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Luxury Stays in Thailand: Top Spots to Get Pampered in Bangkok



Bangkok is one of those places where the opportunity to be pampered just begs itself, and with some great deals available at some of the world's most opulent and service minded spots, why not take advantage of some truly great stays. For many, the most romantic place to be in Bangkok is along the Chao Phraya River, and choices abound here, like the classic and still setting the five-star standard Mandarin Oriental, alongside other classic players like the Peninsula and Shangri La. Perhaps Bangkok's most exclusive property, certainly its most expensive, The Siam Hotel, lies further up river, offering plenty of private pampering.  The luxury hotel scene is not confined to the water though by any means. The classy and exclusive 137 Pillars Bangkok offers luxurious suites, gourmet dining, and rooftop infinity pools for the ultimate in city romance. Smack in the heart of downtown you will find the extravagant St. Regis as well as the truly ritzy Siam Kempinski and its award winning Sra Bua restaurant. Also downtown yet with the city's best views over Lumphini Park, the Sofitel So sets itself apart with some amazingly creative design, and the Okura Prestige is another elegant possibility in this area, with a combo of great dining, drinking, and spa options to complement its fancy rooms. Older but still great classic spots include the Grand Hyatt Erawan and the elegant Sukhothai along Sathorn Road. Bangkok truly has one of the most comprehensive list of luxury stay possibilities that you will ever come across, so many that you might just have to come back!


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The Peninsula Bangkok
Photo courtesy of Peninsula Bangkok


Some argue that the Peninsula sits on the wrong side of the Chao Phraya River, across from the downtown sprawl. But the views from the west bank are actually far superior, taking in all of Bangkok's old "Venice of the East" grandeur and its best new modern architecture, while a private pier and 5 minute ferry service running throughout the day and evening gets rid of any notion of inconvenience. With Bangkok firsts such as televisions in the bathtub and "diva for a day" programs for young ladies, no stone is left unturned by this outstanding member of Bangkok's luxury property scene, and with the level of pampering you will receive from the award winning staff, you might be tempted never to even cross to the other side! The Peninsula Spa gets accolades and awards, and restaurant Mei Jiang and Thiptara are some of the city's best.




The Shangri La is a mainstay of Bangkok luxury hotels. This classic Chao Phraya riverside lodging is one of Bangkok's most well known and notable place five star places to stay. From its awe inspiring lobby to the luxury rooms in the Krungthep Wing with balconies overlooking the river, along with a real showpiece pool and terrace surrounded by tranquil gardens, this is another excellent option for a splurge. The hotel's Chi Spa has won numerous awards for its pampering treatments, and the list of excellent restaurants here is long, from the Chinese Sheng Palace to Italian Angelini's, to dining on the river with the hotel's romantic Horizon Cruises.




Taking its cue from the royal former Thai capital of Sukhothai, this hotel of the same name outdoes itself with pampering and pleasing design and service. Everything from the architecture to the replicated pagodas or statues found throughout the hotel are pleasant to the eye, and the charming contemporary Thai villas and suites overlook lotus ponds and courtyard gardens, making the entire property feel like a complete urban escape. The Sukhothai also is home to the award winning Celadon Thai restaurant, along with fine Italian cuisine at La Scala, and the hotel features one of the best Sunday brunch buffets to be found in the city.


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The Okura Prestiges occupies a high end spot, starting from the 24th floor of the Park Ventures Ecoplex Building, where the beautiful lobby looks out at the Bangkok skyline. The Okura offers 240 5 star rooms and suites to choose from; all of them have mesmerizing city views through triple-glazed, tinted panoramic windows that insulate against both heat and noise. Rain showers, separate bathtubs, coffee machines, bedside control panels and 40-inch flat-screen televisions with pay-per-view movies are just a few of the features that will pamper guests, and. the swank Premier Club rooms come with complimentary laundry and pressing services, as well as access to the exclusive Club Lounge. Okura also is the only hotel in Thailand offering Japanese-style bidets and the most hi tech state of the art toilets. In addition to the elegant rooms, The Okura Prestige features outstanding dining choices. The foodie lovers' Elements - inspired by the Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant in Okura Amsterdam - serves gourmet offerings described as "modern logical cuisine," and for Japanese lovers, the award-winning Yamazato serves high-end traditional Japanese "kaiseki" haute cuisine dinners. The bar here has an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy fresh oysters on ice, while sipping your favorite cocktail and listening to soothing tunes from the in-house jazz trio that plays regularly.


For the ultimate in luxury pampering, try a romantic splurge at the Siam Hotel. Paying homage to the post-colonial early 1900's era of King Rama V, this ultra-luxurious boutique hotel is a design-lover's dream, and Bangkok's newest spot to lodge in sheer elegance. Vintage clocks, steamer trunks and straw fedoras are just some of the quirky antiques that grace the private villas that come with plunge pools and rooftop terraces. There's even a completely restored century-old teak pagoda-topped cottage that is the star piece of the resort. Everything here feels secluded and pampered, from the the first luxury Muay Thai gym in Bangkok to the Opium Spa with Sodashi therapies, to the gorgeous Chon Thai restaurant, which is set in old teak houses along the river. The Siam is the most expensive hotel in Bangkok, but you get what you pay for here; privacy, exclusivity and plenty of opulent charm.


