Hua Hin to Cha-am
7.30.07 - 7.31.07
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Monday was the start of the resort and spa motherload. We moved from the site of Michelle's beach wedding, the Sofitel Central, to the Anantara which is more of a traditional Thai style resort. As a graduation present, Mary Anne treated myself and Mom to an afternoon massage at Asara. Thailand is the mecca for spas and massage, and Asara is a high end resort that just opened for operation two months ago. Since it was still at the pre-opening stage, the grounds were nearly empty apart from staff. One of the most amazing spas I've been to. We actually spent the entire afternoon there - touring the pool villas, hanging out at the spa, and eating some pretty good thai food just before the monsoon downpour slammed into us.
Tuesday, we met up with Thomas, Eddie, and Mag (all friends through my cousin Dennis) around midday at the construction site for Eddie and Mag's new resort in Cha-am. By coincidence, Mary Anne had interned for the architecture firm for the hotel back in the summer of 2005. It's difficult to describe the construction site. Everything was enormous in scale, from the monumental entrance to the Yao Ming sized doors everywhere. Each suite has something like 11 ft ceilings. Crazy! The pool villas were also amazing, constructed right up to the beach. I can't wait to see the finished product, which will be under hotel management by the Indonesian boutique hotelier Alila later this year.
For lunch, we ate at the Veranda, a beach resort in Cha-am with a modern touch. Great Thai food again. Then had a quick tour of the Sheraton (something like 2.1 billion Baht construction) and the Boathouse condos which are still under construction. Ended the afternoon with a golf lesson with Mary Anne at Palm Hills Golf Club. Pretty good time actually, despite the intermitent afternoon downpours which seemed to have returned since this past Thai holiday weekend.
Anantara, Hua Hin
Asara, Hua Hin
Construction Site, Cha-am