Hua Hin July 2014 Part III - Santorini Park

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Continued from:
Part I - a bit about the journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Chatchai market (day time), Hua Hin Night Market, Asia Herb Association (for spa experience).
Part II - Amari Hotel Hua Hin


Santorini Park, Cha-Am (http://santoriniparkchaam.com/)

Santorini Park is located at Cha-Am, which is about 30 mins away (before reaching) from Hua Hin town. So we decided to drop by this attraction first, so that we didn't have to make a special trip from Hua Hin or rush on the last day.

The park is designed with a Mediterranean/Greek theme, with retail and amusement concept. I was looking forward to visiting the park as I heard that the whole place is nicely crafted and great for photo-taking, and not forgetting many shops!


The ticket cost 150 baht for non-residents (50 baht for residents).


Upon entering the park, we were greeted with blue and white colours and architecture that emulate those in Greece. Well, I've not been to Greece yet, but seeing this lovely sight made me feel so tempted to go soon.

The park was pretty quiet, I guess because it was a Friday? Otherwise I wonder how would it survive in the long run with so few visitors?


Nonetheless, I was glad that there weren't many people because I could take photos to my heart's content without having to jostle with other people :p

Lots of pretty and interesting murals around the park.



So vibrant and chirpy.


Many artsy and colourful scuptures as well.




I love the decorated stairs, so creative!





Random installments dotted around the park.


There are quite a number of shops, we just browsed through quickly. Managed to get some lovely family t-shirts from one of the shops :)




Even the shops were nicely decorated.



There's a haunted house but we didn't go in (not a fan of such stuff).


The amusement section of the park, where there's a ferris wheel and some slides for kids.




Play structure for kids.


Some thrill rides.

One of the biggest and most elaborate merry-go-round I've seen.


We stayed in the park for slightly less than an hour. Frankly, one visit was enough because other than photo-taking, there weren't much to offer for us. If we were to bring the kiddo along and explore more of the amusement park and rides, we would probably stay for a couple of hours. Anyways, a good recce trip and we know what to expect or plan should we visit Hua Hin again.

End of Part III.

Stay tune for Part IV on FOOD!

Hua Hin July 2014 Part II - Amari Hotel Hua Hin

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Continued from Part I - a bit about the journey from Bangkok to Hua Hin, Chatchai market (day time), Hua Hin Night Market, Asia Herb Association (for spa experience).

Amari Hotel Hua Hin (http://www.amari.com/huahin/)

As the focus of my Hua Hin trip is Cicada Weekend Art Market, I selected a hotel that's located the closest so that we may walk directly to the market instead of driving (and having to find parking). But ended up, we still drove there coz there's a big car park nearby the market :p

Anyways, back to Amari Hotel.

The hotel lobby is designed along the ocean theme; love the combination of clean and sleek looks together with the colour-scheme of blue, white and brown.





The entire area is bright and airy, makes one feel totally relaxed and immediately sets in the holiday mood.



Aerial view of the swimming pool. Some blocks of the hotel are service apartments or residential property. The beach is quite a distance away, the hotel provides buggy service to and fro the beach at regular intervals or upon reservation/request.


Our deluxe seaview room. Likewise we loved the contemporary interior design and cozy furnishings of the room.


The lounge sofa has recently became my "must-have" piece of furniture when it comes to selecting a hotel/room of choice. Love lounging on the lounge sofa. LOL!


Complimentary snacks - sweets made from coconut and palm sugar and some nuts.


Hidden within the closet are the bar fridge, coffee/tea making set and crockery. As usual work desk, flat screen TV and luggage rack.

 

Decent size bathroom, no bathtub though.


Love the design of the wash basin area, clean and sleek.


Wardrobe with the usual bathrobes, slippers, straw bag and safe.


Small balcony area.


View from the balcony.


Buffet breakfast was included in our room rate, and served at Mosaic Restaurant located at ground level.


It was a weekend when we were there, so the restaurant was quite crowded.


Buffet spread was reasonable, with the usual salad bar, fruits, hot food, bakery section, egg station, cook-to-order noodle/rice station.


View of the hotel from pool side.

The pool looked great! Although we brought along our swimwear, we didn't manage to go for a swim as we were too busy exploring the various attractions. Next time!






A pity that I didn't get to explore the spa as well.


The spa was not opened early in the morning when I went, so had to take photos outside the glass door. Other times, I was out :(



The Reef Deli looked good too, but other than breakfast, we had all our meals elsewhere. Next time perhaps.



Overall, Amari Hua Hin is a nice hotel, we enjoyed our stay. Worth a re-visit should we return to Hua Hin again!

End of Part II.

Stay tune for Part III - Santorini Park at Cha-Am (located 30 mins before reaching Hua Hin.