Chic Spa Destinations ~ The Barai, Hua Hin, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | August 13, 2009

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The Barai is one unforgettable spa with an interesting story. A whimsical spa that has to be experienced to be believed, created by leading Thai Architect, Lek Bunnag. Located within the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin compound, The Barai makes no apologies in using bold colors. It is as if you stumbled upon the work of Mexico’s Ricardo Legoretta that has been transplanted across the Pacific to Thailand. The deep red enhances the dramatic entrance that leaves a lasting impression. Little wonder that The Barai was named “Best Spa Design of the Year 2008” by the AsiaSpa publication.


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“Barai” comes from the word baray which is a large man made reservoir created by the ancient Khmers to channel irrigated water for use in their daily lives. In that era the baray was an important source of life that brought happiness, well-being and peace to the people.
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The Barai is a journey into the art of architecture. Inspired by the heritage of Khmer architecture from the 11th century. The architecture and interior design of The Barai represents the glory of Khmer style of art, combined with the heritage of other art styles from this region. This will be reflected not only in the grandeur of the main facilities and in each of the treatment rooms, but also in all aspects of The Barai experience. The Barai design elements include a wall designed to capture the sunset, a playful nod to Apsaras, a nymph-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist lore, and a swimming channel.
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The Barai features 8 exclusive residential spa suites, and 18 exotic treatment rooms located on more than 18,500 square metres of serene beachfront land adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hua Hin. Four suites are located on the ground floor with a private plunge pool and garden, while the other four are located on the upper level with a private balcony overlooking the tranquil Gulf of Thailand.
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When guests arrive they leave one world behind and enter another, discovering small touches and delightful surprises, from the unique design to the exclusive tailor–made furniture. Enjoy the supreme comfort of a specially made bed measuring 3 m x 2 m, one of only eight beds of this size in the world, designed for total relaxation.
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To ensure that the residential spa suite experience is complete, a choice of a daily 60–minute spa treatment is included in the stay. Whether for a holiday by the sea or a spa getaway break, The Barai, which defines a higher level of luxurious residential spa, offers a true sanctuary of peace and pure serenity.
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When guests choose to stay at The Barai, they will experience a complete spa journey, with the entire spa experience integrated into all aspects of the guest’s stay, from The Barai Suite, the residential spa accommodation to wellness through spa treatment therapy, lifestyle programming, relaxation and dining at McFarland House restaurant.

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