A couple of months back, I headed to Hua Hin for my first ever taste of Thailand for attending a wedding and for some serious exploration. Given my packed schedule and rather ambiguous sightseeing plans, I found my abode at Sheraton Hua Hin (also the wedding destination). The picturesque resort and spa in the lovely Hua Hin district truly delivered Comfort in Style.It really is a unique destination where memories are made for every moment of your stay.As we arrived at the resort from a 3 hours comfy bus ride from Suvarnabhumi Airport, we were given a traditional Thai welcome with a background score by Indian drummers. The welcome was followed by a chilled glass of sweet coconut water. It tasted so sweet and fresh as it was served right from the tree.
The fantastic beach side location is the USP of this resort. The magnificent winding lagoon style pool meanders through the resort, connecting every suite and rooms on the ground floor and ending at the sea. The construction of this beautiful property is done so well that if any resident wanders there, will feel like having a stroll on the river bank with water gushing by side.
When I entered the room, my eyes were bloated, experiencing the comforts as well as beautifully designed room for the residents to rest properly. The bed had proper cushioning for perfect relaxation for the spine. The bathroom was quite luxurious and clean. The big circular bath tub was decorated with freshly plucked orchid flower which were replaced every day. Couple of house keeping guys came to carry my luggage and escorted me to my suite. One thing that I experienced in Thailand was that Thai people are usually smiling, helpful and honest [except for the shop owners at markets)]. The rooms were cosy and clean with a sweet fragrance of orchid.
The staff at the resort was no different than other 5 star properties. Right from the receptionist to the security, housekeeping, waiters, etc. everyone was supportive and never delayed with their service. Again they were all having happy faces with genuine smiles all around. They were all polite, attentive and so incredibly friendly. Almost 70 % of the staff was Thai, their English was not so perfect, but they will always grasp your needs, so if you encounter any such person who just nods to everything you say without any reaction, do not panic as you will get what you want. The cute musical accent the Thai have is really candy floss to the ears.
Finally, to the most important part of life ; food, which, at the Sheraton , was an generous affair combining Thai and European delicacies to suit all tastes. I loved trying the different fresh tropical fruits which are easily available in Thailand, but not until I'd fueled up with a huge helping of crunchy bread and various types of cheese, of course. The restaurant was pool side and also at beach side so it was again a soothing experience to eat experiencing, the pure winds of Hua Hin. The decor was certainly very different and really creative, while the service was all class and the food was really tasty.When you visit Thailand you should never miss the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Thai culture. There is something for every plate even if you are vegetarian, vegan or non-vegetarian. I am a vegetarian so I was bit nervous about what I would eat, as I heard a lot of rumors about not getting vegetarian food at all. But I was relaxed after I had my first breakfast after arriving. Thailand is blessed with an abundance of high quality tropical fruit, and you will find fruit throughout the country. So you could find a lot of fruit dishes even in lunch menus. Although I am not much of a foodie myself but I try new dishes whenever I am allured to do so. Food service at the "Infinity Pool" includes à la carte snacks, salads, sandwiches, and ice cream as well as cocktails and soft drinks. All you have to do is relax and enjoy.
Relaxing was easy in the incredible setting of the Sheraton. The views, the fantastic service, the beautiful atmosphere and - of course the food, all made for a truly wonderful experience and in spite of my jam-packed schedule over the two days I was able to completely unwind whenever I came back to the hotel room. Given the perfect location, this was the ideal place to base myself for two days of intensive exploring, the wedding and the little touches of luxury really made the trip perfect. It was a wonderful experience and one I hope to retreat soon - I miss that wonderful view!
This blog was originally published on 'Indian Excursionist'