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Hotel Highlights

  • Distraction-free private beach
  • Jaw-dropping ocean views from your villa
  • Most rooms have private plunge pools

Overview

Sister to the Phuket boutique retreat of the same name, Aleenta Hua Hin hotel is a true hideaway, free from both urban distraction and beach resort bustle. A short drive south of historic Hua Hin, the small collection of white and wooden villas surround a quirky teacup infinity pool that stretches out above the sand.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Aleenta Hua Hin with us:

A bottle of Aleenta label wine and a gift set from the Galleria Aleenta Luxury collection; a bottle of champagne for five-night stays;a three-course meal for 10-night stays.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Aleenta Hua Hin

Aleenta super value Buy one night Get one night free

Facilities

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Aleenta Hua Hin – Hua Hin – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

21, including six rooms at Frangipani, the family-oriented annex up the road.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $147.27 (THB4,700), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

Golf trips can be arranged, as can cookery classes, over in Frangipani. The hotel offers guests a different excursion every day, whether it’s a trip down the River Kwai, or a bob around the floating markets.

At the hotel

Two spas, yoga area, free WiFi. In rooms: private balcony or veranda, minibar, books, iPod dock (but no TV).

Our favourite rooms

The panoramically endowed Penthouse is an obvious choice, with its rounded bedroom, rooftop lounge and sunken stone tub (ideal for aromatherapy baths; the Ocean View Suite has one too). We also like the bathroom in Frangipani 3; and Palm 5 for its picture-perfect entrance.

Poolside

Adjacent to the bar and restaurant, a beautiful little teacup-shaped infinity pool looks out to sea.

Packing tips

Bring your own iPod, since the existing choice is limited to a few dozen jazz-crossover tracks.

Also

Two-night minimum stay at weekends. Aleenta’s KA spa uses its own blend of natural ingredients to make sensuous body scrubs and massage oils; there’s also a steam room. Sky Spa offers open-air treatments above the restaurant.

Children

Aleenta is divided into two sites, one smaller child-friendly wing called Frangipani, and the main adults-only resort. Extra beds are available in all rooms except the Pool Suites for THB1,500 a night. Under-fives stay free.

Food & Drink

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Aleenta Hua Hin – Hua Hin – Thailand

Hotel Restaurant

Aleenta’s simple, colonial-style restaurant serves Thai and Western dishes, with nightly themes, such as pasta, barbecue, etc. The open kitchen is manned by chef Rose; the intimate indoor/outdoor dining room catches sea breezes and the sound of the waves. There’s a small alfresco restaurant at Frangipani.

Hotel Bar

The little open-air bar is charming and excellent, turning out tropical cocktails, complete with paper parasols and cherries.

Last orders

10.30pm for bar and restaurant.

Room service

7am–10.30pm.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Prada or Primark – no one’s really looking.

Top table

It’s all good but, forced to choose, we’d say poolside outdoors or by the window indoors.

Local Guide

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Aleenta Hua Hin – Hua Hin – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Spend any time in Hua Hin and you’ll realise that, apart from the beach and the spas, the real reason so many people flock to the city is its great golfing. Hua Hin has not one, nor two, but eight world-class golf courses, all open to the public (for a small greens fee, naturally). The oldest is the 18-hole Royal Hua Hin Golf Club (+66 (0)32 512 475), located very centrally behind the station. If you want something newer, head to the Springfield Royal Country Club (+66 (0)32 593 223). Its Jack Nicklaus–designed course is a favourite among pros and passionate amateurs alike.

Local restaurants

It’s a 30km drive to Hua Hin, with all its cafés, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Book at ever-popular pavilion restaurant Supatra by the Sea (+66 (0)32 536 561), 122/63 Soi Mooban Takiab, Nongkae, and secure a table in the seaside gardens, then order the mouthwatering Modern Thai dishes. La Villa (+66 (0)32 513 435), at 12/2 Poolsuk Road is a small, very casual joint, which serves delicious Italian fare. Their speciality – an outstanding crab pasta – has fans among many of Bangkok’s glitterati. 

Local bars

Elephant Bar (+66 (0)32 512 021) at the historic Sofitel Hotel, 1 Damnernkasem Road, brings a dose of colonial cool to your holiday. Try one of their signature cocktails and relax to the smooth sounds of the in-house pianist.

Local cafés

Sleek, chic WiFi café I Talay (+66 (0)32 531 268), at 39/4 Petchkasem Road , boasts a great smoothie selection and impressive art gallery.

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Secluded Pranburi sands

Aleenta Hua Hin

183 Moo 4 Paknampran, Pranburi, Hua Hin, Thailand 77220

Planes

Flights no longer land at Hua Hin airport.

Trains

Rail travel is one of the easiest – albeit slowest – ways to get to Hua Hin. Trains leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station several times a day. The express trains can make the journey in three and a quarter hours (www.railway.co.th).

Automobiles

Aleenta is a three-hour drive from Bangkok. Once you're in town, Hua Hin Limousine (www.huahin-limousine.com) ferries people to and from Bangkok and can also arrange day trips around the region.

