Ace of Hua Hin Resort review: a beachfront beauty

Thailand is a favourite destination for Singaporeans, especially Bangkok which is fairly cheap and easy to reach from Singapore. But I’ve been looking for alternative and less touristy locations in Thailand to check out, so I was pretty stoked when the Radisson Blu folk invited me up to check out their new beachfront resort in Hua Hin, 3 hours south of Bangkok. Here’s my review of the Ace of Hua Hin Resort (previously known as the Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin).

Looking for things to do in Hua Hin? Check out my quick guide for things to do in Hua Hin if you have just one weekend.

First things first, my all-time favourite thing about the resort…

Hua Hin Radisson Bird
Right at the entrance of the hotel

This fat bird mascot of sorts for the resort has a Thai name that translates into safety and security, which is a nice attribute for any hotel to have. It’s a cute chubby bird that pops up all over the hotel and a fun Easter egg to spot around the premises.

Hua Hin Radisson Birds
Two little Thai birds sitting on a wall, I highly doubt they were called Peter and Paul though

Anyway, onward to the rest of this review.


From Bangkok to Hua Hin

Where is Hua Hin exactly? It is about 150km away from Bangkok and took us about 3 hours of driving south-east to reach.

Have a little more time? You pass through Samut Songkhram along the way so you can go check out Amphawa and its famous train market and floating market as well.

By Train

The traditional way to get from Bangkok to Hua Hin to take the train, and the train station is quite a pretty popular tourist attraction in Hua Hin. One would imagine that the train would be the best option because you can avoid Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic, but the train journey actually clocks in at around 4 hours, longer than the 2.5-3 hour journey it would take on average by road without any major traffic snarls. The train also doesn’t have a reputation of being the most efficient, so while it is cheaper, do it only if you are on a real budget and have time to spare.

By Bus

The fastest way would be to either take a bus from the Suvarnabhumi Airport directly or from the Southern Sai Tai Mai bus terminal in Bangkok or arrange for a private car transfer directly to the resort. The resort does run shuttles to downtown Hua Hin which about 10mins drive.

Hua Hin Railway Sign Me
Welcome to Hua Hin. This is outside the railway station

The room

I had a deluxe room which was spacious and comfortable and decked out with lots of personal touches and blue decor.

Hua Hin Radisson Room
My room – with my name as a welcome message on the TV even. It’s simple and stylish and there’s lots of room to move around.
Hua Hin Radisson Towel Elephant
I had a different towel animal every day I was there – this was the welcome elephant, the next night I had little birds.
Hua Hin Radisson Balcony
My room was on the 3rd level and came with an open air balcony that overlooked the pools below. If you notice the rooms on the lower levels to the left – they do have a balcony as well but they are more private with wooden cage-like slats
Hua Hin Radisson Balcony View
View from my balcony – the beach can be seen to the right

I suggest for those who want easy access to the pool to get the deluxe rooms with pool access on Level 1 – your balcony opens up directly to the water so you can pop in and out of the pool without leaving your room. There is a common access deck so that other guests on the higher levels can access the pools as well though, so perhaps these rooms might lack a bit of privacy, but it is made up for on extremely hot days when you just want a quick dip.

Hua Hin Radisson Pool Room
View from the deck – see how easy it is to just pop into the water from your room! Me and some of the other media spent our evenings hanging out with some wine and just chilling out here. Just remember to be quiet so you don’t disturb the other guests.

If you can afford it, splash out for the suites with their own private pools so you don’t have to share with others.

Hua Hin Radisson President Pool
This is the Presidential Suite where your private pool overlooks the main pool and gives you a sea view. it’s not the most private pool though, so make sure you are prepared to be seen.

Facilities

One of the most distinctive features of the resort is this sunken pathway that cuts from the entrance to the beachfront. Guests will typically walk up and down it a few times a day – I love the custom tiles that line the side of this pathway and couldn’t resist some dramatic insta-worthy shots:

Hua Hin Radisson Tiles Corridor
On either side of these walls are the pools that are linked to the pool access rooms. I love the tiles!
Hua Hin Radisson Tiles
Here’s a closer look at the pretty blue and gold tiles as I attempt my most modelesque pose. 

If you want a larger pool with a better view of the sea, it gives you an infinity view of the beach front. It’s right next to the Ivy Lounge where you can enjoy grilled seafood or a nice cocktail. Perfect sunrise spot as well from the other media who dragged themselves out of bed at 5am+ (not me haha). I can’t say the same for sunsets because we had really grey skies when we were there and no decent sunsets.

Hua Hin Radisson Pool
There are cabanas to the right for shady relaxation as well

The resort has a great little beachfront. Generally quiet and nice white sand, you can stroll along and see all the other beachfront resorts along this stretch. If you come here at night, you can also see all the squid fishing boats floating on the water with their ghostly green lights, and on a good clear day, you can apparently see all the way to Pattaya.

Hua Hin Radisson Beach View
Here’s a better view of the beach. We had a private beachfront dinner that evening!
Hua Hin Radisson Beachfront Deckchairs
Beach facing deckchairs
Hua Hin Radisson Beach
The beach itself

Some other spots in the resort worth checking out:

Hua Hin Radisson Wedding Courtyard
The Wedding Courtyard depicts an artwork that features a traditional Thai wedding with lots of international guests amidst the Thai ones. It’s a mini stage platform of sorts, nice for small events where people don’t want to deal with sand
Hua Hin Radisson Spa Room
Of course I couldn’t go to Thailand without getting a Thai massage – the Spa ESC is actually located in a separate building right at the entrance of the resort and the masseuse I had was very good and experienced, she knew exactly where to knead those tired muscles of mine
Hua Hin Radisson Gym
There’s a fitness centre if you want to work out (nope, not me)

Dining

For me, Thailand is all about the cheap good Thai street food and you can pop into downtown Hua Hin and check out their night market for some typical Thai dishes, but if you are planning to spend most of your time just relaxing in the resort, there are 2 options to consider.

Ivy Lounge

The Ivy Lounge by the common pool area is nice to get some food or enjoy a cocktail. The resort went all out to welcome us with a special seafood grill dinner set up on the beach, but the usual dining area is sans sand and still offers a great view of the sea. Grilled fish, prawns, squid, mussels… yum!

Hua Hin Radisson Ivy Lounge Seats
View from the open air area on top of the Ivy Lounge
Hua Hin Radisson Beach Dinner
Dinner by the beach, a very pretty set up
Hua Hin Radisson Beach Dinner Food
the dessert spread consist of Thai influenced desserts!

The Exchange

Breakfast is held at The Exchange, the restaurant located right by the hotel’s reception area, and was also a place we had Thai food for dinner one night as well. There is a bar with a pool table here, and you should probably check out the hotel’s signature Aloha Blu cocktail.

Hua Hin Radisson Breakfast
Breakfast spread included Thai and Western dishes. Not the biggest but definitely sufficient options available
Hua Hin Radisson Aloha Blu Cocktail
We learned how to mix up our own Blu concoction one evening! That was a lot of fun :)

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Check out my guide on things to do in Hua Hin, or if you want to explore other lesser seen spots in Thailand, why not check out Amphawa or Khanom,  see all my Thailand posts.

This trip to Hua Hin and accommodation was sponsored by Radisson Blu – I was invited up by the Carlson Rezidor folk when the resort was still known as the Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin. Flights sponsored by Thai Airways. All opinions in this article are my own.

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