Close to the nature and far from the bustle of the city, Rayong Marriott offers travelers what holidays essentially are for: to relax, explore, meet new people, and have the time of their lives.
By Emmi Lane.
New Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa is perfect for those who wish to escape the heat of Bangkok for a weekend; the only thing is that you will surely want to stay longer. The five-star resort sits in a beautiful bay in Rayong, which means that while other weekend travelers are still waiting – sweaty and sticky – for their ferry to Koh Samet, you have already sunk your feet into the powdery sand of The Eastern Gulf of Thailand.
In fact, the first pro for Rayong Marriott is exactly the location. The distance from Bangkok is only 205km (95km from Pattaya), easily covered by a shuttle service from the airport or a taxi. Short travel from the capital, however, doesn´t mean discounts in the holiday atmosphere or lack of natural wonders. To name a few, Khao Laem Ya-Mu Koh Samet National Park, Sobha Botanical Gardens, Seat Turtle Sactuary, and Rayong Aquarium make perfect day-trip destinations.
Still, many choose to simply drop all timetables and enjoy the superior facilities of Rayong Marriott to the full. No blaming fingers here as the modern premises should leave nothing more to wish for. Spacious guestrooms come with a private balcony, and as the hotel has a direct access to the beach, you can be sure to wake up into a spectacular view, served with a side of some fresh ocean breeze. If you prefer mountains to the sea, you may book a Deluxe Mountain View Room, and enjoy another example of Thailand´s exotic landscapes. Happily the fresh air is not limited to your balcony though. To maximize the comfort of all guests and give your nostrils a rest from the city fumes, the hotel hails a smoke-free policy in all rooms.
These rooms come with the usual mod cons of Marriott-standards. Some extra amenities, such as tea and coffeemakers, hair dryer and an ironing board add a nice touch. Another major plus is the high-speed Internet in all facilities, so you can share your beach photos on the spot and when you’re on it, perhaps tell your boss you´re never coming back again.
The resort proves to be very family-friendly. Close to the nature and far from the bustle of the city, it is safe for the toddlers and a bit older adventurers to do what holidays essentially are for: relax, explore, meet new people and have the time of their lives. Even when the individual preferences differ, Marriott continues to deliver their core principle: “Spirit To Serve Our Communities.” Little travelers may splash in the lagoon pool with waterslides and make some holiday-friends at the Kids Club. Adults instead may pamper themselves in the exclusive spa treatments, exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or simply concentrate on tanning and sipping on their cocktails by the pool.
As we know, the most successful holidays culminate at the dinner table. But if we know anything about families, these tables might become fields of feistiest family battles. So the thousand-baht question is, how to please the epicureans and the fuzzy eaters in the same table? Thankfully, there is plenty to choose from in Rayong Marriott. Six restaurants function in the premises, catering from international to Thai cuisine. One especially popular is the Fish Bar at the beachfront. Open for lunch and dinner, this venue prepares the freshest fish, caught right at your doorstep – they definitely take “local” to the extreme! And the kids, don´t worry, this fine produce turns into fish and chips, too. Additionally, many guests have been praising the humongous breakfasts in C-Salt Restaurant. They will surely put your day on the right track from the start.
Another idea to highlight your holiday is arranging quick day-trips. Grab a boat and explore the islands nearby. Koh Samet is popular among western package tours – for a reason, as the beaches are superb and waters crystal clear. Why not challenge yourself with some diving? If that is too much, Khao Laem Ya-Mu Koh Samet National Park offers something for everybody. Hiking your way through the moderate or more advanced routes, you´ll see idyllic waterfalls, lush jungles, and primordial caves – remember a swimsuit for a dip in the cooling ocean!
Alternatively, if you want to remember how the city life looks again, Marriott offers car rental services for a fair price. Now you can drive, explore, shop and eat wherever you wish, at your own pace. Those who wish to check the nightlife in the hood may do it by a limousine with a chauffeur – like everything in Rayong Marriott, this requires you aren´t afraid to boost a bit!