Thailand’s first Andaz property mixes local heritage with contemporary style in a lush oceanfront setting.
This week, Hyatt formally opened Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach, making it the third outpost for the boutique-y brand in Southeast Asia after its locations in Singapore and Bali. Spanning a 6.4-hectare site on Tawanron Beach, the resort is located within a 10-minute drive of various scenic spots and tourist attractions, and less than two hours by car from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thai architecture studio A49 and PIA Interiors made use of locally sourced materials to give Andaz Pattaya a modern yet rustic-chic feel. At first glance, the layout bears striking similarities with that of Andaz Bali: the 204 rooms, suites, and villas are set in low-rise clusters around landscaped gardens shaded by century-old trees. Lined by breezy restaurants and featuring an herb garden, Raintree Court serves as the resort’s “village square.”
Accommodations start from a generous 50 square meters, and all feature walk-in rain showers and a balcony or terrace with a daybed. Some rooms provide direct access to the resort’s lagoon pool, while certain suites also come with a private pool. Set to launch in the coming months, the duplex four-bedroom Manor House and the six-bedroom Presidential Heritage House will give multigenerational families and groups of friends more room to roam.
The culinary lineup at Andaz Pattaya comprises six restaurants and bars, all of which use tropical fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices supplied by the resort’s own organic garden. Poolside venue Fish Club spotlights fresh local seafood in its range of light bites at lunch and heartier dishes after dark. On Raintree Court, Wok Wok serves Thai comfort food and pan-Asian fare; La Cucina is a trattoria-style Italian spot with pastas and freshly baked pizzas on the menu; Village Butcher specializes in charcoal-grilled steaks; and Teak Lounge offers refreshing drinks beneath the raintree’s canopy. Elsewhere on the grounds, the soon-to-open teahouse Ruen Thai will be housed in a restored two-story heritage building.
When it comes to taking a dip, guests will get to choose from a quieter lap pool, a freeform family pool beside the Sanuk Sanuk kids’ club, and a beachfront infinity pool for the more party-centric. Andaz Pattaya has teamed up with Thai wellness brand Pañpuri (which was behind the scented bathroom amenities in the guest rooms) to create a spa where therapies inspired by local healing traditions use Pañpuri’s organic skincare products. There’s also a 24-hour gym and a yoga room on site. Weddings and other special events, meanwhile, can be held at the 300-square-meter Garden Pavilion, which comes with a pre-function foyer, outdoor terrace, and show kitchen.
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