There’s something to be said for travelling to destinations in their low seasons. Yes, you take a risk with the weather but in return, the resorts are quieter, prices cheaper and the vibe more relaxed.
Take, for instance, the Thai beachside resort of Hua Hin. Packed with Bangkok locals from January to May, pay a visit when the temperatures are cooler and you’ll have the entire stretch of beach almost to yourself. In between the occasional cloudy moments, the sun shines and burning is a definite possibility (as our peeling noses can attest!).
The Hyatt Regency is a gorgeous, traditional South East Asian resort. About 2.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok, the gorgeous gardens feature a sprawling lagoon pool, koi-filled lakes, open-air reception and restaurants – it’s the perfect respite from the city.
We recommend the Regency Club rooms, which have recently been renovated and offer fantastic value for money. Breakfast and happy hour drinks and canapés are included and the rooms enjoy access to the private Regency Club pool.
Opt for a Club Deluxe room and you’ll also enjoy a daily one-hour massage at The Barai Spa, possibly one of the best spas we’ve ever been to and certainly the highlight of our stay. The service is top notch and the spa itself gorgeous. The spa’s expert therapists will smooth out every knot of tension in your body, before ending the treatment with a cup of delicious rosella tea and morsels of dried fruit.
The spa complex features a beachfront colonial restaurant and bar called McFarland’s house. Serving light, healthy and most importantly delicious food and drinks, come here for sundowners as you overlook the bay.
We love the low season.
Rates vary – currently from THB 8,700 (HKD 2,300) per night in a club deluxe king room in October. Exclusive benefits include a 60-minute massage for one person per night at The Barai and access to the lounge serving continental breakfast, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
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