One-of-a-kind amenities, awe-inspiring architecture and first-class facilities are just a few of the things that make Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels among the finest places to stay in the world. And these are the best of the bunch.
Bangkok is pure sensory overload, and in a city that hits you from all sides at all times, it’s worth splurging for a high-end oasis in which to start and end your days. Combining luxury, history, art, culture and cuisine, Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels are bastions of tranquillity in a city that never sleeps. If you want the finest five-star spots in Bangkok, here are the most lavish.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world | Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Bangkok / Hotels.com
The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok isn’t just the most luxurious hotel in the city – it’s one of the most luxurious in the world. Set along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel boasts a 140-year history, and provides its guests with world-class service and amenities. Perks of the hotel include 24-hour butler service, two-Michelin-star French restaurant Le Normandie and a one-of-a-kind spa with teak wood treatment rooms and massages that will melt away all your stress.
Pulling up to the ultra-luxe Peninsula is like travelling through time. Situated on the west side of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel picks up its passengers via teak wood river boat and glides them through the choppy waters to the hotel’s seaside entrance. Once inside, guests will find themselves on a first-name basis with staff as they’re shown the one-of-a-kind spa, top-rated restaurants and riverside pool. If riverboats aren’t your thing, the Peninsula is the only hotel in the city with its own helipad and door-to-door helicopter service from the airport.
One of the benefits of staying at The St Regis is the location. The hotel has its very own BTS Skytrain station for easy (and air-conditioned) access to all parts of the city. Inside, the lap of luxury awaits, with butler service, fine-dining establishments and the brand’s famous afternoon tea. For more alcoholic fare, oenophiles will love the hotel’s vintage wine cellar or find something bubblier to imbibe on with the hotel’s renowned champagne sabering exhibition that takes place daily at around 6pm. After long days of sightseeing, reserve some time at the ELEMIS Spa, which features suspended relaxation pods, hot and cold plunge pools and every kind of body treatment imaginable.
Fans of the movie Hangover II (2011) will remember the lavish suite that the film’s protagonists destroyed during their Bangkok excursions. You can stay in the same suite (in fact, all rooms here are suites) but try to keep the mess to reasonable levels. The Tower Club at lebua is a skyscraping five-star behemoth that is instantly recognisable by its pod-shaped balconies and giant gold dome. Inside that dome is where the hotel truly shines, with seven restaurants and bars including the two-Michelin-star Mezzaluna, the soaring, vertigo-inducing Sky Bar and Distil, a craft cocktail lover’s dream space. The area around the hotel has a dearth of sightseeing opportunities, but you can walk to the nearest boat dock or monorail station in 10 minutes or less.
If you’re looking for resort living while baking in the big city, Banyan Tree has just about everything you could ask for. Soaring 21 floors above the Sathorn/Silom neighbourhood, the outdoor pool area offers free 15-minute massages. For exercise enthusiasts, the health club offers a bevy of shape-shifting classes like yoga and Muay Thai. And the spa is an oasis in itself, with signature massages featuring rain showers and authentic Thai techniques. The rooftop at the hotel is also a gem, where the aptly named Vertigo and Moon Bar give guests spectacular views from 61 floors up. For more grounded dining opportunities, take a trip on Apsara, Banyan Tree’s converted vintage rice barge that cruises the Chao Phraya while you down decadently prepared Thai dishes.
Don’t let the out-of-the-way location dissuade you – The Siam is the best boutique hotel in Bangkok, and nothing else compares. There are only two room options here – luxurious suites or pool villas – and you can’t go wrong with either, as they both come with butler service, espresso machines and a portable Wi-Fi device to help you get around the city. Unique amenities abound at The Siam, including a movie theatre that you can plug your own Netflix details into and a traditional tattoo studio where Thai masters use the ancient khem technique to mark up your body with Buddhist symbols. Though it’s far from the centre of the city, the hotel has its own boat to ferry you along the river to all the major Bangkok sites.
HiSo is shorthand for Bangkok’s high-society social scene, and if you want to dip your toes into that exclusive water, you’ll find their ilk at the many restaurant and bar outlets of the Anantara Siam. Upon entering the lavish space, guests are greeted by priceless artefacts perched atop display cases, giving the lobby the feel of both a library and an ornate palace. Choose from Thai, Italian and Japanese for dinner, before heading to the Aqua restaurant to do a little people watching. The hotel itself is in the middle of the city, near the chicest malls in Siam and across the road from the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, home to the king’s inner-city golf course, polo grounds and racetrack.
Two hotels in one, the riverside Shangri-La gives guests the option of a quiet utopia on one side or more sociable surroundings on the other. Regardless of where you stay, you’ll have easy access to a boat along the Chao Phraya and an entryway to the BTS Skytrain just a few metres away. Inside the hotel are luxe rooms with sunken tubs and floor-to-ceiling views of the waterway below. There are two separate pools, again offering quiet and sociable aesthetics respectively, while the Fitness Centre is a catch-all with complimentary classes, tennis courts and every weight machine you can think of. Nine different dining outlets will keep you sated, but the best is Salathip, a Thai restaurant housed in a traditional teak wood building with nightly traditional dance performances.
One of the most stunning additions to the Bangkok skyline is the metallic spire of the Park Hyatt that reaches into the clouds like a beacon. Opened in 2017, the architectural marvel is a mocha limestone structure decked out with hanging art pieces. Within the hallowed halls is a saltwater infinity pool, a whisky room with 250 single malt options and a PAÑPURI-outfitted spa with the latest high-end treatments complete with steam and sauna facilities for all your aches and pains. The Hyatt is attached to the Central Embassy mall, situated along a stretch of road with high-end boutiques, restaurants and nightlife options.
Staying true to its worldwide reputation for luxury, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok pampers its guests from the moment of arrival. A personal concierge takes care of everything you might need, from unpacking your bags and making restaurant reservations to unlocking access to high-end secret spots around the city. In addition to the 16th-floor infinity pool and soothing spa, there are six dining and drinking outlets, including the Bull and Bear with 55-day dry-aged steaks, The Brasserie with mouth-watering French mussels and the rooftop Champagne Bar with endless views of the city’s unique skyline.