The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya

November 11, 2015 by David Herd

Looking north to Wongamat

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya Ocean Tower has fabulous ocean views and beautiful grounds around the pool area. Add the wonderful Mantra to the mix and you will wonder why you would ever stay anywhere else.

It is May 2017 & a huge renovation is underway, the Garden section is being totally demolished & a new tower will be constructed in its place. Tavern by the sea on Beach Rd will also be demolished.

Naklua Road

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Naklua Road has lots of good restaurants and beer bars. Travel about 5 kilometres along and you come to the fish market, well worth a visit.

It is May 2017 & a huge renovation is underway, the Garden section (the grey buildings) is being totally demolished & a new tower will be constructed in its place. Tavern by the sea on Beach Rd will also be demolished.

Relax at the pool bar.

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya A beautiful setting swim up to the bar and order a cocktail.

Lap pool, I don’t think so.

Amari Hotel Pattaya I would struggle to swim one lap, I’ll stick to the other pool where I can order a Bloody Mary. 🙂

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya

One moment sir while I check for vacancies

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya Friends of mine who are regular Amari customers always comment on the excellent staff, they certainly give their guests the five star treatment.

For a great rate use this link to book the Ocean Tower.

Here is the link to book the lower price Garden section.

Four of my favourite people

Amari Pattaya My brother Warren and his two beautiful daughters Elyssa & Laura plus my friend Bill Austin from Wiltshire in the U.K, we had just finished Sunday lunch at the Mantra and were feeling no pain at all. 🙂

Talking about the Mantra Mantra restaurant

Alaskan crab, Oysters from France washed down with cold sake. Sunday lunch lets you sample food from seven different kitchens.

Here is a video showing the seven kitchens

View from the rooms at the front

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya How good is this view? Every morning you can watch the para-sailors buzzing around like mosquitoes.

Looking north from Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya

Amari Hotel Pattaya

The Dusit Hotel is in the foreground with Cape Dara hotel the tall modern building behind.

Amari Hotel Pattaya

Amari Hotel Beach Road Pattaya The Amari executive club.

Garden section

 photo Amari hotel 13_1.jpg Room prices are quite a bit lower in the Garden section but you still have full access to the beautiful grounds. They also have an excellent property at Koh Chang which is around 4 hours drive from Pattaya.

It is May 2017 & a huge renovation is underway, the Garden section is being totally demolished & a new tower will be constructed in its place. Tavern by the sea on Beach Rd will also be demolished.

The beautiful garden area

Tavern By the Sea

It is May 2017 & a huge renovation is underway, the Garden section is being totally demolished & a new tower will be constructed in its place. Tavern by the sea on Beach Rd will also be demolished.

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Pattaya Luxury Five Star hotels

July 3, 2013 by David Herd

Five Luxury Star hotels in Pattaya.

Siam @ SiamSiam @ Siam is a Five Star Hotel

Pattaya Luxury Five Star hotels overlooking Pattaya beach are The Amari, The Holiday Inn The Hilton & the Dusit. Amari has the nicest grounds & pool area + the magnificent Mantra restaurant, the Hilton is above an upmarket shopping mall & is the most central, Holiday Inn has the best pizzas, the Dusit in North Pattaya has the best Dim Sum. 😉

The Beach Club at the Pullman Hotel.

Beach Club Pattaya

The Pullman Hotel

Book the Pullman Hotel here.

Pattaya Five Star hotels Wongamat has a far nicer nicer beach than Pattaya, check out the Pullman Hotel. Their Beach club is a great bar with a happy hour every day from 5 to 7pm. Excellent seafood buffet Friday & Saturday night. The Pullman is really a 3.5 star hotel in a 5 star location, &  should not be in my budget section.

Beach Club BBQ seafood buffet.

Beach Club BBQ buffet

I believe they now have different themes each night.

Video of the BBQ seafood buffet at the Beach Club

The Dusit Hotel

Dusit Thani Pattaya

The luxury Dusit hotel is perched on the point at North Pattaya, lovely well kept gardens and loaded with old world charm. A special travel tip is to seek out the the Peak Chinese restaurant which is rather hard to find.  Perhaps that is why it is rarely crowded at lunch time when they serve the best Yum Cha in Pattaya. There is also a nice Italian restaurant called the Bay with views, you guessed it, overlooking the bay.  Book your hotel here for the guaranteed best price and choose when you wish to pay, now or when you check out. I also reviewed The Peak on TripAdvisor.

Peak restaurant Dusit.

Peak Chinese restaurant Dusit

Hilton Hotel, beach rd Pattaya.

Pattaya Hilton hotel

The fabulous Pattaya Hilton Hotel.

Hilton Hotel Pattaya

Located at the center of Pattaya beach and perched on top of Central Festival, a world class shopping mall, the Hilton hotel has it all. Wonderful restaurants, amazing decor and a breathtaking view across the bay. This is definitely one of the best Pattaya Five Star Hotels.  Book the fabulous Hilton here.


Pattaya Hilton HotelNick & Sharon from Australia relaxing at the Hilton.

Horizons at the Hilton

Horizons at Hilton

Happy hour every night 5 to 7 pm.



The Amari Hotel

Amari hotel pattaya The Amari hotel is in a great location with beautiful grounds and excellent swimming pools. They also have the best restaurant in Pattaya, the magnificent Mantra.  This is one of my favourite Pattaya hotels, you can book it here.

Sunday brunch at the Mantra.

  Pattaya Five Star hotels   I believe the Mantra Sunday brunch is the best value five star food in the world. Alaskan Crab, Oysters from France, New Zealand lamb cutlets, the list goes on. There are seven different kitchens offering food from all around the world. Cost is 1,700 Baht or $58, priceless.  

