Hint: there's a super gorgeous starchitect hotel involved.
We don't need many excuses to head to Thailand, and this month it's all the fun new things happening in the nearby beach town of of Hua Hin, which is home to both a jazz festival and a super sexy new hotel this month.
After a long wait, the first hotel both owned and designed by Thai resort architecture king Duangrit Bunnag (behind jaw-droppers like The Naka and Alila Cha Am) will begin taking bookings this Feb 20, with rates ranging from $200-400. Located on the third floor of the Seenspace Hua Hin beachfront mall, Hotel Bocage blends itself into the rest of the project with its simple yet brutal concrete lines. Inside is a vision of elegance, with minimal furniture, gray-scale colors and abundant natural stone.
Already listed as part of the prestigious portfolio of Design Hotels - Boutique & Luxury Design Hotel Collection, the property features bespoke beds, tables and wardrobes from Italian furniture-maker Porro, while sofas come from Living Divani. Inside the bathrooms, you'll find an equally Italian touch thanks to the clean fixtures of Antonio Lupi Design, complemented by the en vogue toiletries of trending Australian label Aesop. With only six rooms, the hotel still manages to offer three types of room: Simply Standard at 45 sqm with two rooms; Very Deluxe at 60 sq meters with three rooms; and The Only Suite, which features a vast, 80-sqm open-plan space. The tech-savvy property also offers mobile app check-in that lets you access your room without even having to stop at the lobby.
Not that you'll need to step out of your pretty starchitect digs, but in case you feel adventurous, True Jazz Fest is a new music event that looks to fill the space left by the Hua Hin Jazz Festival, which has gone quiet for over a year now. Taking place at True Arena Hua Hin this Mar 24-25, the two-day festival will feature the Grammy award-winning fusion quartet Yellowjackets, American saxophonist Benny Golson and guitarist Al McKay, formerly of Earth, Wind & Fire, plus local names like Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Soul After Six and Thailand All-Stars Jazz Orchestra. Tickets are $80 for a one-day pass or $140 for a two-day pass.