I'm not usually one for resort/beach venues and ended up here because I was looking for something close to Bangkok. It's an easy 2-3 hour drive from the City (boring, but easy). I used a car service that screwed me on the return, so would not recommend (sent a beaten up van instead of the private sedan expected) - and have since learned that Hyatt offers a reasonable price for their van from Bangkok Erawan to Hua Hin which I would consider in future now that I know where it is. As a Plat and there before the Regency Club reopened, I wasn't expecting much of an upgrade, but did receive a lovely room with balcony overlooking a mellow area. I received a fruit juice drink each day via room service or in the bars, I selected room service and loved the selection (watermelon was a new one for me which I really liked). They offered a bag of cookies, and I also had a fruit platter upon arrival. There was one issue while I stayed, and that got me another bag of cookies but of a different type. I stayed there for just a few days to relax, and since I slept a good portion of my stay it was a successful visit. I did walk around the area right outside the gates, and there are some inexpensive restaurant options if you wanted to venture out instead of eating on property. I didn't find the food offered by the hotel to be particularly imaginative, but it was definitely acceptable. I had one meal at the restaurant near the pools, which was disturbed by some employees taking lunch and playing with their iphones fairly loudly for the tranquil surroundings - but that was the only hiccup for the entire stay. If you are a beach person, this is likely not the place for you. If you're a see the sea/ocean and hang in the pool area or just sunbathe, you'd be all set. At high tide, the beach essentially disappears but in low tide it offers nice walking (with covered feet) for long distances. I did join in the morning Yoga classes the last two days, and wish I'd done it earlier. The guy teaching it was very welcoming and friendly -- it was FIRST ever time doing this, although I did find my wii time helped me with some of the moves. Highly recommend this to anyone - it is held in the forecourt of the spa in an area called serenity courtyard (i think). They also had a nice gym available for use with a wide range of equipment. They offer a van into the Hua Hin city area for a fee, which if you two have people is the same as a taxi, so just go that route. Taxis are not in great shape, but they get you where you're going. You are best off if you can tell them in advance what time you are going and returning, if using their service as it is done via a third party and as some other guests and I found out, not always reliable if they don't have a guarantee someone will be waiting. The town, at least for me, did not have much to offer other than a very reasonably priced massage in the neighborhood. I wasn't in the mood to shop much, but found something to eat and walked around for awhile. I found it to be quite dirty but that is not unexpected for a city in Thailand. I was fascinated by the method of transportation used for the kids when a nearby school let out, the different motorbikes and how people piled into/onto whatever was being used to go to/from the school. I've attached some pictures in the next post. The regency club and suites have now reopened, so I'm sure some Diamond members can share those pictures.