From the walk through the surrounds and up to the front reception of the award-winning Laksasubha Hua Hin, you get the feeling you are walking through a very special venue. The beautifully manicured grounds of what was originally the owner’s family home, still surround the guest villas and pool areas. The pathway leads you towards Hua Hin's stunning coastline; whether it’s early morning or sunset, it is a great setting and one to put on your must-visit list.
The resort is steeped in Royal history, with resort founder and owner, M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon (affectionately known as Mom Lak), being the great granddaughter of HRH Prince Krisda Bhiniharn Krom Phra Naresra Varariddhi (Prince Nares), who is the son of King Mongkut - Rama IV and the brother of King Chulalongkorn - Rama V. The Prince was the first member of the Thai Royal Family to setup residence in Hua Hin.
Around the end of the 1870s, HRH Prince Nares was sent on a mission by his brother, King Rama V, to find a holiday location for members of the royal family. What he found was Baan Laem Hin (Stony Cape Village), a small fishing village. HRH Prince Nares built the first Royal residence in the area on the southern side of Laem Hin village. He was the one who gave it the name Hua Hin (meaning Stone Head), to differentiate it from Laem Hin village. Eventually the name Hua Hin extended to cover what is now the entire beach resort area. This became his family summer home and the forerunner of Hua Hin’s heritage of royal residences and palaces. You can see some of the Royal history in the library at Laksasubha, with a photo wall showing the owner’s journey. In fact, Prince Nares is also mentioned many times in the book Anna And The King Of Siam and the road the resort is built on, Naresdamri Road, is named for the Prince Nares.
Recently, Laksasubha has transformed their dining and bar areas by taking full advantage of the beautiful seaside landscape. Both Mom Lak and her mother, Mrs Abha Kridakon, wanted to have a grand opening to launch both the Rim Talay Restaurant and La Costa Bar in style. They were officially opened by Mr. Nopporn Vuttikul, Lord Mayor of Hua Hin, on August 10, with many local dignities and important groups in attendance; the TAT Prachuap Khiri Khan were also represented to mark the event.
Talking with Mom Lak about the transformation will invariably raise the topic of the influences she has used for the dining and bar areas, not to mention the resort itself. Being born into both a Royal and diplomatic family and having lived, studied and travelled extensively throughout the world, has given Mom Lak many inspirations for the transformation of both of Laksasubha's new spaces. The style reflects her Thai heritage, yet also her life experiences in the West; a true East meets West theme in both.
The Rim Talay Restaurant is a place where you can relax and eat any time of the day. The beautifully renovated dining space makes it a elegant yet comforting feel. The food served here is a mix of flavours from Northern Thailand and the French Riviera. The dining room has navy and white motif with service staff reflecting these colours makes you feel like you are in a contemporary French-style restaurant. Mom Lak has driven the concepts and overseen the delivery of everything from the menus to the staff uniforms.
If you are looking for a beachside bar with a spectacular view and stylish cocktails to match, then La Costa Bar is the perfect choice. The striking black and white colour scheme and open air bar helps confirm you are in a tropical paradise. The bar has taken inspiration from Latin America and Spain; a number of the bar staff are actually from Spain and Ecuador. This has brought an eclectic, yet delicious mix of cocktails to the drinks list and the cool vibes playing make it a great venue, day or night. With nightly drink promotions, this is definitely a bar to check out.
Hua Hin is often referred to as a Royal town, giving it quite a special feel. In every way, Laksasubha Hua Hin tries to maintain this heritage, making it a place to visit. The owners want to keep the historic ties alive and I feel they are doing that, whilst bringing a contemporary feel to their dining and bar areas.
I was thrilled to be invited to the opening of the Rim Talay Restaurant and La Costa Bar, though the impressions of both are from my own point of view and not influenced by that invitation. Along with Laksasubha Hua Hin, I would recommend putting both Rim Talay Restaurant and La Costa Bar on your must visit list when you are next in Hua Hin.
Her professional career began with the UN, but following a personal tragedy, she moved back to Thailand as a single mother with two children under five.
Having no formal business background, but blessed with an intense entrepreneurial streak, she founded Krystalina, a company importing Czech crystal products. Later her passion for education led her to create the world-renowned First Steps International Pre School in 1997; it is considered one of Bangkok's leading preschools.
Never shirking a challenge, in 2007 Mom Lak found herself again entering unchartered waters when she founded Laksasubha Hua Hin. Running the daily operations of this 5 star resort, as well as taking on a huge expansion due the resort's huge popularity, has turned into a job she is truly loving; albeit the unexpected nature of it!
Known for her openness, down to earth nature and vivaciousness, Mom Lak is truly an inspirational woman.