Panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand are so prevalent as to be commonplace at the beachfront Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, located in the very heart of this royal enclave, just two and a half hours from Bangkok. It’s the 17-story tower block (tallest structure in the region) that enables these incomparable views of the gulf and surrounding mountains.

Vistas are best from White Lotus, the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windowed, rooftop restaurant. From here, guests can see for miles while dining on award-winning Chinese cuisine. Those who prefer to stay grounded have plenty of options, including the always-bustling Hua Hin Brewery Company, a former fisherman’s shack dating from 1923 that serves celestial barbecued snacks and freshly brewed local beer.

The immediate view is perhaps most important: The Hilton is mere steps from the beach, though guests can leave the spacious and contemporary Thai-style rooms for the beachfront pool, take a Thai herbal steam bath in the spa, stop by the poolside Chay Had restaurant for an aperitif or feast on local seafood at The Market restaurant on the terrace.