Superlatives abound at this serene riverside stunner, where 28 rooms are positively suite-like and awash with antiques and Art-Deco-ness, blended with Thai influences. The Opium spa and 23m-long pool are impressive, as is the service, which is impeccable (and on the formal side). Dine on Thai haute cuisine at the riverside restaurant, or sip sundowners in the Deco bar. The hotel is quite far from the action of downtown but perfectly located for sightseeing in the historical Dusit district. Or let the staff whisk you along the river on the hotel’s very own golden teak rice barge, The Golden Naga.
There’s no doubt that Thailand, with its long coastline and 1,430 islands, is Asia’s No1 tourist destination, offering a diverse range of things to do. Buddhists and backpackers, hedonists and the well-healed can all find their nirvana in the Royal kingdom (which is actually run by the military). Despite the explosion of tourism over the last few decades, it is still very possible to find some tranquillity, be it at a meditation retreat in the Northern Highlands or on the massage table of a luxe island resort. A short spell in bonkers Bangkok is a must, but the call of the gently lapping ocean and the lure of getting the white sand between your toes will be strong.
You’ll find a dizzying range of hotels across the country suited to every budget, and from eco-intelligent nests and Michelin-starred restaurants to a lemongrass and turmeric compress or a 2000-book library, our pick of Thailand’s best hotels include all manner of tempting Thai treats.