A landmark hotel, Howard Beach Resort Kenting has 405 rooms, plus private-access villas with themed décor – Greek, Spanish, Balinese, Indian, and Zen. Indigenous artwork crafted by members of the region’s Paiwan tribe brightens the lobby and other public spaces, and Paiwan colors and motifs appear throughout.
All rooms have fine views, of the sea before or mountains behind, the former slightly costlier. All are spacious, and many top-floor rooms have high, slanted ceilings. Balconies are large enough to fit comfy outdoor seating, and the large bathrooms have both tubs and showers.
The hotel has an unusually wide range of options on its leisure and recreation menu. There is a large outdoor swimming pool; at the same facility is a kids’ wading pool and a Jacuzzi/whirlpool section. Also found on the ground-floor outdoor area are a croquet lawn and sika deer feeding site.
Indoor facilities include a gym, aerobics classroom, squash court (fee), gamesroom, children’s play center, massage center (fee), mini mart and, soon, a retail mall.
The hotel also has a special relationship with adjoining Water Space (www.waterspaceinn.com), hotel guests enjoying a special entrance-fee discount. This thrill-packed indoor water park is a wondrous place, located in a massive underground bunker-like complex.
The hotel has three on-site restaurants serving Chinese and Western cuisine. During the summer high season barbecue fare is prepared right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows at one, the Champs Elysees.
(Rooms start at NT$8,800; Western/Chinese breakfast buffet included.)
Tip: A tunnel connects the hotel complex with Xiaowan beach, passing under the highway. The Xiaowan exit is at the beach’s east end, fronted by tall upraised-coral “walls.”[google_maps id=”6942″]