If there’s ever a reason to splurge on a private villa, a getaway to the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin is it. Here are six of the best hotel options for a villa experience in Hua Hin, a seaside town about three hours south of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand.
V Villas Hua Hin is a luxury property located at the south end of Hua Hin, close to the main shopping mall, Cicada Weekend Market, and plenty of restaurants and bars. The resort has 23 one-, two-, or three-bedroom Pool Villa Suites, all featuring the complete trappings of luxury, from Bose sound systems to wine refrigerators, as well as fine bedding, private swimming pools, and even the services of a private butler. The grounds are laid out in an elongated maze-like garden, with the villas interspersed and hidden away throughout. There's a lovely infinity-edge pool and hot tub overlooking the beach (one of the cleanest and nicest of Hua Hin), as well as an elegant restaurant with sunken tables surrounded by water, a small fitness center, and a high-end spa. Rates are expensive, but for those looking to splurge, you’ll do no better.
Located on the beach, the upscale 67-room Putahracsa is a short walk from dining and shopping outlets. Its elegant rooms are situated around the main swimming pool area, while its large villas -- all with private whirlpools, some with lap pools -- are located out toward the beach and offer direct access to the sand. Standard amenities found in all units include flat-screen TVs with DVD players and satellite cable, Nespresso coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are large with a mix of terra-cotta tile and mosaic floors plus separate walk-in rainfall showers and deep soaking tubs. Putahrasca offers all the amenities typical of resorts in the area, including a good selection of dining options, including an open-air restaurant by the beach that serves barbecued meats and fish.
As Hua Hin's first hotel, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin is full of colonial charm and historical magnificence. It has 249 units in total -- 207 rooms and 42 private villas -- all with high ceilings, polished wood floors, period furniture, and modern amenities (flat-screen TVs, coffee- and tea-making facilities, free Wi-Fi). Garden-set villas also have plunge pools or hot tubs, and come with Club privileges, like free happy hour cocktails. The resort is packed with features, including four pools, four restaurants, several bars, a large spa, tennis courts, and putting greens.
The luxury Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin is a beachfront resort a 10-minute drive from the town center. All 56 rooms and villas have bright, airy decor and views of the sea or garden. Higher-category Pool Village rooms have outdoor decks featuring direct access to a large swimming pool, and the similar Beach Village units have direct access to the sand. Four villa-style Pavilions with features like kitchens and private pools are also available. All rooms have excellent amenities, like iPod docks, DVD players, beach accessories, and coffeemakers. There's a decent selection of restaurants with 24-hour room service, and a varied buffet breakfast is included in rates. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Situated just outside of southern Hua Hin, Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin is an upscale 72-villa property. Each simple and modern villa has a kitchen, and all have private pools or hot tubs. This isn't the place for travelers seeking a beach vacation, though the shore is just a five-minute drive from here. In fact, many guests come here specifically to golf, as the resort owns a nearby golf course. In addition to a large splash pool for kids, there's a stylish restaurant, Coral, with both a bar and dining area, and the resort has a cafe with a deli and gift shop.
Anantasila by the Sea, Hua Hin is an upper-middle-range resort in southern Hua Hin. It's a 15-minute drive from central Hua Hin, but the resort provides free shuttle service, and has an uncluttered stretch of beach and panoramic views of Khao Takiab (Chopsticks Hill). Additionally, there are water sports, a 25-meter outdoor pool, a restaurant, and beachfront bar with Gulf of Thailand views. Rooms come in many categories based on the type of view; Anantasila's apartments and villas provide up to 1,600 square feet of space. All rooms have air conditioning, mini-fridges, coffee/tea makers, bathrobes, slippers, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs with cable and DVD players.