We guarantee you’ll gasp out loud as your beautiful, clasped-handed hostesses and army of butlers check you in (in-room) to heaven on the 37th floor. Sharing the level with only the private lounge of the hotel’s infrequently used heliport, this suite is so named because of its vast, private terrace, giving you towering views over Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river; and, as if we would forget to mention, it comes complete with a sublime outdoor hot tub.
Peninsula branded champagne on ice sat chilling by the door to the terrace as the butlers gave us a knowing nod and proceeded to fill the tub outside. It’s all part of the welcome, as well as the biggest, most exotic and elaborate fruit salad we had ever seen, cookies, cakes, truffles and the piece-de résistance: a hand-carved chocolate white elephant that nearly lived up to its name, had we not decided that it wasn’t too beautiful to eat after all!
Like a Thai palace, the interior of this enormous suite with a breathtaking 180 degree city view, consisted of a lounge, dining room, two bathrooms, bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and office – dressed in a mix of contemporary and traditional Thai soft furnishings, fit for a king – or a pair of queens. And it doesn’t end there, imagine our surprise when we found our names embroidered into the pillow-cases in silk thread! The Peninsula Terrace Suite deservedly tops the bill.
Why you’d ever want to leave this room was beyond us, but the hotel itself, a city resort of contemporary elegance and superb facilities gave you good reason to: its numerous restaurants, spa and pool… and a complimentary riverboat service that took you to the Bangkok side of the river throughout the day and night to show you just what this amazing city has to offer.