Hotel Review: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin


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If you like your hotels with some serious grandeur then you’ll fall head over heels for the beautiful Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin in Thailand. Renowned to be one of the grandest hotels of the East, there’s nowhere quite like it.


The hotel is poised right on the pristine beachfront with only stunning landscaped gardens in between you and the soft, white sands. You are located in a prime town centre spot in Hua Hin, with excellent shopping and restaurants right on your doorstep and the infamous Night Market and Fishing Pier just a 5 minute stroll away. There’s also some of the best golf courses in Thailand within easy reach. Hua Hin was Thailand’s original beach resort and today is a trendy and vibrant, cosmopolitan seaside city.

Style & Character

Centara Grand Beach Resort was originally built in the 1920’s. The classic colonial buildings have been carefully renovated over time and has been sensitively extended too. Despite feeling contemporary and chic inside, it still has that wonderful air of a bygone age of elegance throughout.

Service & Facilities

Despite your fabulous location there’s much to occupy and entertain at the resort. There are four glorious swimming pools, each with its own children’s pool. Children will also ben well looked after at the Kids’ Club, leaving you plenty of time to check out the fully equipped fitness centre, tennis courts, take a cookery class, Tai Chi class or play volleyball, badminton, football, petanque or how about giant chess! Failing that, if relaxation calls, visit the oasis of tranquillity that is Spa Cenvaree and indulge in an invigorating, traditional Thai massage. The wonderful staff here seem to be waiting just to serve you and go out of their way to meet your every need, they really add to the resort and make your experience extra memorable. The hotel is part of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, who has 59 luxurious properties to check out across Thailand and other nearby countries.


There’s a huge choice of accommodation across the 207 Guest Rooms and Suites and 42 Villas. The rooms are colonial style with wood furnishing and huge bathrooms with bathtubs, wood-paned glass doors open out to your private furnished balcony or terrace. Premium Deluxe Rooms offer that bit more space, Junior Suites have spacious balconies and views of the pool or gardens and Deluxe Suites add a living area. The Villas are definitely where the discerning traveller will long to be; enclosed private gardens, your own villa host, private plunge pool, outdoor Jacuzzi: what’s not to love?

Food & Drink

At a resort of this size and calibre you do expect a range of restaurants and bars but the selection here is truly excellent: a railway-inspired restaurant, a poolside Thai café, an elegant tea room, a cocktail and whisky bar, a stylish Beach Club, a Japanese restaurant and of course modern and traditional Thai cuisine as well as delectable international cuisine.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas

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