Located smack on a quiet stretch of beach towards the south of town, Baan Bayan is an elegant boutique resort centred on a gorgeous 90-year-old wooden house.
Located inside the house, the priciest rooms are among the most romantic in Hua Hin. Each comes with high ceilings, cream-wooden walls, several swing-open windows, sumptuous wood floors, bright modern art and turquoise floral bed covers. Though not quite as inspiring as the suites, the newer villas and standard rooms are also beautifully done with hardwood floors, massive bathrooms with marble features and large windows. The rooms we checked out had a subtle scent of fresh jasmine. All of the amenities you would expect -- fridge, TV, safe -- are stowed in wooden cabinets, allowing for an uncluttered feel. The midrange rooms have wide private decks shaded by bamboo. Along with direct access to beach loungers, the resort offers a cafe with an early 20th century feel, a small swimming pool, massage salas and plush communal lounges taking up a large part of the house. The staff members we encountered were notably helpful and sincere. We were quoted nearly 1,000 baht less than the internet rates when walking in during low season, and at time of writing, the hotel’s website was offering even cheaper rates for stays of two nights or more.
Address: 119 Phetkasem Rd (near Soi 67), Hua Hin
T: (032) 533 540-4; F: (032) 533 545
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'41.43" E, 12º33'34.1" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||3,300 baht||4,000 baht|
|Superior double room||3,600 baht||4,500 baht|
|Deluxe double room||4,300 baht||5,500 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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