CENTARA GRAND BEACH Resort & Villas Hua Hin, which began life in 1923 as the Railway Hotel and was Thailand’s first resort hotel, has become a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
The hotel, which stands on 16 hectares of beachfront land among topiary gardens that are one of the local landmarks, was acquired in 1985 by Central Group, which has extended and upgraded the property over the years with every sensitivity towards its original elegance, said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Hotels’ CEO.
This beautiful heritage hotel is part of Thailand’s history, built when the railway line was laid between Bangkok and Malaysia. The railway allowed Hua Hin to become Thailand’s first beachside resort, and the Railway Hotel played a significant role in all of that. Centara’s own involvement with the property goes back almost 30 years, and we have always treated the hotel with great love and respect. It represents a different era – but it’s as relevant today as it always has been, he said.
The Leading Hotels of the World Ltd is the largest luxury hospitality organization in the world, representing over 430 of the finest hotels, resorts and spas in more than 80 countries. Its mission is to curate and champion an exclusive collection of independent properties, including grand palaces and intimate city hideaways, luxury tent enclaves and expansive self-contained resorts.
Requirements for becoming a member stipulate that a hotel must meet exacting standards of excellence in all areas affecting guest comfort, convenience and well-being. It does not solicit new members and hotels must apply for inclusion. Only the most eminent hotels are accepted for admission
It is a great honour to have been selected as a member, says Jacques Mury, general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. We completed a total renovation of the hotel at the end of last year, and everything we did was designed to respect and enhance the qualities that have made this one of the classic hotels of Asia. Everyone here at the hotel is tremendously proud.
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has 207 luxurious rooms and suites, including the Club executive floor, each with its own private balcony overlooking the ocean or landscaped gardens. High ceilings, period-style furniture and a décor that uses rich polished hardwood softened by the warm tones of Thai silk to evoke the spirit of the 1920s. The 42 villas set amongst the extensive gardens, with their spacious living accommodation and the option of their own pool, offer privacy along with the ultimate in luxury.
Among the dining options are the all-day Railway Restaurant, serving international cuisines, the Palm Seafood Pavilion which overlooks the ocean, Hagi Japanese restaurant, set on the street corner and blending traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, and Salathai, serving Thai cuisine in a separate pavilion.
With its location on the beachfront, the hotel is perfect for swimming and boating, and just for lazing on the beach. Two putting greens, four swimming pools, two tennis courts, a snooker room, badminton, table tennis and a fitness centre offer opportunities for leisure and keeping fit, and there is a children’s playground and other facilities for the youngsters. With the spacious tropical gardens forming a backdrop, Spa Cenvaree offers a full range of massage and body treatments combining ancient Asian therapies with modern technology.