Thailand I hear you say, Thailand? Why is there a story about Thailand on a Tasmanian travel blog? Fair question – let me explain!
Recently I had the good fortune to visit Thailand with a wonderful group of people representing many parts of the travel and tourism industry. There were marketing professionals, a successful blogger and publishers working in both traditional print and digital forms. It was a small group, but with vast experience in travel comprising a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to learn more about Thai culture and everything the Land Of Smiles has to offer. For me personally, the travel was primarily and foremost about enjoying Thai hospitality and seeing as much of the country as possible such that I can promote Thailand as a wonderful tourism destination for Tasmanians looking for an affordable overseas holiday. And if I’m being really honest, whenever I travel interstate or overseas I always take the opportunity to promote Australia’s Island Capital in the hope that more people visit Tasmania in the future.
There is a tremendous amount that can be learnt by visiting other countries. You get to taste new foods and experience different cultures, the latest trends in food and dining, visit different types and styles of attractions, try different types of accommodation and learn about destinations are promoted, marketed and advertised. You also learn about price points and importantly for the tourism industry get to experience exactly service and hospitality. Thailand does many things very well in this industry; there are many things that we can learn here in Tasmania and Australia about to to attract, treat and entice holidaymakers to keep coming back to our country and to Tasmania year after year. But I digress.
Following a wonderful flight with Thai Airways from Sydney to Suvarnabhumi Airport Thailand, we boarded a luxury air-conditioned minibus and drove around 3-hours (App. 200km) to the popular seaside area of Hua Hin, being one of eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, Thailand. The district has a population of around 85,000 people, and is perhaps best known for having traditionally been the preferred holiday destination of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) of Thailand. In fact, from 2004 until 2006 it was the full-time residence of the King, however unfortunately health issues forced him to return to Bangkok to be closer to medical facilities.
For this story, I am going to concentrate primarily on the accommodation because to be totally honest, it was like nothing I have ever experienced before!
Cape Nidhra Hotel
Our first stay was at the Cape Nidra Hotel in central Hua Hin. We arrived relatively late in the evening, but from the first time I set eyes on this fabulous hotel it was clear that this was not your ordinary 3-star motel! The Cape Nidhra Hotel is one in a series the luxurious Cape Hotel Collection, and a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It has a striking design, and understandably being part of such a luxurious group of properties is renowned for its service, elegant facilities and enviable location backing onto Hua Hin Beach. And from the moment I stepped foot into my room and turned on the light, it became immediately apparent that the Cape Nidhra Hotel was both distinctive and unlike any other hotel in the Hua Hin area.
My deluxe, 80sqm Skypool Suite was simply sensational! Spacious, well appointed and with top quality fittings. A door to my balcony revealed a private pool with the large balcony allowing maximum space for relaxing privately outdoors, whilst keeping cool and out of the Thailand sun. What also struck me about Cape Nidhra was the unparalleled cleanliness and service of this property. Every staff member was warm, friendly and accommodating to myself and other guests as we enjoyed the restaurants, pool area and other facilities at this amazing hotel. And together with its striking design and impeccable accommodation, it is no wonder this hotel is descried as “one of the most distinctive in Hua Hin.”
Whenever I’m away I like to maximise my time, and whilst I certainly did enjoy the fabulous facilities of my room and the hotel more generally, I found that the Cape Nidhra offered easy access to Hua Hin’s wonderful street markets and food stalls, shopping centres, restaurants and attractions. I cannot recommend the Cape Nidhra highly enough; especially given that the rates are extremely affordable for everyone from families on a budget, honeymooners or business travellers.
I hope you enjoy some photos of Cape Nidhra Hotel below – please click here for my next stay at Sala Phuket Resort Spa