A favorite amongst Bangkok residents but less well-known to international travellers, the sleepy beach town of Hua Hin remains a great option for a romantic beach getaway for those who don’t have the time or budget to make it to the islands in the south of Thailand. It retains a relaxed and authentic local charm which more developed tourist destinations lack.
Hua Hin offers an array of accommodation to suit all tastes however for those looking for gay friendly romance and luxury pampering, look no further than Let’s Sea boutique resort, a favorite amongst the Bangkok LGBT community. Inspired by both Bangkok river life and the relaxed Hua Hin al fresco lifestyle experienced by the owners, the resort is planned around a spectacular 120m swimming lagoon.
The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with your own pool deck for the ground floor rooms and a private moon deck for the upper floor duplexes. The huge bathrooms include ‘his and his’ counters as well as large soaking tubs and a rain shower. High ceilings and lush furnishings add to the ambience. A huge comfortable bed begs you to throw off your clothes and….well, relax.
I spent the majority of my time soaking up the sun on my private pool deck, sipping cocktails at the pool bar and reading a good book while listening to the waves crashing on the white sand beach. Needless to say I was very content.
The 5km long white sand beach is peaceful and pleasant, perfect for a romantic stroll. At the end of the beach you’ll reach the temple-topped hill of Khao Takieb, which I found both interesting and picturesque – a great photo opp.
Long before Let’s Sea became a hotel it was already established as one of Hua Hin’s most popular restaurants. I had high expectations for my meal – and I wasn’t let down – the dinner was delicious. The menu (Thai and Western) provides creative twists in both the preparation and presentation of dishes. Excellent!
Of course no holiday in Thailand is complete without some massage and spa pampering. Whilst the spa menu is extensive, I chose to keep things simple and took a tension release oil massage. The therapist was skilled and strong – perfect. Next time I’m dying to try the blue sea salt scrub!
The resort also offers Thai cooking classes and there is a gym for those of you who can’t bear to stop working out whilst on holidays (which, sadly, includes me).
I found the staff at Let’s Sea to be quite remarkable – very much 5 star service. When I asked Neung at reception for some information about the elephant polo event (see link below), she printed a map and program and delivered them to my room – now that’s what I call service (I later discovered the owners have a wealth of experience in international 5 star properties, which explains the exceptional service).
Other notable features of the resort which resonated well with this gay man were the no children policy, swim-up pool bar (you can swim to the bar directly from your room!), affordable ‘Z-Luxe Club’ upgrade (with gourmet breakfast, cocktail hour and sunscreen application by the spa attendant!) and an unlimited wine buffet option with meals. This place was designed for someone like me (did I mention the no children policy…).
For a quiet and relaxed romantic beach getaway from Bangkok I’d definitely recommend Hua Hin and Let’s Sea resort. Hua Hin has a few attractions to keep you amused (night market, artists village, bike tours – see our blog http://gothaibefree.com/ride-em-cowboy-beautiful-biking-in-hua-hin/and elephant polo in September). And if you’re lucky, you may even meet some nice Thai cowboys who’ll take you for a ride…
Hua Hin is easy to get to – just 230km south of Bangkok. Public transport includes bus (direct from the airport), minivan (Victory Monument) or train (Hua Lamphong Station) and will take 3 to 4 hours. Or hire a taxi for the 2-2.5 hour trip by car. Being a lover of train travel, I took the train and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Enjoy Amazing LBGT Friendly Thailand.