Desert at the Mantra

Mantra desert Amari What a way to finish a great meal, that is of course if you are not counting calories.  🙄 I also put a review on TripAdvisor.

The Amari & Holiday Inn.

Amari hotel & Holiday Inn These two great Pattaya Five Star hotels are are the north end of Beach rd in Pattaya.  

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Pattaya Situated on Beach rd north Pattaya next door to the Amari Hotel. The Holiday Inn serve wonderful wood fired pizzas in the courtyard, if you order before 5pm or any time Tuesday the pizzas are half price. Another nice feature is half price sandwiches, cakes and pies in the coffee shop off the foyer after 7pm at night. Book the Holiday Inn here.

Pizza at Holiday Inn.

Pattaya Five Star hotels The only time I have had a better pizza was 3 years ago in Florence with my friend Francesca. The wine I am enjoying is called “Kiss my Kangaroo”, can you believe that name? However it is surprisingly good and so is the Cuban music. My apologies for the poor quality photo. I also put a review on TripAdvisor.

Havana bar at the Holiday Inn.    

Amari & Holiday Inn

Markland Condo Pattaya To the right of the Holiday Inn is where I live at Markland Condo.

The Royal Cliff Hotel.

Royal Cliff Hotel For a luxury hotel away from the maddening crowd you can’t go past the Royal Cliff. An elevator will take you down to Cosy beach where the water is clean and you can enjoy a massage on the beach. This is where I stayed on my first visit to Pattaya in 1980. This is definitely a five star hotel.

The Royal Cliff Hotel.

Royal Cliff Hotel The Royal Cliff is certainly on of Pattaya’s best hotels, very popular for conventions and has great ocean views. An elevator takes you down to Breezes restaurant and Cosy Beach. A little bit away from downtown Pattaya which many people prefer.

The Royal Cliff Hotel. 

Royal Cliff Hotel   Royal Cliff Hotel,  opened in 1974 & was in fact  where I stayed on my first visit to Pattaya in 1980. Look closely and you will see the elevator that takes you down to Cosy beach.

Breezeo at Royal Cliff

Breezeo at Royal Cliff Hotel

Breezes is a great spot for a nice casual lunch by the sea.  For great room rates book the Royal Cliff here.

Massage on Cosy beach.

Pattaya Five Star hotels You can enjoy a massage on the beach for only 200 Baht or $6 an hour.

Cape Dara in Wongamat.

Cape Dara Wongamat Cape Dara is one of the new Pattaya Five Star hotels at Wongamat which is the next beach north of Pattaya.

Nice pool at Cape Dara

Pattaya Five Star hotels The hotel has a bus service to take guests on the short five minute trip to Pattaya, the hotel address is 256 Dara Beach, Soi 20, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Pattaya, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand Phone:+66 38 933 888.


MING XING RESTAURANT Cape Dara Great decor at the Cantonese restaurant, I had the Dim Sum which was great value at 490 Baht or $15. Eat as much as you want, hard to beat at this price. Book a room at Cape Dara here.

SIAM @ SIAM, the new kid on the block.

Car bar at Siam @ SiamI took these photos on the day Siam @ Siam opened, Sunday December 13 2013. Th first guests are due on Dec 24th. These shots are from the Car bar on the ground floor. I will add more when the Sky Bar opens soon.

Car Bar

Car bar at Siam @ Siam hotel Book a room at the fantastic hotel here.

Fantastic lamb shank

Pattaya Five Star hotels Each week I visit Siam @ Siam to have the wonderful Massaman curry slow cooked lamb shank. I reviewed it on TripAdvisor.

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Siam @ Siam, cnr Soi 2 & 2nd Rd.

Siam @ Siam hotel

Located opposite Big C Marina in 2nd rd.

Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya

Centara Grand Phratamnak

Located at the southern end of Pattaya at Phratamnak, a few steps from the beautiful beach, this five-star hotel is just 10 minutes from Pattaya city centre and less than two hours from Bangkok. Centara Grand Phratamnak features a stylish design with a dramatic marine themed lobby, Italian furnishings, and a pool and Jacuzzi on the rooftop. The hotel features 165 exquisitely appointed guestrooms, each including smart TV, Nespresso machines, a large balcony or terrace, delicate cotton bed sheets, in-room safe, and rain shower.

My lovely friend Amy

David Herd & Amy

My lovely friend Amy has moved from the Mantra at the Amari hotel to the Centara Grand, I recently enjoyed their first Sunday seafood buffet which was outstanding.

Sunday seafood buffet

 photo Maine lobster at Centara

I think the buffet is once per month, however I will clarify it soon.

Beautiful suite at Centara

Centara Grand Phratamnak hotelCentara Grand Phratamnak has some beautiful family suites with a separate bedroom for the kids, flat TV screens everywhere. Book a room at Centara here.                 

  Centara hotel      Centara hotel Pattaya

 Kantary Hotel, 2.5 hours north of Pattaya.

Kantary Hotel Kabinburi Kantary Hotel Kabinburi is rather special, particularly if you are a golfer. The standard of the hotel is fantastic & the golf package can’t be beat. For 3000 Baht or $90 usd, which sadly is now $104 aud, you get 2 18 hole rounds of golf on the magnificent Kabinburi Sport Club which proudly boasts of being the longest course in Thailand. Add to that one nights accommodation & breakfast included, makes this the best value golf package in Thailand. If that was not enough the three of us were all upgraded to a wonderful one bedroom suite which is the best hotel accommodation I have ever seen anywhere in the country.


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