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By Chris | January 22 2007
Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection
The Siam hotel is the brainchild of a collaborative effort between Thai celebrity owner Krissada Sukosol Clapp and award-winning designer Bill Bensley.
Located on the city-side bank of the Chao Phraya in the Royal Dusit district, just a stone’s throw from the Vimanmek Teakwood Palace, The Siam is a Bangkok masterpiece. Styled around Thailand’s Art Deco period this ‘small’ 39-suite hotel sits on three acres of some of the city’s last developable riverfront. The word ‘small’, however, refers only to the number of rooms, which start at 860 square feet with sweeping archways that crest the 15 foot high ceilings. Complete with spa, gym, yoga terrace and hammam-style bath house, two restaurants, a café and an infinity pool overlooking the river, The Siam is a vast and verdant sanctuary.
Additionally, The Siam is proud to offer the world’s first luxury hotel Muay Thai boxing ring as well as the city’s first pool villas. These villas offer guests the ultimate privacy usually reserved for beach resorts. Ten villas feature private terraces with views of their own garden courtyards or the river. The 11th pool villa is the unique and premier category suite, Connie’s Cottage. Sourced by silk tycoon Jim Thompson, Connie’s Cottage is one of four ancient Thai teakwood houses, the remaining three forming the signature Thai restaurant and cooking school, Chon. Next to Chon is the contemporary chic Deco Bar & Bistro, which invites guests into a jazzy atmosphere of superb cocktails and international comfort cuisine – a dining experience to remember. At the end of the property, you will find a private pier affording guests the freedom to explore the river in one of The Siam’s two boats, conveniently bypassing any infamous Bangkok traffic.
Why we love it: Connie’s Cottage is unique to The Siam. Sourced from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya by the legend himself, Thai Silk Tycoon Jim Thompson, for friend and antiques dealer Connie Mangskau, this heritage cottage has entertained the likes of John Rockefeller, Jacqueline Kennedy and Henry Ford to name a few. Imbued with such a rich and unique part of Bangkok’s history, it’s easy to see why Connie’s Cottage is a firm favorite.
Jason M. Friedman, General Manager
+66 2206 6903
The Siam, Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok successfully merges traditional Thai materials, including silk and teakwood, with contemporary design.
In the hotel’s modish lobby, charcoal grey upholsteries collide with vivid frescoes and a glowing electric blue bar making it a chic location for a pre-dinner drink. Alternatively enjoy evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the elegantly appointed lounge of the Executive Club. The club also offers express check-in services and an extensive library with up-to-date periodicals, newspapers and reference materials. The hotel’s Biscotti restaurant serves simple and superbly executed Italian cuisine such as risotto with toasted onion cream and brown veal sauce. To book a table contact the restaurant manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why we love it: Should you wish to entertain during your stay in Bangkok the Rajadamri Suite is well equipped, with a luxury private dining room for 12, a living room seating 18, two guest powder rooms and a library with a bar.The master bedroom offers stunning views over the hotel’s landscaped tropical gardens and the opulent en-suite marble bathroom boasts a deep bathtub, whirlpool and a massage treatment room that has its own private entrance.
Rainer Stampfer, General Manager
155 Rajadamri Road, 10330
66 2126 8866
The minimalist white buildings of the Siam Kempinski Hotel encircle exotic landscaped gardens and three salt water pools to create a tranquil hideaway within the bustling city.
Admire the blossoming hotel gardens while you enjoy a refined afternoon tea in the stylish T Lounge which offers an impressive selection of 64 fine teas for the discerning palette. In the evening relax in the sophisticated 1897 Bar where soft leather armchairs, teak panelling and striking chandeliers create the atmosphere of a private gentlemen’s club. Sit on the bar’s terrace with a warming cognac and a top quality cigar chosen from the bar’s dedicated humidor.
Why we love it: Located on the 16th floor of the hotel’s Royal Wing, the suite offers impressive views of Bangkok’s skyline. With a chic private bar, stylish dining room and guest cloakroom the Royal Suite is perfect for entertaining. While the sun is setting, sink into a bubbling Jacuzzi on the suite’s 1,290 square foot terrace and gaze up at the stars. The master bedroom has a king-sized canopy bed and a beautiful en-suite marble bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Holger Schroth, General Manager
991/9 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, 10330
66 2162 9000
The Banyan Tree Bangkok’s décor is modern and elegant with floor-toceiling windows throughout that enhance the breathtaking vistas of the city.
Spend the morning being pampered in the Banyan Tree Spa – located on the 20th and 21st floors it offers three grand and four deluxe spa rooms, each furnished with a jet pool bath, shower and steam facilities. With 360-degree panoramic views of the city, the elegant Vertigo & Moon Bar on the 61st floor is a perfect spot for pre-dinner cocktails before boarding Aspara – the hotel’s beautifully restored rice barge – for a sunset dinner cruise on the majestic Chao Phraya River. Aspara serves authentic Thai dishes using recipes from Thailand’s royal kitchens.
Why we love it: Located on the 39th and 40th floors, the suite’s split levels are connected by a sweeping spiral staircase. The living area is spacious and airy with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and on request the lounge can be converted into a private spa treatment room. Guests in the Presidential Suite have access to the Banyan Tree Club which offers buffet breakfasts, evening cocktail canapés and express check out.