For upscale luxury on Bangkok's east side, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is unrivalled. The elegant hotel's sister property in Chiang Mai has received worldwide acclaim for its design and detail evoking Thailand's storied past, and this new Bangkok property continues in the same tradition. There are 34 stylish suites here named after great royal periods in Thai history, and all are incredibly regal. Ranging from 64-125 square meters, the suites feature plush bedding, wood-panelled walls with modern artwork, spacious balconies with traditional rocking chairs, and marble-floor bathrooms with double vanity setups. You'll soak to contentment in the large stand-alone circular bathtubs that look out at the city, and there are plenty of ultra-modern perks like Japanese electric toilets (with heated seats!), espresso machines, touchpad mood lighting, iPod docks, huge digital IPTVs with Bose sound systems, and the 24-hour private butler service completes one terrific package. There are also 179 residences at 137 Pillars, ranging from studios to two-bedroom, offering an array of amenities suitable for both short and longterm stays. Even beyond the rooms, it's all about great visuals and superb service here. The hotel features two knockout infinity pools, one of which is only for suite guests up on top of the roof. There is also a private check-in lounge for suite guests, which also serves breakfast and does high tea as well as complimentary happy hours each evening. For dining, Nimitr restaurant is one of Bangkok's most astounding fine dining experiences, combining cutting edge Oriental cuisine with a bit of molecular-style magic, in a setting overlooking the cityscape, and upstairs from here, the Jack Bains Bar provides a classy setting for cocktails, cigars, and more. The neighborhood around the hotel is filled with an array of boutique shops and restaurants, and while the BTS skytrain station out on Sukhumvit is a bit of a walk (15-minutes), guests can avail themselves of the complimentary London cab shuttle service that the hotel offers. Those looking for an intimate and romantic city escape will feel well at home here.


Just perfect for an urban romantic weekend, the Sofitel So Bangkok is an elegant urban oasis that sets out to combine every aspect of the Bangkok experience. Designed by an elite group of Thai architects and interior designers, overseen by French haute couturier mogul Christian Lacroix, the hotel features rooms and public spaces designed around the theme of five elements. The rooms feature complimentary Apple Mac Mini's, and there are a staggering range of extremely romantic fine dining and drinking options on premises, including the Park Society and Hi So bar and restaurant, which offers moonlit cabanas and a glittering city view by night over Lumpini Park. The Sofitel So is minutes from the MRT subway Lumpini Station, giving easy access to all the shopping, dining and nightlife districts of central Bangkok.


The St. Regis Bangkok
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of the St Regis, Bangkok

The St. Regis has established itself as Bangkok's classiest downtown digs. With a location set right in the heart of central Bangkok, overlooking the Royal Sports Club, the St Regis Hotel sets a new mark in elegance. This ultra fashionable player in the Bangkok boutique hotel scene offers 227 guest rooms and 51 suites, all elegantly decked out in exquisite contemporary furnishings, all featuring giant windows with wide city views. The infinity edge pool sprawls along much of the 15th floor, and the 12th floor Regis Bar also gives tremendous views of sunset, the city, as well as the horse races from the Sports Club! Entrance into the hotel comes straight out of the BTS Skytrain and the hotel's signature restaurant JoJo features the best Italian food in Bangkok. The central shopping and business districts are just 5-10 minutes away as well, making this a perfect urban retreat.




This hotel on the Chao Phraya River, popular with visiting celebrities, still sets the bar for high-end Bangkok accommodations with legendary personalised service and every aspect of the beautifully situated classic old hotel bordering on perfection. The Author's Residence suites, made famous by visiting luminaries such as Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and James Michener, are opulent and elegant affairs, with huge writing desks that look out upon the Chao Phraya. The spa across the river is one of Asia's best, and the sumptuous breakfast buffet out on the riverfront is just one of the eating options that includes elegant exotic restaurants such as China House (Cantonese), Le Normandie (haute cuisine French), and Sala Rim Naam (traditional Thai), along with the new Ciao (Italian). If your pocketbook can manage it, easily Bangkok's classiest place to stay.


Where else in Bangkok can one have a direct entrance into the swimming pool from one's terrace? Only at the Siam Kempinski, located just steps from Bangkok's most fashionable mall, Siam Paragon, yet a hidden away world of its own. Tucked away in a peaceful niche, the Siam Kempinski is sophisticated and extremely stylish, with refined suites and serviced residences surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens and cascading water fountains and pools, making it a real oasis in the heart of town. The 303 rooms here are ultra spacious, and most offer balconies with garden views. The hotel is full of modern art paintings and sculptures, features a 900 square meter Grand Ballroom, and is home to one of Bangkok's most innovative restaurants, Sra Bua by Kin Kin, brainchild of the Michelin winning Danish chef Henrik Yde-Andersen, which offers molecular Thai gastronomy, the first of its kind in Thailand. Easy access via Siam Paragon into the Siam Skytrain station ensures a holiday in which Bangkok's legendary traffic will not be around to trouble and travail.


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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave

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