A magical stay at ANANTARA HUA HIN RESORT, THAILAND

The Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa is the very first resort developed under the Anantara brand. We had a short stay in this resort recently and were charmed by the rich traditional design from its historic heritage surrounded by natural beauty all around. The name Anantara in Sanskrit means “without end” – an indication of the freedom of movement flowing in harmony throughout the resort, from design to nature.

The resort’s mascot!

Built in 2001, this resort gave birth to “The Anantara Experience” with the aim of bringing guests closer to the rich culture and history of Thailand. We get the distinct feeling of being in a traditional Thai village the moment we stepped into the main lobby of the resort. Checking-in was a breeze and we were then whisked off to our Deluxe Room with a balcony overlooking into the lush greenery of the resort.

Our comfortable Deluxe Room with Garden View

Walking through the resort, we could see that much of nature has been preserved. The lush grounds are shaded with the canopy of huge trees, walkways are carved out along natural lines and everywhere there’s the sound of water – in lotus ponds, fountains and natural streams. It’s totally relaxing being cocooned in this green haven.

The Anantara Hua Hin Resort caters to everyone, from honeymooners to families and bigger groups for events and functions. Children can totally immerse themselves in lots of fun activities at Baan Pla Noi Children’s Club like art & crafts, sports, cooking and Thai language classes. For the adults, there’s yoga, muay thai, tennis and a well equipped fitness centre for the gym bunnies. Oh did I mention there are 2 lovely pools in the resort?

The resort plants its own organic herbs 

Welcome to the Spa!

The beachfront is incredibly calming, with wide stretches of fine sand rolling into the sea. We totally enjoyed chilling out here, especially at sunset when the whole environment took on an ethereal feel. One of our most memorable meals was a dinner at Sai Thong, the resort’s oceanfront restaurant. There was a cool gentle breeze that evening as we indulged on grilled seafood and lusciously tender pork ribs.

Our delicious dinner at Sai Thong!

Rim Nam is another signature restaurant at the Anantara Hua Hin Resort. It’s listed on Trip Advisor as the No.1 Thai restaurant in Hua Hin. The quaint elegant Thai-style pavilion restaurant serves traditional family-type Thai food. We enjoyed Mieng Kam, various Thai salads, green chicken curry and a perfectly steamed seabass with chilli-lime sauce.

Authentic Thai cuisine at Rim Nam

Breakfast is a delightful affair at Issara Cafe. The open-air white-washed pavilion setting is the perfect venue for a leisurely meal to start off the day. We love the many live stations where chefs prepare orders a la minute. But what really made our breakfast complete was their huge selection of fresh tropical fruits. And the coffee was really excellent too!

Glorious breakfast at Issara Cafe!

There are several other dining outlets in the resort which we didn’t get to experience – Baan Thalia (Italian fine dining), Sala Siam (contemporary lounge), Loy Nam (poolside refreshments) and their Lagoon Bar. So, there’s really nice dining options for guests in the resort, should they choose to dine in.

We didn’t do too badly at the Thai Cooking Class, eh!

Throughout its landscaped sprawling grounds, immersed in its laid-back luxury, we can’t help but be enchanted by the Thai culture in this beautiful resort – from the gardens, the food, traditionally carved wooden structures and even attending a Thai cooking class!

With Air Asia now having direct flights from KLIA2 to Hua Hin, it’s so easy to get to this seaside resort town. With a flight duration of less than 2 hours, Hua Hin is a very attractive destination and the Anantara there is a topnotch option. We will be back!

 

ANANTARA HUA HIN RESORT & SPA
43/1 Phetkasem Beach Road
Hua Hin
Thailand
Tel: +66-32-520-250
Email: huahin@anantara.com

Visit the website for more & latest information!

 

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Salam Ramadhan from CHAKRI PALACE RESTAURANTS

If you are looking to break fast with Thai cuisine this Ramadhan, do check out Chakri Palace. This time round, from 13 May 2019 onwards Chakri Palace will be serving buffets of Thai cuisine alongside local favourite dishes at their restaurants:

*Chakri Palace Sky View Dorsett Hotel Hartamas
*Imperial Chakri Palace KLCC
*Chakri Palace Pavilion KL

We had a chance to try out some of scrumptious dishes at a preview recently at Chakri Palace Sky View in Dorsett Hotel Hartamas. Their dedicated team of Thai chefs have certainly gone all out to tantalise diners with their spread of more than 50 modern and authentic Thai and local favourites. We were spoiled for choice, truly and couldn’t decide where to start!

