A glittering, grand opening ceremony was held at Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, Asia’s first Holiday Inn water park resort, which is set spectacularly on Thailand’s Gulf coast, just 2.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok.
More than 400 guests attended the event, including celebrities and VIPs, among them the owners of Proud Real Estate—who are the developers of Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin as well as the adjacent Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle—and senior executives from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
Guests were treated to an action-packed evening of live entertainment, including a show from popular Thai actress Jenny Tienposuwan, and an exclusive concert by iconic Thai pop star Tata Young. These performances were followed by an extravagant, extended firework display that lit up the night sky, watched from the resort’s towering Sky Deck.
“We are delighted to celebrate the grand opening of Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin in such spectacular style,” said Franck Rodriguez, the resort’s General Manager. “We are proud to set a new quality benchmark with a fully-integrated hospitality offering extensive facilities, cutting-edge technology and breath-taking views over the Gulf of Thailand.”
Easily accessible from Bangkok and two international airports, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin offers from fun-filled playcations to couples’ breaks, and from family holidays to business events.
The hotel is part of a larger mixed-use development that is Vana Nava Hua Hin. It is right next door to Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle that first opened its doors to the public in 2014. Boasting 20 world class slides and attractions surrounded by over 200,000 trees under the concept of a “water jungle,” the waterpark has welcomed close to a million visitors since and it is one of the biggest names in waterparks in Thailand. The project will also feature premium residences, expected to be launched later this year. Linking all components of the project together and ensuring a seamless customer experience is the unique RFID Technology, which can be used to unlock hotel rooms, access the waterpark, and pay for food and entertainment within the compound.
Proud Real Estate Executive Director Proudputh Liptapanlop said: “Hua Hin has long been a beloved destination among the Thai aristocrats and high society since the 1920s when it was hand-picked to be the first resort town of Thailand by H.M. King Rama VI. Because of its sandy white beaches along with stunning mountainscape, its long history and its charms and heritage as a seaside fishing village, Hua Hin over the years has attracted many tourists both Thai and International. Now with the addition of a truly integrated resort-entertainment like Vana Nava Hua Hin, we are confident that Hua Hin will be able to attract even more visitors and establish its credentials as a leading resort destination worldwide.”
As the highest hotel in Hua Hin, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is expected to become an iconic destination. With 360 degrees views from the rooftop, guests can watch stunning sunrises over the Gulf of Thailand in the east, and enjoy golden sunsets over the hills in the west.
Clarence Tan, Managing Director Southeast Asia and Korea IHG, added: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Proud Real Estate. They have been a valued partner of IHG for a number of years since we opened InterContinental Hua Hin Resort in 2012. We are proud to work with partners who have such commitment to bringing our brands to life and with a strong vision to build innovative resorts that put guests first.”
The hotel features 300 rooms and suites, including a series of inter-connecting rooms and KidSuites®, with special “secret” rooms decked out with bunk beds and play areas. Children aged 12 and under can stay and eat for free, and all guests are offered free Wi-Fi and unlimited access to Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle. When they are not playing in the water, guests can unwind in the resort’s own extensive facilities, including an infinity pool on the 26th floor, the Tea Tree Spa, a 24-hour fitness center, kids’ club, and children’s pool.
Dining and entertainment options include the all-day Plamong Restaurant, casual Pool Bar, and the stylish Vana Nava Sky Bar, Restaurant & Observation Deck, which offers spectacular views across the Gulf. Designed by Bangkok-based consultant Ashley Sutton—the mastermind behind some of Asia’s most famous bars, including Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies in Bangkok, and Ophelia in Hong Kong—this dazzling destination also features a glass-bottomed deck 110 metres above ground which is set to become a “must-visit” destination for visitors to Hua Hin.
Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is also an attractive new option for event planners. With five function rooms and one of Hua Hin’s largest ballrooms, the resort is likely to become an important destination for the Thailand’s MICE industry. The grand opening party for Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin marks the arrival of a new landmark on Thailand’s Gulf coast.