Aleenta Resort Pranburi
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... After about 45 mins in our taxi, with our driver Woody, we took a 5 minute longboat ride to the base of the hike. The steps were basically carved in the Mountain from hundreds of years of hikers and religious locals. There are no words to describe the cave. It took maybe an hour to get to the cave, the heat and humidity were unbelievable but absolutely worth it. Our taxi friend Woody came with us, and there were a few times we thought he wouldn't make it. For ...
... fluros, flood lights, spot lights. They must do a lot night fishing and attract the fish with all the lights. I know you can attract calamari with lights, but not sure what else.
Walked back to my resort, past new resorts being built, the price of popularity I suppose.
What's the old saying, "Progress is all well good, but it's all got to stop".
Passed the train heading back to Bangkok.
Once back at the resort, I fell into the pool, cooled off and relaxed in the ...
... on first impressions, which was refreshing. Jolien, always full of friendly banter and lovely smiles! Elyse, the kick boxing Australian, who from Day 1 became someone with whom I spent time, and my first day off at the Spa. Alex and Kristen, who'd met here but who could easily have been mistaken for friends with a history, always smiling, always thinking, always encouraging! Taylor, or Tayrroar, the New York Princess who arrived in a floor length teal dress and ...
... They just don't sweat very much. The experience was well worth it though. It is hard to explain the complete awe and beauty of it. And the pictures can't seem to do it justice either. There are sink holes so the top of the cave is open and there is a lot of trees and plants, but there are also really cool typical cave structures. There is even a temple there which must have been quite the ordeal to build, but I can't
think of a more beautiful ...
It became apparent that the King is quite a popular man in Thailand, and therefore his birthday is an event to be celebrated by absolutely everyone, and not for one day, but for ten. It was his 84th birthday, and he has been on the throne since 1946! (Gives QEII a run for her money).
After initial fears of being kept awake by the thumping bass of the Black Eyed Peas until the wee hours every morning, the music became ...
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I love Aleenta. I love everything about it, its uniqueness may not be for everyone. No TVs in room, no children policy. It gives me a chance to calm down and reconnect with my partner with no remote control excuse. The iPod and iDock is a great addition to the experience. We spent time on the hammock, eat, drink, sleep, lay by the beach, talk and recommect. The attention to detail is unbelievable, the most unique turndown service and thoughtful gifts. I guess your vacation is what you make it to be, Aleenta provides a perfect backdrop for me to paint mine.
Charming with failure fusion service
Quite, cosy and stylish small hotel. Rooms are not quite convenient; especially a bathroom with a shower, but all expiates a direct kind on the sea from a huge swinging open doors. But at me the impression was made, that in hotel there was a change of a management. As original style of hotel (has especially liked original hotel music for relaxing massage, cd with which I have bought for memory) showed some discrepancies. After hospitality and kindliness of three Thai hotels from which I have arrived, Aleenta - has brought some discord.
Noxious influence of the West (proceeding, probably, from guests whom the majority) isn't has on advantage. The fusion obviously has turned failure. So, the same food was brightened up by inappropriate names, for example - evening of the Italian food or Spanish tapas. That turned out pretentiously enough and ridiculously as the simple meal had no anything similar with names. Despite of the written prevention to guests of hotel, that the soiled linen will be joint to the account , we have been compelled to admire all time a huge fat spot on a mattress of a chaise longue left someone up to us. Staff friendly, but sometimes negligent and forgetful. For example, it is possible to wait for half an hour of the ordered ice-cream which is not present. And it is found out only after a puzzled question to the waiter.
I have not woken twice, though asked about it. Fortunately, I was in time aboard the plane. But more all me has upset the account in 2 dollars for a tooth-brush (which I used for a shoes, because a brush for footwear has forgotten to bring three day), shown to me at an exit from hotel. Already after the check out. It was necessary to shake out from a purse all small change, intending to any beggar in Bangkok. This I did not meet in one hotel of the world. And it after I has paid in hotel for four days more thousand dollars for spa, dinners and various knickknacks. Let alone that, what I has paid for fifth day, unnecessary for me (a policy of hotel - a minimum of 5 nights). Not so pleasant souvenir. Nevertheless I have remained happy to rest in this hotel, despite of these amusing and annoying trifles.
I agree with all of what was stated in the last review. Additionally, the rooms are dated and my "Suite" at the "Palm Villa", which I paid extra for, turned out to be just a room with a bed and two small chairs -- not a Suite and definitely not a Villa. Aleenta's website is deceiving. Most rooms don't have privacy either.
The staff are also not professional. They speak little English and do not try to help or try to anticipate what is being asked. You have to ask questions in 10 different ways for even the simplest matters.
Also, big problem with stray dogs. Two stray dogs snuck up on us while we were having drinks; totally startled us and then wouldn't go away. No staff to be seen.
I travel a lot and try many different hotels and resorts (sometimes trying 3 or 4 hotels in the course of a week). This was one of the worst with really bad service.