From local ulam-ulam and kerabus to the traditional Mieng Kam, Thai Mango Salad, Som Tam to crispy Thai Spring Rolls and Crispy Fried Noodles, we took our time sampling a bit of everything. For main courses, we couldn’t have enough of their Thai Green Curry, Salted Egg Buttersauce Prawns, Tomyum Seafood, Spicy Squids, Black Pepper Beef and Chilli Fish. There were also local favourites like Rendang Dating Tok, Masak Lemak Gulai Daging, Ayam Kapitan and Nasi Beriani.

Papaya Salad

 

 

 

We walked around the spacious restaurant to sample delicacies prepared at the live action stalls. Our plates and bowls were filled with nicely-grilled Chicken & Beef Satay, Ikan Bakar and tongue-tingling Tom Yum Noodles.

Do remember to save some stomach room for Thai desserts like Mango Sticky Rice, Red Ruby Water Chestnuts and Pumpkin Tart. Additionally, go for the local Malay kuih, Bubur Jagung & Pisang and other sweets.

This “Tantalizing Tastes of Thailand” Buffet Dinner will be available from 9 May 2019 from 7pm onwards.

Prices:

*Chakri Palace Dorsett Hotel Hartamas @ RM128++ (adult), RM64++ (child)
*Imperial Chakri Palace KLCC@ RM108.80++ (adult), RM54.40++ (child)
*Chakri Palace Pavilion KL @ RM98.80++ (adult),RM64++ (child)

For enquiries and reservation, please call:

Chakri Palace @ Dorsett Hotel: 03-26021031
Chakri Palace @ KLCC : 03-23827788
Chakri Palace @ Pavilion KL: 03-21431141

Email: marketing@chakri.com.my

Website: https/www.chakri.com

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AVANI+ HUA HIN RESORT, Thailand

When Air Asia started direct flights to Hua Hin in mid 2018, I knew I had to make a trip there. I enjoy Thailand and Hua Hin was definitely in my radar. However, my travel schedules were crazy last year and before I knew it, the year was out. Once 2019 dawned, I made my Hua Hin plans and finally got to this stylish coastal town last month. It’s a short flight from KLIA2, just under 2 hours and after a quick shut-eye onboard, it was time to land.

Clearing Immigration at Hua Hin Airport was a breeze and before long, I was whisked away heading to Avani+ Hua Hin Resort. It’s just a short drive – the resort is about 6km from the airport. In a matter of minutes, I arrived at the open lobby/reception of the resort and checking-in was done very quickly.

My stay was in a Lagoon Pool Villa which is located towards the beach end of the property. It’s a sprawling property, mind you but worry not, there are buggies to transport you to anywhere in the resort! Avani+ Hua Hin has 196 rooms, suites and villas.

My Lagoon Pool Villa is gorgeous – king bed overlooking the lagoon pool! A split level from the bed is a lounging space with a long cushioned seat, coffee-maker and dining table. Just open the sliding door, there’s a cool patio for sun-lazing and for a cool dip, just jump straight into the lagoon pool. Ahhh…that’s the life! Perfect for honeymooners or just about anyone who wants a cosy stay in a luxurious villa. I checked out the other rooms and they all have the same contemporary decor of elegant light woods and classy fit-outs (just different sizing of space!)


 

I wanted to just stay in my Lagoon Pool Villa all day! But then, need to eat, right? Guests at the villas have access to the Avani Club, just a few steps away from my villa. There’s buffet breakfast and sundown cocktails served here. I like the special breakfast dishes for order – their Prawn Omelette was so good that I had that every morning!

A whole leg of jamon ham for breakfast!

Sunset canapes at Avani Club

Guests can also opt to have breakfast at Staa’s, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant serving Thai and international fares. Personally, I prefer breakfast at the Avani Club as it’s more relaxed, exclusive and service was really attentive.  But the breakfast spread at Staa’s was pretty phenomenal – in addition to the usual bacon, sausages, eggs, breads and pastries, there’s also a huge selection of Thai street-food like noodles, pork skewers, fried mini crullers and Thai desserts.

Breakfast at Staa’s

I got a taste of diversified dining at Avani+ Hua Hin. On the first night, I tried Indian cuisine at Staa’s. Thali Sets (both vegetarian and meat sets) are hugely popular – biryani rice with a good selection of Indian favourites. I must say the curries were really very appetizing and I ate more biryani rice than I should have.

Thali Sets for dinner at Staa’s

On another night, I had barbequed seafood and Thai dishes at Brezza, their beachfront restaurant. I chose to sit outside as the weather was fine – it was al fresco dining at its best with a cool sea breeze blowing in and the soft lull of ocean waves breaking on the shore.

