Beachside and Chocolate Delights
Asara is an already established name but has now become more appealing as Mövenpick Asara Resort & Spa Hua Hin. And — as you may have guessed it — they have added the brand’s signature chocolate hours among other new perks.
The property exudes a sense of serenity from the moment you arrive till the end of your stay. You climb some stairs up to the open-air, very high-ceilinged reception area where you can lounge about while overlooking a lush garden.
The First Impression
You choice of accommodation is either suites or villas, and each type is grouped together in their zones. Existing fans of Asara will know that even the most basic room is already large — 120m² to be more exact. Should you go with a suite, your setting isn’t shabby, at all. The two-level suite buildings are set around tropical leaves and a pond with a common swimming pool in the centre. If you can splurge a little, opt for the Terrace Suite Lagoon View, which includes a sizeable terrace (duh) with a gazebo from where you can enjoy the full view of the tropical garden and pond.
If you can splurge more, there are four villa options in order of poshness; Private Pool Villa, 2 Bedroom Villa with Private Pool, 2 Bedroom Beachfront Villa and Presidential Beachfront Villa. They are groups in another zone, looking like a mini village with another big pond in the centre. A walk to find my Private Pool Villa was a pleasure in itself as the path is lined on both sides with a multitude of shrubs, trees and flowers. Lobster claw flowers stand out in red among the different shades of green. Follow the trickling sound of the fountain and you’ll end up at the beautiful pond with a wooden walkway over it. From the pond, the beach is just a hop, skip and a jump away. But I’ll get back to the beachfront later.
Although I checked into the entry-level of villas; Private Pool Villa, its 150m² feels like a personal yet spacious sanctuary with separate living room and bedroom amply lit with natural light through large windows. The spacious bathroom is equipped with separate areas for shower and toilet and a basin counter big enough for him and her (or two hims or two hers, all welcome). For a caffeine kick, there’s a Nespresso machine with Mövenpick capsules.
The bedding and mattress are what I and fellow Thais would colloquially describe as “soul-sucking”, but don’t worry though as the breakfast service at all-day dining Kampu Restaurant lasts until 10.30am.
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While you can luxuriate with a salt bath in the bathtub, your plunge pool is right outside your bedroom. It’s just big enough for chillaxing in though, thanks to steps and fountain eating away few m² of its already modest size. If all you really want is some good IG shots and soaking underneath the stars, it’ll suit you just fine. You can go all out with beachfront villas, which include direct access to the beach, gazebo, bigger pool and swing bed.
The beachfront area is where you find Kampu Restaurant, another shared swimming pool, Ocean Bar and a kid’s club. The big swimming pool next to the beach await water babies and comes in different depths for everyone in the fam. Plenty of sunbeds are dotted around it. Enjoy an international food selection for breakfast at Kampu underneath the shade of a raintree along with the gentle sea breeze. You should certainly come back from 3-4 pm for the all-you-can eat chocolate delights during the chocolate hour. Their selection isn’t carried out halfheartedly, too. Think chocolate fountain, chocolate balls covered in rainbow sprinkles, fruits and marshmallows on a stick for fondue and more. You can also find Western and Thai dishes on the à la carte menu at Kampu.
Refresh between laps at Ocean Bar with Instagrammable cocktails (during happy hour, of course). Or head to Baan Dum restaurant with a one-century-old Thai house for a beachside Thai dinner on a lawn and a live band.
Baan Dum Restaurant.
For non-drivers, the hotel facilitates going out with a free shuttle, round-trip service to Hua Hin Clock Tower three times a day; once in the morning and twice in the afternoon. After exploring Hua Hin city, come back and earn yourself a treatment at Asara Spa. The fitness room may not be 24/7, which seems like a hotel trend these days, but it opens from 6am-9pm. And c’mon, no one works out at 3am. At least not in a gym.
Those who have checked into pre-Mövenpick Asara may find that there isn’t a real overhaul besides a few cosmetic touch-ups. However, if you’re looking for a tropical resort that gives you beachside bliss and many walk-in-nature (as well as IG) moments to the tune of birds chirping, you’ve come to the right place. They are offering several packages at bit.ly/2IrZUx1, including opening rates until Nov 30. Save 30% off a stay in pool villa with breakfast for two and US$20 restaurant voucher from B5,036 per night. A lot of m² for your baht. g