Facing the Gulf of Thailand, the city of Pattaya stretches north to south for approximately 20 kilometers along prime beachfront. Needless to say, choosing the right spot for you is crucial. You may have heard this seaside resort destination gets busy and feature an infamous nightlife. While that may be true of many of the city's locales, you will find north Pattaya hotels on the beach in Naklua Bay, which is the very first you encounter entering the city from Bangkok is set amid intoxicating tranquility and yet, its only 5 minutes from the pulsating entertainment zone.
But if indeed an exotic nightlife, endless shops, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep out-weigh the need for private sunbathing you will find fulfillment at our hotels between Beach Road and central Pattaya Bay featuring the largest selection of beachfront accommodation. The further south you go along this 3km strip the more pulsating it becomes until it meats up with Walking Street and its raunchy nightlife. Then, past a headland going south-east is Jomtien, a notch down from the craziness of the central strip and flanked by quiet Dong Tan and Jomtien Na.
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To get the best of both worlds and stay a stones-throw from the main entertainment zone while enjoying exclusivity at a private beach, Cape Dara is a hard case to beat. It is located just past where the central bay area ends in the north and just before restful Naklua. It is close to Central Festival and famous Tiffany's show.
This is one of those places the kids will beg you to stay longer. With most rooms ocean facing and located on Wong Amat in laid-back Naklua Bay near Mini Siam amusement park it features a kids club and ginormous water park with a lost world theme complete with suspension bridges, jungle with waterfalls, slides and rivers.
The trendy Centara Grand Modus is a new resort directly on a quiet beach for the use of hotel guests only. Many of its deluxe ocean facing rooms also have direct access to a pool along the waterfront and larger groups will find ample space in the family residence which accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children on bunk beds.
Situated just before Jomtien which is far enough south from the centre of Pattaya to feel secluded, yet close enough to be in the fray in no time, especially with the resort's free shuttle service. It features ocean view accommodation including family residences sleeping 4 and the coolest rooftop hot tub, bar and restaurant.
Sometimes, even the best beachfront hotels cannot necessarily guarantee uninterrupted ocean views, but towering 38 floors high you can look all the way to tomorrow from D Varee's rooms with private balconies, from the pool, or while wining and dining on the outdoor terrace complimented by live entertainment.
Located along its own exclusive ribbon of sand in Jomtien where day beds await under palm leaf cabanas, Pinnacle Grand offers affordable accommodation. This include sea view rooms, villas surrounded by a pool accessed via a wooden walkway and free standing bungalows scattered around a tropical garden.
With 180 degree sea views and 2 private beaches 1 km south of Bali Hai Pier Royal Cliff is a holiday destination of note. It features remarkable business facilities, a cliff-top spa, 7 infinity pools and a kids club entertaining children while you catch-up on your sun tan during island excursions on-board the hotel catamaran.
Part of the same group on the same exclusive ribbon of sand as Royal Cliff you can utilize facilities at both such as the 7 ocean view pools, tennis and squash courts, gym and ocean view spa. Unashamedly stylish suites kitted with modern entertainment technology and Jacuzzis overlook Koh Larn Island from private balconies.
Directly next to neon-lit Walking Street and walking distance to Bali Hai Pier Siam Bayshore is surrounded by entertainment and nightlife. It offers free standing garden bungalows and the use of 2 pools with an integrated Jacuzzi and water slide, and seaside dining where you can select your meat to be flame grilled to perfection.
With a rooftop pool, creative design and colourful decor Siam@Siam is cool and snazzy. Located in central Pattaya its Biz Class rooms feature window corner day beds overlooking the sea and the suite has a trendy lounge. The restaurant has an under the sea theme complete with jelly fish lamps and fishtail bar.
With direct access to the beach reserved exclusively for hotel guests The Monttra is located for unhindered relaxation south of the central strip. Surrounded by extensive gardens with thick shrubbery and leafy trees it features an amazing infinity ocean view pool and accommodation as befitting as it is unique.
We should probably not be biased, but we saved our favourite for last. The Zign is a striking property in every way. From its idyllic setting in restful Naklua to the stone molded features and befitting colour tones of its villas, retro pop of its tower rooms and dazzling pool and lounge bars it is simply a treat for the senses.