2009-12-19

Golf and SPA Vacation in Hua Hin, Thailand

Golf and Spa Adventure
at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Tee off in style and combine the best of both worlds – world class golf on three challenging International golf courses, together with blissful treatments at our secluded spa.

Overlooking the Gulf of Siam, the Rest Detail Hotel offers guests a perfect respite from the outside world. In keeping with its name and playful logo of the “three wise monkeys”, every detail is anticipated to ensure each guest a truly surrender to the charms of this tropical seaside resort, encompassing body, mind and soul. Gracious, friendly Thai hospitality and service, unique modern design with chic colorful touches, together with sumptuous cuisine will create special memories and a desire to return again and again.



Golf à-la-carte

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s top golfing destinations with eight courses offering a range of challenges from 18-36 holes. Bookings, tee times and transportation can be arranged through the Concierge.


1. Black Mountain Golf Club
Designed Mr. Phil Ryan this is one of the newest courses in Hua Hin offering 18 holes and a stunning course.
2. Banyan Golf Club
Designed by Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast offering 18 holes.
3. Imperial Lakeview Resort and Golf Club
Designed by Roger Packard and Ronald Fream – ideal for beginners. 36 holes.
4. Majestic Creek and Country Club
Designed by Dr. Sukitti Klangvisai A challenging 27 hole course.
5. Palm Hills Golf Resort and Country Club
Designed by Max Wexler and the host of a number of famous tournaments 18 holes
6. Royal Hua Hin Golf Course
Designed by Scottish railway engineer - O.A.Robins this 18 hole course is one of the oldest and most challenging.
7. Springfield Golf and Country Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus. 27 holes
8. Milford Golf Course
Designed by Robert Mcfarland, 18 holes

Also there are many on-site activities for all guests:

Sunrise Yoga at the pool
As the sun rises over the Gulf of Thailand your “Sun Salutations” will be led by our Recreation Master to suit your specific level using the Ashtanga Yoga poses.

Painting Class
Painting is a subtle form of relaxation and unique way to express your creativity. Enjoy our water coloring class in your own space and time.
Massage Class: The Art of Relaxation
Learn how to massage your partner or friends and acquire a skill that will be sure to make you popular everywhere.

Cocktail Mixing Class
For aspiring bar experts this is a must do! Master the perfect Martini, Daiquiri and Pina Colada. Our Master of Beverage will lead the way.

Thai Culinary Class
Create Tom Yum Goong at home after this excellent class and learn all the basic of Thai Cooking for those unique dinner parties in your own house! You will love this course.

For more details, please visit the website http://www.restdetailhotel.com/

2009-12-04

The Beautiful Sunset Hotel SHIOMISO

The Sun Sets on my Onsen Bath

Senami Onsen in Niigata

夕映之宿 瀨波溫泉 汐美莊



The Senami hot spring, located just outside Murakami in the northeast of Niigata Prefecture, is renowned for the sunsets over the Japan Sea that can be seen from the serenity of the bath. The area is a popular destination year round but in the winter when the Salmon, Sweet Shrimp, Crab and Yellowtail are at their best; it is not only Spa Lady Windy that travels to Senami Onsen to have a taste of this unique delight! As the temperature drops the culinary delights tempt me from afar, the sunsets seem to guide my journey and the warm waters of the Onsen welcome me with open arms.


Located on the edge of the Japan Sea and with a spectacular view of Senami Beach is the “Shiomiso” or “Sun Set Inn”, recommended as one of the top 100 resorts in Japan by the book “Professional Hotel Selection Reserved Bible, Millennium Edition”. This superbly situated hot spring resort hotel is renowned not only for the beautiful traditional Japanese style it maintains but also for its sunset gallery.


Spa Lady Windy was trained to be a nakai-san(waitress) at Shiomiso in 1999. I learned that Japanese hospitality did not easily earn its reputation of excellence, that it requires the diligence of young apprentices to successfully learn how to treat guests with the correct deference. At Shiomiso, we had daily briefing sessions where each employee was given their task for the day. Mine was to learn the skills to make me as qualified as the others. I learned that as you greet a guest, your bow must be 30 degrees, when you request a guest to wait a moment, it must be 15 degrees and when you are thanking or apologizing it must be 45 degrees. I found this difficult to achieve in the practice room and even harder when faced with a guest’s request!

Just two weeks ago, Spa Lady went back to “Shiomiso” to stay for three days as a guest, President Asano, Okami Kyoko, and Manager Osamu Fukuda warmly welcomed me and made my stay a most relaxing and pleasant one there.



So many staff still remembered Windy made me feel like at home and then it recalled to me that how lucky I was as I learned the essence of hospitality, the skills and nuances against a stunning backdrop. As I sat with my beloved Onsen the sun’s golden glow caressing my skin and the cool sea breeze brushing my face, I thought I heard a soft voice from across the ocean that seemed to echo what I was thinking – “This is Heaven on earth”.