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.

Maxx-M - - CHECK IN - Text by Den­nis Latif | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Anantara Siam Bangkok

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

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