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Anantara Siam Bangkok

Anantara Siam Bangkok offers a calming getaway in the heart of the city

Anantara Siam Bangkok may look like an unassuming city hotel from the outside (what with its low-rise structure), but inside it has all the trappings of a resort, from the overall spaciousness to the abundance of greenery and open spaces. The rooms are distributed around alfresco courtyards that are more like verdant parks than manicured gardens: The trees are mature, there are water features of ponds and streams teeming with colourful koi, and you’ll find a smattering of park benches here and there under the shade of lush foliage. This will come as a much welcomed retreat after a day out exploring the bustling city.

Anantara Siam Bangkok

The rooms and suites are equally luxurious. Design-wise, they lean more towards the classic, so expect contemporary furnishings that nod at traditional Thai aesthetics of teak, silk and vintage artefacts; the good thing is, they’re huge by Bangkok standards. And as a guest, you’re very well taken care of: The marble bathroom features both a tub and a walk-in shower; you’re provided with a handy smartphone equipped with free local and international calls plus 4G data connectivity; and there are more modern comforts to complete your stay.

Anantara Siam Bangkok

Also, you have to admire a hotel with a strong artistic heritage. As you step into the lobby, you’ll be greeted by the opulent wall-to-wall mural framing the grand staircase. Look up and you’ll find that the ceilings on the ground and mezzanine floors are covered with enormous Mandala-type paintings. These watercolour and raw silk frescos are created by some of the country’s most renowned painters who are trained in the temple mural tradition. As such, the lobby is bestowed with prestige, making it a popular filming spot for local and international productions.

There’s much to enjoy during your stay here at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. There’s a spa and a host of restaurants on site; the gym opens 24 hours, complete with steamroom and whirlpool; and the location is perfect. It being in the central shopping district means you can easily walk to the popular malls such as Central World and Siam Paragon, and the BTS SkyTrain station and Erawan Shrine are located down the road.

155 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok (+66 2126 8866/siam-bangkok.anantara.com). Rooms from THB5,930 (about RM741).