Vala Hua Hin Thailand Hotel

Phetchaburi, Thailand

Peering over the Gulf of Thailand and framed by frondescence, Hua Hin was the chosen beach resort of the Thai royal family, who built their summer palaces in the one-time fishing village back in the Twenties. Today, Vala adds a further jewel to the crown. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels stable, the retreat heroes understated modern design across a range of suites and beachfront pool villas. Outdoor bathtubs and lounge areas encourage R&R – if you can pull yourself away from the soft sand beach and pool, complete with swim-up bar, that is. For more adventurous days, horse riding, Thai cooking classes and cycling trails are on the cards, or visit the hotel’s organic farm, which drives a menu that hones in on Petchburi and international flavours. Be sure to save an evening or two to visit nearby Cicada and the night market.

Doubles from £140. 00 66 32 706777,

Words by Blossom Green

This review was taken from the October 2023 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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