Reviews

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Aleenta Hua Hin – Hua Hin – Thailand

Anonymous review

by Sophie Dening , Professional weekender

Taking a taxi to Thailand beach hotel Aleenta Hua Hin as night falls, we haven’t a clue what lies ahead. As we twist and turn into remoter-looking backwaters, we keep expecting the hotel to loom up like a glittering casino round every next corner, so we’re surprised and pleased when we pull up outside a discreetly glowing doorway on the roadside. We learn eventually that we’re n…
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Aleenta Hua Hin

Anonymous review by Sophie Dening, Professional weekender

Taking a taxi to Thailand beach hotel Aleenta Hua Hin as night falls, we haven’t a clue what lies ahead. As we twist and turn into remoter-looking backwaters, we keep expecting the hotel to loom up like a glittering casino round every next corner, so we’re surprised and pleased when we pull up outside a discreetly glowing doorway on the roadside.

We learn eventually that we’re not in the town of Pranburi itself, but in a coastal neighbourhood called Pak Nam Pran, which has always been a favourite beach-house spot for rich Thais, and has latterly become a strip of boutique hotels. Well, ‘strip’ isn’t quite right; it’s still relatively undeveloped and, if you take a walk at night, you’re more likely to meet an owl than a hen party.

Reception staff are charming and welcoming, and we’re guided quickly to our room after a brief explanation of what’s where. Aleenta Hua Hin seems the antithesis of the luxury big-hitters, with its cosy bar and restaurant (for grown-ups only) and pretty little swimming pool – the only communal spaces in the main resort. Private space is the big thing here, and we’re thrilled with what we’ve been given. Outdoors, we get a little square of lawn, a plunge pool, day-beds for sunbathing and a breakfast table. And the sea! The sea, right there! I mean, we never actually have breakfast on the little lawn, because we’d get wet, but being this close to the elements is super-sexy, it must be said.

Inside, the room has been done out in simple, almost rustic-chic style, with a dark-purple bedspread and lots of cushions, a thoughtful array of lighting, a bamboo unit with all the amenities – fruit, water, books and iPod dock – and a smooth stone floor. We hardly leave the room.

No one bothers us while we’re here, apart from when we ring for room service, and the staff always wait until we open the door ourselves. Tonight, though – our first night – we sally forth to dine in the hotel restaurant, curious to see who else is staying here.

The clientele, we determine astutely, is very honeymoon, Aleenta’s breezy beach bungalows providing a backdrop for paired-off chilling out. It’s hard to imagine coming here not as a couple, even though the hotel has a family-oriented annex down the road. It’s late, so we order just some good tom kha kai, the classic Thai coconutty chicken soup, and vegetable tempura. Mr Smith notices some hilariously 1980s-looking cocktails arriving at the next table; we’ve been on a bit of a health kick, so we hold back. For now.

The crashing ocean lulls us to sleep, and nothing wakes us apart from our physical incapacity to sleep forever. Even when we do ‘get up’, it’s hardly a rush for the shower. We call room service for a spot of breakfast and investigate the iPod that comes with the room. It looks promising to start with, but I’m sad to find there’s a surfeit of chart jazz on there, and not even a whole Beethoven symphony. Still, we know next time to bring our own iPods, which will give us a bit more to get fractious about. At the moment, all is harmony between Mr Smith and me; we’re contentedly quiet, but the nuzzle count is way up. Sorry if that’s too much information, but it’s important to convey that the ‘romantic atmosphere’ at Aleenta is effective.

I can be curiously churlish when it comes to ‘romantic atmosphere’, and I loathe the scent of the essential-oil burner that has been lit in a corner of the room. ‘Why don’t you ring reception and complain that the room smells too nice,’ suggests Mr Smith. ‘And ask if they can bring something more fetid and dungy to waft around us?’ ‘Ha,’ I say, and pick up the oil burner in order to pop it outside, so it can waft its aromatherapeutic potion towards the surging waves. Alas, it is very hot, and I swiftly up-end it onto the floor. After that, everything goes a bit menthol. I decide I’d better learn to love the smell and crawl humbly into bed with Mr Smith. ‘Don’t worry, love,’ he soothes. ‘Now we know what it’s like to be really minted.’

When the sun reaches its height, we decide to do our duty as English roses, and head to the pool to sunbathe, covered in factor 30. The pool and deck are very relaxing; and we are joined by an older Canadian couple, who chat quietly and take dips in the sparkling pool. When the hour is right, we fall happily off the wagon, with a pair of creamy tropical cocktails replete with cherries and those ageless little paper parasols.

Aleenta Hua Hin is utterly charming and, somehow, quite quirky, though I can’t put my finger on why that is. It might be the deadpan restaurant mâitre d’, or the fact that the bicycle Mr Smith takes for a twilight spin has no brakes. It might be the lack of corporate gloss. Or it could just be that you’re so removed from the hurly-burly here – it really does feel like the back end of beyond – that you loosen up and start to find almost everything quite amusing. As every tropical lovebird knows, there’s no use crying over spilt mint.
 

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