THE sand you walk on, the blue sea you swim in, the sunrise you wake up to and a "rock" you can rest on. This one is not at all craggy, but a bit more luxurious.
Hua Hin is a most precious and charming town, facing the seaside of the gulf of Thailand. Along its picturesque coast is a low-rise white building that catches the eye of the beachcombers-the Rock Hua Hin, an Agoda partner hotel. It's on this beachfront spa resort where you can start your days with a view of the rising sun over the blue sea, perhaps while dipping on the infinity pool that seems to connect with the ocean before you, or from the private terrace of your room while enjoying your first morning brew.
The Rock derives its name from the Thai meaning of Hua Hin itself -- "Hua" is translated as "head" and "Hin" means "rock" or "stone." But contrary to what may be perceived, the beach where The Rock is situated, the famed Khao Takiab is not at all rocky. In fact, the sandy beach has none.
What I like about The Rock is the privacy it emits. Only 26 rooms built in a three-floor contemporary structure, its look very much like a villa. Unlike its neighboring high-rise counterparts, the Rock blends perfectly with the private residences in area.
Spacious and wide are the rooms, not to mention well equipped with both traditional and modern amenities the luxury traveler may require-huge bath tub, separate shower area and internet connection are the few, not that you would really care for the latter in private escape such as this but if you must, your social media posts will make your followers quite envious.
The ground floor accommodations are afforded with its own private Jacuzzi pools while the rooms on the upper two floors are fashioned with terraces that offer a view of the sea, a good spot to catch the first rays of the day and watch the skyline turn into a deeper hue at day's end. Coffee and wine will be in order.
Both ends of the property present an exploration of opposite worlds, that is, if you can pull yourself out of your "private sanctuary". While the Khao Takiab Beach is a peace and tranquil stretch, the paved road on the parallel to it can take you to quaint coffee shops and small diners that offer local specialties. Within walking distance from your nest is the Khao Takiab temple at the "Monkey Mountain" and the posh night market of Cicada.
What can I say about this hideaway? I would say The Rock rocks! -- in a serene kind of way.
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