Authentic Thai-style luxury in Bangkok
319 Rooms / 35 Suites
Anantara, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “uninterrupted” or “without end,” is known for exporting its Thai resort style around the world and naturally excels at Siamese luxury in its homeland, with Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, located on the Chao Phraya River. Although it opened in 2015 (it took over the building from the Four Seasons), the hotel already feels settled into its plush surroundings, exuding a classic, timeless feel.
While the hotel is often bustling with Asian tourists due to its central location on Rajadamri Road, it’s also a firm favorite with VIPs. Forget celebrity-spotting — try president-spotting, with heads of state including Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush seen taking a sojourn at the fittingly named Anantara Presidential Suite.
There are a slew of accommodation choices here, with four room types and six different suite types. Rooms are spread across three main compounds, offering views of either the hotel’s lovely gardens, the pool, the surrounding urban neighborhood or the private golf course at Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
Expect a mix of contemporary décor with traditional Thai trappings like silk fabrics, teak furnishings and vivid pops of color. Opt for a newly refurbished Premier Room offering views of the neighborhood and marble-clad bathroom. The enchanting 828-square-foot Garden Terrace Suite has a private entrance with elegant white columns set amid tropical greenery; inside you’ll find a domed marble bathroom with a deep-soaking tub and a separate living room that opens to a patio overlooking landscaped gardens, the pool and the lotus pond.
The Two Bedroom Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson draws you into its colonial-inspired atmosphere with teak floors, marble bedrooms with deep tubs and rain showers, office library and a large lounge.
The harmony and soothing comforts of the second-floor spa offer a quiet, relaxing escape from the city. The treatment rooms are really more like exotic suites, each with a private Roman-style tub and steam room.
Services range from both Asian-inspired and Western-style massages, body scrubs, wraps and facials. Its bath and steam treatments are a luxurious way to begin your spa experience, with a private tea service accompanying your choice of milky or mud bath, herbal or aromatic steam.
The popular Siam 2482 signature treatment uses bamboo sticks, herbal compresses and pressure point techniques to stimulate circulation and energy flow. It finishes with an oil massage, foot reflexology and with gold-leaf patches placed on the body to help soothe the mind.
Extensive dining options at the Bangkok hotel ensure you won’t likely get bored. Its two fine-dining choices are Biscotti, offering contemporary Italian cuisine, and Madison, a modern steakhouse.
If you prefer a taste of the East, you can’t go wrong with the sushi bar and tatami-style dining room of Shintaro, or the charming old-fashioned surroundings of Thai restaurant Spice Market. There’s also the open-air garden of Aqua, casual dining of The Terrace, and late afternoon/evening wine and charcuterie at Pop-Up.
Afternoon tea is served in the sumptuous surroundings of the luxury hotel lobby, with the high fresco-painted ceilings, large floral centerpiece, soaring columns and big cozy chairs that provide a grand atmosphere. And don’t miss the hotel’s popular Sunday brunch, where you can enjoy free-flowing champagne, cooking stations and a live band.
Anantara’s complimentary smartphone “Handy” is an invaluable service for travelers who need to stay connected — and these days, who isn’t? The smartphone allows unlimited local and international calls to 10 destinations, unlimited 3G connectivity, and is pre-loaded with useful features like Facebook, Instagram, travel apps, maps, GPS and even translation services.
Among the hotel’s more conventional offerings are excursions to nearby tourist spots like the temples, Grand Palace, Erawan Shrine, the floating market. Take refuge from the frenetic city in the open-air garden and cocktail lounge, or at the Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, barbershop and 24-hour health club.