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 Hotel Bocage sets its focus firmly inward. It sits atop the city’s liveliest retail and entertainment destination, Seenspace, sister mall to the one in Bangkok and an indoor-outdoor complex of restaurants, cafés, 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 Seenspace’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; doubles from US$160
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2017: Hotel Bocage”).