Generous, living space finessed with subtle details, lagoon-shaped swimming pool, poolside Coco & Rum...
As for the 282 rooms, suites and residences – a remarkably high number since the resort does not really feel that large at all thanks to its layout – Centra Maris Resort Jomtien really delivers for anyone who has chosen this stay in particular for the accommodation that seems to have a really nice appeal. And on this front the resort really delivers – beyond one’s expectations actually!
The anticipated brightness and some tropical coloured interior details are there. And such large rooms and suites - up to 69 square metres with balcony and views over the gardens or pool. The accommodation is a range of different styles, all of which feature generous, living space and even the option of a family residence or intimate retreat with private garden and plunge pool. There are even units with bund beds for children and separate living area.
After unpacking and having stepped out onto the private terrace to immediately feeling the urge to celebrate that it’s vacation time with something sparkling, you’ll start noticing how the suite (or room) has been finessed with subtle details, such as the matching of the interior palette.
Here is also where small little details make all the differentiation, such as the lounge rattan sofas with upholstering and tables on the balconies, or the summerhouse style creamy-white veranda-style chairs.
The wood-looking floor tiles are bright sandy and the work desk is made of blonde wood. Similarly, some of the walls are made of sandy, cream-hued concrete featuring repetitive brushstrokes that forms a handmade pattern.
Rice paper lampshades have a web of threads, and pillows have similar patterns resembling vegetation and nature. And in some room types the pastel green corner sofa is paired with a very heavy log of wood that supports a glass table on top.
Turquoise blackout curtains that have a pattern resembling fish or snakeskin further accent the interior.
This colour theme also found in the pattern of a frosted bathroom glass wall and a mosaic wall, which has a more blue/brown colour mix.
As for the architecture this resort is designed in keeping with the characteristics of architecture in the area, where the terraces of units are tilted slightly towards the sea.
The buildings also get great character from the façade’s smart separation of each unit alternating between brown, white and grey, and giving a privacy shield from one’s neighbours.
The best vista is probably on one of the higher floors a bit back closer to the lobby, which will give a great review of the enclosed resort (buildings facing each other on two sides of the garden and pool), and some distance to the very active pool area.
Throughout the verdant garden there are some boat-resembling garden furniture, with a flavour of Thai culture.
The lagoon-shaped swimming pool can feel slightly crowded but comes with on-water beds and several crescent-shaped jacuzzi and dedicated poolside Reflection Bar, where one can sink down and enjoy drinks and relaxation. The children’s pool with waterslides and water playground is connected to the main pool, while parents can hope to get some time for themselves once the children discovers Thailand’s first hobbit themed Kids’ Club, Camp Safari and E-Zone! Family-friendly, the resort also offers babysitting service.
At the far end of the resort the waterfall stands as high, green monolith, forming a nice backdrop for the resort guests, and next to it the pool club style restaurant Coco & Rum offers an eclectic selection of quality food and drinks, serving everything from fresh seafood and fish to chops and steaks, and burgers with modern twist. The top floor of Coco & Rum is the resort’s best spot, overlooking the pool, the garden and all the action at a distance: small children excitedly building castles in the sand by the pool, next to them a young man totally basking in the sun…
Breakfast is had at colourful Mix Bistro by the lobby that seats 250, and is open throughout the day also for lunch and dinner
Window-walled Mix Bistro turns really cosy towards the evening both outdoors and indoors – where one lit orange-hued wall forms the backdrop for a sofa stretching along the wall, decorated with pillows for back support.
Its menu offers Asian flavours and international cuisine, with a wide, well presented selection of dishes with great taste (appetizers, salads, sandwiches and burgers, spaghetti, Thai cuisine etc.)
Other features not be overlooked are the gym and the spa.
Still in its early days, upon this visit, Centra Maris Resort Jomtien is off to a good start; with early signs of high popularity among westerners and lots of corporate groups choosing it for meetings combined with rest and recreation.
Text and photos: Joakim Persson
See also: Centra Maris Jomtien Resort photo album