Aleenta is highly over rated
My wife and I were booked in to stay at Aleenta for three nights this week. We left after one night. This was the first time we have ever left a hotel early.
Some of the problems we had were:
1) as soon as we arrived we were asked to sign an unitemised (and overstated) credit card slip
2)when we booked the room we were told it was 'great for honeymooners', when we got there we found it had twin beds (contrary to the photos on the web)
3) we asked to see the Manager but were told 'he is having lunch and is not available' (it was nearly 3:00 in the afternoon)
4) the promised wireless internet connection did not work and the staff were argumentative when we tried to log on via their network
The rooms are small (see photo), and the bathrooms very basic. There are no baths and the tap water is very dirty. There are no sitting areas in the rooms.
Their website seems to mix the best features of several rooms together and creates inflated expectations.
We did have a nice meal at the restaurant - though half the dishes weren't what we ordered. The food made at the Frangipani wing was not so good. Worst fried eggs I've ever had (broken yokes and undercooked).
Overall the beach is nice but the rooms were not comfortable and the staff were not very professional.
We ended up spending the next two nights at Evason resort. This was less intimate but the quality of service there made for a much more relaxing experience.
If we had the time again I think we would skip Hua Hin and go back to Ubud in Bali.
The best holiday period we have experienced for a long time, with authenticity and charm, great food and service, your feet in the sand and Michael Bubble playing in the background.
Don't miss this place and make sure you are one of the few previledged ones that can experience this unique hideaway...
By the way try the new Frangipani Wing...worth the splerge!
A wonderful quiet place for a romantic holiday. The rooms are a bit close for total privacy but I would highly receommend the place to unwind.
A great experience
We just came back from a great escape in Thailand and what an experience it was. We stayed at the small and intimate Aleenta resort and we were blown away. The service was the best I have experienced in a long time and I have stayed at the Amanpuri in Phuket and Four Seasons in Chiang Mai. Attentive, luxurious, detailed and a feel of home made us want more and more.
The resident manager there who recently came has a lot of international experience and has managed to capture many small unique things that you do not get in other hotels. I'll give you an example: every day at 6pm we received a small something from the Chef to bite on, kind of like to open the appetite...that's great, we got personalised cards HAND WRITTEN...if you are looking to get away from Bangkok (yack) and enjoy the fresh air and relax, have excepional food and a real good atmosphere, head down there, they will welcome you very warmely and take great care of your needs...all the friends we met there, and they are always full, said they have never had such a great experience.
I highly recommend! enjoy!
Romantic luxury on beachfront
We stayed at Aleenta May 2005 for 5 days and would highly recommend the property. It was a great experience from start to finish. Emails were replied to prompty and the staff at Aleenta were helpful and first rate. We stayed in a Pool Villa beachfront and loved the fact you could fling open the doors for indoor outdoor flow. No TV, Perfect, let's listen to some music provided by Aleenta. We watched a buddist wedding on the beach, fab. Had lunch in front of our villa, set up under an awning right on the beach, a candlelit dinner served beside our little private pool. Tapas on our last night for dinner on the beach by lamp and candlelight. We booked a package via the website and it was good value for money. The rooms were exactly as advertised, the property beautiful. We enjoyed the green lights of the squid boats at night on the horizon and watching the local Thai dig for clams on the beach. This is life. The restaurant was very good with a different menu every night. Good massage at the spa. Our only small niggle was a bit more communication was needed as to exactly what you got with the package but this was easyily solved by asking some questions. We hope to return again next year.
Romantic & Sweet; a lovely & luxury holiday
Aleenta is a small but intimate hotel. We stayed at the penthouse room. We were therefor 5 nights and over the Valentine weekend. I loved that every night we came back to the room, there was an oil burner going with their special 'facial towels' scent. On Valentine night, there were rose patels on the bed. Aleenta organised 'floating the lanten' on the beach, the most romantic thing I had ever done. We had dinner at 'our balcony' of our room under candlelights one night, really enjoyed it.
There was a CD player and the CD selection was fantasic. The book collection was good too. We bought our own books. No TV in the room, we had a true relaxing holiday. It's quite, we went for long walks by the beach, dipped in the pool to cool. The hotel offered great massage and spa. The staff were friendly, the service was no.1. The foods were yummy and cheap. Highly recommend for couples looking for an intimate, romantic holiday, feeling they were the only people on this earth ; and have wonderful service when you need it ;-)
This wonderful 10 room luxurious boutique hotel is still a well kept secret. We stayed for 3 nights in Nov 2004 and could have easily stayed for a month. The rooms are all different and we would recommend the pool suites as they each have their own plunge pool. The restaurant serves wonderful food that is a fusion of East and West. There are no real organized activities, so relaxation is the main reason to stay here. The main hotel pool lacks shade but is never busy. The hotel offers wonderful massages and the service is exceptionally friendly as well as being efficient. The beach is not the best as the sand is not a beautiful white colour but there are no beach touts and the water is warm and inviting.