Located on an isolated stretch of road between Kenting and the beach community JiaLeShui, Hotel de Plus offers a unique mix of easy-going tranquility and stylish sea-side living.
By Stuart Hill
If your idea of living by the ocean is a simple and relatively quiet life listening to the waves crashing on the beach, gazing at a brilliantly clear night sky of stars, and surrounding yourself with practical and stylish objects, then Hotel de Plus is likely to be the place for you.
Established by a group of investors with a passion for style as much as comfort, Hotel de Plus is a getaway experience that takes the Kenting visit down a notch in volume and pace. And that’s exactly they way you’ll want it to be.
The hotel sits on a flat patch of green opposite the sea at a comfortable distance from the road. At night the only sound is the crashing of the ocean, and the occasional car passing by. Early in the morning, the sun welcomes you to the day through one of the square attic-like windows in each of the hotel rooms. It is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise, go-with-the-flow kind of life.
The strong focus on clean design, stylish furniture, and quirky retro accessories, is a large part of the attraction of staying here. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that, according to the management, many guests tend to be interested in architecture, film, or design.
The hotel’s restaurant has a small menu of nicely prepared dishes, which would be adequate for a few days’ stay. You can tell the staff if you have any specific dietary requirements and they will try to meet your needs as best they can.
Breakfast is included with a night’s accommodation. The restaurant is also open for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and evening drinks. They have deserts, a beer menu, and serve cocktails.
The nearby community of JiaLeShui attracts its fair share of tourists and surfers. You can grab fried chicken at the town’s famous tin shed restaurant, or western style cafe food further down the street toward the entrance to the JiaLeShui scenic reserve, among one of the B&B’s.
At the turn-off into the town there are surfboards and kayaks to rent, and you can hire a 4-wheel jeep with driver to take you out onto the dunes. The scenic reserve allows walks along the rocky coastline, with a sealed roadway making an easy 1.5 hour return trip. Or you can walk the distance between JiaLeShui and Hotel de Plus — which is a good trek across the beach and along the road for over 1.5 hours one way.
At the hotel, you can borrow one of their charming bicycles — objets d’art in their own right — but just be sure to prepare against the sun and the rain (which can be unpredictable in the morning). The hotel has umbrellas if you forget to bring your own.
Most people come for a weekend, staying overnight on the Saturday, which tends to be the busiest day. However, the hotel provides discounts on each day you add to your stay, dropping each successive day by 10% of the daily fee. You can ask about any special pricing for long stays, which you can inquire about online, or by contacting the hotel reception.
All up, Hotel de Plus is a relaxing, visually pleasant destination, located on its own pretty coastal strip of Kenting.
- Price range of rooms: NT$3000-$9000 per night
- 1 night stay includes breakfast
- Hotel de Plus official website
- Hotel de Plus blog, also catch them on Facebook
- Kenting National Park website
On his second visit to Hotel de Plus, the author stayed as an overnight guest of management. Dinner and drinks were paid for by the author.