If you’re looking for a 5-star hotel in Bangkok that also has a hip bar and superior spa services, look no further than Banyan Tree Bangkok.
Located in the Si Lom area, which gives easy access to the main shopping and entertainment areas in Bangkok, this hotel checked all the right boxes for a relaxing getaway over a long weekend. An interesting fact, in case you didn’t know: this property is managed by the Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, a Singapore corporation.
I checked into the most basic room – the Horizon Twin – which is not all that basic, considering that it comes with a spacious living room that adjoins a cosy bedroom, and a huge en suite bathroom with exclusive bath salts from Banyan Tree. There are two televisions – one in the living room, and another in the bedroom – and an aromatherapy burner with essentials oils that are changed everyday.
Different tropical fruits are served daily as well, and they provide a wide variety of complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Look out of the window and you’ll see the views of the city, Lumpini park, and a glimpse of the river.
Convenience and superb service
Banyan Tree Bangkok is within walking distance to two Metropolitan Rapid Transit (MRT) stations: Si Lom and Lumpini. But if you don’t like to walk, the hotel provides complimentary Tuk Tuk shuttle service at set times between 9am to 6pm to the BTS sky-train stations and MRT stations nearby. There are also shuttle van services to the Saladaeng BTS sky-train station and the Lumpini MRT station. On weekends, a shuttle van that starts its run at 11am takes you to Chatuchak weekend market at set times. But that’s not all – it also provides a complimentary 3-hour shopping companion service; a well-trained hotel associate is available everyday from 8.30am to 7pm to assist you with all your shopping needs. Advanced reservations are required for these services.
Must-go: Vertigo & Moon Bar
Enjoy the cityscape and skyline of Bangkok over seafood and premium steaks at Vertigo, a rooftop alfresco restaurant on Level 61 of the hotel. Adjoining the restaurant is Moon Bar, a trendy bar with a wide variety of drinks and a very cool crowd. I chilled out with a glass of their signature Moon Bar Mojito, enjoyed light-hearted chats over lounge music, and occasionally looked out to take in the beautiful skyline.
The menu (and bill) comes with a button that lights up so you can read in the dark. This novelty, though small, certainly adds to the bar’s cool factor.
For ultimate pampering: Banyan Tree Spa
Banyan Tree is most well-known for its pampering spa treatments, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I opted for a 90-minute Lomi Lomi treatment, a deep massage that originates from Hawaii, which uses a special blend of oil and several techniques (rhythmic massage using thumbs, palms and elbows, as well as stretching) to loosen stressed muscles.
The treatment didn’t disappoint. I felt relaxed at once when I was greeted with a foot scrub and soak before the massage. The therapist was very attentive and checked with me at appropriate intervals to make sure I was feeling comfortable. The session was completed with light refreshments and tea, and I felt so rejuvenated I was certain I was sporting what people called a “holiday glow”.
Visit this website for more information on Banyan Tree Bangkok.