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The Siam hotel is a luxury urban retreat right by the Chao Phraya River in the hub of the Thai capital. Think antique, chic and boutique.
The resort is a secluded city oasis, and there is an intimate feel to the place, with only 38 suites and villas. The villas are one of a kind in the city, with their own plunge pools and private terraces. The rooms are spacious and decorated with sophisticated light colours and teak flooring, and the owners are avid antique collectors who have kitted out the resort with ornaments, books, posters and quirky furniture pieces. Most importantly, each room comes with its own private butler, who is on hand to makes guests' stays as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
Those looking for a little R&R should sample the Opium Spa, which provides moments of Zen in the heart of buzzing Bangkok and offers a range of therapies and treatments, including traditional Thai massage. An added bonus: all products are ethically sourced and are of the highest quality for perfect wellbeing. Alternatively, the riverside infinity pool won't disappoint - especially if there is a cocktail in the picture.
Guests could probably stay here and find themselves occupied for a week, with an on-site cookery school, Muay Thai boxing centre, fully equipped gym, as well as yoga and Thai Chi classes. However, should they fancy leaving the hotel, there are some great bars and local restaurants just a stone's throw away, as well as nearby excursions and tours of the mega city.
'To dine or not to dine?' is never really a viable question here, because the answer should always be to dine. The Chon Thai Restaurant is set in three old Thai teakwood houses and serves traditional home-cooked Thai cuisine. This little gem has also hosted the likes of Roger Moore and Jackie Kennedy, and is pretty great for a cocktail or two. Alternatively, guests can head to the Deco Bar & Bistro,which boasts ultra sleek 1920's Jazz interiors. Meals here are simpler, but the light lunches and snacks are an ideal accompaniment to a sundowner.