Award-winning Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag created the resort’s original bold structure, featuring an interwoven maze of open courtyards and private pathways. The property’s geometric lines and solid shapes, softened by a palette of naturally aged woods that blend with the beauty of the surrounding nature, create an environment of contemporary tranquility.
Painting the canvas is Donatien Carratier, who brings to the new resort more than 20 years of design experience in Asia. The forward-thinking interior designer, who focuses on luxury projects that demand iconic styling, is famed for creating deeply resonant environments in which vivid dreams blur with reality.
Drawing inspiration from the Grand Gallerie de l’Evolution natural history museum in Paris, he is the visionary behind SO Sofitel Hua Hin’s ‘Evolution of Life’ concept, which begins with the friendly animal statues that greet guests on arrival and proceeds to the wild animal sculptures around the reflecting pond and the rabbits hiding throughout the resort, literally putting a surprise around every corner.
For the private spaces, Donatien developed two distinct room styles: SO Nature and SO Arty. SO Nature rooms are a mix of the simple natural elements and lavish French refinement and providing a relaxing environment that is in line with Mother Nature, featuring award-winning photographs by environmental artist Martin Hill of New Zealand. Inspired by contemporary French art, the elegant SO Arty rooms blend the sophistication of the past with chic, contemporary design. These rooms offer an atmosphere of dreamlike luxury, featuring the award-winning work of American photographer Lois Greenfield, known for her distinctive approach to capturing the human form in motion.