A hot property outside of Bangkok

Posted on January 16, 2008 by Aun

One of the great things about my job is that I get the chance to visit some really amazing hotels. Last week, I spent several days in Cha-Am, which is about two and half hours from Bangkok or 30 minutes from Hua Hin, art directing a photo shoot at a stunning new property. The Alila Cha-Am (soft) opens 1 February 2008. It’s been designed by one of Thailand’s hottest architects, Duangrit Bunnag. Architecturally, it’s brilliant. The lobby is accessible via a manicured lawn and a sweeping marble staircase. The raised marble reception area offers panoramic views of the property. Two rows of residences run down from lobby towards the main (active) pool and the beach. The centre of the resort is a low 1-story strip, covered by water, that houses the spa, another pool area (called the Chill pool), a bar, and the resort’s casual dining restaurant, Motion. Directly opposite the lobby, above Motion, sits Cloud Loft, a chic dining and drinking spot.

The hotel has 72 rooms and 7 pool villas. The very chic room interiors mix industrial elements and warm wood furnishings smartly and comfortably. The floors are polished concrete; the walls are raw concrete. Each room has a 37 inch Samsung flatscreen TV and an Apple TV. Upon booking a room, I’m told that guests will be given a movie menu. By the time they arrive, all their pre-selected films will already be downloaded into their Apple TV units. The property — as you would expect of any new and 5-star property — offers free WIFI access in the rooms and all around the property.

Every bathroom has a rain shower, which is something also pretty standard these days. But these rain showers are amazing. The whole bathroom area is the shower area, i.e. there’s no shower cubicle, just a flat steel square panel built into the bathroom’s very high ceiling. I have to admit that I’m not usually a fan of rain showers, but these were both effective and really beautiful.

Sadly, during my visit, the spa was still being finished. What I saw though was really exciting and I can’t wait to return soon and book a few treatments.

As mentioned, Alila Cha-Am opens 1st February. If you ckick over to the resort’s website, you’ll find a couple of attractive pre-opening offers worth considering. I’m already making plans to head back to check out the resort when it is fully operational. So is the rest of the team that worked on the photo shoot with me. It really is that cool.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Weylin January 16, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Aun, getting there is complex! How would you suggest?

  2. Chubby Hubby January 16, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Hey Weylin, the resort is 2 hour drive from BKK airport. 2 and a half hours from the city. Very easy to get to. The hotel will arrange transport. There is also a short shuttle flight from BKK – Hua Hin.

  3. keiko January 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    What a gorgeous place, the 2nd image somehow reminds me of the parliament building in Bangladesh (love Louis Kahn’s work)…

  4. Cakespy January 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Oh, what a delightful spot! It looks so serene, nicely built into the surrounding nature.

  5. White On Rice Couple January 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    We travel to Asia through your fantastic photographs! Thanks for another great trip!

  6. faith January 29, 2008 at 12:47 am

    very nice place.

  7. Fred Lin January 31, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Yoohoo… Time for a new post! :P

  8. Chubby Hubby January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks Fred. I just got back from a crazy 2 week work trip through China. Was way too cold to do any kind of blogging activities. ;p I’m working on a couple of posts currently. Stayed tuned.

  9. Fred Lin January 31, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    You didn’t happen to pass through Shanghai did you? If you come to Shanghai, let me know! I’m living in Shanghai now.

  10. Chubby Hubby February 1, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Hey Fred, yup. I was there at the beginning and end of the trip. Sorry. Didn’t know you are there now. Trip was frantic. Barely had time to see my sister-in-law, who also lives there.

  11. sefali February 4, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Hi, not a comment as much as a question, really…I was wondering where to buy a carbon steel wok, (inspired by recently reading Breath of a Wok), and i thought if anyone might know, it would be you. is that what you would use for making a stirfry? curious…thanks

  12. Thip February 11, 2008 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been to Cha-um many times. It’s more quiet than Pattaya and Phuket. That’s what I like about it.

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