BBQ Seafood at Brezza, ocean-front dining is the best!

With 2 swimming pools, a lagoon pool, a well-equipped gym (AvaniFit), kids’ centre (Avani Kids) and yoga classes, there’s no lack of activities at the resort. For me, my favourite is their Avani Spa of course, with its spa therapies and authentic hammam experience. Oh did I mention that there’s a jazz bar in the resort too? Blue Biscuit is the perfect spot to chillout in the evenings as the ocean view from the bar is really something!

Avanifit: well-equipped gym

Yoga, anyone?

AvaniKids – kids will definitely love it here!

AvaniSpa: my favourite corner!

Blue Biscuit – jazz bar

With its vast grounds and beautifully landscaped rolling gardens facing the ocean, Avani+ Hua Hin is great for hosting events as well. While I was there, the beachfront was beautifully set up for a corporate event – guests were thoroughly enjoying themselves dining under twinkling stars in elegantly laid out tables.

Lovely sea-facing grounds set-up for events

Besides the physical activities, guests at the resort can also sign-up for cooking classes to learn to cook some traditional Thai dishes.

Results of our cooking class – impressive?

Hua Hin is definitely a destination to head to, now with short direct flights there and Avani+ Hua Hin is suitable for all kinds of getaway – romantic stay for couples, fun vacation for the whole family or group event of any sort. Beach weddings and honeymoons … totally fit the bill here!

 

AVANI+ HUA HIN RESORT
1499 Petchkasem Road
Cha-am, Hua Hin
Phetchaburi 76120
Thailand
Tel: +66-32-898-989
email: avaniplus.huahin@avanihotels.com

Avani Reservations Team:
+66 2 365 9110 or
reserveavani@avanihotels.com
(English, Chinese, Thai only)

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PAK TAI – Southern Thai Restaurant @ Feast Village, Starhill Gallery

Southern Thailand cuisine is known to be spicy and fiery, with flavours more intense than other parts of the country. Fans of such cuisine will be happy to know that there’s now a brand new restaurant in town specialising in Southern Thailand fares.

Pak Tai was recently unveiled in Feast Village, Starhill Gallery and helming it is a Thai native, Chef Guk. This is the sister establishment of the original Pak Tai at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui.

Born and raised in Thailand, Chef Guk’s love for cooking started at the tender age of eight. His culinary education began in the kitchen of his family-owned restaurant, where his mother imparted the fundamentals of preparing and cooking Thai cuisine, thus igniting a passion in him for the culinary arts which took him from The Land of Smiles to the United States in the pursuit of developing and honing his skills.

The affable Chef Guk helms Pak Tai

From Pak Tai’s menu of authentic spicy food and rich and fiery curries, we tasted some of Chef Guk’s signature dishes. Fresh local produce and Thai ingredients specially flown in from Thailand are used to ensure that each dish is an infallible tribute to the chef’s homeland. The fresh herbs and spices used are incredibly aromatic, giving the dishes that “oomph” that’s so necessary in Thai food.

We started our meal at Pak Tai with some of their comforting classics such as Tom Yum Goong and Tom Kati Talay (seafood coconut soup, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves) alongside regional specialities unique only to southern Thailand such as Khua Kling Nua (wok-fried spicy minced beef with turmeric, kaffir lime and herbs); Tod Mun Bai Cha Plu (fried shrimp cakes with wild pepper leaves served with sweet chilli sauce) and Gaeng Kua Sapparod Goong (yellow curry shrimps with pineapple, kaffir lime leaves).

Tom Yum Goong (RM50)

Tom Kati Talay (RM55) – Seafood Coconut Soup, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves

Khua Kling Nua – Wok-Fried Spicy Minced Beef

Fried Shrimp Cakes (RM55) with wild pepper leaves and sweet chilli sauce

Gaeng Kua Sapparod Goong (RM90) – Yellow Curry Shrimps (RM90) 

Yum Sa Rai (RM55) – Seaweed Salad with scallops, red onions and lime juice

Som Tam (green papaya salad)

Wok-fried Morning Glory (RM30)

Chef Guk is a wizard in frying fish – his fried fish dishes are pieces of delicious art. Fried to perfection and served with various types of sauces, the fishes are excellent.

