The Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin,
which began life in 1923 as the Railway Hotel, and was one of
Thailand’s first luxury resort hotels, has become a member of The
Leading Hotels of the World.
The hotel, which stands on 16 hectares of
beachfront land amongst topiary gardens that are one of the local
landmarks, was acquired in 1985 by Central Group who have over the
years extended and upgraded the property while carefully
maintaining its appealing character.
Thirayuth Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer
of Centara Hotels & Resorts, said that joining Leading is a moment of great
pride for the company.
“This beautiful heritage
hotel is part of Thailand’s history, having been built when the
railway line was laid between Bangkok and Malaysia,” he said. “The
railway allowed Hua Hin to become Thailand’s first beachside
resort, and the Railway Hotel played a significant role in all of
that. Centara’s own involvement with the property
goes back almost thirty years, and we have always treated the
hotel with great love and respect. It represents a different era
but is as relevant today as it always has been.”
The Leading Hotels of the World represents over 430
hotels, resorts and spas in more than 80 countries.
“It is a great honour to
have been selected as a member,” said Jacques Mury, general
manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. “We
completed a total renovation of the hotel at the end of last year,
and everything we did was designed to respect and enhance the
qualities that have made this one of the classic hotels of Asia.”
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