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THE SIAM

Ex­pect a soul­ful am­bi­ence at­trib­uted to its pic­turesque lo­ca­tion along the Chao Praya River, a short dis­tance from many cul­tural sites. Con­ceived by Thai rock star/ac­tor Kris­sada Sukosol Clapp and ac­claimed ar­chi­tect/de­signer Bill Bens­ley, some 39 gue­strooms touted as the big­gest in Bangkok in­clude suites with stun­ning river views; pool vil­las with open-air rooftop ter­races; and Con­nie’s Cot­tage – a his­tor­i­cal Thai house in­spired by de­signer Jim Thomp­son. Cus­tomised ac­tiv­i­ties are abound, such as river tours start­ing from the ho­tel’s beau­ti­ful pri­vate pier and cook­ing classes at its tra­di­tional Thai restau­rant. Re­fresh­ingly unique ex­pe­ri­ences are also avail­able at the pri­vate art gallery, the con­ser­va­tory, the vast li­brary, the film screen­ing room, the gor­geous in­fin­ity swim­ming pool over­look­ing the river, the gym with a Muay Thai box­ing ring, as well as the out­door yoga ter­race. 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachi­ra­paya­bal, Dusit. Tel: +66 (0) 2206-6999. www.the­si­amho­tel.com

HANSAR HO­TEL

Al fresco hall­ways, dark wood ac­cents, raw silk walls, and a street-view ter­race with a swim­ming pool … this hip ho­tel of 94 rooms re­sem­bles a typ­i­cally cos­mopoli­tan joint in, say, Rio de Janeiro. Last year, the ho­tel was one of 121 (and one of three in Thai­land) in­cluded in Condé Nast Trav­eler’s ‘Hot List 2012; and Hansar’s Luxsa Spa is the only spa in Thai­land se­lected as one of 35 ‘Hot Spas’ in the ‘Hot List’. The Herbal Heal­ing Thai mas­sage is in high de­mand. Hansar’s de­li­cious break­fast fare is also a ma­jor high­light. 3 Soi Ma­hadlek­lu­ang2, Ra­j­damri Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan. Tel: +66 2 209 1234. www.hansar­bangkok.com

ST REGIS BANGKOK

True to St Regis her­itage, this ho­tel is truly mod­ern yet re­mains re­spect­ful of tra­di­tional el­e­ments. Hence, the au­then­tic Thai-meets-global con­tem­po­rary look here in­cor­po­rates the use of lo­cal arts and crafts. Case in point: the de­con­structed Thai pots in bronze, il­lu­mi­nated from within and cast­ing cap­ti­vat­ing shad­ows on the white Thai silk back­drop at a rear wall of the lobby. The ho­tel’s be­spoke but­ler ser­vice is also leg­endary, and it’s ac­corded to each guest re­gard­less of the room type, un­like at many other lux­ury ho­tels which of­fer such ser­vices only to a lim­ited num­ber of guests. 159 Ra­jadamri Road. Tel: +66 2 207 7777. www.star­wood­ho­tels.com/stregis

TENFACE HO­TEL

Re­sem­bling an up­scale night­club, Tenface’s rather ob­scure lo­ca­tion, apart from its en­trance, is ac­tu­ally some­what dif­fi­cult to lo­cate. It can also be slightly con­fus­ing to nav­i­gate the mys­te­ri­ous in­sides of this de­cid­edly ec­cen­tric prop­erty with only a few win­dows, very dim light­ing, deep bur­gundy cor­ri­dors, and dark grey doors. But trust us – the search is re­ward­ing, es­pe­cially when you fi­nally get to see the sexy de­signs of its mono­chrome gue­strooms and suites. Th­ese won­der­fully light and airy yet mas­cu­line-look­ing spa­ces are also large enough to ac­com­mo­date pri­vate gath­er­ings or din­ners. Talk about a smart use of space! And if, God for­bid, it should un­for­tu­nately rain dur­ing your va­ca­tion, don’t worry. Just get ev­ery­one to­gether and take ad­van­tage of the lat­est Ne­spresso ma­chines in each room, as well as iPods fea­tur­ing an ex­cit­ing cat­a­logue of new films or pod­casts to watch while you’re in Bangkok. 81 Soi Ruam­rudee 2, Wire­less Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan. Tel: +66 2 695 4242. www.ten­face­bangkok.com

The Siam

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