U PATTAYA | REVIEW BY LUXURY TRAVEL PUBLISHER
U Pattaya – it’s a boutique tropical oasis set over 4 rai of land, kissing the ocean, with an extraordinary infinity pool which quite simply put, is just mesmerising.
U PATTAYA is actually located about 20 minutes outside of Pattaya. Which is nice.
For what it’s worth, U Pattaya could actually be located anywhere and still be a success. It’s nice however that it is outside of the main town, away from the thousands of revellers. If you’re after party-town and craziness, then perhaps somewhere closer to the main strip would be more suited, however, for those seeking refuge of a tropical oasis which is absolutely hypnotic, then you’ve found the right place.
Just 2 and a bit hours from Bangkok you will find your self embarking on this serene journey well balanced between beauty and function.
There are many room types 44 booms at this boutique luxury resort, U Pattaya boats 7 room types:
- 7 x Superior Garden View (32 sqm)
- 18 x Superior Seaviews (32 sqm)
- 6 x Garden Villa (32 sqm)
- 2 x Pool Access Villa (45 sqm with 15 x 5 metre pool)
- 6 x Pool Villa (50 sqm with 5×3 metre pool)
- 2 x Two Bedroom Pool Villa (90 sqm with 8×2 metre pool)
- 3 x Beachfront Pool Villa (60 sqm with 6 x 3 metre pool)
We went all out, and opted for the Beachfront Pool Villa. The only problem is that, once you’ve stayed in this room, you’ll never want to come back and stay in a different room type.
The Beachfront Pool Villa at U Pattaya is a haven. It’s heavenly, and its large enough to spend vast amounts of time in without the need of going anywhere. Aside from the villa, you are afforded a large sitting area around your infinity pool, which just about touches the main pool slightly below.
Upon your personal pool, it has been designed with a glass frontage. This is a rather quirky yet extraordinary touch that turns up the photogenic value of U Pattaya; it’s a different turn from the norm too.
The villa is well appointed as you can see, and the design is rustic, yet luxury.
There is a sofa and large flatscreen adjustable TV, so you can comfortably watch on the sofa or in bed without getting neck strain.
There is plenty of storage, and being open plan, easy access to a large bath, his and hers sinks and obligatory shower/toilet room.
The villa is also cooled by 2 powerful air conditioners, and is very light thanks to its large fully opening doors that allow access to your pool and garden area.
The Pool Villas at U Pattaya are completely private, with a separate private entrance to each villa, and fencing to allow privacy to our neighbours.
The pool is set slightly higher than the main pool, so this also allows for our own privacy whilst using the private pool.
The Main Pool:
I love the pool at U Pattaya. Not only large, its extremely enticing. As I mentioned earlier, it’s almost hypnotic. As you walk past, you just get coaxed into needing to dip your feet or get your hair wet. There are plenty of pool-cushions too, so you can relax and bathe in all your comfort.
Around the pool are also countersunk sofa’s and sitting areas, with the main restaurant looking over.
The food at U Pattaya is actually astounding, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the food. Not only local dishes, but western dishes are also made to a very high standard.
In fact, the restaurant also attracts diners who aren’t guests at the hotel, so that’s a good sign too.
The restaurant is based in a open plan setting, and has a great view over the pool and ocean. Very relaxing, with is swing-chairs and straw roof; the design is appealing to the senses as it is comfortable.
A quick tip; if you head upstairs before/after dinner, you’ll find the rooftop bar. Not a rooftop bar in its traditional sense, but it does have a sensational atmosphere and beautiful view. Among the low-set seating, the LED lit water feature is a delight. This really is a nice place to wind down for sunset. Highly recommended and great for photographers/ selfie models alike!
Outside of the main restaurant area, is another decked area which is situation right at the forefront of the beach. I found here was a great place for romantic candlelit dinners, and seems to be popular with couples seeking more intimacy or privacy over dinner. A beautiful setting, and warming atmosphere.
U Pattaya has an open front reception which a large icon spiral staircase which leads you to the Superior Garden View, and Superior Sea View rooms. These room types, although furthest away from the ocean, are set on levels 1-3 and as you can imagine, levels 2 and 3 have a sea view. They also have a large bathtub on the balcony.
As you stroll further on down towards the ocean, along the timber you’ll see other room types such as the Garden Villas and Pool Access Villas. U Pattaya have done very well with its offering of room types, and you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like. Quite quirky again, is the ‘selfie’ stands you can find throughout various points of the resort, which allow you to place your camera or mobile phone on, and take a selfie with the view behind you; simple but rather useful!
Further, I did not that U Pattaya has a fully functional gym /fitness centre, as well as a spa/massage centre on site, although I didn’t utilise these services, they both looked well maintained and inviting! The view from the gym is great!
The service is professional, yet friendly. Staff are young and energetic, and nothing is too much to ask for.
Not the place to feel absolutely pampered, but the service is what you can expect from a boutique 4-5 star hotel. Upon checking in, you are offered a choice of soap made from Thai herbs which you’d like to use throughout your stay – that was a nice personal touch. Furthermore, all guests of the Oceanfront Pool Villa at U Pattaya are also supplied with another nice surprise shortly after checking in to your room – a bottle of red wine, some macarons and fresh fruit. This really was well enjoyed whilst frolicking in our private pool watching the sunset!