Only a 3 hour drive from Bangkok, Hua Hin beach is home to the renowned escape for families to dodge the gritty city for the weekend and soak up some sunshine at Dolphin Bay Resort!! The bay is a tranquil emerald pool lapping on white sand where local fishing boats can be seen offshore and palm trees dance in the wind. The epitome of paradise!
Shallow waters are optimal for small children and expansive beaches let them roam or let you get in a blissful jog! Dolphin Bay is named for the proximity to breeding grounds just offshore where you can witness – if you’re lucky – these playful sea creatures frolicking in the waves.
Another area attraction is Monkey Island that you can hire a boat to take you out to. By far the coolest thing we’ve done in Thailand. Your guide will transport you to Monkey Island from which you can deboard your boat and feed wild monkeys bananas from your hand!
Tho far from “rustic” the resort embraces a conservationist mentality and advocates for environmental preservation. There are no room phones to dial for more pillows or a wake up call, but you’ll find a courteous and helpful staff at your service if you stop at the front desk! The resort operates as a well oiled machine with a “guesthouse” feel and a family friendliness. We’d recommend your stock up and bring extra drinking water as distribution through housekeeping is rationed. You can always buy more from the restaurant, but bottles are small and this can get pricy if you plan to stay for a long weekend.
The resort boasts two swimming pools and a crowd-pleaser-waterslide guaranteeing the kids physical exertion and peaceful worn-out-sleep at night.
There are gardens to explore, a playground to enjoy, a mini soccer field, and a kids room to check them into for rainy-day fun while mom and dad enjoy an oceanside Thai massage! The Hut Spa lets you take in the seaside vista under a tiki hut while you enjoy your massage! In addition to massage therapists, you can book mani’s and pedi’s with your daughter. For only 100 baht, she can get her beach-ready pink polish on at the onsite spa/salon.
For families, we recommend the 3 bedroom suites or 6 bedroom villas which give you access to your own private swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Poolside hammocks to lounge in and massive deck picnic tables are perfectly accommodating to family groups! There are even grills available for BBQing. These guesthouses include your own full kitchen and ensuite bathrooms for each bedroom and ample walk-in closet space to unpack and settle in! A perfect option for those who have visiting guests wanting to get away together or vacations planned with another family.
Smaller unit bungalows painted in beachy pastel colors with ocean views are situated along the path with direct access to the swimming pool and lawn areas.
If you’ve lived in Bangkok any amount of time, chances are you’ve visited Cafe Tartine or heard its praises sung by friends! Its with great pleasure we present Cafe Loma, this sister restaurant which is also owned by the lovely Agathe Verge. She and her husband opened Dolphin Bay and the connecting restaurant Cafe Loma to cater exquisite French food to the resort visitors. While the menu boasts a wide variety of local favorites, Asian fusion and western classics, the French flavors are some of their best! Check out their delicious and diverse menu here! If you dine for dinner, the Flemish Pizza is a must-try!! Fantastic!! The restaurant also puts out a lovely morning brunch spread which has a very reasonable price tag on it – 200THB for adults and 100 THB for children! Includes the freshest tropical fruit, pancakes, made-to-order egg dishes, homemade breads and homemade jams, and traditional breakfast fare. Enjoy dining with a stunning view of the bay!
Older children will enjoy access to foosball and pingpong tables, beach volleyball court, canoes, kayaks and bicycles rentals. Something for all ages to entertain and provide outlets for energy for the kiddos and seaside sunbeds for tired parents to relax in!
Consider Dolphin Bay for your next long-weekend getaway or family vacation. Close enough to hire a taxi to transport you from Bangkok! A great family excursion that doesn’t require expensive and time consuming travel. The perfect escape from Bangkok to relax and be refreshed with a kiss of sun, nourishing food, spectacular views, vitamin sea and fantastic memories!!