It takes a lot for a new Bangkok hotel to enter the congested market for luxury hospitality in this swirling city of international commerce and style. But a new boutique hotel is doing just that – and with a flair that begs to be seen by guests who have an eye for fine design. The Siam, which opens in June on the precious banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, answers the call for style, location, amenities and old Siamese sentiment with an award-winning, 39-key, all suites retreat.
Set in the style of the 19th century kingdom, you can almost imagine Joseph Conrad or Somerset Maugham penning away by a wood-framed window over the city’s central waterway. But these quarters in what is considered Bangkok’s first luxury boutique hotel contain much more than muses.
Each room is a set of its own with original turn-of-the-century teakwood furnishings and artworks matched with plush appointments and textiles, surrounding guests with a sense of modern and ageless Thai royalty. The suites, villas and Thai House residence showcase the work of renowned creative director Krissada Sukosol Clapp and designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People” in 2009.
The Siam’s location keeps it central – in the prestigious Dusit neighborhood within easy walking, driving, river taxi or metro to Chatuchak market, Chinatown, the Grand Palace, the Jim Thompson House, the National Museum and Temple of the Dawn.
Naturally, the onsite dining options take in the riverfront views and breezes, offering creative royal Thai cuisine and cooking classes to complete the experience. A traditional Thai coffee room and tea garden provide added calm, complementing a full spa, salon and fitness center that includes ring where guests can refine their Muay Thai techniques.
Chiva Som for Thai-Style Rejuvenation
For those who want to indulge their fitness, spa and wellness interests during a trip to Thailand, Chiva Som, three hours from Bangkok in fashionable Hua Hin beach resort, can make a perfect add-on or immersive Thai destination point.
The property sits on the Gulf of Thailand’s warm blue waters with seven wandering acres of gardens and quiet meditation corners. Several wellness pavilions offering treatments in Eastern, Western, Holistic and local traditions proffer the needed wisdom and work to make a wellness focus penetrating and lasting for guests. Foods, fitness programs, meditation and massage, acupuncture, traditional healing, even aesthetic medi-spa treatment opportunities are all on the menu in all-inclusive programs lasting from three nights to two weeks, customized according the client’s goals and wishes with culinary programs to fit. Guests can choose from detox programs, weight management, yoga, fitness, natural healing, inner peace or just wondrous spa indulgence while getting needed relaxation at this “Haven of Life.”
Rates start at $1,558 for three nights in an ocean view room with all meals, treatments and program sessions, on a twin basis. Single guests pay $2,140.