Leonard Faust, Director of F&B for Sheraton Hua Hin Resort and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
Only a few hours’ drive from Thailand’s bustling capital Bangkok, Hua Hin is a magnificent seaside location in the beautiful Gulf of Thailand. It’s an interesting mix of city and sea; with an international ambiance, lively markets, tasty street eats, long beaches and endless white sands. Unfortunately, when most international visitors to Thailand think of a sunny beach destination, the southern Islands of Koh Samui and Phuket immediately spring to mind, and Hua Hin is often overlooked (which is a shame as there are two great Sheraton Hotels there!)
Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa
The first is five-star luxury personified; the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. With 240 guest rooms and suites, a fabulous lagoon shaped pool, seaside dining and a short walk to the beach, it’s the perfect getaway. Alternatively, for those looking for a bit more seclusion, the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, located 22km’s from Hua Hin; where you can enjoy beautiful surroundings and world-class accommodation in one of their 53 revitalising pool villas adjoining a 10-acre beachfront overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
Whichever property you chose to stay at, you can be assured that you’ll have some of the best food that Thailand has to offer! Australian, Leonard Faust, has been the Director of Food & Beverage for both hotels for the past two years, and has been living in Thailand for the past ten years.
Q. Hi Leonard, can you tell me a little bit about your background, and what brought you to Thailand?
Leonard: I’m Australian, and I came to Thailand during a trip to Europe. Once I got here I fell in love with the country and decided to stay. I’d worked in fine dining restaurants and hotels in Sydney, but I prefer working in Thailand as there are more opportunities, the weather is always nice (which helps!) and the people are friendly and easy to get along and work with. Being a centrally placed location, I also find it very easy to procure food and wine from all over the world.
Deck Restaurant at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort and Spa
Q. As Director of Food and Beverage for both of the Sheraton Hotels in Hua Hin, what does your position involve?
Leonard: I manage the entire food and beverage operation for both properties including; kitchens, five restaurants, two bars, and two large ball rooms. I have almost 150 associates working in the food and beverage team, and some of the weddings that we cater to are three day events, with up to 800 guests. When you consider the music, dancing, decorations and food, that becomes an exciting challenge!
Q. Two great Sheraton Hotels in Hua Hin, how do I decide which one to stay at?
Leonard: Combine both! You can easily travel between both hotels via the daily shuttle bus; it takes only 30-40 minutes to travel from one hotel to another. Sheraton Hua Hin’s main feature is the 560-meter circumference, lagoon-style swimming pool which meanders through a tropical garden around the resort. Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas on the other hand, are villas (obviously!) nestled within the peaceful surrounds of the Pranburi district, and overlooking the Gulf of Thailand offering great views. So why not combine both?
Dalah Restauraunt at Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas
Q. Thailand is certainly known for its great seafood. What are some seafood dishes I could expect to find at the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas?
Leonard: Some of our signature dishes are “Yam Goong Fu” which is a crispy crumbed prawn salad with a refreshing and slightly spicy green mango salad. Or, “Pla Saam Rot’ which is a whole fried sea bass with home-made sweet chili sauce and crispy basil leaves. We also feature an exceptional seafood bbq at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa on Fridays, and the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, on Saturdays.
Q. I’m sure most people coming to Hua Hin want to lounge by the pool or swim, but I’m sure there are plenty of other things to do. As a local expat, can you share some suggestions?
Leonard: Hua Hin and Pranburi both have many activities available. There’s the King’s Monument in Pranburi, Wat Huay Monkol; which is a famous temple, a sheep farm, two water parks, Kao Takieb; which translates to Chopstick Mountain, and Kao Tao; which means turtle mountain. There are also great view points, and world class golf greens.
Contact our Concierge during your stay with us to find out how to get there, and we can also suggest some other activities that you might enjoy doing while staying us.