Functional. Simple. Fluid.
Architecture should be harmonised, balanced ⎯ in its simplicity, one sees the weight in the concrete-ness, and the finishings set in its place without overdoing it.
Simple yet timeless.
We arrived Bangkok in the afternoon and the transfer towards the banks of the Chao Phraya River was swift. A mere minutes from Suvarnabhumi. From the exterior, I wasn’t as eager but soonest the chauffeur and the bellhop unloaded the luggages; and as we walked into the foyer, I was indeed taken aback.
All the thirty-six months worth of stress were rinsed off just like that, in a blink. Boutique hotels in South East Asia, can sometimes seem to project a cluttered atmosphere. Less is more, and with the Anantara Bangkok Resort & Spa, it is spatial minimalist, and the guests relations officers in traditional Thai Chakri made for a welcome sight.
Smiles are natural and hands are light when assisting guests with hand luggages, something you rarely see or experienced in other older less-manageable chain hotels, in the region. At the Anantara, service comes from the heart, as you can feel such resonance in the alertness, and the reactions — elsewhere in the city, it’s obvious that cash even if its plastic, still rules.
You never go hungry at the Anantara.
Sumptuous international breakfast was included in the package, and high-tea was plenteous. I enjoyed the wine list very much. And as undrunk as one can get with great company, the wine list include Chilean, Argentinian, and some of the best selections for the guests.
The Royal Thai international seafood promotional spread upgrade in the evenings came with traditional dancers entertaining guests with their princely garments, and showcasing the histories of South East Asia, through dance — a must watch, and eat-till-you-drop buffet comprise fresh seafoods, Japanese fares from Sashimi through Teppanyaki; Northern Indian fares, oysters, crabs, through ever sweet mussels, fish head curries; Thai cuisine amongst others.
Celadon for authentic Thai cuisine at the Sukhothai Bangkok left me unfortunately, ill, for two evenings. It may be the rave of travel and leisure magazines, but unfortunately, if your health is compromised due to food poisoning, it really can’t be best raving now, can it?
A definite must when in Bangkok, is to experience the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa — You’ll be spoilt, pampered and the poolside is very comforting for the eyes too if you’d rather bask for a fabulous tan, amongst others.
This preview was neither sponsored by Anantara Bangkok Resort & Spa, nor by Celadon at The Sukhothai Bangkok
The Sukhothai Bangkok
13/3 South Sathorn Road,
10120 Bangkok, Thailand
Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa
257/1-3 Charoennakorn Road,
10600 Thonburi, Thailand