Lose yourself in Pattaya’s ‘Lost World’ themed hotel
Opened in 2009, the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is Thailand’s first “themed” hotel, revolving around a prehistoric ‘Lost World’ concept. The two building, 19-storey resort occupies over 40 rai on Wong Amat Bay in North Pattaya, and is ideal for families, couples, and over-stressed business travellers alike. The bold thematic concept is exceptionally executed, and the extensive grounds lend themselves to hours of wandering around the maze-like jungle paths, crossing swaying rope bridges, or floating on innertubes in the elaborately interconnected serpentine water park network of pools and channels.
Each of the resorts 555 ocean-facing rooms have stunning views over the bay, the island-dotted horizon, and the resort’s abundant, lush greenery. Rooms and suites range from the 42 sq.m standard Deluxe Ocean Facing rooms, through to the 157 sq.m Club Mirage Suites, and all the way up to the crowning glory—the 326 sq.m, two-floored Royal Suite with its own private sundeck and swimming pool. All rooms are decorated in accordance with the ‘Lost World’ theme, and feature clever detailing that includes writing desks and chairs disguised as old-fashioned travel-trunks, tiger motif lampshades, and faux- bamboo headboard, shower and bath trimmings. And all accommodation units have either a balcony or extensive terrace.
Guests choosing the Club Room options gain access to the exclusive 16 and over Club Mirage Lounge located on the 12th floor of the North Tower, which offers five daily meal presentations, while providing a ‘quiet zone’ that actively discourages the use of mobile devices for conversation. Other Club benefits include discounts at the resort’s spa and limited complimentary laundry service.
For unwinding, the Spa Cenvaree—set in its own “village”, comprised of three buildings and a separate reception area—is a sanctuary of relaxation, surrounded by water, that harnesses the positive energy of nature with traditional Thai therapies that deliver holistic well-being through a comprehensive range of treatments.
For diners, eight restaurants and bars provide a plethora of F&B options. Oasis offers a buffet breakfast, daytime à la carte snack menu, and dinner featuring international, Thai, and Asian cuisines. On the beachfront the Coast Beach Club & Bistro serves handcrafted cocktails and daily food specials while in the evenings Flames grill, Acqua, and Ginger & Lime (see more on page 58) add to the already plentiful culinary choices.
The facilities and services offered are too numerous to mention in their entirety, but highlights include free-form swimming pools, waterfalls, waterslides, and a lap pool (for adults only), a state-of-the-art fitness centre that also offers group fitness classes (including Yoga and Zumba), tennis courts, table-tennis, snooker, rock-climbing, beach volleyball, aqua-aerobics… the list goes on (and on). Meanwhile, for children there’s a fully supervised Kids Club, and Monsoon Island, a water park play area.
Completing the list of highlights is the knowledgeable and friendly staff who create a happy, fun atmosphere from the moment you arrive until you reluctantly check out. They ensure your time here leaves nothing to be desired, and make Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya a “world” you’ll happily get “lost” in. by Gary A. Rutland
Centara Grand Mirage Resort
277, Moo 5, Naklua, Banglamung
Tel: 03 830 1234