Getting the executive treatment at this beachfront vacation spot
When the original Holiday Inn Pattaya opened its doors approximately eight years ago it seemed plenty big enough. But as the demand for accommodations in Pattaya grew—especially the demands of corporate clients—the property expanded and the 25-storey Executive Tower opened next to the original Bay Tower in August of 2014. This expansion brought the total room count of the two neighbouring towers to a whopping 567, while the new MICE facilities included 10 meeting rooms and a 115 sq.m theatre-style auditorium facility.
But you don’t need to be part of a convention to enjoy the Executive Club Benefits offered in the Executive Tower, which include personalized check-in and check-out, and access to the 25th floor Executive Club area which features an exclusive breakfast each morning, all-day complimentary refreshments, newspapers and magazines, and free-flow drinks and canapés from 6pm till 8pm. This private club lounge also accesses the hotel’s beautiful open-air Sky Bar, where guests are treated to sweeping, unobstructed views of the city and the ocean.
The club privilege rooms on offer in the Executive Tower are decorated in a clean, contemporary, modern style, and range in size from the spacious Executive Club Ocean View (located on the top six floors), to the 47 sq.m Executive Club Corner View (featuring floor-to-ceiling windows), and the Executive Club Suite Ocean View, which covers 74 sq.m and includes a separate living room and two private balconies with sea views. Each room style comes complete with comfortable king-sized bed, freeform lounger, work desk area, flatscreen TV, in-room Wi-Fi, safe, mini-fridge, balcony access, and more.
Guests in either tower have access to all the Holiday Inn’s facilities (except for the Executive Club lounge) so holiday makers can take advantage of the property’s four outdoor swimming pools, the Tea Tree Spa, the fitness centre, and either of the two Kid’s Clubs. Similarly, access to the F&B outlets is open to all, and there are seven to choose from, including the East Coast Kitchen, Café G, the Splash Cafe Pool Bar, and either the Flow Café in the Bay Tower or the Flow Express café in the Executive Tower.
There are also lots of scheduled activities that go on at the hotel, including a very interesting Farmer’s Market which takes place at the Bay Tower’s indoor/outdoor Havana Bar & Terrazzo restaurant (see more on pg. 59). Every 2nd Saturday, from 10am till 3:30pm, the venue is home to a variety of local merchants selling organic fruits and vegetables, craft beer, health products, specialty foods, and handicrafts. There are only two more scheduled for this year—July 8th and August 12th—so don’t miss them!
Another regular event is the Saturday afternoon Sunset Pool Party which takes over the 6th floor swimming pool in the Executive Tower each week from 3pm till 7pm. It’s a great spot for watching the sun go down over Pattaya Bay while listening to the sounds of a live DJ and enjoying a selection of colourful cocktails and other snacks and beverages.
by Bruce Scott
Holiday Inn Pattaya
463/68, 463/99 Pattaya Sai 1 Rd.
Tel: 03 872 5555