In­spire Me

Park Hy­att Bangkok’s Dig­i­tal Art Por­tal cel­e­brates the imag­i­na­tion

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In­spir­ing des­ti­na­tions that have the ro­mance set to ten. It’s eas­ier to get the flames go­ing when the back­drop comes pre-set with all the right colours.

We love to cel­e­brate and ap­pre­ci­ate the mar­vel­lous and au­da­cious, un­de­ni­able sig­nif­i­cant some­things that tug at the heart­strings re­mind­ing us of what makes life worth liv­ing. Our cel­e­bra­tions of­ten hon­our what has hap­pened on the out­side of things, those eas­ily no­ticed and ap­pre­ci­ated––ac­com­plish­ments, mile­stones in life. How unique it is to cel­e­brate what is on the in­side.

Jay Pritzker’s decades-long dream lives on through cel­e­brat­ing in­ner and outer beauty with travel. Park Hy­att Bangkok em­bod­ies them both with the first Dig­i­tal Art Por­tal––a jour­ney into the imag­i­na­tion where guests can get up close and per­sonal with a buried trea­sure trove of sorts in one of the world’s in­cred­i­ble orig­i­nal art col­lec­tions found within a wave of glass and steel in Bangkok’s ur­ban sea, de­signed by AL_A, the Lon­don-based stu­dio founded by Amanda Levete and Bangkok-based Pi De­sign.

The Dig­i­tal Por­tal is a jour­ney into the imag­i­na­tion where guests can tour unique works de­signed es­pe­cially for the space by the artists and learn about their in­spi­ra­tions. So metic­u­lously cu­rated, per­son­alised art tours are of­fered with ad­vance reser­va­tions in a mu­seum type of ex­pe­ri­ence that al­lows them to dis­cover and ex­am­ine pieces to un­der­stand their ori­gin, con­cep­tual de­vel­op­ment and mean­ing.

This is not de­sign. This is not dec­o­ra­tion. This is art. Sure so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous in­te­ri­ors are won­der­ful, but when those in­te­ri­ors meet with renowned artists you’ve crossed into a new fron­tier of the artis­tic––a cross­roads be­tween op­ti­mal, per­son­al­i­sa­tion and in­ti­mate mem­o­ries. Min­gle with mas­ter­pieces in­clud­ing paint­ings, sculp­tures, pho­to­graphs, and mixed-me­dia pieces, most part of re­tail­giant Cen­tral Group Chi­rathi­vat fam­ily’s per­sonal art col­lec­tion who shares the same vi­sion and pas­sion as Jay Pritzker. The im­pres­sive in­ter­na­tional heavy-hit­ters in­clude Hiro­to­shi Sawada Stu­dio’s Naga––a strik­ing in­stal­la­tion where ba­tons sus­pend from the ceil­ing and fall into shapes that re­sem­ble a myth­i­cal wa­ter dragon trav­el­ling be­tween the pool and in­ter­nal wa­ter­fall.

The sight of the wa­ter­fall can’t help but call to all that is pri­mal and un­ex­plored within. As does many of the great works here from An­dreas Gursky to Thai na­tional artists like Chatchai Puipia and Non­thi­vathn Chand­hanaphalin. Wa­ter’s won­der­ful theme seems per­fect for the venue, where you’ll find Pagoda Mi­rage tucked away within the void un­der­neath the stair­case of the Ball­room. The piece breath­tak­ingly re­veals hun­dreds of small, con­i­cal cop­per swirls, sus­pended in just such a way as to evoke the re­flec­tion of a pagoda on wa­ter.

The Dig­i­tal Art Tour en­ables guests to dis­cover the pieces from var­i­ous world-renowned and lo­cal artists while gain­ing in­sights into their in­spi­ra­tions. Artis­tic pas­sions have never been this price­less, peace­ful, or ac­ces­si­ble, un­fold­ing among the back­drop of the ho­tel’s dra­matic, award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture and dé­cor made up of so­phis­ti­cated white, black and gold tones. The pal­ette evokes rare calm in the heart of Bangkok. The vi­su­als at the ho­tel pro­vide a sen­sual tran­quil­lity among the art­work where the light­ing, ma­te­ri­als, space, and tex­ture all work to­gether in a sym­phony of calm. Sub­tle hints of lo­cal mo­tifs such as the lo­tus, a sym­bol of pu­rity, are mini gems wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered all around the ho­tel.