Sriram Kailasam, General Manager
21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon, 10120
66 2679 1200
Located on the prestigious Rajdamri Road, Hansar Bangkok is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
The interior design is modern and features a selection of vibrant Jim Thompson silks. Begin the day with an energizing yoga session before taking a dip in the serene infinity swimming pool on the eighth floor. After a hectic day of sightseeing the hotel’s LUXSA Spa is the perfect place to unwind. Should you wish to book the spa’s plush double treatment suite, replete with outdoor Jacuzzi, contact spa manager Sujitra Noikor by phone +66 2209 1235 or at email@example.com. End the day with seasonal and innovative French Provençal gastronomy at the superb Eve restaurant or enjoy haute cuisine in the restaurant’s stunning private dining room.
Why we love it: Natural light flows into this duplex suite via a two-storyhigh wall of glass. The dining and lounge areas are separated by floor-toceiling book cases adorned with carefully selected Thai arts and crafts. Located on the second floor of the suite, the master bedroom has its own separate access. Sink into the velvet-soft, king-sized bed and enjoy your favorite films on the 32-inch plasma screen TV or simply admire the stunning views and twinkling lights of Bangkok city. The magnificent master bathroom boasts a rain shower and luxurious Terrazzo bathtub.
Jeerasak Loturit, Hotel Manager
3 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, 10330
66 2209 1210
The distinctive w-shaped design of The Peninsula Bangkok provides guests with outstanding views across the glistening Chao Phraya River.
Watch elegant long-tail boats glide by while you enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the terrace. For an afternoon of ultimate relaxation book a private suite at the three-story Peninsula Spa which is nestled among the hotel’s blossoming gardens. Take a dip in the impressive 288 foot outdoor pool surrounded by lush palm trees and traditional steep-roofed poolside pavilions. In the evening sample exquisite dim sum at The Peninsula’s award winning Mei Jiang restaurant or for greater privacy request one of the hotel’s sumptuously decorated exclusive dining rooms. The Peninsula offers luxury airport transfers in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce Silver Spur or private helicopter.
Why we love it: Arrive in style on the Peninsula’s rooftop helipad and enter the hotel via the adjoining Paribatra Helicopter Lounge. A butler will be awaiting your arrival at the Peninsula Suite, which is located on the 34th floor and boasts breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River. After an invigorating workout in the suite’s private gym wind down in the bubbling whirlpool and then enjoy a light lunch in the suite’s private dining room. At night sink into the lavish kingsized bed and create your own mood lighting with the bedside multifunctional control panel.
Nicolas Béliard, General Manager
333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, 10600
66 2861 2888 (extension 6100)
Metropolitan Bangkok follows a design philosophy of liveability and comfort.
The hotel’s understated modern décor is enlivened with splashes of intense colour in the form of bold contemporary artworks, vibrant carpets and carefully selected antiques. The hotel’s lounge-style, private members Met Bar is furnished with supple leather chairs and chic wine-red barstools. Should you wish to host an exclusive event the Met Bar can be hired for up to 150 guests. After a session of intense pampering at the hotel’s luxurious COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa, visit Glow restaurant for an energizing juice and innovative healthy cuisine. Metropolitan Bangkok offers personal shopper, limousine and express check-out services.
Why we love it: Spread over two floors, this luxurious two-bedroom suite offers a private dining room, living room, fully equipped kitchen and personal butler. Natural light bathes the suite through the floor-toceiling windows which also offer outstanding views of the city. A restful palette of creams, rich browns and ivories is complemented by a carefully appointed red lacquer cabinet and a lime green rug. The bedrooms are replete with luxurious king-sized beds, walk-in wardrobes and spacious en-suites with bubbling Jacuzzi tubs.
James Low, General Manager
27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, 10120
66 2625 3311
Set amid six acres of tropical gardens and lotus ponds, The Sukhothai Bangkok is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city.
The interior design is a contemporary interpretation of Thai royal décor with luxuriant silks, teakwood panelling and sophisticated marble detailing. Traditional Thai treatments using fragrant lemongrass oils and ginger scrubs are offered at the hotel’s peaceful Spa Botanica. The exclusive spa suites offer private changing rooms, balconies and outdoor Japanese bathtubs. After an energetic game of squash at the health club cool off in the 25 meter infinity swimming pool before enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail in The Zuk Bar. Partially submerged in a glassy lotus pond, Celadon Restaurant offers a serene location for open-air dining on authentic Thai cuisine.
Why we love it: The caramel hues of the teakwood flooring are complemented by the rich gold and silver tones of the sumptuous silk furnishings. Designed by Edward Tuttle, the spacious 270 square foot bathroom is adorned with mirrors and features an opulent silk-upholstered chaise longue. The suite has its own grand piano and stunning views across the hotel’s flourishing gardens.
Gregory Meadows, General Manager
13/3 South Sathorn Road, 10120
66 2344 8888 (extension 5102)
Built in 1876 and located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok exudes stately elegance.
Explore the complex flavors of Thai cuisine at the hotel’s excellent cookery school and learn to produce authentic dishes such as stir-fried clams with roasted chili paste and delicious Siamese coconut pancakes. In the afternoon enjoy high tea in the renowned Author’s Lounge, which is dedicated to the many distinguished authors who have stayed in the hotel such as Noël Coward, Somerset Maugham and John le Carré. Having been recently refurbished the lounge is bright and airy with whitewash rattan furniture, graceful bamboos and lush palm trees. For à la carte French cuisine dine at Le Normandie – a haunt of the Thai Royal Family and eminent politicians. To make a reservation contact maitre d’ Oliver Kramny by telephone (extension 7670) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why we love it: A regal tapestry of colors runs through the suite, from the pale citrons and cobalt blues of the living room to the palatial taupe and mauve of the private dining room. The master bedroom is well appointed with a teak wardrobe and distinctive pineapple canopy bed.
Jan D Goessing, General Manager
+66 2659 9000 (extension 7001)
48 Oriental Avenue, 10500