Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya Thailand was our choice of stay during our stopover at Laemchabang while cruising with Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise). Thanks to Maria and the Royal Cliff Group, we were invited to a stay at the newly refurbished Mini Suite Plus of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel!
About Royal Cliff Hotels Group
The Royal Cliff Hotels Group is actually made up of 4 hotels, namely, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel (Casual Luxury), Royal Cliff Beach Terrace (Exotic Luxury), Royal Cliff Grand Hotel (Formal Luxury) and Royal Wing Suites and Spa (Ultimate Luxury).
As you can already guess from the names of the hotels, Royal Cliff caters to mainly 4 different groups of clientele…
Royal Cliff Beach Hotel – Suitable for beach goers (like ourselves) who wants to just relax and enjoy the panoramic sea views and stunning sunsets from Royal Cliff Hotel. Closest access to the new addition – the Infini Pool (aka infinity pool)
Royal Cliff Beach Terrace - For honeymooners who wants some exclusivity and romantic setting, the Royal Cliff Beach Terrace offers couples a relaxed atmosphere PLUS the closest access to 1 of 2 private beaches of the Royal Cliff Hotels.
Royal Cliff Grand Hotel – The choice for businessmen at Royal Cliff, the Grand Hotel offers several dining venues (perfect for closing those deals) and is the only other hotel (besides Royal Wing Suites and Spa) that has the Cliff Spa located within the premise of the hotel – a perfect place to unwind after a day of conferences and meetings. You can also take one of the shuttle buses from the hotel lobby to reach PEACH (Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall) within minutes.
Royal Wing Suites and Spa – The ultimate in luxury and exclusivity, the Royal Wing Suites and Spa is the only hotel with its own private beach, which the other 3 hotels CANNOT access (yup, that’s how private and classy the hotel is). In addition, it also has its own Cliff Spa within the hotel premise. If you want luxury and exclusivity all in one venue, the Royal Wing Suites and Spa offers the perfect getaway. To give an idea of how extravagant guests here are, an Indian wedding was held here during our stay and the couple spent $500,000USD for the 7 day event, complete with fireworks and rotating cube banners! Suites start at $3000USD a night during promotion periods.
Exclusive Tour of the Facilities Amenities and Suites of Royal Cliff Hotel
Thanks to Maria and Nooch, we were given a tour of the hotel’s premise with exclusive insights to the much-sought after suites of the hotel! We met at the reception area of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel and started our tour at Breezeo (Be Yourself Dining) where you can actually concoct cocktails of your own. IF guests like it, you will be able to enter the “Wall of Fame” of Breezeo!
Walking past the Royal Cliff’s private beach next to the Beach Terrace, we arrived at the Sunset Terrace Lobby and Bar.
As the name suggests, Sunset Terrace Lobby and Bar offers spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand and you can choose from its range of cocktails, sipping and enjoying the company of friends as the sun sets over Ko Khrok Island. The cocktails were amazing and the sunset seen here was simply spectacular! The only gripe we had was that the bar does not serve finger food and the only available option was complimentary nuts. Bar snacks such as chicken wings, onion rings or cheese fries would have be a great complement to the drinks and stunning views…
Tours of the suites then started at Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, starting with the Regency Suites…
Regency Suites at Royal Cliff Grand Hotel
What we really loved about the suite is its frontage. There are 5 balconies in this room that have sea views! Can you believe that?! Depending on whether you choose the 1BR or 2BR Regency Suite, the size of the suites ranges from 100 to 130 sqm!
We then took a quick stopover at the Sea View Plus Suite of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
Grand Sea View Plus Suite at Royal Cliff Grand Hotel
At Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, any suite with a “Plus” means that it has been newly renovated. The Sea View Plus in particular has a bathtub with glass panels which allows you to soak in the waters while taking in the sea views.
Next, we moved on to the highlights of our tour – the Presidential Suites
Presidential Suites at Royal Wing Suites and Spa
We have visited the Presidential Suite (Raffles Suite) of the Raffles Hotel when we were invited to a staycation, so a visit to the Presidential Suite of a hotel is nothing new. Nonetheless, what the Royal Wing Suites lacks in tradition, it certainly more than makes up for it with style…
Presidential Platinum Suite
There are 2 themes for the Presidential Suites at Royal Wing and they are the Presidential Platinum and the Presidential Heritage Suites. The Presidential Platinum is the modern take (and more expensive one) on how a Presidential Suite ought to be. For us, the jacuzzi overlooking the sea definitely trumps many other Presidential Suites out there…
During promotions, prices of the Presidential Platinum Suite starts at $3000USD. With 220sqm of space, you’ll be spoilt for choice in which part of the suite you’d want to be in!
