Getting out of the big city is always a good idea. I love finding somewhere that is not too close and yet not too far. We decided to check in at X2 Kui Buri (pronounced ‘Cross To’). X2 Kui Buri is a boutique hotel in Kui Buri, Prachuabkirikun, which is a town about 100km south of the more renowned beachside tourist city Hua Hin in Thailand.
As with all the X2 properties, X2 Kui Buri is what you would call a ‘designer hotel’ with a lot of quirky yet chic character. It really is a work of art. The property opened in 2007 and has only 20 rooms. Each room has been built up with natural stones that originated from the local area. I love the bare cement floors in the guestrooms that are met with dwarfing stone walls rising up several meters that direct the natural light into the whole room through one of the largest glass door cum windows that I have ever seen in a guest room. For privacy, you can rest assured that there is also an equally enormous electric blackout curtain that can be operated from the bedside.
The public walkway has been carefully mapped and designed so that you can appreciate the distinctive butterfly grain in every slat of timber along the walk-way which is a pattern unique to the species of pine that had been imported from Finland.
There is plenty of wide open green space for guests to walk around which is also very refreshing to the eye, having come from the city. If you are into Petanque, there is a Petanque court for you to enjoy as well.
The hotel is located right on the beach. It is quite easy to find with adequate signage all along the way.
The Luxury Pool Villa is a 145 sq. villa well positioned on the beach. The villa comprises of 2 floors (mezzanine level) with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms with private terrace, garden, and a private swimming pool.
Apart from a regular rain shower, there is also another outdoor bathtub and a rain shower for you to get close to the nature. Bathrooms are spacious although we found that on a few occasions that the water pressure could have been a bit stronger. Everything else is in a good condition. Basic bathroom amenities are provided for you using Yan products.
Since the hotel is very well designed, the villa is intentionally sparsely decorated. It does look very stylish just the way it is, with its bare cement floor and rock walls with natural light.
Unlike other hotels, there are a lot of good books available for you in the guest rooms. You can grab a book and turn on some good music (CDs are available as well) and really take a breather while you’re away. TVs and CD players are available for you in both rooms.
The majority of the clientele were Thai, and the Thai food was quite reasonable. We felt that the international fare still had a way to go, but was adequate.
The atmosphere in the spa is very relaxing and embraces the architecture and the nature of the whole property within the room. In saying that, there is only one treatment room, so it’s wise to make an appointment.
The staff are friendly and very service-minded. They were very welcoming and each of them did their job very well.
When many tourists come to Thailand, outside of the island destinations of Phuket and Samui, when people think of ‘going to the beach’, the first places that pop into mind would usually be Hua Hin or Pattaya. We were really pleasantly surprised to discover not only X2 but also Kui Buri. It’s a perfect destination for foreign travellers that is just far enough off of the regular tourist trail to provide a very new, relaxing and certainly memorable experience..