It’s been a long time coming, but the Waldorf Astoria group has finally landed in South East Asia. Its location, in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong, pays off visually with spectacular views over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city’s skyscrapers. The 171-room hotel occupies 14 floors of a 60-storey tower that its architects, global firm Gensler and local studio DI Designs, conceived as a spiralling magnolia flower in bloom, while most of the interiors are the work of André Fu. The Hong Kong-based designer took his cues from memories of visiting the Waldorf Astoria New York as a child, while infusing the interior with a delicate sense of place. The lime and mustard accents in the Front Room restaurant echo the shades of Thai spices, while bronze screens are garnished with art deco patterns and subtle Thai twists. Among the hotel’s six bars and restaurants, the top-floor Champagne Bar offers views across the city.