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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The beautiful Barai spa pool suites in Hua Hin, Thailand are the perfect honeymoon suites

Lunch by the beach today in Thailand

In Thailand, living a never-ending Travelife, I discovered a seriously impressive place to stay if you're a spa-holic like me.

Not only are these suites good for spa junkies, they are also simply wonderful for couples. These suites are the perfect honeymoon suites with lots of privacy and exclusivity.

WORD OF MOUTH



I'd heard about it from some friends, so just before checking into my usual detox place,

I made time to stay here, just to see whether it was really as wonderful as they said.

I stay in pretty nice suites all the time, and I have to say that these very private and exclusive suites are really well-laid out, well-thought out, and aesthetically beautiful in a contemporary Thai way.

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ALL ABOUT THE BARAI SUITES

The suites are called the Barai Suites & Villas, located on the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin property but entirely separate from it.

Barai suite guests have their own property, as well as their own check-in reception, private butlers, and facilities for everything from yoga sessions to beachfront dining.

The outdoor yoga setting for guests
of the Barai suites

It's an entirely different hotel, basically, albeit with shared security and management.

THE PERFECT PRIVATE EXPERIENCE

There are only a handful of suites so everything is very private and intimate.

I never even bothered to lock my door or to sign a bill because the Barai staff all knew me from the moment of check-in.

A very nice welcome to the Barai suites

These suites are perfect for a honeymoon, as I've already mentioned.

I bumped into Sammy Carolus, the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin general manager as he was making his rounds, and we were having a nice lunch by the beach.

I couldn't stop waxing rhapsodic about the suite. 




EVERYTHING FOR A SPA
IN A SUITE

It has its own outdoor pool, of course, which is pretty standard for luxury suites these days.

But it also has a massive marble bath right in the bedroom with two wonderful lounging beds on each side, a really comfortable California king bed, two dressing rooms so you don't have to share, and an excellent private steam room.

The private spa facilities of the suite were adjacent to the bedroom but could be completely cut off from it. This area alone at the back of the bedroom is pretty massive, reminding me of an airport lounge - but way nicer, of course.

We also had a nice enclosed terrace with a day bed, in case you wanted to surf the Net or read the latest issue of Travelife Magazine on the daybed with a greenery view.



DESIGNED BY A NATIONAL ARTIST

"I could live here," I told Sammy Carolus, the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin general manager. "The Barai suites are designed so well."

Well, apparently, a Thai national artist designed the suites -- thus, the impeccable taste and the harmonious flow of everything.

No wonder.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE SPAS
I'VE SEEN RECENTLY



Don't get me started tonight on the Barai spa, though.

Again, I go to spas all over the world so I've seen the best. 


The entrance to the Barai spa


Wow.

This is one jaw-dropping spa with touches of Mexico's Luis Barragan, and influences from India, Morocco and the Middle East.

I've never seen a spa like this. And this will have to wait for another blog entry in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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Monday, September 29, 2014

From Manila to Bangkok and the coast of Thailand, to a beautiful spapool suite right by the beach



Good morning from a lovely paradise in Thailand, living a never-ending Travelife.

From Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport last night, I took a pre-arranged car especially ordered with WiFi so I could work all the way to my destination, as it's a three-hour drive from Bangkok when I'm lucky.


THE BALANCING ACT

I'm usually good with working on computers in cars and planes.

In fact, lots of people can't believe how I can type out stuff on my computer while flying, riding on bumpy roads and even while walking across Kuala Lumpur airport terminal with a trolley bag and a knapsack.

Yes, I was typing out an email as I walked through Kuala Lumpur airport by balancing my laptop on my trolley handle.

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TOO MUCH WORK?
OR TOO MANY HOLIDAYS?

But last night, I started to feel dizzy after about 90 minutes on my computer in the car.

Maybe it was a combination of fatigue, the stress of the past very busy days, and a pretty bumpy flight down from the skies when landing in Bangkok last night.





NO TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD

The good part is that it took shorter than usual to get here.

I've taken this road many times before and it's always been a three- or four-hour drive in the daytime, with so many other cars on the road.


But last night, we had the road to ourselves, and I was pulling up to my destination just in time to make it to a late dinner by the beach.

DINNER BY THE BEACH

We had Thai salads and some light curries as I thought I'd jumpstart my detox, which officially starts today.

It was really good that the menu was divided into themes and clearly listed the calories for each dish.


WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SPA SUITE
FOR A SPA PERSON

As for the suite. Oh my goodness. I could live in this palatial suite very happily, especially as it's by the beach and right next to an amazing spa.

All my dizziness disappeared when the private butler opened the gate to my spa pool suite and showed me the private steam room and the massive marble bath right in the bedroom.

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The corridor from the bedroom to the private bath facilities alone reminds me of an airport terminal walkway.

And the bathtub is so big a family could sleep in it. And the butler was thoughtful enough to draw a wonderful milk bath before arrival.

It was just what I needed, after a very long day, traveling from Manila to the coast of Thailand, living a never-endingly wonderful Travelife.