Deep-fried Grouper with Sweet Chilli Sauce (RM105)

Crispy Red Snapper with turmeric and herbs (RM125)

Pad Thai

Signature Thai desserts not to be missed are Kanom Jaak (rice pudding and coconut wrapped in a palm leaf and chargrilled to perfection) and the perennial favourite, Khao Niaw Mamuang (mango with sticky rice and coconut cream). My personal favourite is the Bua Loy (steamed silky chewy rice dumplings in coconut milk).

Bua Loy (RM15) steamed rice dumplings in coconut milk

Tub Tim Krob (RM15) water chestnuts, jackfruit, young coconut

Khao Niaw Mamuang (RM15) mango sticky rice coconut cream

Let your palates travel through a plethora of Thai classics at the all-new Pak Tai – where every dish is carefully crafted with warm and genuine Thai hospitality.

For reservations and enquiries, please contact +60-3 2782-3814, email paktaikl@ytlhotels.com.my or visit feastvillage.com.

 

PAK TAI
Feast Village Starhill Gallery
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Open daily for lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm & dinner from 5.30pm to 10.30pm

PAK TAI – Southern Thai Restaurant @ Feast Village, Starhill Gallery

Southern Thailand cuisine is known to be spicy and fiery, with flavours more intense than other parts of the country. Fans of such cuisine will be happy to know that there’s now a brand new restaurant in town specialising in Southern Thailand fares.

Pak Tai was recently unveiled in Feast Village, Starhill Gallery and helming it is a Thai native, Chef Guk. This is the sister establishment of the original Pak Tai at The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui.

Born and raised in Thailand, Chef Guk’s love for cooking started at the tender age of eight. His culinary education began in the kitchen of his family-owned restaurant, where his mother imparted the fundamentals of preparing and cooking Thai cuisine, thus igniting a passion in him for the culinary arts which took him from The Land of Smiles to the United States in the pursuit of developing and honing his skills.

The affable Chef Guk helms Pak Tai

From Pak Tai’s menu of authentic spicy food and rich and fiery curries, we tasted some of Chef Guk’s signature dishes. Fresh local produce and Thai ingredients specially flown in from Thailand are used to ensure that each dish is an infallible tribute to the chef’s homeland. The fresh herbs and spices used are incredibly aromatic, giving the dishes that “oomph” that’s so necessary in Thai food.

We started our meal at Pak Tai with some of their comforting classics such as Tom Yum Goong and Tom Kati Talay (seafood coconut soup, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves) alongside regional specialities unique only to southern Thailand such as Khua Kling Nua (wok-fried spicy minced beef with turmeric, kaffir lime and herbs); Tod Mun Bai Cha Plu (fried shrimp cakes with wild pepper leaves served with sweet chilli sauce) and Gaeng Kua Sapparod Goong (yellow curry shrimps with pineapple, kaffir lime leaves).

Tom Yum Goong (RM50)

Tom Kati Talay (RM55) – Seafood Coconut Soup, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves

Khua Kling Nua – Wok-Fried Spicy Minced Beef

Fried Shrimp Cakes (RM55) with wild pepper leaves and sweet chilli sauce

Gaeng Kua Sapparod Goong (RM90) – Yellow Curry Shrimps (RM90) 

Yum Sa Rai (RM55) – Seaweed Salad with scallops, red onions and lime juice

Som Tam (green papaya salad)

Wok-fried Morning Glory (RM30)

Chef Guk is a wizard in frying fish – his fried fish dishes are pieces of delicious art. Fried to perfection and served with various types of sauces, the fishes are excellent.

Deep-fried Grouper with Sweet Chilli Sauce (RM105)

Crispy Red Snapper with turmeric and herbs (RM125)

Pad Thai

Signature Thai desserts not to be missed are Kanom Jaak (rice pudding and coconut wrapped in a palm leaf and chargrilled to perfection) and the perennial favourite, Khao Niaw Mamuang (mango with sticky rice and coconut cream). My personal favourite is the Bua Loy (steamed silky chewy rice dumplings in coconut milk).

Bua Loy (RM15) steamed rice dumplings in coconut milk

Tub Tim Krob (RM15) water chestnuts, jackfruit, young coconut

Khao Niaw Mamuang (RM15) mango sticky rice coconut cream

Let your palates travel through a plethora of Thai classics at the all-new Pak Tai – where every dish is carefully crafted with warm and genuine Thai hospitality.

For reservations and enquiries, please contact +60-3 2782-3814, email paktaikl@ytlhotels.com.my or visit feastvillage.com.

 

PAK TAI
Feast Village Starhill Gallery
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
181 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Open daily for lunch 12.00pm to 3.00pm & dinner from 5.30pm to 10.30pm