The Siam, Bangkok

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Photo courtesy of The Siam, Bangkok

Set on 3 acres of verdant frontage along the city side of the Chao Praya River, The Siam is a private 38-room luxury retreat located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the overall setting of this ultra-luxurious boutique lodging pays homage to  the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V (circa 1853-1910), with Art Deco accents.

At The Siam, you will experience a living museum. The stunning cross-section of curios being used throughout the property ranges from the everyday to the extraordinary and includes: traditional Chinese opium daybeds & Burmese weathered wood columns in Pool Villas; French vintage velvet theatre seats in the private screening room; priceless Tang Dynasty figurines and Neolithic Thai pottery in the library and Siamese maps, books, posters and photos on display in individual suites and elsewhere. These antiques permeate every single private and public space, from rugs on floors to prints on walls and old wooden doors to chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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The Siam features 38 of the capital’s most spacious suites and pool villas as well as a uniquely historical Thai House, Connie’s Cottage. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite embraces a unique theme: from local architecture to beauty queens, music to military, diplomats to contemporary art while every public and private space highlights Thai life and culture through the ages, giving guests an intriguing talking point.

Guests have an array of superlative amenities at their fingertips: The Siam’s intimate Opium Spa by Sodashi is for pleasure seekers. Relax in the hammam-style Bath House, then retire to the relaxation space. Facials, body therapies, massage, mani/pedis and wellbeing programmes are all available.  If you’re into fitness, the Siam’s gym is spacious and serene and overlooks a monastery, with personal trainers readily available. Unwind on the outdoor yoga terrace, try t’ai chi or get fighting fit in the muay Thai ring there are classes for beginners or experienced boxers, and the chef can even tailor your diet to match. If you want to learn about Thai cooking the Chon Thai Restaurant hosts daily classes on request, which begin with a market tour led by the chef.

For an unforgettably unique experience, relish the exclusivity of staying in one of the Orient’s most distinctive destinations. The Siam is a member of Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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Deco Bar & Bistro

This article was published in the August 2015 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!

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