Veranda Resort & Spa at Hua Hin, Thailand.

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Just a two-hour drive from Bangkok, the resort town of Hua Hin is a world away from the traffic and noise. Tranquil and wonderfully rustic, it has served as a popular getaway for the residents of Thailand’s bustling capital since the 1920’s. Today, Hua Hin still retains its quiet charm and provincial flavour, partly because it is the country’s Royal playground where the king has taken up residence in his golden years.

Amidst Hua Hin’s pristine coastline, with crystalline beaches straight out of a picture postcard, sits the Veranda Resort and Spa. A dream location for an indulgent break.

Here, sunrises are simply magnificent to behold and sunsets are contemplative in their beauty-especially when viewed from the plush balconies of its spacious rooms, villas and suites, with a glass of fine wine and the company of someone special.

This boutique hotel is set on a lush garden filled with vibrant tropical flora and the melodic sounds of nature. Each room is appointed in understated yet hip furnishings that leave guests wanting for nothing more than the cool breeze outside and the azure seas beyond.

There are various styles of accommodations here to please every guest. Veranda’s 16 Deluxe Rooms offer a cosy, intimate atmosphere with their dark wood furnishings and raw, slate walls. Twenty-two Sea Rooms come with spacious balconies in cream and concrete; the ideal vantage point from which to sip cocktails and gaze at the dazzling turquoise waters.

Two Executive Suites feature large living rooms, dining areas and an inviting daybed, and were thoughtfully appointed with an adjustable TV stand which allows the TV to be hidden at will in order to emphasis the spectacular views outside.

The height of escapist luxury is Veranda’s Beachfront Pool Villas. With their own outdoor bathtubs and private villas epitomise the pleasures of holiday romance and tantalizingly mischievous nights.

Deliciously private, the Pool Villa’s provide honeymoon perfection for guests on a hideaway adventure. Four-poster beds swathed in diaphanous white linen and crisp ivory sheets simply beg for languid hours of repose. Sleek timber furnishings bring a touch of nature into the subtly plush surroundings, while every modern convenience is available to make guests feel right at home.

Outside, an enormous free-form pool beckons with its impossibly blue waters. Sip a cocktail while lounging on voluptuous deck chairs and watch the tall coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze.

When you’ve soaked up the sun, head to the Veranda Spa and immerse yourself in a sanctuary of relaxation. Massages, foot reflexology, beauty treatments and facials are just some of the delightfully restorative options on offer here. All that’s left to do is simply lay back and bliss out under the able hands of the Spa’s experienced therapists From Mondays to Wednesdays, Spa Happy Hours have been designated from 6pm to 8pm, during which guests enjoy a 10% discount on all spa treatments.

Various other discounts apply on different days of the week. Every guest deserves lavish pampering and indulgence here comes with its own special treats.

If you must add activity to your agenda, Veranda delivers perfectly with a state-of-the-art fitness centre equipped with impressive cardio and weight machines that overlook the lush, natural scenery outside. A fun-filled Kid’s Club is available to keep little ones busy and happy all day, with classes like bead and kite making, t-shirt painting, and origami art, as well as Disney movies, games, toys and other similar activities.

Adults dont have to miss out on the fun, either. There are plenty of activities to amuse and inspire-guests are welcome to participate in a variety of poolside classes and demonstrations, such as flower garland classes, fruit and vegetable carving classes and thai cooking demonstrations.

For the energetic types, fitness sessions and activities also abound in the resort’s gorgeous surroundings, to get you moving and motivated. You’ll barely even realise you’re exercising when you sign up for a game of beach volleyball, hop in the pool for a water workout or groove along to an aerobics class on the pristine beachfront.

No resort is complete without delicious fare to tempt and delight its hungry guests. When hunger pangs strike, the resort’s Dining Room comes to the rescue every time. Open all day, the restaurant serves a pleasing and mouth-watering array of Western, Thai and fusion dishes that will satiate even the heartiest of appetites. Meanwhile, Veranda’s second restaurant, Rabiang Lay, dishes up an amazing seafood creations right by the beach, Sink your toes into the prefect white sand as you sink your teeth into delicious treats like crispy prawn pancakes and sea scollops in goldern bags.

And by night, bask in the soft glow of candlelight and moonlight as everything around you takes on a romantic patina. Life should always be this good.

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