By Pattarawadee Saengmanee
The Nation Weekend
COMPLETE WITH a striking 18-hole golf course designed by the great Greg Norman, the 2,000-rai Thana City Country Club sports-and-leisure complex now has the Eastin Thana City Resort Bangkok at its entrance.
Opened last month, Thailand’s first Eastin Resort aims to match the success of the Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu Bali in Indonesia and Eastin Grand Resort Phu Quoc in Vietnam.
Golfers, whether travelling with their families or not, and short-hop vacationers can enjoy a marvellous holiday amid comfortable accommodations and five-star hospitality at affordable prices.
A 10-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the hotel is at Bang Na-Trat Road Kilometre 14 and boasts a contemporary design that blends in beautifully with the green surroundings.
It has 194 rooms and suites ranging from 32 to 96 square metres. The options include a superior room, a one-bedroom suite and a two-bed room suite.
“We saw the potential for sports tourism in Thailand and added the Eastin Resort to accommodate guests,” says Sorasa Phungsupan, assistant public relations director at Thana City.
“We want to be a one-stop leisure spot where sport lovers, families and vacationers can come and enjoy fun activities designed for all ages and lifestyle.”
Sorasa noted that Thana City has been a popular attraction for the sporty crowd for 25 years, drawing guests from Japan and South Korea as well.
“In 2017 we collaborated with Greg Norman, ‘the Great White Shark’, to build a world-class 18-hole championship golf course.
“We expanded the course from 6,800 to 7,008 yards and enhanced it with new greens, tee-off areas and landscaping to make it more challenging for players. We added an advanced floodlight system so you can keep playing until late evening. And we have a traffic-management system to ensure that everyone can finish their 18 holes within four and a half hours.”
The Eastin offers “Value for all Occasions” that lets guests check in at a time convenient for them with the assurance that the room will be ready. Children up to 16 can stay for free. Sign up for “Flexi Breakie” and you can eat breakfast as late as 11.30am, allowing for a longer snooze.
The resort has its own saltwater freeform swimming pool and a large fitness centre with a wide selection of state-of-the-art equipment and classes conducted by professionals.
I stayed a night in a 64-square-metre, high-ceiling one-bedroom suite that felt homey and relaxing with its earth tones and wooden furniture. It had free Wi-Fi Internet access and a dining area with pantry and a three-seat dining table, microwave, refrigerator, tableware and sink.
I loved lounging on the comfy sofa bed surfing the foreign satellite channels on TV.
The bedroom, spacious and convenient, had a king-size bed with USB hubs in the headboard and a work desk alongside an LCD TV and fully stocked mini-bar.
Inside the walk-in closet were a safe, umbrellas and slippers. There’s also a large separate shower, a wash basin with hairdryer and all the amenities you need and a separate toilet accessible from both dining area and bedroom. The private balcony afforded great views of the sunset beyond the vast greenery of the golf course.
The hotel restaurant is called Splash and has a pool terrace. It does a nice breakfast buffet of Thai and American choices and has a salad bar, coffee and juice counter and a dim sum corner where you can get Chinese fried dough and dumplings with soy milk.
During the day, for a little extra cash, you can get access to the clay tennis courts, basketball and volleyball court, futsal field and squash court. There’s also a “We Play” playground for kids to jump around in a ball pit or on trampolines and create art in a craft corner.
IF YOU GO
High point: Guestrooms are homey, airy and clean.
Low point: The main lobby entrance remains under construction and confusion ensues when using the same gate as country club members.
Pay for it: Until March 31, rates start at Bt2,000 for a superior room.
Find it: 100-100/1 Bangna-Trat Road Km 14, Bangplee, Samut Prakan
Call it: (02) 172 2300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Browse it: www.EastinHotelsResidences.com.