As a lux­u­ri­ous thrill on your cre­ative jour­ney, en­joy a stay at the Park Hy­att’s Pres­i­den­tial Suite, a gor­geous 381 square-me­ter pent­house fea­tur­ing pri­vate pools, a spa room, pri­vate gym, home theatre and out­door ter­race with stun­ning views of the city. Al­ter­na­tively, en­joy a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary at the spa­cious Am­bas­sador Suite fea­tur­ing a 167-square-me­ter haven from the ev­ery day serv­ing up el­e­gance among stun­ning city views, a liv­ing room, pri­vate gym, and a kitchen. Pack­ages can in­clude a three-course din­ner at the Pent­house Grill and a bot­tle of Cham­pagne, of course.

The ho­tel and ad­ja­cent lux­ury shop­ping mall meld to­gether with a con­tin­ual loop that merges the plinth and tower. The twisted coil forms a three-di­men­sional fig­ure eight, an aus­pi­cious num­ber in the Chi­nese cul­ture, and also the sym­bol of in­fin­ity. Draw­ing on mo­tifs and pat­terns found in tra­di­tional Thai ar­chi­tec­ture, the eye-catch­ing façade is clad in ex­truded alu­minium tiles adding to the majesty of the ex­te­rior.

Did some­one say shop­ping? Yes, please. Art might be your in­spi­ra­tion, but shop­ping and nightlife at the Cen­tral Em­bassy Mall is your play­ground. Lo­cated in the Bangkok’s heart of the seen-and-be-seen mecca of shop­ping, busi­ness, and en­ter­tain­ment, the ho­tel crowns the Cen­tral Em­bassy fash­ion, din­ing and life­style des­ti­na­tion. Leave the con­fines of the pared-back in­te­ri­ors, out­door ter­races and lush gar­dens with per­fect perches for ad­mir­ing one of Asia’s most elec­tric cities be­hind to get fraz­zled in the beau­ti­ful chaos that is Bangkok.

With names like Ber­luti, Bot­tega Veneta, Boyy, Chanel, Fred Perry, Givenchy, Gucci, John Var­vatos you will en­joy bring­ing home a few fab­u­lous sou­venirs for you and your loved ones. No place shops bet­ter. Whether you are procur­ing the wardrobe of your dreams filled with purses-a-plenty and ir­re­sistible one-offs, or you are merely into home­grown, high-end la­bels––ev­ery shop­per will find their heart’s de­sire here from vin­tage to cut­ting-edge clas­sics and what will be shap­ing the front pages of fash­ion mag­a­zines to­mor­row.

But fash­ion is just the be­gin­ning at this life­style venue. En­joy eat­ing and cook­ing at Ethai and ex­pe­ri­ence the spirit of Thai­land. This is a cher­ished culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence and will find you en­joy­ing the best in re­gional del­i­ca­cies and Bangkok’s fa­mous street food. Let your­self un­wind with live mu­sic at Eathai Café and spend some qual­ity time at Fam­ily Work­shops of­fered ev­ery week­end.

Af­ter your ad­ven­tures, en­joy a late-night meal at the Pent­house Bar and Grill at Park Hy­att Bangkok where you’ll in­dulge in flame-grilled steaks done to per­fec­tion. Then en­joy a night­cap at the cock­tail bar com­plete with DJ and an in­cred­i­bly trendy rooftop ter­race.

As vi­sion be­comes a tra­di­tion, there is much to look for­ward to here. Liv­ing up to leg­endary Thai hos­pi­tal­ity and her­itage that be­gan in the 19th cen­tury when Bangkok’s first real es­tate mogul, Nai Lert, bought the park­land be­tween Phloen Chit Road and Kh­long Saen Saep River––lux­ury is per­sonal at Park Hy­att Bangkok. Once the scene of el­e­gant gar­den par­ties hosted by the British Am­bas­sador to the King­dom of Thai­land, it is now one of the city’s most In­sta­grammable hotspots and a place to cel­e­brate all things beau­ti­ful.

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Clock­wise from left, Ar­ti­fi­cial Rock – Zhang Wang on the lobby floor, In­fin­ity Pool Ter­race, Naga in the Liv­ing Room, At­tain­ment at the Front Desk, Rooftop Ter­race at Pent­house Bar + Grill

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