For experientialists who like to live life large, this Bangkok property needs no introduction. The self-coined ‘world’s first vertical destination’ is masterminded by Deepak Ohri, a luxury-hospitality visionary who’s made his playground from ground-up here in the Thai capital. He seems to have an almost pathological penchant for creating unique experiences for the rich and famous.

Firstly, there’s two-Michelin-star restaurant Mezzaluna, which is soon to undergo a refurb (not that it needs it). Then, there’s the super-fine dining concept Chef’s Table, where three-star chef Vincent Thierry serves up exquisite, theatrical cuisine, followed by rare coffee at a hundred dollars a shot. 

These are just a couple of the amazing eateries we experienced at the lebua. All have stunning views – both indoors and out – and a youthful convivial atmosphere and great staff to match. 

But our favourite food and beverage offering here is the all-new rose-coloured (or ‘pink’, as the team liked to say in our presence) champagne bar, with its fabulous collection of fizz.

Lebua’s all-suite Tower wing comprises sprawling accommodations with every luxury, as well as a legs-to-jelly open balcony with views over the river. Our Hangover Suite played into Bangkok novelty, but could do with a refresh to match the rest of the hotel, as could the communal areas and lobby. Knowing Deepak, that’s in hand, but his efforts seem focused on new concepts: word has it that a lebua party barge is in the making to recreate the vibe of a beach club.

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While you’re Out There
While the hotel will tempt you not to leave, the surrounding area presents a somewhat slice of retro Thai life. t’s not Bangkok of old, neither is it Bangkok of today, but it is a part of the Thai capital that grew when the new business centre of Bangkok moved here from up-river. As a result, it’s a bustling labyrinth that we lost hours in. And just a short walk away, you’ll find Maggie Choo’s, home to some fabulous Sunday night fun.

Photography courtesy of Tower Club at lebua at State Tower