Haven Hua Hin is perfectly designed and privately situated to provide a heavenly five-star experience of respite and rejuvenation on the Gulf of Thailand.
Our Experience: Where to begin? Heaven has come to rest here on the Gulf of Thailand. Haven Hua Hin had us immediately upon arrival, with a welcome drink, a refreshing cold towel, and this view:
The minimalist, Eastern atmosphere throughout Haven Hua Hin is rendered in feng shui elements: fire, wood, water, earth, metal. You are soothed as all the cares of the outside world recede. Your world has been reimagined. The only sounds you hear are birds, the sea and the tinkling of shell chimes. You get a sense of timelessness and luxury without needless fluff or superfluous aspects.
There is clarity, simplicity, and peace.
Our Deluxe Sea View room was a haven within Haven Hua Hin, with a balcony overlooking the ocean where we enjoyed morning coffee and afternoon drinks.
We had a king bed, individually controlled air-conditioning, an LCD TV with entertainment system, and daybed for lounging.
A large separate closet space and segmented bath with rain shower and soaking tub had sliding shoji-like screens for privacy.
The vanity area was equipped with locally crafted ceramics and basketry. Toiletries, towels, and amenities were luxurious and replenished liberally.
Wireless internet was spotty in our room, most likely because the building is partitioned in solid concrete. We got around this minor problem by working in the computer room, and conducting a Skype interview in the conference room. Staff members were committed to problem solving and mindful of our needs.
The onsite restaurant served breakfast buffet-style in the mornings, then reverted to lunch and dinner menus at midday and beyond. We ate several times by the sea, and once under open-air shelter when winds picked up. Haven Hua Hin’s location may or may not be convenient to dining outside the resort, depending upon your perspective. Tucked away as it is, we wanted to stay there. Fortunately, the menu was extensive and everything delicious.
Betsy enjoyed a luxurious combination package at the Haven spa – a sugar body scrub and anti-aging facial. The spa’s top floor treatment rooms and terrace have unobstructed views of the sea.
Favorite Details: The setting at Haven Hua Hin is achingly beautiful with a depth of serenity we’ve rarely seen in other hotel and resort properties. This is due to the interplay of surroundings, simple luxury and peaceful décor.
Pete loved the bedside console which controlled every aspect of the atmosphere in our room.
Betsy loved the zen-like calming atmosphere throughout Haven Hua Hin.
Hotel Particulars: Haven Hua Hin, 1449 Chala Samut Rd., Petchaburi 76120 Thailand. Tel. +66 (0) 32 653-154. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Getting there: Transfer service is available to and from Bangkok airports beginning at around 1800THB for car taxi. Many weekenders appeared to have arrived in their own vehicles. We chose to take the train from Bangkok. Purchase tickets for reserved second-class seating on the morning express train at Bangkok’s Bang Sue station (end of the southern MRT line). A meal and beverages are served. When you arrive at the historic Hua Hin train station, catch a taxi or tuk-tuk out front and expect to pay around 300THB for the 20-minute ride to the resort. Have the phone number handy for your driver in case he or she doesn’t know the exact location.
Pricing: Superior Mountain, Pool, or Landscape view rooms including balcony: 7700THB (about $215USD at the time of this writing). Deluxe Sea View rooms (45 sq meters) with balcony: 8800THB (about $245USD at the time of this writing). Villas/Villas @ Sea include rooftop moon deck, and outdoor bathtub with rain shower: 13,250/15,600THB (about $370/435USD . Suite/Suite @ Sea: Two independent suites (87 sq meters) with individual balcony and swimming pool, romantic moon deck, outdoor jacuzzi and seclusion or ocean view: 17,700/21,200THB (about $493/591USD). Free and Easy Promotion: 3 days, 2 nights in Deluxe Seaview room like ours is currently available at the promo rate of 10,550THB single occupancy, 11250 THB double occupancy, including breakfast, set dinner for 2, 1 hour massage or body scrub with 20% discount on individual treatments, 20% discount on food and beverage, late check out.
Our Rating: ***** A place called “Haven” needs to live up to its name. And “Haven” might be as understated a name for this place as its soothing, minimalist vibe. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we had entered a replenishing cocoon within which to escape the rest of the world. There was little to distract us from living in the moment amid the ever-present sound of the sea. Haven’s atmosphere of simple, calming luxury provides escape, respite, and carefree clarity.
Disclosure: Our Deluxe Sea View room with breakfast was compliments of Haven Hua Hin. All other meals, services and drinks were on our dime.