PRICE: Worth maxing out for
The Siam is effortlessly cool. An Art Deco city slicker of a Bangkok boutique hotel nestled beside the Chao Phraya river in the heart of the bustling city. It oozes sophistication. You’ll quickly get the idea once you see the the private butlers that serve each of the suites and the sensational 1920s cinema room. And there’s more – the Siam is home to the the only standalone pool villas in the city – quite a feat for a densely packed city of 8 million people.
Neutral tones and hues of white and grey run throughout this chic urban bolt hole which is flooded with natural light, thanks to its ubiquitous glass ceilings and windows. In amongst the antiques and elegant black and white photos, you’ll find old brass gramophones hanging from the ceiling in the bar and exquisite art running throughout. The riverfront infinity pool and sleek sun loungers are a glitzy way of spending a sundrenched afternoon.
The 28 suites, of which the Riverview are our favourites, are all bedecked with hardwood floors, bespoke ebony coloured furniture and tasteful upholstery. The Courtyard and Riverview pool villas are an oasis of calm within this mini sanctuary. And Connie’s Cottage isa 100year-old Thai teak house, masterfully converted into the ultimate urban retreat, complete, of course, with its own private pool.
The dining experience is perfect, of course. The Thai flavours in the riverfront Chon Thai restaurant are so moreish that the hotel’s cooking school provides Masterchef-style classes recreating punchy Thai classics. And if your taste buds are less adventurous, the European food dished up in the jazz era Deco Bar and Bistro will be just to your liking.
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The Opium Spa, with its exquisite Sodashi treatments and products, is amongst the finest in Bangkok. It you really want special experience, go for the firm Muay Thai massage. It will leave you feeling perfectly pummelled!
On your doorstep
Step out onto the the private pier and into a private speed boat for a shuttle downtown where the City of Angels will be at your feet.