| ||Bathrooms at The Siam are huge oases of pleasure|
| ||the impressive atrium in The Siam’s main building|
| ||the main pool and poolside bar|
| ||The muay thai boxing ring is already very popular|
| ||a pool villa bedroom|
A Gorgeous Property In The Thai Capital Modifies The Meaning Of Luxury
Every once in a while, a new hotel opens to redefine the word excellence. One of the most exciting properties in the world right now is The Siam, on the verge of its official opening in a few weeks’ time and likely on the verge of instantly establishing itself as the most sought-after address in Bangkok.
It’s not hard to see why. The new-build structure allowed for The Siam to be constructed exactly to the desired specifications. With Bangkok-based luxury resort starchitect Bill Bensley bringing the world yet another stylish place to rest its travelling head, the property demands new adjectives beyond the now commonplace breathtaking, stunning, and amazing. The Siam leaves those words for dead, requiring a more creative category of descriptives-definitely hypnotic, possibly erotic, maybe even narcotic in its ability to mesmerise the minds and nurture the souls of those who pass through its white marble entrance into an altered state of hotel perfection. Undoubtedly the sexiest five-star hotel in Bangkok, The Siam’s self-assured glamour doesn’t need to try to be what it already is.
What exactly is it, though? That’s a hard question to answer. The priceless antiques displayed throughout the property, the evocative memorabilia, the atmospheric Thai music of a style rarely heard today would indicate another historic hotel has swung open its doors. The remarkable main building and the equally elegant private pool villas are as contemporary as can be, yet they incorporate the grace and grandeur of a past era in hospitality-as do the staff, deft in every department, at every level of service.
The Siam’s relaxed vibe belies the relentless pursuit of quality behind the scenes. More an urban resort than a mere hotel, The Siam begins with stellar accommodation and supplements it with exquisite dining, spa bliss, and pleasant diversions in a riverfront location in Bangkok’s exclusive Dusit district near the Royal Palace. The spacious suites-there are no rooms, only suites-are paragons with finesse; many of the suites in the main building are decorated with beautiful objets d’art of a specific theme such as Thai art, music, or history. The pool villas-the only pool villas in Bangkok-are private worlds of sublime surroundings, including outdoor courtyards and rooftop sundecks.
The Siam’s chic Chon restaurant occupies a traditional Thai house transported along with two others to The Siam’s location at the edge of the Chao Praya River. While the houses are traditional, the cuisine is not always. Of course, this being Thailand, there are dishes incorporating the essence of Thai cuisine, one of the most flavoursome in the world, but The Siam’s affable Executive Chef Blair Mathieson of New Zealand brings his global experience in all things foodie to an array of comfort food to balance the appealing menu. Guests can enjoy Blair’s expertise one on one during cooking classes, which at The Siam take place in a small pavilion dedicated specifically to the task. The pavilion is not tucked away in the back of the restaurant kitchen, but rather in an airy room under one of the Thai houses where the river scenery is just out the window.
It is rare for properties outside the US to have American general managers, but former Qualia GM Jason Friedman, as exuberant as he is experienced, seems to have been born for his role at The Siam, where his exacting standards of professional excellence and discerning sense of flawless good taste match those of the Sukosol family and Bill Bensley, owners and architect, respectively.
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