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Rocket to the top of the world

Af­ter the fast lift trans­ports you to the 61st floor, get the party started at the Moon Bar of the Banyan Tree Bangkok. While your head may feel like its spin­ning af­ter a night spent at the long rooftop bar and restau­rant, don’t worry. The space­ship vibe is in­ten­tional, down to the bar’s tall glasses that give one the feel­ing of ig­ni­tion while tak­ing a sip and peer­ing down at busy Sathon road.

You’ll en­joy the high life at Ver­tigo restau­rant es­pe­cially with­out any pesky ceil­ing to get in the way of look­ing up into the heav­ens––per­fect for full moons, me­teor show­ers and ro­mance, of course. With such a slen­der foot­print, it’s hard to be­lieve you’re stand­ing above a 327 room, 5-star all-suite ho­tel. Try the con­tem­po­rary Thai restau­rant Saf­fron, a few floors be­low, in­deed an el­e­vated five-star ex­pe­ri­ence un­equalled in the city, with cui­sine to match. The ho­tel’s mod­ern Thai de­sign com­pli­ments the speedy, futuristic feel of the bar. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows pro­vide stun­ning panoramic views of Bangkok. Spa­cious ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude sep­a­rate liv­ing spa­ces with two tele­vi­sions and burn­ers ready to cre­ate what­ever fra­grance you se­lect. En­joy the Banyan Tree Ho­tel Spa, billed as a sanc­tu­ary for the senses, pro­vid­ing a re­treat from the com­pli­cated with min­i­mal­ist Zen de­sign. Lux­u­ri­ous pam­per­ing at the spa in­cludes pri­vate treat­ments by the out­door pool.

En­gag­ing cul­tural im­mer­sion in­cludes ex­cur­sion com­pan­ion pro­grammes like Muay Thai Box­ing, yoga classes, cook­ing classes and din­ner river cruise un­der the stars on­board Ap­sara, the vin­tage rice barge as it gen­tly sails down the Chao Phraya River.­land/bangkok

Clock­wise from top, Ver­tigo din­ing ig­nites ro­mance with un­ob­structed views of the moon and stars; Two-bed­room Suite fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing panora­mas of Bangkok; stun­ning views at Saf­fron Restau­rant

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