Aleenta Resort’s laid back allure, and white stucco architecture is for young couples looking for a piece of private paradise.
Couple quota: ♥♥♥♥♥
$ – Less than S$200 a night
$$ – S$201 – S$350 a night
$$$ – S$351 – S$500 a night
$$$$ – S$501 – S$600 a night
$$$$$ – More than $600
At a glance
+ Secluded private beach of immaculately white powdered sand
+ Thoughtful yet discreet staff
+ Little attractions to distract
– Not the most accessible destination
– So-so food
– Little attractions to distract
Expect comfortable deck chairs, capacious hammocks, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a view of the Andaman Sea through the French windows of the pool suites.
The resort is also big on using natural materials such as the all Egyptian cotton bedsheets, slippers and bathrobes, Eucalytus-scented bath gels and mini loofahs in the bathrooms.
The one and only restaurant in the resort has a western and Thai menu. The tuna I had for a main course was disappointingly over-cooked. Thai food is tasty, but spicy.
The resort plans daily activities such as open air movies and trips to the night market.
The Thai cooking class includes a visit to the morning market where the resort’s resident chef will provide a guided tour as well as a recipe booklet and wine to go with your creations.
Outdoor activities include kayaking, sea sports and trips to the nearby nature reserves, caves or waterfalls.
The open concept Sky Spa at Hua Hin is located on the topmost roof terrace with an excellent view of the beachfront.
The aptly named Brand New Day spa package came with a herbal footbath, sea salt treatment and aromatherapy massage.
Hua Hin Market Village is a large glass and steel structure which is easily visible from the main road. It has a supermarket, the ubiquitous fast food outlets, and brand-name stores.
There are also a number of street markets. The most popular with tourists being the night market in the centre of town.
In the area
Long before Phuket or Koh Samui became popular holiday destinations, Hua Hin was the getaway for Thai royalty. Klai Kang Won, the summer palace, is open to public only when the royal family is not in residence.
About 250km south of Bangkok, Hua Hin is in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province and can be reached by rail, road or air.
Flights are from Bangkok only. Buses from the Southern Bus Station in Bangkok cost less than 200 baht. There are also buses from Khao San Road.
Trains leave from Hualamphong Station 12 times daily. If you travel by train, do check out the railway station which was built for Thai royalty.
Both trains and buses take about 4 hours to reach Hua Hin. The Pranburi area is about 20 minutes from Hua Hin by car.