Looking for a quick and easy escape, somewhere suitably tropical? The new Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach has you covered.
As winter continues to chill Asia, there are still pockets of tropical warmth, where the seas are calm, the beers always cold, and the locals always willing to welcome new arrivals. As Thailand’s infamous seaside entertainment destination attempts to shrug off its seedier side, Andaz Pattaya has opened on Jomtien Beach, the idyllic stretch of sand just outside Pattaya that first drew travellers south from Bangkok.
Nestled across over 6.4 hectares of stunning beachfront land, and set against mature trees and gardens overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, the new luxury lifestyle resort provides all the essentials for a well-earned weekend away.
Located between the popular holiday hub of Jomtien and the charming fishing village of Bang Saray and within a 10-minute drive of most of Pattaya’s scenic and tourism hotspots – including wineries and world-class golf courses – Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach is less than two hours by car from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport.
With a distinctively local yet modern design inspired by the site’s history as a private estate and conceived by award-winning Thai architecture firm A49 and PIA interiors, Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach initially welcomes guests with the Raintree Court, a barrier-free space featuring restaurants with interactive show kitchens and a herb garden where travellers can meet, unwind and socialize.
Beyond, exquisite Thai teakwood houses – all of which have been given a new lease on life using reclaimed wood materials from storied traditional Thai wooden houses – are nestled under the tropical foliage. In addition, natural, locally sourced and handmade materials and artwork have been incorporated throughout the resort, including in the 204 rooms, suites and villas, which start from 50sqm and boast walk-in rain showers and a balcony or terrace with a relaxing daybed. We suspect you might like The Lagoon Access rooms, with their steps which lead straight into the rippling waters of the resort pool, or the Pool Suites, which allow guests to cool down with a private dip at any time of day.
If you’re not in a mad rush to travel, look out for the two heritage-inspired houses – a duplex four-bedroom Manor House and a breath-taking six-bedroom Presidential Heritage House – set to open in the coming months, and which come with private pools, courtyards, butler service and ocean views.
You’ll also dine well at the resort’s six distinct restaurants and bars, which feature local, seasonal, and sustainable produce, much of it sourced from the onsite organic garden. These include Fish Club, which offers light poolside bites at lunch, refreshing cocktails at sunset, immersive contemporary dinners and late-night drinks with live DJ sets, and Wok Wok, which serves traditional Thai comfort food and authentic regional flavours in a casual environment. La Cucina is a trattoria-style Italian restaurant where guests can savour delicious pasta and freshly baked pizzas, while Village Butcher is a classic steakhouse with an enviable wine list.
Work off all that indulgence in the 24-hour fitness centre or in one of three outdoor swimming pools, or head for the PAÑPURI Spa, a collaboration with the exclusive Thai wellness brand that offers a luxurious selection of soothing therapies with organic skincare products.
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