OK… I think I have saved the best till last… and with another two trips to Europe to go before the of end 2012, this may be a big call… but I think I found my hotel of the year, The Siam in Bangkok.
After two days of rain in Phuket I decided to swing by Bangkok on my way back to Hong Kong for my best friend’s birthday celebrations. I had promised Jason the fabulous GM of the Siam and my dear friend Donald Wong, Director of Sales for the hotel that I would come visit so this was the perfect opportunity! I rearranged the flights and was suddenly off to Bangkok, and how I loved it. It has been years since I have visited this vibrant, exciting and sexy city and here I was… finally checking in to the ultra chic Siam.
You have no doubt read about The Siam – the most anticipated hotel opening of 2012, if you haven’t then listen up… it is fabulous! This true urban resort delivers on so many levels, its unique, it’s luxurious and with just the right amount of personal indulgence and attention to detail to make you go “WOW”.
Owned by the ever so chic Sukosol family, The Siam would have to be the most unique and luxurious hotels I have stayed in this year. One evening Jason Friedman, the GM hosted me for a delicious dinner along with some fabulous international jetsetters who had all checked in to see what all the fuss was about. I dined with lawyers, interior designers from Sydney, artists from Bangkok and coincidently another buddy, Daniel Meury the GM from Andara where I had stayed the week earlier who just happened to be in residence at the same time! We all agreed this is one magical place. That very same evening I was also fortunate to meet the Creative Director and one of the family that own The Siam, Krissada Sukosol Klapp the famous (and handsome) Thai rock singer and actor who swung by to say hello with and his gorgeous wife Melanie… I loved listening to their passion about creating this amazing hotel. I felt I was in a very special place at a very special time.
The Siam is located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Praya River in the historic Dusit Palace district. Not completely central but this place is about recluse and discrete luxury and I found the location ideal, besides – you can beat the Bangkok traffic by taking one of the scheduled luxury speed boats that will whisk you to the BTS Skytrain at Saphan Taksin Bridge and you will be “downtown” in 25 minutes.
The Suites and Villas are beyond chic and they (along with the entire resort) evoke a sense of 1920’s glamour… a time when travel was exclusive and ultra luxurious. They got it right. Bill Bensley, the architect on this one fuses art deco and colonial styles perfectly and you can’t help but feel you are a guest an a very luxurious private home. It’s extremely beautiful and the interiors… all in a muted colour scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals are exquisite and each room is individually decorated with antiques from Krissada’s personal collection (his collection is vast and expertly curated). I had villa 102, a riverside pool villa decorated in art deco style with an ultra luxurious bathroom to match… heaven.
*Chon, (Thai word for spoon) the exquisite Thai restaurant, set within a cluster of three century-old Thai teak wood houses which were sourced by silk tycoon Jim Thompson. All set riverside and the food is local and divine… are you getting it?
*The Siam boasts a fully equipped gym with floor to ceiling mirrors and windows overlooking a peaceful, neighbouring monastery. It’s a gym like no other hotel or resort I have seen… it also has its own private Muay Thai boxing ring with “real deal” instructors to train you!
I wish them all the best of luck, The Siam is truly unmissable… believe me. I see many hotels and resorts, and this one shines… Contact me to help make your reservation today.
You really have to see it to experience it. Go now.