A Luxurious Retreat in the City
Nestled in the heart of the ever vibrant city of Bangkok, Anantara Siam Bangkok offers a true sanctuary for a luxurious retreat in a sophisticated blend of culture and modernity, perfectly reflecting the soul of the city itself.
The beauty of the traditional cultural heritage and sophistication of a modern city has positioned Bangkok as one of the most visited cities in the world. Luxury malls that compete with a sea of boutiques and markets standing side by side with sacred temples and stunning palaces, amidst the high rise buildings and lush gardens scattered all around the city, has drawn people to enjoy what this enigmatic city has to offer to each of its visitors. Bangkok is a city of excitement with surprises at every turn; catch a tuk-tuk (an auto rickshaw) along the bustling Chinatown or take a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River streaming through gleaming temples. Food is also another highlight of this city; from the unique mouth-watering local food served in humble street stalls to the worldclass Michelin star restaurants and hip rooftop bars ready to cater to every palate. Anantara Siam Bangkok is located on one of the most prestigious roads in the heart of this lively city and it reflects the perfect balance of luxurious resort lifestyle and authentic city discovery. It features everything from the complimentary use of private meeting rooms to a 24-hour business centre, a perfect haven to mix business with pleasure, and also for those who look for dining options and use of the fitness centre. As I stepped into the lobby of the hotel, the warm and luxurious ambience that blends with traditional Thai and contemporary design welcomed me, I was then escorted to the Kasara Executive Lounge, where I checked-in. My room exuded the warmth of a home with a unique Thai touch and a sophisticated sense inviting comforts and tasteful luxury. A perfect blend of traditional Thai and contemporary design, the room is refined by authentic artefacts, teak furnishings and silk fabrics, offering the epitome of luxurious city living without leaving the ultimate comforts needed for a good night sleep. Another great thing about the room, besides the tremendously comfortable bed, was the clear view of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, its beautifully manicured garden is truly a feast for the eye. Later in the evening, I soaked myself in the deep tub, in the marble bathroom as my exciting day in this vibrant city wind down. Anantara Siam Bangkok excels at fulfilling every guest gourmet wanderlust with choices of awardwinning restaurants, the hotel unique culinary experience will satisfy every palate, even the most discerning ones. Delight in breakfast, all-day dining, afternoon tea and supper, The Lobby offers memorable dining experience in a crowning masterpiece of grand columns, handpainted silk panels and a magnificent frescoed ceiling, enhanced by daily live entertainment. Innovative in both taste and style, Madison, is the contemporary steakhouse that serves exquisite seafood and prime meat dishes. Gather around the lounge fireplace for pre-cocktails and nightcaps, or enjoy a weekly changing business set lunch and host elegant parties in its private dining room. Shintaro offers an authentic Japanese dining experience, dine at the long sushi bar or in the tatami-style dining room while enjoying a lunch and dinner menu featuring traditional styles of sushi, sashimi, noodle and
tempura, complemented by a wide selection of sake and Japanese beer. Another interesting dining venue at this hotel is the Spice Market, which is designed to resemble a charming old Thai spice shop where you can find a menu of fine Thai cuisine accompanied by highlights of chef specialties and demonstrations in the intricate art of fruit and vegetable carving. The open air garden and cocktail lounge are also available for a more casual dining experience, with a menu of Mediterranean light bites and Thai cuisine, and freshly squeezed juices, iced drinks, draught beers and exotic Thai cocktails. A visit to Bangkok will not be complete without experiencing the traditional Thai massage, fortunately, I got a chance to indulge in the exclusive sanctuary of Anantara Spa. Inspired by the Kingdom of Thailand’s history, Anantara Siam Bangkok offers a journey beyond relaxation in a nostalgic pampering through the signature 90-minute Siam 2482 treatment. BE 2482 is the year the kingdom changed its name from Siam to Thailand, and to commemorate this momentous date, Anantara Spa developed a signature massageto reflect the cultural fusion of that time, incorporating healing traditions from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China. Four distinctive massage styles provide unique pathways to holistic wellbeing. I love how the two bamboo sticks are used to invigorate the blood circulation through series of stretching and pressure point techniques to enhance flexibility and energy flow throughout the body. The other favourite part of the treatment was the eight herbal compresses, each wrapped in a fabric of healing indigo to soothe tension, aches and muscle pains. Foot reflexology also given to promotes overall wellness by stimulating reflex zones on the foot that correspond with organs in the upper body. The intuitive hands of skilful therapists transport one into deep relaxation all the way during treatment. Combining ancient techniques with a signature oil blend, the Siam 2482 treatment uses Anantara Divine Peace Detoxifying Massage Oil to help combat stress and detoxify the body with a combination of juniper, lemongrass and lemon oils, while at the same time, nourishing skin with sweet almond and sesame oils. A truly outof-this-world experience from start to end, the signature Siam 2482 treatment concludes with a mindfulness ritual. Two gold leaf patches are placed on the wish area of the left arm and left side of the chest to encourage a quiet, peaceful state of mind. Located in the centre of the Ratchaprasong shopping and entertainment district, Anantara Siam Bangkok is just a few minutes away from the subway and adjacent to a SkyTrain station, connecting you to the entire city with ease. Whether you are staying for business, shopping or cultural sightseeing, experience a luxurious retreat to enjoy life’s finer pleasures and engage in soulful, original journeys a la Anantara. Anantara Siam Bangkok 155 Rajadamri Road Bangkok – Thailand Phone. +66 2 126 8866 siam-bangkok.anantara.com