“Suite Dreams” are made of these: ‘must-try’ ultra-luxurious suites in Bangkokby Percy Roxas
1. Royal Oriental Suite
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
The stunning Royal Oriental Suite at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (48 Oriental Avenue Alley, Bangrak/ www.mandarinoriental.com/Bangkok) – one of the hotel’s 35 suites – has played host to royalty and heads of state, as well as internationally acclaimed celebrities from around the world.
Beautifully designed with an emphasis on elegance and space, the 295sqm-suite has a timeless interior that features exquisite timber paneling, an extensive art collection, and soft furnishings all carefully chosen to complement the suite’s soothing color scheme. Decorated in shades of citron, cream, and cobalt blue, the main living room enjoys a relaxing feel with an adjoining sitting area and dining room that features magnificent Oriental carpets. Adorned in soft tones of russet and apricot, the master bedroom is spacious and stylish, furnished with a teak wardrobe and an antique pineapple canopy bed. In addition there is a second bedroom, featuring two beautifully carved, gold leaf timber fragments, which flank a Northern Thai-style armoire. To complete the picture, the suite also has a pantry, a guest powder room, and two balconies boasting panoramic views of the majestic Chao Phraya River. Indeed, this suite exemplifies the very best that the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has to offer.
2. Royal Suite
Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
One of the largest private suites in Bangkok at 300sqm, the Royal Suite at Siam Kempinski (991/9 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan/ www.kempinskibangkok.com) also has a secluded 120 sqm- terrace, complete with a Jacuzzi. Located on the 16th floor of the Royal Wing, the suite includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a second bedroom with twin beds, and a third smaller bedroom for personal staff or security. There are also two full bathrooms and a guest cloakroom. Accommodation in the Royal Suite includes a spacious living room, a separate dining room, a private bar, a private gym, a study, and a kitchenette. The suite is decorated with exquisite original paintings and objets d’art, which have been created by renowned local artists that convey a unique Thai character. The antiques, sourced throughout Thailand, are also originals. The temperature is controlled by central air conditioning; with individual controls to adjust it to the perfect temperature in each room (this suite has nine rooms). Service? Beyond comparison. In short, the Royal Suite is indeed the epitome of luxury.
3. Royal Suite
The St. Regis Bangkok
Sweeping vistas of the Bangkok cityscape, verdant, tropical parklands, and expansive views over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club welcome guests to the 250sqm-Royal Suite at The St. Regis Bangkok (Rajdamri Road (BTS: Rajdamri)/ www.stregisbangkok.com/), which is often claimed to be “the most prestigious accommodation in the city.” The Royal Suite offers every imaginable comfort and convenience, with truly inspirational interior design, classic polished wooden floors, intimate lighting, and original Thai objets d’art that add to the classic decor. This exquisite residence features a reading area and a grand living room, with state-of-the-art technology. A generously-sized desk and a wonderfully comfortable chair make crafting a letter or sending emails from your personal laptop a pleasure. The private dining salon with seating for six is ideal for intimate dining, a late evening supper, or cocktails with guests, as the cosmopolitan city of Bangkok continues with its hustle and bustle beneath you. Slumber peacefully in the sanctuary of the spacious bedroom on an opulent St. Regis King bed layered with 300 thread-count linens, a down comforter, plump pillows, and a soft throw. The richly appointed bathroom offers double vanities with oversized crystal-framed mirrors, city views from the large freestanding bath, and a separate custom shower with a fines marble finish. Signature Remède amenities along with a plush St. Regis robe await. The St. Regis butler service will ensure your time in-residence in The Royal Suite is a memorable and flawless event.
4. The Peninsula Suite
The Peninsula Bangkok
The Peninsula Suite is the pinnacle of refinement and luxury in Bangkok. Stunningly appointed throughout in a fabulous array of Thai silks, antiques, Oriental carpets, crystal chandeliers and teakwood floors, this is a multiple award-winning suite. Guests arriving by helicopter are whisked via the exclusive Paribatra Helicopter Lounge, to this completely private luxury apartment-styled residence in seconds. Situated on the 34th floor of the hotel, and offering a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok skyline, the 364sqm-Peninsula Suite has master and guest bedrooms, walk-in closets and a butler’s room. The dining room seats up to 10 people and an expansive landscaped terrace allows guests the option to entertain under the stars. As can be expected, all the facilities, amenities, and services in the suite are first-class and are designed to exceed the expectations of its high-end guests. The Peninsula’s (333 Charoennakorn Rd./ www.Bangkok.peninsula.com) unique luxurious touch is enhanced by its amenities and services, such as the Deutz Peninsula Champagne, a large fruit basket, chocolates and Peninsula cookies, 24-hour room service, and 24-hour butler service.
5. Pool Villas
The Siam Bangkok
Even with the slew of many fine hotels in Bangkok, The Siam (Khao, Wachira Phayaban, Dusit/ www.thesiam.com) – dubbed as “the crown jewel” of the Sukosol Hotels – made a big splash as soon as it opened. Conceived by creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp and the globally acclaimed Bill Bensley, The Siam was likened to a “work of art.” Indeed, it is obvious that the “only truly urban resort in Thailand” was built with art in mind, and not only because it is now a repository of Krissada’s big antique collection but also because of the decor. The Main Residence, for one, drew inspiration from Paris’ Musee d Orsay. To emphasize this, a muted color scheme of black, white, cream, grey, and neutral hues have been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather, and stone – not to mention the sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout. The overall setting reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V (1853-1910), with Art Deco accents. It goes without saying that its suites are of grandiose proportions. At the intimate Pool Villa in the courtyard for example, one can bask in Thai colonial, Chinese, or Art Deco surroundings in absolute privacy. Every villa is awash with lush internal gardens, and feature a private swimming pool and open-air roof terrace, perfect for secluded sunbathing, evening cocktails or tête-à-tête dining. And for those who yearn to admire beautiful sunsets and private dining with a view, there is the Pool Villa Riverview.
These are just five of them, mind you. The bottom line is, there’s always a luxury suite in Bangkok to meet your taste and requirements. Really, the choice is yours!