A recent facelift has given this decades-old hotel a stronger contemporary vibe, refreshed rooms and updated amenities, ensuring this Pattaya icon stays a landmark icon for years to come.
Royal Cliff commands one of Pattaya’s most enviable addresses from its Phra Tamnak Hill location, about three kilometres from the city centre where the walking street, bars and shopping malls are found, thus offering a tranquil beachfront stay with easy access to the city’s key landmarks. From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, it’s about a 75-minute drive to the resort.
Stepping into my Ocean Deluxe Room, I was blown away by the stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. The horizon was formed by an azure sky meeting the turquoise sea, punctuated with speedboats and their white water trails; while a trio of crystal blue pools sparkled in the foreground.
As part of the resort transformation led by renowned Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag, Ocean Deluxe rooms – together with the Mini Suites – were transformed with new bathroom features installed. The ensuing result is an expansive 36m2 interior featuring a pleasing white-and-lightwood palette accented with Thai decorative touches.
I stayed at the 474-key Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, which together with the 88-key Royal Cliff Beach Terrace, 373-key Royal Cliff Grand Hotel and 85-key Royal Wing Suites & Spa, make up the Royal Cliffs Hotel Group.
A destination unto itself, the sprawling 26ha beachfront estate is home to myriad amenities. Architect Bunnag once again oversaw the construction and design of the property’s new features.
Fitness and sports fans should head to the Fitz Club – Racquets, Health & Fitness, which was transformed to sport an Amazon vibe in addition to fun slides. The upgraded Funtasea kids club and variety of pools promise hours of fun for families. As well, the infinity pool as well as private beaches are definitely popular in-resort lounging spots, especially during sunsets.
Other recreation facilities include seven tennis courts, the Nah Pah Thai Cooking School, a cigar lounge and luxury spas, among others.
Already a dominant player in Pattaya’s MICE space with its PEACH convention centre on-site, Royal Cliff is now pushing into the lifestyle and sporting segments with the creation of its own events – e.g. a one-night show by UK comedian Bill Bailey – making it an even more attractive destination for families and leisure groups alike.
The vast hotel complex boasts 11 restaurants and six bars, offering options from Asian to European fusion. Notable dining outlets include Chamu for Japanese, Maharani for Indian, Huang Chao for Cantonese, and Rossini for Italian flavours.
Overlooking the pools and sea, all-day-dining Panorama is where international buffet breakfasts are served. In the lobby, which has also undergoing a redesign, stands a new lobby bar and bakery.
Service was pleasant and efficient – and delivered with smiles.
A grand dame that has stood the test of time, its recent makeover has given it greater shine as a sanctuary for relaxation.
No. of rooms 474
Rates From 4,000 baht (US$126) for rooms with ABF
Tel (62 38) 250 421