The Greatest Hotels in the World – MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BANGKOK
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham to Barbara Cartland and John Le Carre. Voted the world’s best hotel by readers of influential magazines, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service and facilities.
Built in 1876, the hotel has long been famous for its service, style and grace. With 393 luxuriously appointed rooms including 35 suites, the hotel boasts three Wings: The 16-storey River Wing housing the Royal Oriental Suite, Selandia and Siam Suites and two-bedroom suites; the Old Wing or Authors’ Wing where the four famous Heritage Authors’ Suites are located; and the Garden Wing boasting a selection of unique split level Premier Rooms overlooking the River and the main swimming pool. The hotel’s private teakwood shuttle boats provide daily access to the world famous Thai Cooking School, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, the award-winning Oriental Spa and Health Centre located across the River; as well as the nearest skytrain station (Saphan Taksin) and River City Shopping Centre.
The Oriental Spa which opened as the first city spa in Bangkok in 1993, and has since garnered numerous awards from the most esteemed travel and beauty publications worldwide, is a temple of well-being offering a unique Thai-style health and beauty centre, featuring the latest spa techniques in a traditional Thai setting. Also on offer is an exclusive range of healing and natural rituals and rejuvenating therapies straight from the great traditions of “Keraleeya Ayurveda” in a tranquil ambiance. On hand to give consultations and present tailor-made yoga sessions is a yogic lifestyle trainer direct from India.