The stunning, brand-new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok shoots up from the bustling Rachaprasong intersection like a flower; in fact, it was designed to look like one—a magnolia, to be exact. Inside, design elements by Hong Kong-based architect Andre Fu pay homage to local Thai culture as well as the Waldorf legacy. The property boasts 171 rooms and suites, each with interactive entertainment systems, well-stocked mini bars and sprawling bathrooms with rainfall showers, high-tech toilets and toiletries by Salvatore Ferragamo. Guests have access to three restaurants, two bars and a tea room lounge; our favorites are the Front Room, a lobby-level eatery serving innovative Nordic-Thai fare, and the top floor Champagne Bar, offering flutes of bubbly to be enjoyed on plush green velvet couches overlooking the city below. A small (three rooms) but lovely spa sits next to the open air, rooftop pool, scattered with giant wicker chairs and affording one of the best views from the property.
From October 2017 onwards, Plaza Athénée, one of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok, will be known by its new name: The Athénée Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel. The name change follows a major renovation—the biggest in the hotel’s 16-year history—that takes the fancy lodging to a new height of luxury.
Imagine a cozy retreat where you can unwind with spa treatments, luxurious facilities and a swimming pool, right in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district. Now make your way over there. I. Sawan Residential Spa & Club is the ultimate wellness sanctum in Bangkok. With only six spa cottages available, exclusivity is what tops the overall weekend pampering experience. Each cottage features a living room, bedroom, private balcony (yes, right in Ratchaprasong) where you can enjoy breakfast, spacious bathroom and proper spa room for private treatments. And if you can even manage to leave your room, you’ll find yourself right in the middle of Bangkok’s best shopping malls.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok has set a new standard for luxury hotels, from its minimalist yet classy interiors to its over-the-top service. Thanks to its location right in the middle of Ploenchit, you can take in breathtaking views of Bangkok’s skyline from the comforts of your bed. The swimming pool, too, offers the most awesome views of the city. One of the most noteworthy features is the breakfast with one of the biggest selections in Bangkok and a swimming pool with the best city views
Gorgeous views and unique designs are the key reasons you’ll love SO Sofitel Bangkok. Located a few blocks away from Lumpini Park, the enclaves lush greenery can be spotted from most rooms. Room styles are crafted around four different themes: earth, water, wood and metal. The Earth rooms are embellished with playful, curvy walls inspired by prehistoric cave paintings found in Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani. Metal rooms are decked out like an urban refuge with minimal, modern decor and pristine white furniture. The Wood room, on the other hand, is inspired by a traditional Northern Thai wooden house, while the Water room—the sexiest room of all—features concrete walls and semi-transparent glasses partitions.
One of the franchise of the well-known W Hotel, W Bangkok integrated Thai Culture with Western style beautifully throughout the hotel and its facilities. A Boxing ring is used to separate the VIP zone at Woobar. The elevator is decorated colorfully inspired by the light of Tuk Tuk. Hanuman, from Thai myth, welcomes all the guest in front of SWEAT fitness. Not to mention their exquisite service, W retains their concept of Whatever/Whenever to keep all customer pleased.
If you’re an acrophobic, Banyan Tree Bangkok is not the place for you. But if you adore higher views over Bangkok, consider a stay at this Sathorn skyscraper. Great views can be admired from everywhere in the hotel, from your bedside window to the celebrated rooftop restaurant and bar Vertigo. The Bangkok outpost of this Singapore chain recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by renovating its rooms and restaurants, giving visitors a fresh, new experience.
Nestled amongst lush garden greenery, The Sukhothai Bangkok is an urban sanctuary situated in the heart of one of the city’s busiest business districts. The lobby feels a luxurious gallery that features artwork and décor inspired by traditional Thai motifs, from terracotta sculptures to teak furnishing. The hotel has restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including old-school Thai at Celadon, classic Italian at La Scala and international fare at Colonnade.
Bangkok’s longest-running hotel isn’t praised for being one of the best hotels in the world for nothing. The perfect combination of luxurious rooms, fine food, impeccable service and never-say-no attitude is perhaps the reason it has stood the test of time, with its prestige growing every day. There are not many hotels in the world where the staff knows who you are and what you like, even on your first visit. Last year, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was given a massive facelift to celebrate its 140th anniversary. Exciting highlights from the renovation include a fresh new look to Bamboo Bar (said to be Bangkok’s oldest luxury bar), the Garden Suites rooms in the Garden Wing (each has its own private balcony), the Author’s Lounge (a popular venue for afternoon tea and the uber-luxurious Royal Presidential Suite, which is currently ranked the most expensive room in Bangkok. How much? Trust us, you don’t want to know.
This luxury hotel is on the other side of the river, so it's slightly out of the center—unless you're arriving by helicopter, in which case it couldn't be better situated. Guests who have not landed by chopper can get their fill of river views from suitably glamorous rooms and suites, or waterside restaurants such as the magical Thiptara Thai restaurant or the expansive River Café & Terrace. There's a gorgeous three-tiered, 60-meter pool plus a state-of-the-art gym should you feel the need to burn calories after dining in one of the hotel's restaurants. Or make the most of the hotel’s extensive spaces to get your fitness on outdoors—the helipad also doubles as a platform for inspiring sunrise yoga sessions, while Thiptara during the day hosts private Muay Thai lessons. Afterwards, reward yourself by booking a treatment at the Peninsula Spa. Try the incredibly indulgent Purva Karma Four-Hand Massage or the blissful Simply Peninsula Royal Thai Massage. Thai resident rates start from B7,000
Shangri-La Bangkok has long been recognized as one of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels for both leisure and business travelers alike. Beautifully decorated rooms, plush bed linen, free WiFi and great room service mean you probably won't want to leave but there's plenty to explore around the hotel, considering it’s located in one of the city’s buzzing new hubs (Charoenkrung is now home to some of Bangkok’s trendiest bars, restaurants and galleries). But the point of a staycation is to stay in, and Shangri-La is primed for that, with a stunning freeform pool surrounded by marvelous landscaping and comfy sun loungers, and an award-winning spa, Chi, that features a range of unique relaxation treatments from around the world. Another highlight is the plethora of F&B options—a seafood buffet at Next, modern Italian at swanky Volti and refined Thai at Salathip. The service is willing to go the extra mile and the ravishing views of the Chao Phraya are unbeatable.