Presidential Heritage Suite
On the other hand, we were told that the Presidential Heritage Suite, because of its tradition design and feel are usually used to house Heads of States from various countries. At $2000USD a night and a total area of 220sqm, the Presidential Heritage Suite certainly offers businessmen a huge space to entertain, think (study room) and also host private meetings in. The traditional colours also gives a warm feel to the suite.
Returning to the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, we visited the Theme Suites of Sukothai and Ayutthaya
Theme Suites at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
The Theme Suites at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel offers a traditional Thai-designed suite with fantastic sea views and sunsets overlooking Ko Khrok Island. The woody design and intricate carvings on the walls of the room instantly transports you to a warm and inviting traditional Thai/Oriental atmosphere.
FITZ Club is the in-house fitness centre of the Royal Cliff Hotels. In fact, it is more like a club and even has members that visit the club for its gym, tennis and other recreational facilities…
Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar
For some top grade steaks and excellent selection of wines, the Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar offers just that with a touch of heritage. In addition, you may also wish to know that the restaurant has won accolades for being one of the best restaurants in Pattaya!
Royal Cliff Beach Hotel’s Mini Suite Plus
Back to our stay at the Mini Suite Plus of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, we want to especially thank Maria for this room because of its fantastic combination of sea views and pool view!
Video Tour of the Mini Suite Plus of Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
We also tried the room service menu of Thai-Styled Fried Rice and Coconut Tom Yum Chicken Soup which was both yummy and had authentic Thai flavours (watch out for the spiciness of the soup!). If you’re staying here, be sure to try it as well!
Breakfast at Panorama of the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
As for breakfast, if you’re staying at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel, then breakfast would be served at the Panorama. According to Maria, the restaurant is so named because of its panoramic views overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Indeed the views were great and many guests “vie” to be seated at the window seats (inside) or the terrace (outside).
There was also a huge variety of choice available ranging from chinese to indian and the continental breakfasts…check out the breakfast spread at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel…
What we ate at Panorama Royal Cliff Beach Hotel
During breakfast, we also noticed that there were many Russian tourists here. Perhaps the hotel has some collaboration with Russian tour groups. In fact, we also noticed many Russian and Eastern Europe tourists while walking along the streets of Pattaya. Might be useful to pick up some simple Russian such as “spatz see bah” (thank you) and “natz dro via” (cheers)!
Yes, we have saved the best for last…
We have travelled the world over and been to many a hotel swimming pool. But the infinity pool at the Royal Cliff Hotel is unlike any other we’ve ever been to. There are 3 “spa” areas in the pool that gives you the option of lying down or sitting down and various orientations as well (pick the one with sunset view!). We also went to the pool again at night and this time because of its various mild illuminating colours inside the pool, it transforms the feel of the pool altogether! Because of these reasons and the views you see above, we definitely rank the infinity pool at Royal Cliff Hotels in the top 3 of our list!
You’ll also be delighted to know that you can actually walk to the Pattaya Walking Street from the hotel! We took a shuttle to the entrance of the hotel and turned left along the road. You will then come to a path like this…
Along the way, we met 2 old gentlemen and they told us that if we took the cobbled stairs (extreme right of the picture), we would save approximately 5 to 10 minutes. All in all, we took about 25 minutes to get from the hotel to the walking street.
There’s also the option of taking the bus for a fee of 100 baht that takes you to the city centre. But the catch is that it only starts operating at 12pm , once every 2 hours. Walking gives you some flexibility.
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All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel. No matter what your preference is (be it business, honeymooners, beach bums or exclusive luxury), Royal Cliff Hotels will definitely be able to meet your preferences and more! We’ve enjoyed our stay in Pattaya and we hope that you will as well!
** Special thanks to Maria, Nooch and the Royal Cliff Hotels for hosting us for this stay at the Royal Cliff Beach Hotel!