Having worked in this industry for 12 years now, I can admit that I tend to get quite spoilt. I have been to some amazing places and seen some wonderful things but honestly, my weekend at The Siam, Bangkok took my breath away.
Sure it helps that I am a huge Art Deco fan (The Siam is modelled on Art Deco antiques that the owner has painstakingly collected over the years – but more than that later), but that’s not just it. It’s more the fact that honestly, from the moment you wake up to the moment you nestle down in your ginormous bed at night, you feel looked after, comforted and down right luxurious.
So, let’s start at the beginning. The Siam Bangkok describes itself as ‘an urban luxury resort set on the river in Bangkok.’ Quiet and serene, you would never know that you are just 40 minutes from the airport and around 25 minutes from the hustle and bustle of a city that never sleeps. The hotel is made up of just 30 rooms, each one unique in its style and décor with choices ranging from the standard (although standard takes on a whole new meaning here) Siam Suite, to the Pool Villa Courtyard which features a roof terrace and plunge pool and finally, a little slice of your own private heaven in the Connie’s Cottage.
Designed by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the hotel is inspired by Paris’ Musee D’orsay. With the hotel owners personal collection of rare and stunning antiques from the 1920s ranging from antique dentists chairs, vintage posters, and chrome lighting adorning the walls and halls of the hotel, mixed with the help of the attentive and caring staff, it really does feel more like staying with friends than in a hotel.
With each and every room assigned a personal butler on arrival, literally every wish and whim is taken care of. On the Saturday night, we were headed out for dinner, and before we even had to think about it, the lovely Jill had arranged our cab, maps and water for the journey. Sat by the pool one afternoon, I was summoning up the energy to refresh my glass of water when I turned to find it already filled by the magnificent Jill. After a weekend of this treatment, it’s pretty hard to return to the real world!
Of course, no trip to Thailand would be complete without a bit of pampering and again, The Siam comes up trumps with a staggeringly opulent spa. On offer are massages, reflexology, facials as well as the more regular mani-pedis. For the more active amongst us (read: not me), there’s a fully equipped gym as well as the option to have a yoga, tai chi or muay thai instructor take you through your paces in the hotel grounds. Never ones to outdo ourselves, we happily snoozed the days away by the gorgeous infinity pool.
There’s also two restaurants on site; a scrummy Thai which if you’re lucky and get a seat outside, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the river, and a Western restaurant, ideal for lighter snacks.
With Bangkok just a hop, skip and a jump from Singapore, it is one of my favourite weekend destinations. As they say in The Hangover; Bangkok has them now, well to be honest, The Siam has me now.