Historic property with a rock solid reputation
In December of this year, the historic Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel celebrates its 30th anniversary. It’s quite a milestone, but given the solid reputation of this venerable hotel brand it’s no surprise that it has stood the test of time.
The hotel is ideally situated at the north end of Pattaya Bay, set amidst lush garden greenery and directly facing the sea. There are 457 accommodation options, ranging from the 40 sq.m Deluxe Rooms, to the lavish 160 sq.m Royal Princess Suite which features two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room and dining room, elegant Thai-style décor throughout and, of course, magnificent views. Somewhere in-between you’ll find the spacious, well-appointed, and supremely tasteful 80 sq.m Club Grand Rooms. These modern, executive-style units feature a king-sized bed, daybed lounger, and a huge bathroom with separate shower and tub and a dual sink vanity, as well as such modern conveniences as flatscreen TV, mini-bar and fridge, Wi-Fi, and more. However, what I liked the most was the extra-large terrace overlooking Pattaya Bay that comes complete with two sun loungers and an outdoor rain shower.
Guests who check in to the Club units are automatically granted ‘Dusit Club Privileges’, which include private check-in and check-out, in-room butler service, exclusive breakfast service in the hotel’s top-floor restaurant, all day refreshments in the Dusit Club Lounge, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, complimentary laundry and pressing (up to three pieces per day), and more.
As for general recreational amenities there are two outdoor swimming pools with direct beach access—and both use eco-friendly salt water—as well as a fitness centre, four tennis courts, and a kid’s club and playground. In addition, the award-winning Devarana Spa has nine soothing treatment rooms and suites available.
For diners there are plenty of choices, starting with The Bay International Skewers Restaurant, which took over the poolside spot formerly held by the hotel’s Italian eatery (see pg. 59). This new and totally redesigned restaurant offers a menu showcasing four cuisines—Indian, Thai, Western, and Chinese—and virtually all the dishes are presented on skewers, though not necessarily cooked on skewers. Meanwhile, up on the 9th floor a very different dining experience can be had at The Peak, the hotel’s stately Chinese restaurant (currently under renovation but due to re-open in mid-August).
Lavish breakfast buffets are served at the Cascade Restaurant, another of the hotel’s dining spots, and if you can snag one of the seats overlooking the indoor garden and waterfall you’ll also be able to admire the beautiful glass-ceilinged expanse that encloses this atrium space. It’s huge, and the light it lets in is gorgeous.
This main floor atrium, and the grand lobby that welcomes visitors upon arrival, are two of the most interesting architectural aspects of the property. They are both arresting in their size and grandeur, but never ostentatious. Instead, the whole experience is one of old-world class and sophistication. And while the even more historic Dusit Thani Bangkok is slated for demolition in 2018—with a rebuilt, mixed-use complex taking its place—here’s hoping the Pattaya property remains intact for many more years to come. by Bruce Scott
Dusit Thani Resort Pattaya
240/2 Pattaya Beach Rd.
Tel: 038 425 611