July 16, 2014 00:00 By Kupluthai Pungkanon The Natio
No matter whether you are looking for a place to relax, hold a seminar or meeting or your dream wedding, Dasada Resort has the answer
With the rainy season just beginning to make its presence felt, there are few places better to spend a relaxing weekend than Dasada Resort in Prachin Buri province.
Set against the backdrop of Khao Yai National Park and surrounded by stunning seasonal flowers, Dasaya has quickly become a favourite with my family and our most recent visit certainly won’t be our last.
Situated in 800 rai, Dasada was born out of owner Dr Pawaret Bunyatanon’s passion for flowers. A major exporter of Phalaenopsis orchids, hydrangeas, yerbera, flamingo flowers, chrysanthemum and Christmas flowers, he decided to share his flower power with others by creating “The Flower Es’ Senses Resort”.
I love the way the resort thoughtfully designs its landscape to surround visitors with the soul-nourishing qualities that flowers impart.
Dasada offers a choice of six room types including eight suites and 10 villas that are all stylishly decorated in distinctive designs. Different types of materials are used in decorating the rooms, mimicking the different textures we sense when we touch nature. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities and the ladies will love the fragrant home-made shower gel and body lotion that makes bathing such a pleasurable ritual. Well-designed bathrooms with indoor gardens and relaxing verandas with a breathtaking view ensure that your stay at Dasada is unforgettable.
There’s no need to worry about feeling bored either, as Dasada provides plenty of activities to keep all the family occupied. At the heart of the resort is Dasada Gallery, home to an eight-year concerted effort to collect a wide range of traditional Thai and Asian floral species likely to become extinct. These floral species have been developed into new regional species, thus guaranteeing they will be around for many more years to come.
The Gallery also sports a floral exhibition ground in the temperature-controlled Blooming Green House. The well-chosen floral exhibits are created by skilled floral specialists and alternated according to specific themes and occasions. It also hosts an annual grand flora extravaganza from around the middle of November through March.
The environmental friendly concept is reflected in the petal pool, which is filled with salt water rather than chorine. The tiny zoo will delight the little ones and the best time is go in early in the morning or early evening. After dinner guests can enjoy the extravagant dancing water fountain by WET Design, who came up with the legendary water performance at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.
And the seafood is the freshest you will taste in Khao Yai. That’s because the vans that leave every day at the crack of dawn to deliver their precious floral cargoes return to the resort laden with the treasures of the sea.
Bloom, a modern restaurant overlooking the pond, offers flower-infused dishes including salmon salad with flowers, Busaba sour curry with fried gourami, Buppa Sam Rod, Miang Dok Mai, stuffed katuri with dressing, fried pork bread with sano flower and barbecue with flower salad. A personal favourite is the sea bass with soya souce and fried noodles.
Breakfast is served at Mokara Cuisine and includes a range of healthy drinks made from soybean and brown rice while afternoon tea and coffee along with home-made ice cream can be enjoyed at La Lalla Cafe.
At a glance
High points: Good service and warm hospitality
Low points: Lots of mosquitoes.
Pay for it: Bt5,000B for deluxe, Bt10,200 for junior suite, and Bt12,000 for villa.