While the acres of tropical gardens stretching down to the Chao Phraya River lend this city hotel a surprisingly rural feel, you’re still within twinkling sight of the city lights, with Bangkok’s busy charms easily reached via a free boat service to the Sky Train. And just across the bank lies the Asiatique, a medley of boutiques, bars, restaurants and action.
At the hotel, however, a sense of calm stirred by nothing more than a gentle river breeze prevails. Rooms are lavishly appointed with dark wood, vivid silks, marble and gilt, and rather sleek, each offering a smart phone for the stay and featuring a private balcony. They’re set in a cluster of seven-storey buildings, which is refreshing in this city of skyscraper accommodation. The vast gardens, with a vast pool set in to them, are just as refreshing. There’s a swim up bar, and on dry ground, several swish venues to sip sun downers and sample a range of cuisines. The choice at the breakfast buffet in The Market is so vast as to be almost bewildering, but at Benihana, it’s easy, the best of Japanese with butter soft Wagyu beef and spanking fresh fish. Trader Vic’s is the place for a Polynesian vibe and cocktail while watching the river unfold, before heading down to the Terrace restaurant where music and traditional Thai dancing accompany a fabulous all-in feast and all-round views.
The entire resort is romantic at night, with lamps and lanterns adding extra glitter to the sparkle on the river. During daytime, the spa, the service, the speedy access to the best of Bangkok, make this a perfect choice for a city stop that’s both serene and sophisticated.