A mini-break that balances relaxation with adventure? Spread your wings and head to the city of angels, for stay at The Peninsula Bangkok
If Bangkok conjures visions of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach downing a shot of snake’s blood on the Khao San Road, then leave it to the Peninsula hotel to show you an entirely different side of the Thai capital.
Situated on the bank of the slightly chaotic Chao Phraya river, the five-star property is right in the heart of the action of Thailand’s capital city, and offers elegant accommodation with exceptional city views, all within easy reach of the many tourist attractions.
Not exactly a beautiful city, but with plenty to experience, exploring is best done by river, which, with its private pontoon and shuttle boat, is made easy departing directly from the hotel’s terrace.
Within minutes guests can be sightseeing one of the many temples that line the Chao Phraya, or shopping and eating at one of the bustling markets, all in the knowledge that if it gets too much – with the Bangkok crowds it’s to be expected – there is an oasis of calm ready to welcome them back.
Tranquility away from the crowds can be found on a day bed beside the riverside swimming pool where the attentive staff create a holiday vibe, delivering colourful cocktails and bite-sized entrees garnished with a heavenly-scented frangipani flower.
Real peace, however, is found in the three-storey colonial- style spa where the true Thai magic happens. Traditional massages, state-of-the-art facials and specially curated spa journeys are performed by highly-trained therapists who will pummel stresses of the day away, and for couples looking to relax together, a hot tub can be prepared in a private spa suite with views over the river.
Naturally, food is a big part of the Thai experience and when not experimenting with local cuisine in the markets, authentic gastronomy can be tried at Thiptara, the hotel’s signature restaurant, where spicy curries, splendid seafood and delicate desserts, paired with the disco boats and barges traversing the river at night, set a memorable scene to revisit again and again.
To book a stay at the The Peninsula Bangkok, visit Peninsula.com
- Words by Natascha Hawke