Putahracsa – the perfect Hua Hin escape

As one of Thailand’s oldest and most popular beach getaways, the seaside resort town of Hua Hin has been welcoming Thais and foreigners alike for years. Situated just 200 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, Hua Hin was first popularized in the 1920s by King Rama VII who saw it as the ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Soon after, the Klai Kangwon (Far From Worries) Palace was built and from that point on the quaint fishing village of Hua Hin became known as Thailand’s Royal Resort. In fact, the Palace remains open today and is still used by members of the Royal family and is open to the public for visits.

Today Hua Hin offers a well balanced combination of the original charms and quaint atmosphere that it was first known for, mixed with a wide range of activities, world-class accommodations, modern attractions, and much more. Among those is Putahracsa Hua Hin, a boutique-resort with a story equally fascinating to that of Hua Hin itself.

The original owner of the resort served under the Royal court of King Rama VI. At the time she purchased the land it was being used as a private residence. The property was then passed down to her daughter who became a renowned actress, director and playwright, and later the founder of a school of performing arts in Hua Hin. One more generation later, her daughter, the current owner of Putahracsa, turned it into the 5-star beachfront boutique-resort that it is known as today.

Located in a residential district and within walking distance to the Night Market, the concept of Putahracsa is to make it feel like a home for guests, with charm, warmth and comfort all blended into a modern contemporary design. There are a total of 59 units in the resort split into two zones: Resort-side, set amidst lush gardens, where Silksand rooms and Sansky Villas are situated around the main pool; and the beachfront side, also called Oceanside, which offers luxurious private Villas with pool or sea views. All rooms are crafted with elegant touches and attention to detail, with wood décor contrasted by the pristine whiteness of the walls and bedding. Wicker love seats, tasteful shell curtains, and a rustic ambiance also provide elegant accents.

There’s a wide range of facilities for guests to enjoy at Putahracsa as well. The resort’s three swimming pools offer a relaxing environment in which to lounge about and enjoy the sun over a refreshing drink or snack. If that’s not enough to satisfy your stomach the all-day dining restaurant, Sala Monsoon, offers a hearty breakfast buffet with Thai and international dishes, in addition to its regular menu throughout the day.

Meanwhile, the Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant offers a trendy atmosphere with lounge beds just steps away from the sand. Here guests can enjoy a truly authentic gastronomic experience while sitting under the stars. A tasty snack menu and a long list of creative cocktails and fruit drinks can also be found at the Oceanside Beach Bar, situated next to the Beach Club. And don’t forget Ob-Oon, Hua Hin’s newest European bakery serving fresh made treats that are hard to find even in Bangkok. Here you can choose from almond Danish’s, macaroons, malt and pumpkin seed breads, a selection of ice creams, cakes, pastries, coffee, teas and more.

When its time to relax, the newly expanded daySpa offers a wide range of therapies and treatments to indulge yourself in. If your having difficulty choosing which treatment is right for you, try the ‘All You Can Spa’ package and enjoy any kind of body treatment, massage, Oriental facial and choice of manicure or pedicure. The brand new fitness center is also a great option for a quick workout to get the blood flowing.

Putahracsa is also an ideal choice for all types of events including weddings, receptions, banquets, corporate meetings and more. The resort has indoor and outdoor venues for these and can provide the food, beverages, services and setting needed to put together an unforgettable experience.

No matter what your pleasure, you are sure to enjoy the charms of Hua Hin and the elegance and energy of Putahracsa, and it couldn’t be easier to get there. By car, Hua Hin is a two and a half hour drive from Bangkok, with daily train service available as well.

Putahracsa Hua Hin is managed by The Unique Collection of Hotels & Resorts, a boutique-resort management company with 12 properties across Thailand and two in Myanmar.  For more information you can visit www.putahracsa.com or www.theuniquecollection.com.

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