The hotel was designed by Thai starchitect Duangrit Bunnag to be irrepressibly modern, with precise lines and a brutalist, semi-industrial aesthetic.
While most beachfront hotels in Hua Hin flaunt their waterside location, the new â€¨Hotel Bocage sets its focus firmly inward. It sits atop the cityâ€™s liveliest retail and entertainment destination, Seenspace, sister mall to the one in Bangkok and an indoor-outdoor complex of restaurants, cafĂ©s, and design-led stores. Both Seenspace and the Bocage were designed by Thai starchitect Duangrit Bunnag to be irrepressibly modern, with precise lines and a brutalist, semi-industrial aesthetic. Flanking a lobby that resembles a chic living room, the six high-ceilinged rooms start at a generous 40 square meters, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and balconies looking out onto Seenspaceâ€™s green roof and the Gulf of Thailand beyond. A palette of white, gray, and black dominates, complementing the polished concrete floors, with furnishings from Italian designer brands: low-slung platform beds by Porro, sofas by Living Divani, and, in the glass-walled bathrooms, white Antonio Lupi showers and freestanding tubs. On the whole, the rooms are refreshing for their near-monastic restraint. Guests also enjoy access to the impressively long pool at Oasis beach club in Seenspace; there is no restaurant at the Bocage, but you will never lack for choices at the places to eat in the mall right below.
66-91/712-8822; Hotel Bocage;â€¨ doubles from US$160
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Luxe List 2017: Hotel Bocageâ€ť).