Veranda Resort Hua Hin – Cha Am, MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Stunning location on a private white sand beach
- Outdoor infinity pool overlooking the ocean
- Family-friendly, with a kids club and babysitting services
What To Know
- There are two excellent golf courses within six miles of the property
- WiFi is free
- The gym is open 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A two-hour drive from bustling Bangkok, the secluded Veranda Resort & Spa hugs Hua Hin’s verdant coastline. Set on palm-fringed grounds, this lush tropical enclave of 118 minimalist rooms and villas overlooks the crystal waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The rooms are spacious and modern, with floor-to-ceiling French doors, and feature buttery marble, locally made furniture and Thai artwork. Jacuzzi Sea View Rooms have hot tubs on sea-facing balconies, while Pool Villas have private pools and outdoor bathtubs. Choose between two restaurants: the Dining Room, a casual all-day bistro that serves Western and Thai cuisine from an open kitchen, and the I Sea restaurant and bar, a hip eatery dotted with sculptures. Relax in a gazebo with a poolside cocktail at Pool Bar, and watch the stars from the comfort of the rooftop “moon deck.” Or unwind with a traditional Thai massage at the spa. Families are welcome at the Veranda: A kids club is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the friendly staff can help organize activities including surfing and horseback riding.
In the Area
Just 120 miles from Bangkok, Hua Hin has a powdery beach, upscale restaurants and excellent golfing options that make it a top weekend escape. It’s the location of the king of Thailand’s summer palace, Klai Kang Won (“far from worries”). Visit the lively night market, where brightly colored stalls sell all manner of exotic seafood; try the patpong gareeboo (crab curry) and hoy tort (fried mussel omelet). Later on, head down the coast to Khao Takiab, where you can hike to a hilltop Buddhist temple and feast your eyes on spectacular ocean views.
How to Get There
We stayed 4 nights in the resort during our trip to Thailand before we headed for Bangkok. Went with my 2 kids aged 11 and 9... and we stayed at the pool villa. It was a nice and cosy villa. Guess being close to nature also results in lotsa of mosquitoes bites for us. My kids saw huge lizards and a few millipedes around the villa. Once there was even a centipede in the jacuzzi bath tub in the bath room. Guess it crawls via the sewage.
Resort has 2 restaurants...one is the main dining area while the other one is by the beach. Both serves good food but it was at the resort kinda of price. We had a lunch within the resort, the dinners for 4 nights were taken elsewhere near the resort. We found 2 family run eateries very near the resort! You don't even have to drive! One is located just right by the road outside the resort. You can see it when you are in the transfer to the main lobby/drivethru. The eatery is located just slightly 5mins walk after you stepped out of the road that divided the resort. Another one is right by the beach! It is just less than 5 mins walk from the resort beach front! The eatery is on the left hand side of the resort! Both are modest family run eatery that serves yummy thai local dishes! Do explore an walk around when there and you can discover gems!
Swimming pool is good size but the kids club is a disappointment. Think it's more meant for much younger kids or toddlers. Both my kids came back feeling disappointed as there's pretty much nothing suitable for them to play with.
On the whole, we all enjoyed yourselves alot and won't mind returning to the resort.
I was expecting a luxurious big establishment but turns out that the property is divided into 3, with a road running through it. I was fortunate to get the hotel room block just by the beach. The rooms separated by the road are the larger ones eg jacuzzi room etc.
The hotel block is right by the beach but I was expecting the beach to be much cleaner eg the raked and manicured beaches of other Sofitel establishments in Bali. So my expectations weren’t met.
Pool isn’t large but it wasn’t crowded during my visit. Nothing like the Hyatt / Hilton type of landscape pool. Apart from a gym and spa, there are no other facilities. No sports centre, no tour desk. Hence I got the impression that it’s a small establishment overall.
No f&b nearby. I was fortunate to rent a car to get around, so I didn’t have any problems with my food. Otherwise it’s just 1 main restaurant serving bfast and all day dining, and 1 small cafe.
Beach front services generally half the price of what u find in Phuket. Eg beach hut massage is just 200bht. verandah’s spa is a lot more expensive but the experience is what you pay for - so Its up to u to decide what u want.
Overall the service was good but I didn’t get the 5* feel. Maybe it’s because it’s a Mgallery boutique hotel.
Stayed just one night here after spending two nights over at Novotel Resort nearby. The resort here is higher end and the beach is really good for some activities but the seawater is not that great.
Our Jacuzzi rooms across the street on 6th floor was very good except wifi in one of the rooms was bad. The room is huge and the Jacuzzi at the balcony was really good.
The swimming pool is nice to swim with slides at one corner depth about 1.3 m. Meals at ISEA Restaurant was very good. Breakfast was great too. Pastries at the Glass House lounge gave 50% discount after 7 pm so we had some nice desserts after dinner.
This resort is a good getaway more for adults. The day when we checked out, there were so many luxurious sports car arriving apparently to attend a party planned there.
For some private time away from the city, this resort is a good option here in Cha-Am.
Our stay in the Veranda Resort was the end of our Honeymoon in Thailand, we stayed 3 nights at the Hotel and had a amazing time. The first day we instantly got a warm welcome and were given a wonderfull room. There was no doubt about it this was going to be a wonderfull stay. Every morning on our way to the breakfast everyone greeted you and was very helpfull. The breakfast itself was complete! There was nothing we could think of that wasn't there and as Europeans we were glad to find cheese on the buffet, something we had missed the rest of the trip. Most of the day we relaxed at the pool where the staff of the bar was wonderfull. I can also suggest going to the spa of the hotel as it is 10 times better then the regular massage houses in the area. Dinner was either served at the main restaurant or on the beach in the 'ISEA' restaurant. I've seldom seen 2 restaurants in one resort it's nice to be able to pick. One night we even had a seafood buffet! Every evening we were greeted by the staff at the 'ISEA' restaurant and they didn't just order the food they also showed interest in us as persons. Asking if we were ok and how how trip had been so far. This made us feel more then just another customer. Special shout-out to 'Pam' who was there almost everyday helping us out where we needed it. One night we forgot bug repellent spray and she went out of her way to get us some! This girl clearly loves her job and does it with great care. This includes the rest of the staff. Sadly there was not enough time to get to know all of them.
Something else I thought was remarkable was that even the manager 'Miaw' was present and helping where possible. Often these are nowhere to be seen. But not at this resort!
I've never written something on TripAdvisor before but the experience at this resort made me feel obliged to do so! Good work and keep it up!
Stayed 4 nights in one of the Jacuzzi rooms which was huge and plenty space. The place is nice enough and the pool area and breakfast were the highlights.
Areas for improvement:
- checked in at 6pm but room not ready
- noisy air con in room
- staff really didn’t seem trained sufficiently, in particular cleaning & breakfast areas (1 cleaner walked straight into our room unannounced!)
- food trays and bed sheets lying around in the open stairways for hours.
- the usual lack of general maintenance often seen in Thai managed properties.
- the failings are not with the staff who I’m sure are doing what they’ve been told to do but with management... wake up Accor :-)