Like our unique fingerprints, there is a perfect property for each of us in every corner of the globe. My recent stay at The Peninsula Bangkok, was a reminder of this maxim. I arrived late from Bhutan due to snowy weather, the Bangkok warmth was welcoming at 10 pm! And even more hospitable was the vibrant view from my twenty eighth floor corner suite – drop dead vistas of the city skyline and the twinkling lights from boats plying the Chao Phraya River. This is the side of the river for the best skyline views on the River of Kings.
The Peninsula Hotels have been in the hospitality trade for over 150 years, formal and elegant you know what to expect in five-star service. Timeless glamour combined with sophisticated Thai charm provides the ultimate cultural experience. All the rooms enjoy stunning river and city views, an extraordinary panorama of high rise buildings, wooden boats and local piers. The Peninsula Bangkok has offered their riverside magic for 21 years, welcoming dignitaries and VIP clients with exceptional service. Greeted by the massive stone Chinese guardian lions adorning the entrance of the hotel, an auspicious icon at The Peninsula hotels.
The Peninsula Bangkok is an urban oasis on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the park like manicured jungle entrance sets the stage for your arrival. The distinctive wave shaped hotel design not only makes it an interesting architectural icon on the Bangkok skyline, but it allows all of the rooms to enjoy endless birds eye views of the river. Among the largest hotel rooms in Bangkok, some plush suites have panoramic balconies and outdoor Jacuzzis to enjoy the afternoon breezes. The Peninsula hotels employ an army of private labs building their own technology, assuring each property has pioneering technology.
Despite the size, with 370 luxury spacious rooms with river views and sensational bathrooms, there are only ten rooms and two suites per floor, the hotel assures calmness and serenity. The design of all rooms reflects an elegant Asian richness with all modern comforts and conveniences. All share distinctive Thai touches, accented by Asian art, traditional ceramics and teak floors and lush silk furnishings.
Among the finest Suites are: The Terrace Suite on the 37th floor, a masterpiece in Thai sophistication. A stunning landscaped terrace is the pièce de résistance, with polished teak decking, sun loungers, an intimate dining area and the ultimate indulgence, an outdoor whirlpool. The interior walls are clad in shimmering Thai silk with traditional black lacquer trimmings, and rooms within the Suite are decorated with Asian ceramics and antique furnishings. A private study is the perfect place to take care of business, and a separate dining room with private pantry can also double as a boardroom for meetings.
The Peninsula Suite is the pinnacle of refinement and luxury in Bangkok. Stunningly appointed throughout in a fabulous array of Thai silks, antiques, Oriental carpets, crystal chandeliers and teakwood floors, this is a multiple award-winning Suite. Guests arriving by helicopter are whisked via the exclusive Paribatra Helicopter Lounge to this completely private luxury apartment-styled residence in seconds. Situated on the 34th floor of the hotel, The Peninsula Suite has master and guest bedrooms, walk-in closets and a butler’s room. The dining room seats up to ten people and an expansive landscaped terrace allows guests the option to entertain under the stars. Bring your entourage with you, safety and serenity secured.
There are of course, many other rooms and suites for mere mortals, but why not start at the top?! I was extremely happy in my corner suite on the 28th floor, apparently another guest had reserved the Peninsula Suite with Heli landing pad!
The Peninsula’s numerous and varied restaurants and bars span the globe in terms of cuisine and even in a short stay at the hotel you can sample authentic Cantonese dishes and International dishes or more simply, Thai home style cooking, all served with The Peninsula’s impeccable service and accompanied by Bangkok’s stunning views. Mei Jiang is one of Bangkok’s most celebrated destinations for Cantonese food at its finest. A rare gem among exponents of the rich heritage and creative evolution of Cantonese cuisine. Executive Chinese Chef Ball Yau heads the kitchen at Mei Jiang where his utmost respect for tradition is tastefully fused with creativity to produce a menu with dishes that range from classic dim sum fare to innovative dishes such as roasted pigeon marin. Thiptara is a Thai feast for all the senses. Surrounded by majestic banyan trees and lush tropical gardens, this is a unique dining experience by the riverside. Each afternoon you could find me at The River Café, sipping champagne with a view, it’s a buffet, but the exceptional views right on the banks of the river are the perfect cocktail location.
Escaping the property one has several options: The Peninsula has a luxury fleet of chauffeur driven limousines but their own tuk-tuk is an equally fun and always faster method to zip about the city. The Peninsula Bangkok also utilizes their private boats to cross the river and can drop you off at specific shopping or sightseeing piers. The newest large IconSiam shopping Center is just steps away.
The opulent Peninsula Spa is a soothing breather from the bustling city scene, indulge in authentic Thai holistic massages and relaxation therapies. The hotel’s two tennis courts, state of the art gym and three-tiered pool overlooking the river complement the spa’s facilities, the Peninsula is a certified oasis.
One plus for golfers who must improve their skill in all destinations, the Peninsula Bangkok guests have access to the Thai Country Club which has extensive golf facilities. Guest depart by limousine from the hotel to the Thai Country Club and upon arrival, a challenging but fun 18 hole golf course awaits, while caddies serve as personal butlers, ensuring that refreshments and cold towels are on hand at all times. Upon completion of the 18 hole game, golfers can celebrate on the balcony of the club house with their favorite cocktail, before heading back to The Peninsula by helicopter, enjoying the spectacular views as the sun sets over the City of Angels.
The Peninsula Bangkok, the brand has been practicing opulent hospitality for over 150 years, we always trust the brand if we havent visited, but in this case, I’ve visited and loved my all to brief stay. Bangkok is a city to visit more than once.