The humid, fast-paced streets of central Bangkok can be a demanding place for the uninitiated and experienced traveller alike. A wonderful cacophony of sights, sounds and smells can have you spinning around in all directions, so to enter the shady courtyard lobby of the magnificent Siam is to find genuine, luxurious sanctuary, where old school meets new world in true sophistication.

It’s a hard task to impress us when it comes to hotels, but in all honesty, it’s very difficult not to sound sycophantic when describing this exemplary example of 21st-century hospitality. The Sukosol family – generations of which are renowned in Thailand for their musical talent and philanthropy – has created a very special combination of absolute opulence, attention to detail and flawless service.

Set on the banks of the river in the historic Dusit area filled with Bangkok’s awe-inspiring temples, this is a great base for those wanting to immerse themselves in Thai culture rather than the tourist markets and malls – although a short, complimentary ferry boat shuttle service will take you right into Bangkok’s contemporary, beating heart.

But it’s equally a great place to relax and recharge – in the spa, or working out in the seriously equipped gymnasium, complete with its own Thai boxing ring, perusing the museum-quality (not to mention vast collection of) antiquities, reading in the art deco library, enjoying one-on-one Thai cookery classes, getting a traditional Thai tattoo, or simply sitting in your very own pool villa.

Design-wise, the hotel hits all the right notes – mixing art deco themes in a colonial style with traditional Thai. The result is a series of beautiful, airy communal spaces and generously proportioned accommodation. We don’t think it’s too much to say that the Siam has been created with love and that comes through on every level. Due to its limited number of 38 accommodations, the Siam is guaranteed never to feel crowded and retains its home-from-home personal atmosphere.

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While you’re Out There
Enjoy the hotel’s exquisite butler service – there’s a very special place in our hearts for the troupe of The Siam butlers (we’ve been told pretty much all are part of the ‘OutThere community’), each immaculately groomed, ever helpful and just can’t do enough for you.

www.thesiamhotel.com

Photography courtesy of The Siam