It is the word we probably used most frequently to describe our time at Baan Bayan in the beach town of Hua Hin. If you ever wondered what it was like to have someone anticipate your every need, this is it. There could not have been a more perfect end to our holiday. Although I had visited Thailand on numerous occasions, this was my first trip to Hua Hin and Baan Bayan. I will definitely be returning to Baan Bayan.
Check In/Check out: The open air reception area is beautiful. You reach it after a long open beautiful walkway takes you from the front entrance to the reception. There is comfortable seating for both check in or to just come down and lounge, read or engage in conversation in the lobby area. Check in was very efficient, very warm and we were made to feel right at home. We were each escorted to our rooms by a staff member who thoroughly explained every aspect of the hotel and our rooms.
Service: Exceptional service. It is five star level services in a small resort with a personal touch. There was always a staff member present (and usually more than one) to respond to any request. It couldn’t have been better.
Atmosphere: Baan Bayan, which at one time was an old Thai Style colonial home, was originally built in the early 1900’s, It sits right on the beach, with a pool, and an open air restaurant. It is breathtaking. None of the five travelers in our group could believe how fortunate we were to find this place. One of us could always be heard saying “it just couldn’t be any better.” The tranquility and serenity of this place were beyond words. This is the only hotel on our trip at which I had not previously stayed, so we arrived with some trepidation. The experience in the hotel and the town were enchanting. The hotel has 21 rooms. There were horses on the beach, vendors offering the usual wares and some local ladies providing beach massages, but the pace and activity was far less than in other beach resorts, such as Phuket or Samui, even on this 3 day holiday weekend. A very tranquil place.
Location: This locally owned resort is right on its own section of the beach with beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas and plenty of space. Not at all crowded. It is a few doors down from the Marriott, which had been my other choice, as I am a Gold member with Marriott. I’m very glad we choose Baan Bayan instead. We walked down to the Marriott, which was a much bigger and busier place, although both are on very good stretches of beach. The beach area at Baan Bayan is not at all rocky. We strolled the beach in the morning picking up shells and taking in the atmosphere. Baan Bayan is a short taxi drive from the night market (5 minutes).
Rooms: There were three levels (price range) of rooms. We stayed in the mid level courtyard rooms. We did not have ocean front views but still had beautiful views. We had rooms 303 (king), 305 and 306 (both doubles). The rooms were very large rooms and looked like cottages inside, with large balconies off of rooms 305 and 306. The balconies had tables and chairs. Room 303 did not have a balcony, but the room was huge. The rooms were extremely clean and had a bright feel to them. The linens are excellent, the beds very comfortable and the rooms have a desk area, chairs, lounger, refrigerator, large safe and flat screen TV’s and huge closets. When you enter the room there is a long hallway which has the bathroom off to one side, and then a long closet, coffee area and safe. When we checked in we were informed the Internet might not be good in the rooms but that there was an excellent connection in the lobby. However, none of us had any difficulty with the Internet connection from our rooms. Housekeeping was top notch. Each room provided robes, “beach shoes” and “house shoes”.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms are of particular importance to me. Baan Bayan has great bathrooms and they are of good size. The towels are of high quality and there is a separate glassed in shower (rather than the shower that is on the same level as the rest of the bathroom, which is the case in many Thai hotels). The water pressure is good and strong and the water also gets very hot. Good quality toiletries were provided.
Pool: A beautiful pool (not huge, but of adequate side) with a lovely bar and plenty of lounge chairs, which overlooks the beach and ocean. Great pool service also.
Restaurant: There is a lovely buffet breakfast with eggs to order and other hot entrees as well as a variety of cold entrees, fruit, breads, juice and coffee. You can eat breakfast in the open air indoor part of the restaurant or in the garden (although people are allowed to smoke in the garden, so we avoided it). Breakfast is not the level of a 5 star hotel breakfast, but it was very good and provided for everything we needed and the service was exceptional. We ate dinner our first night at the restaurant in the outdoor area overlooking the beach. It was beautiful. We also ate lunch poolside on two days. The Pad Thai and the Green Papaya Salad were delicious. The restaurant staff is warm, prompt and have just the perfect level of attention.
Spa: We all had two hour Thai massages and I also had a one hour oil massage. All were outstanding. The cost is higher than going into town (800 baht for 2 hour Thai massage) but the convenience of being able to stay at the hotel and have high quality massages in a lovely environment was well worth it.
Management: The hotel is managed by Mr. Tawat. He and his staff do an incredible job of making guests feel welcome. The staff was marvelous in every aspect. They were very service minded, engaging, promptly responded to questions and tended to every need and request we had. We had one member of our group become ill in Bangkok, causing a 3 day hospitalization and resulting in an early return to the U.S. for some of our travelers. Baan Bayan was kind enough to refund the deposit paid for two rooms we could not use, which really went above and beyond.
This is definitely a great choice if you are looking for a local Thai beach experience with impeccable service, excellent rooms and tranquil atmosphere.
Mid level courtyard rooms were an excellent choice. Choose the rooms on the third floor. We found th...
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