As most vacationers would stop at the more bustling Hua Hin where there are plenty to do, few venture a little further south to truly enjoy the peace of this quiet town. And when you are here, there is really one place that you should stay, X2 a 23 semi-private villas resort. Situated on a virgin beachfront, X2 is surrounded mostly by local fishing villages. With the area being largely underdeveloped, you can still enjoy the peace and see how the locals live their everyday lives.
After a 4-hour drive from Bangkok, we finally arrived at X2 Kui Buri. The final stretch of the journey, which took us through the mountain, large fields, crossed the railway before finally arrived at the resort was especially a joy. Check-in was a breeze and of course, we were greeted by the friendly staffs and our welcome drinks and cold towels after quite a drive.
The theme of the resort can be felt when we first stepped into the lobby, with piles of rocks making up sides of the resort walls, they do make X2 feels formidable.
Entering the villa, these walls continue to lead us to the bed, which faces out onto the garden or the private pool, depending on the types of villas we book.
While the decoration in each of the living spaces have been nicely done, X2 started to show its age through the years, and especially being an ocean front resort, make this process much faster. Nonetheless, the bed is comfortable to sleep in and somehow these rocks make the temperature cooler during the day as well.
Being unfamiliar to the area, we decided to dine in with the seafood barbecue available on weekends. While we considered the prices being reasonable, we felt that the food on offer could be better, in terms of freshness, especially given the fact that we are so close to the fishing villages. Nonetheless, the each servings are generous and the staffs are very helpful.
And that night, there was actually a couple who arranged a private dinner by the beach, and the settings have been really impressive. I think she said “I do”.
Breakfast, on the other hand, was great, with different variety of food to choose from, not limited to just continental. I, personally got bored after many sausages, hams, pancakes and omelette on offer at all the resorts and hotels. If you prefer, you can have your morning champagne too.
The morning before our departure, I woke up a bit early trying to catch the sunrise. However, the sky was overcast and there was nothing really to see. Nonetheless, my morning did not go to waste as I enjoyed the little stroll along the beach
We did enjoy our time cooling off from the summer heat in our private pool, facing out to sea. Of course, we also jumped into the ocean if you are wondering.
Lastly, I would recommend X2 Kui Buri if you are looking to getaway from it all, and do not mind the long drive from Bangkok. The resort is currently undergoing some renovation throughout, so please check directly with X2 for any updates if you hope not to ruin your stay.