The Luxury Nicknamed the floating hotel, the Hilton Pattaya is perched (on floors 16 to 34) above the 300-odd stores of Southeast Asias largest shopping complex, Central Festival Pattaya. The new 302-room hostelry pairs urban convenience (a private mall entrance) with seaside calm (stunning views of Pattaya Bay). The adjacent beaches allow for easy enjoyment of water sports and island excursions, while a host of monosyllabic restaurants, from casual to opulent, grant expansive vantage points.
The Value Readers who book an oceanview room or suite by July 15 for travel through September 30 can take 25 percent off the best available rate. Discounted rates start at $99/night, including breakfast and an afternoon tea.
The Catch Flights from the U.S. to Thailand typically cost more than $1,000, even from the West Coast. The rainy season also begins in June and lingers through October.
The Details 011-66-38-25-3030 (mention Floating Hotel); www.hilton.com
From the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.
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