at 72 square meters. The greenery one is surrounded by in this room is nothing short of relaxing, allowing those who need a break from the city life to find it right inside their living quarters.
Of course, there are garden people and water people. For the latter, the AVANI Pool Access Suite is always one of the soundest choices. Stepping out of this room might land you in some water, as the swimming pool is so close guests can step out at a moment’s notice for the perfect dip.
Sometimes though, one is in need of a spacious place – more spacious than a suite. In that case, the hotel offers both One and Two Bedroom Villas. Both bedroom types offer either private pools or lagoon pool access. The AVANI One Bedroom private villas are spacious at 188 sqm’s and sleep 2 adults + a child. The AVANI Two Bedroom villas are extremely spacious at 268 sqm’s and can sleep 5 adults or 4 adults and + 2 children. Of course, if you are the type who appreciates the finest things in life, then you’ll want to check-in to the AVANI Two Bedroom Beachfront Villa with private pool and fantastic ocean views.
When staying in the Villas you receive complimentary access to the AVANICLUB Executive Lounge, which makes the experience of guests all the fancier, with a more relaxed breakfast, afternoon tea for two, cocktails when the sun starts setting and a host of other amenities.
As mentioned earlier, restaurants abound here, starting with their all day restaurant called Staa’s. Staa’s is where you come for the breakfast buffets which include a variety of cooking stations as well as a large array of continental and Thai courses. Staa’s lunch and dinner menu stands out for its large range of food which sees everything from grilled sea food to curries and salads, even pastas and pizzas.
But for a better pasta and pizza experience the ideal place is Brezza. This restaurant will serve you fine Italian dining on the beachfront, granting stunning views alongside a bountiful meal.
The AVANI’s pantry offers deluxe signature bites and fresh food, from coffee and a variety of breads to more elaborate paninis that one can take with at any time. Pastries and bakery will delight those with a sweet tooth.
Blue Biscuit is AVANI’s Jazz club and a must to check out. In addition to great Jazzy-Blue’zy music, you’ll find a large selection of drinks; from the finest Cuban selection of rum to the best Irish whisky. The Blue Biscuit also offers casual dining with a tinge of Creole inspiration. The saxophone is full on by the time the evening sets in and creates a magnificent vibe.
If relaxation for you comes in the form of a spa visit, try out the one at the hotel. It features nine treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms and an Hammam where you can enjoy a hot steam bath followed by a massage. Two signature types of massage are offered. “The Signature Touch” for a perfect rejuvenating hour of bliss and the skin caring “Richly Rhassoul Ritual” which is the ultimate pampering for your skin.
The AVANI Resort is also kid friendly. If you need some time to tend to business and need a place to keep your children safe and happy, activities such as castle building and swimming will have them happily enjoying their stay at the kids club while they are watched after.
Finally, the AVANI Hua Hin Resort is the ultimate business destination boasting the largest ballroom in Hua Hin. Perfect for large corporate events or multiple smaller business meetings. Wedding’s are also very popular here as it is a dream location to share one’s nuptials with family and friends.
As a whole, the AVANI Hua Hin Resort and Villas is one of the soundest options one can pick if Hua Hin is their destination and a relaxed time, events to celebrate or big business presentations are in order. If you’re yet to go we highly recommended that you do.
AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas
1499 Petchkasem Road
Cha-am, Phetchaburi 76120
+66 (0)32 898 989