27 September 2023

Escape to some spectacular seafront destinations in Thailand

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By Rama Gaind.

This is a well-worn saying that’s relevant when you go to Amazing Thailand: “people don’t take trips, trips take people”.

Nestled in its own bay, the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi are laid-back and naturally beautiful. Krabi offers some of Thailand’s most striking scenery.

Testimonials are usually proof of positive feedback, and just such a scenario is established when it comes to choosing from the exceptional mix of luxury and boutique accommodation options now on offer with the Centara Hotels & Resorts in Thailand.

When there’s nothing but praise, you do a double take. “Centara is awesome! Beautiful landscape, gorgeous rooms, awesome pool area … money well spent …

cleanliness, facilities, location … absolutely love the experience.”

This is just a handful of comments, which will intensify now that Thailand’s leading hotel operator undertakes more first-rate upgrades. Coast, Centara’s casual beach club and bistro concept, brings laid-back luxury and fresh cuisine to the world’s most spectacular seafront destinations.

Exclusive to the upscale Centara Grand brand, Coast, is a stylish and social dining and lounge concept with four beachfront locations currently operating in the idyllic Thai resorts of Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket. Fifth is the recent launch of the new Coast at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

Stunning resorts

Here are some of the highlights.

Centara Hotels & Resorts in Thailand offer an exceptional mix of luxury and boutique accommodation options.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Koh Samui: complete with the old-world charm of colonial-era architecture and an unparalleled beach front setting, this long-established, award-winning resort is perfect for swimming, strolling, rejuvenating and socialising. You’ll be right on Chaweng beach, revelling in the peace at the quieter end. It’s also perfect for the most tranquil romantic escape or an adventuresome family holiday.

The good times will begin almost from the minute you touch down on the island, as the resort is a mere 15-minute drive from Samui International Airport.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin: first opened its doors to welcome guests in the early 1920s, at a time when the new railway line to Malaysia was transforming the sleepy fishing village of Hua Hin into Thailand’s first beach resort. The hotel, originally named the Railway Hotel, was built along the classic lines of that era, and today is regarded as one of the grand hotels of the east. Perceptively extended and renovated, it retains an air of that bygone age of elegance. Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes, and with a prime town centre location ideal for exploring and shopping, the resort is a prime destination for couples and families.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Pattaya: is an exciting themed five-star resort that is a destination in its own right, an entire world of enjoyment, a place where everyday cares are laid aside and where everyone will find something to amaze and delight. Two gigantic cliffs connected by rope bridges, a cavern that reveals a jungle with a river and waterfalls, and a pathway leading down to the golden sands of Wong Amat Beach in North Pattaya. You are in the Lost World, a place of indulgence and fun. As a retreat for couples and honeymooners, or as a fun place for families, you will love the ocean-facing rooms, suites and family residences, the dining venues, the award-winning spa, a kids’ club, water sports and an extensive water park. It’s also a prime destination for distinctive meetings and conferences, with an easy drive to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

You are in a place of indulgence and great fun: the Centara Grand Beach Resort Pattaya is an exciting themed five-star resort.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket: backed by a green hill and grouped around its own water park and drawing its design theme from the classic Sino-Portuguese architecture that characterises Phuket, this complex is set directly on the sands at Karon Beach. The resort offers a memorable holiday experience. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Phuket International Airport.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi: here you will get away from it all. Naturally beautiful and laid-back, Krabi offers some of Thailand’s most striking scenery, where verdant interiors meet turquoise waters and nature trails and limestone islands form many natural attractions. Nestled within its own bay, with stunning views and an ambience of understated luxury, it’s only accessible by boat. The resort offers you an abundance of opportunities so you can relax and explore. Krabi International Airport is 40 minutes away from Nopparatthara pier, and that is approximately 15 minutes from the resort by boat, which is an enjoyable experience in its own right.

Commanding locations

According to Centara’s group director of F&B operations Winfried Hancke, the inviting ambience of Coast creates impressive settings. These are luxurious retreats that everyone will enjoy.

“Centara Grand resorts command beautiful beachfront locations in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations,” Winfried said.

The beach club and bistro concept, Coast, with the Centara, brings back laid-back luxury and fresh, creative cuisine in some of the world’s most spectacular seafront destinations.

“It is our duty to maximise these settings by creating the best possible experiences for all, including our guests, local residents and other visitors. Whether guests are seeking a casual daytime chill-out spot, a memorable evening meal, or somewhere to celebrate life’s major milestones, Coast is the perfect choice.”

Coast combines elegance and sophistication with a chilled-out beach vibe, allowing guests to unwind in style, surrounded by nature. Glitz and glamour meet barefoot chic as guests relax on lounge sofas and beanbags during the day, savouring the panoramic seascapes. Diners can choose from a series of signature menu items.

While each Coast has its own unique vibe, reflecting the spirit of the destination, all outlets feature a series of zones, including a raw bar serving the freshest local seafood and poke bowls, a seafood grill to cook the ‘catch of the day’, an authentic Italian pizza oven and a casual bar area serving ‘Instagrammable’ cocktails, fine wines, fresh juices and tapas plates.

Every Coast beach club and bistro is also focused on preserving its pristine environment and showcasing the authentic flavours of its destination.

I have found Thailand to be blessed with beautiful places, spectacular scenery and a rich culture. The appeal is instant!


Centara Hotels & Resorts


Coast Beach Club and Bistro


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