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Introducing The Standard, Hua Hin

Author: Andrew J Wood / Date: Fri, 09/23/2022 - 07:52
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With a colorful collection of 199 rooms, suites, and villas, ranging from Standard King’s to private pool villas, visitors can also enjoy an enticing range of food & beverage venues.

Regarded as the best resort hotel in Southeast Asia and the 35th best place to stay in the world in the prestigious Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2022, The Standard, Hua Hin is the brand’s first seaside retreat in Thailand, bringing a fresh, contemporary, mid-century design, nestled in a lush landscape and tropical environment on Hua Hin’s most famous beach strip.

Since making its Thai debut in Hua Hin at the end of 2021 and situated a three-and-a-half- hour highway drive from Bangkok, The Standard, Hua Hin is a breath of fresh air. With a colorful collection of 199 rooms, suites, and villas, ranging from Standard King’s to private pool villas, visitors can also enjoy an enticing range of food & beverage venues. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind culinary and cocktail experiences at four on-site restaurants and bars, seamlessly paired with an innovative spa program that melds the traditional with the alternative.

Built on the site of the first residential property to ever be constructed along Hua Hin’s beach, the resort achieves seamless design continuity between the area’s rich history and the brand’s own design roots. The design, overseen by Chief Design Officer, Verena Haller and the Standard’s in-house design team and in partnership with Onion Architects, Studio Freehand and Shelly Kwok Design, pays homage to the Standard’s first waterfront hotel, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. At the heart of the development lies the carefully restored Heritage House, a period structure that follows the area’s traditional vernacular architecture, reinvented as a Thai izakaya restaurant and cocktail bar, Praça. This careful pairing of Hua Hin’s old-world charm with an international sensibility creates an incredible juxtaposition of modern and historic, architectural, and organic, local and outward-looking.

Dining In Style
As guests stroll through the garden, they are invited to The Juice Café, which offers a selection of coffees, fresh pressed juices, smoothies, elixirs and freshly baked treats. The cafe’s terrace is ideal for early risers to sit and enjoy their perfectly made cappuccino and prepare for the day. The Juice Café also has a strong connection with the local community and provides an alternative area for in-house guests who are need of relaxation and a refresh.

Open all day, Lido Restaurant is The Standard Hua Hin’s Italian signature restaurant with year-round al fresco dining that serves lunch and dinner a la carte. For lunch, the restaurant projects a feel-good and uplifting atmosphere to gather and indulge with friends and family before transforming into a sunset intimate culinary experience with a carefully crafted menu centered around grilled meats, seafood, fresh pastas and homemade pizzas. Alongside the menu also sits a thoughtfully curated list of international and refreshing wines and a wide variety of house cocktails.

Adding some flavor into the day, the cool and casual Lido Bar offers a menu of refreshing cocktails, American style poolside bites and light Thai dishes for guests to enjoy whilst they swim, sun and lounge. With a range of beverages to suit all tastes, the delicious menu features options from the All Day Frosé with dry rosé, Aperol, Lillet rosé and peach, to the Maraschino Mystery, with gin, maraschino liquer, raspberry, and lemon.

The resort's stylish beach bar and restaurant, Praça, savors the sound of the sea breeze, in the impeccably restored Heritage House. Serving traditional Thai family style dishes paired with craft cocktails on an idyllic beachfront location, it is the ideal spot for an intimate atmosphere with modern dishes that highlight generation-old recipes and ingredients indigenous to the area. Guests can also spice up the evening under the stars and enjoy the Born To Rum cocktail with white rum, banana, coconut milk, Kafir leaf and lime juice or turn into the No More Mr.Rice Guy with Jameson, roasted price and lemongrass.

Every weekend at sunset, the chic Lido Bar will host a lineup of resident DJs, with Standard Sounds and guest performers including Thailand’s top DJs for a series of seafront sessions. With a laid-back ambience, hotel guests, international visitors and locals can relax on plush sofas, cool off in the pool, or lounge on the lawn alongside soulful sets and refreshing, delicious cocktails. After dark, the action continues to Praça, the hotel’s Beach Bar, where DJs increase the tempo and guests can dance the night away on the soft sand in paradise.

Wellness is at the heart of The Standard, Hua Hin, offering individuals a hideaway haven to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a range of treatments to reinvigorate the senses. All done in an effortless, seductive and playful environment, The Spa offers a serene but colorful setting where guests can choose from a variety of experiences that often incorporate traditional Thai elements, but also fun moments such as the Mud Lounge where guests can cover themselves in healing clay.

Deeper healing treatments are also available to guests, designed to nurture and calm guests’ minds, offering private therapy sessions, meditation and breathwork. Energy healing practices with crystals and quartz are incorporated to unblock chakras and leave guests balanced. Additionally, the vibrations of water-filled singing bowl ceremonies ease anxiety and stress and promote REM sleep.

Perfect for family friendly vacations of all ages, happenings at The Standard, Hua Hin are endless. Spend the day exploring the natural beauty of Hua Hin, with activities that are ideal for all the family. From children’s yoga classes, cookie decorating and pony back riding on the beach, the resort also offers traditional water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, and kiteboarding, as well as being the only resort in Hua Hin to offer Electric surfboarding (Efoil). Kids below six years of age can also stay free at the resort and dine free on the kid’s menu during their stay. Families are able to sign up for Are You Kidding? room package and enjoy special rates and amenities whilst staying at The Standard, Hua Hin.

The Standard, Hua Hin has partnered up with Banyan Golf Club, one of the Top 100 golf courses in the whole of Asia and Top 5 golf course in the whole of Thailand, to offer a round of golf included in guests’ stay. Tee off your time The Standard way when booking It’s A Hole-In-One room package which also includes breakfast for two, early check in and complimentary transportation to the golf club from the resort.

Known for providing creatively inspired cultural happenings that deliver an unforgettable experience to all guests and local communities, The Standard, Hua Hin is mixing things up with Standard Sounds, curating a wide array of live music, from both emerging talents and legends that reflect the ethos, scenery, and history of its surroundings. The resort also boasts special Happy Hours, Cooking Classes and a Wine Buffet at Lido Restaurant, making it the most vibrant beach getaway in Thailand.
 
A beloved getaway dating back to 1911, Hua Hin emerged as a destination when the construction of the railroad that connects Bangkok with the South first arrived at the pristine little beach town. By the mid-1920s, it became the chosen holiday retreat for the nobility. With time, the sleepy fishing village has transformed into a popular seaside destination without losing its old-world charm. Today, Hua Hin is a favorite weekend escape for residents of Bangkok who have been waiting for exactly what The Standard promises to offer: a stylish and vibrant beachfront resort. One that respects Hua Hin’s understated Thai elegance, has appreciation of the history and local setting, and combines it with a global sensibility and a bit of fun.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew J Wood

English born Andrew J Wood, is a freelance travel writer and for most of his career a professional hotelier. Andrew has over 40 years of hospitality and travel experience. He is a Skal member and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew is also a former Director of Skal International (SI), Past President SI THAILAND, 2 times Club President of SI BANGKOK and is currently President SKAL ASIA. He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Thailand and overseas.