OutThere travellers in the know headed for Bangkok are looking for smaller, more intimate properties in new parts of town. The chilled-out, residential Sathorn area has wonderful local eateries and stores, yet is close enough to all the action in central Bangkok. The U-Sathorn takes the concept of a luxury Thai villa and amplifies it, adding all the facilities of a five star property, including a gorgeous pool area and fine dining restaurant, J’aime by superstar Michelin chef Jean-Michel Lorain – all with a relaxed, homely atmosphere. Our suite was enormous, with bay windows opening up into the central, lawned pool courtyard, accentuated by double-height ceilings throughout the lavish accommodations. The décor was not at all stereotypically Thai, like so many other Bangkok hotels, but instead it offered a French colonial feel, albeit with a contemporary edge. The team were also far more informal in their approach, but not at the expense of efficiency and perfection in service. Whilst we loved the place, it wouldn’t necessarily be our top recommendation for first-timers to Thailand, definitely one for seasoned travellers to the city looking for something a little different.

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