The Siam Hotel: the ultimate retreat of Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s most desirable and stylish addresses is The Siam Hotel. Set on the city-side bank of the Chao Phraya River, The Siam Hotel is the ultimate riverside retreat with Bangkok‘s only pool villas, an ultra-relaxing Spa, cooking school and Muay Thai boxing ring. Located in the historical Dusit district, this area is home to all of Bangkok‘s must-see cultural sites. It is definitely the Thai antique masterpiece among the kingdom’s premier urban resorts. This luxury property from the Sukosol family, simply emanates style and oozes an Asian mystique.
The design of this ultra-luxurious urban lodging pays homage to the postcolonial, early-1900s era of King Rama V, with black-and-white striped lounge chairs and a library lined with limited-edition tomes. Designer Bill Bensley and his team drew inspiration from Beaux-Arts architecture and the Jazz Age, creating a black-and-white palette and a soaring glass and steel atrium in the main residence. Meanwhile, owner Krissada Sukosol-Clapp scoured Bangkok‘s markets and shops for antiques to fill the property, from the etched glass doors to the gym to the old movie cameras in the library. Bona fide artifacts (neolithic Thai pottery) and quirky relics (old movie ticket stubs, vintage sports trophies) fill vitrines and bookshelves throughout the hotel.
This oasis of tranquillity and beauty in busy Bangkok, features extremely spacious suites some in antique teakwood houses, as well as stunning luxury villas with private pools and roof terraces. The Siam Hotel in Bangkok provides 39 luxury rooms, dotted around the courtyard beneath the atrium; doors are frosted glass, which means it never gets completely dark. All come with slipper bathtubs, cushy sofas and armchairs and crisp bed linens. Rooms are full-equipped with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and modern ceilings. Each individual suite is decorated with the oriental artwork and antiques that makes the modern but unique atmosphere. The rooms and villas ensure a comfortable, pampered stay with everything you need. The Riverview Suites have window-side seating areas and gigantic bathrooms with double vanities, black-and-white tiled shower rooms and lemongrass-scented bath products. Most of the ultra-private Pool Villas have open-air terraces and pocket-size gardens.
Food is part of Thailand’s soul. Wake up to a leisurely breakfast on your veranda or in your private garden, the Deco Bar & Bistro is the Siam’s main all-day diner, while in the evening guests dine on Thai food in Chon Thai Restaurant. The latter is open all day for breakfast and lunch as well. Sip sunset cocktails, enjoy the river views and get a true taste of Thailand. Three antique Thai houses salvaged by silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson make up Chon restaurant, where the Executive Chef Damri Muksombat has put together an authentic and properly spicy Thai menu of salads, curries and wok-fried dishes. Next door, Deco restaurant offers high-end comfort food. Like no other, The Siam Hotel with sublime service in a serene riverfront setting affords visitors diverse dining options in a jazzy atmosphere. Or sit back in your own spacious daybed overlooking the magnificent Chao Phraya River while Bathers Bar serves up poolside drinks and snacks.
Do you fancy a pampering spa treatment, a private Muay Thai lesson or yoga session? No worries, not only the architect but also the excellent service creates its reputation. Spa, gym, yoga terrace, beauty salon, cinema, infinity pool, especially Muay Thai boxing offer you a wide range of choices. The Siam Hotel is home to a sanctuary of wellness including the Opium Spa which offers a wide range of treatments using chemical-free products by Australia’s Sodashi. Fitness fanatics should sign up for personal Thai boxing lessons; the small but well-equipped gym has a mini Muay Thai ring.
Enjoy having a butler, quite an experience. Always at hand and yet the epitome of discretion, a personal butler service is dedicated to serve, indulge and amaze you. Your personal butler will give you a royal treatment, anticipating your ultimate wishes and heart’s desires before you even know you have them. All you have to do is focus on the important things during your stay. Let your butler know how you would like your room and he’ll add a few personal touches before you arrive, maybe special flowers or tea, or simply have a hot coffee ready for you. Whatever you need to get your day started on the right foot and end your day in total relaxation.
Whether flying in from overseas or arriving by chartered launch at their private pier, The Siam affords guests maximum convenience with a range of luxury transportation available through their dedicated Guest Services. Hotel limousines make for seamless airport transfers and sightseeing while their fleet of private boats re-define leisure cruising along the Chao Praya River. Indulge in an overnight journey to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya in their teakwood barge and take advantage of their complimentary speedboat shuttle to the nearest Skytrain station or any other place that takes your fancy along the River of Kings.
Dusit is home to a few noteworthy historic attractions. A five-minute walk brings you to Vimanmek Palace, a 19th-century royal residence built without a single nail, while Dusit Zoo is a good way to spend the afternoon with the little ones. Just down river are some of the city’s best-known sights, such as Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. There’s little by way of formal dining in the area, but you’re in luck if you’re a street food fan: Across the street, next to Vajira Hospital, street stalls selling fruit, curries, and noodle soups line Sangkhalok Road from morning to late afternoon.
Bangkok is busy year-round, which means no matter what season you arrive, you’re bound to have to battle the crowds, though there are times that are worse than others. One of the biggest festivals of the year is Songran (Thai New Year), which takes place in mid-April, bringing especially thick crowds, while Christmas and the New Year holidays also see a big increase in visitors to the city. While it won’t make a huge difference, late November and early December may be the best time to visit Bangkok, when the city is drying out from the monsoon season and experiencing a slight cool down and the holiday crowds have yet to arrive. September and October are Bangkok’s (and Thailand’s) rainiest months. The best weather for Thailand’s beaches and islands are December to March, so if you’re combining Bangkok with a visit to one of the southern islands then this is best time for sunny, dry weather. More important than time of year when visiting Bangkok, try to visit the most popular attractions early in the morning for the smallest crowds, coolest temperatures and best experience.