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AKA Hotel Resort & Spa Hua Hin to open 1 April 2006

Travel News Asia 29 March 2006

Thai royalty have long used Hua Hin as a retreat from the pressures of city life, recognizing its natural assets of lakes, rice terraces, mountains and cool sea breezes. A royal palace was first built there in 1911 and the connection has been strengthened in recent years, as HM The King of Thailand has spent more and more time in the charming seaside town. The resultant stream of VIP visitors has had knock-on effects: there are now half a dozen world-class golf courses within 20 minutes of Hua Hin. And yet, Hua Hin has escaped the overdevelopment which has overtaken other popular destinations.

The AKA Hotel Resort & Spa Hua Hin which is scheduled to open 1 April 2006, builds on this continuous tradition of sanctuary and relaxation. Privacy is fundamental to its philosophy. Every one of the 55 villas features its own private 10-metre infinity pool, garden shower and outdoor sunken bathtub. Every villa has its own private pavilion for spa treatments. And every guest can enjoy private villa dining, putting themselves in the gastronomic care of a French executive chef who will greet them and discuss their choice of menu. 

Signature cuisine is true Provenal. The Coustiero restaurant has a full menu and an extensive wine list, while Asian fare and more casual alfresco dining can be enjoyed at the Canal Caf, AKA Deli or the Lake Bar.

Inspiration for the resort came from the background of one of its founders, a fashion designer with a passion for natural materials. The humble elegance of those styles has filtered through to create a Zen Buddhist ambience, relying on wood and stone. This natural luxury is enhanced by immaculate attention to detail.

Spa treatments traditional massage, therapies and health treatments may be taken in the resort spa or in private open-air salas. The revitalizing treatments are strongly influenced by traditional Thai medicine, a holistic system which makes use of Thai herbs, fruits and exotic scents to emphasize bodily harmony with nature. The effect is a soothing refuge of rejuvenation.

Hua Hin is easily reached by road or rail from Bangkok. A journey by private car from the Thai capital or its international airport takes roughly two hours.

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