Jet-set on your doorstep!
By Tom McLean
Bangkok is the quintessential city-break destination, attracting countless tourists from across the world annually. And with good reason. From the tallest building to the smallest soi, Bangkok lives and breathes culture, along with a profound passion for the good things in life. With international travel limited, those of us lucky enough to reside in Thailand have been given an excellent opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the magic of the city. Banyan Tree Bangkok’s enticing new BanyanStay Package (THB 4,000++ per night) delivers that magic in abundance.
Down the road from Lumphini Park, Banyan Tree Bangkok stands above the myriad commercial and residential buildings that line the surrounding streets; a beacon of grandiosity in the heart of Bangkok’s dynamic Sathorn district. Stepping into the hotel’s impressive lobby, the transition from vivacious Bangkok to Banyan Tree’s calm and comfortable confines was palpable. Quiet hues of cream, mahogany, and charcoal welcome visitors as they walk in and we quickly relaxed into the hotel’s enchanting atmosphere.
Our check-in experience introduced us to the hotel’s insightful understanding of guests’ comfort. Their receptionists were friendly and intuitive, presenting us with an ice-cold glass of butterfly-pea tea whilst we filled out a short medical form and had our temperatures taken. It was comforting to see parameters like these to ensure that the hotel was 100% COVID-19 safe, allowing us a worry-free stay. We were then pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary upgrade to the One Bedroom Suite, although the usual room with the BanyanStay package is the similarly sublime Horizon Suite, of which I was given a guided tour.
Featuring a design that blends subtle, traditionally-Thai motifs with contemporary amenities and a restful colour palate, the Horizon Suite consists of multiple spacious rooms, separated by sliding wooden doors. The scent of incense greeted us, adding to the sensual ambience. We soon learned that this intoxicating fragrance came from the room’s personal aromatherapy burner and essential oils. Incredible views of the city could be seen from every window, so it’s possible to watch the sunrise from the comfort of the bed or lounge sofa.
Our One Bedroom Suite, perched on the 22nd floor, was immense and filled with natural light from the large, city-facing windows. There, I helped myself to a complimentary BONCAFÉ coffee from the suite’s espresso maker, after which I sunk into the impressively-sized bathtub, lighting up an aromatherapy-style incense stick for that extra-indulgent touch. The experience made for a refreshing, sensory pick-me-up before we headed up to enjoy the Vertigo and Moon Bar rooftop restaurant.
On the 61st floor, we soon became familiar with Vertigo’s exhilarating altitude. The scenery was breathtaking, featuring two
different styles of view depending on where you choose to sit. One side showcases the Chao Phraya river and is ideally viewed at sunset, with the dimming orange tones reflecting off of the water. The other, which faces the city, is best viewed at night, with the surrounding lights glistening like jewels.
As the sun set, we took to our table in the centre of the restaurant, where we could enjoy the panoramic views from almost every corner of the rooftop, due to well-thought out spacing and raised platforms. We were then treated to a three-course
dinner, included as part of the package, which included options for a variety of dietary requirements, offered vegetarian ones.
The meal both looked and tasted exquisite, featuring a selection of expertly-prepared international dishes. The highlight of the meal for us was the Panna cotta, with the dreaminess of the dish mirroring our luxurious evening. Throughout our dinner, attentive staff were on hand to help us take pictures and give us lighting tips for the perfect selfie; from the comfort of our table, to the Moon Bar’s gobsmacking glass platform that hovers above the city. We were even given a frame-worthy, printed-out picture of ourselves. Following a revitalising night’s sleep, we ventured downstairs to Romsai for breakfast, where we were presented with a box of classic breakfast nibbles; a charming and novel alternative to the traditional buffet during these times where hygiene is paramount. We were also provided with the option of having the breakfast served in our room for a more intimate dining experience.
Each element of the BanyanStay package was was individually impressive and, put together, made for a magnificent staycation experience. This kind of deal, at this kind of place, with this kind of price, is something truly special.
Banyan Tree Bangkok
21/100 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 02 679 1200