Set within the curvy Central Embassy building, the Park Hyatt Bangkok was 2017’s most anticipated five star hotel opening, and hasn’t lost any of its lustre since. Swishing up to the sky lobby, the hotel welcomes with characteristic understated luxury, overlooked by a serene Buddha statue, called Meditation. Higher still, the suites are soul-stretchingly spacious with giant TV screens and marble tub bathrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean you get a lot of view for your buck and both suites and rooms feature beguiling semi-transparent sketches of Thai temples.
Leading gently down from the lobby area to one side are the all-day venues Living Room and Embassy Room. Both lead out to the supremely Instagrammable infinity pool, filled with skin-soothing salt water. Opposite, The Bar is a bijou space made for intimate all-day drinking a deux, and leading to an al fresco terrace. At the very top of the building, six venues over three-floors offer, among others, the sublime Penthouse Bar + Grill and rooftop terrace. While hidden away is the Panpuri Organic Spa, a stunning, softly pale sanctuary for blissful recharging.
FOOD & DRINK
Start your day at the Embassy Room for breakfast where neutral tones are dotted with flashes of turquoise ceramics and colourful posies of flowers. The exposed brick open kitchen with a wood-fired oven gives you ringside seats of the chefs at work. Breakfast mixes Thai, Asian and western options, while lunches and dinner take those options to fine dining levels. The Library next door is an elegant and artful space for all-day comfort food and snacks, including afternoon tea.
Although it’s also open for lunch, with an insanely tempting set, once the sun has gone down, the dark and sophisticated atmosphere at the Penthouse Bar + Grill turns into the place to be, wrapped with views of Bangkok’s dynamic night sky. Perfectly grilled steaks, indulgent surf and turf and sides to die for (pulled pork mac and cheese), make it a gastronomic adventure on which to spend serious amounts of time. Wine abounds, and cocktails impress with ingredients like salted peanut butter syrup and Aztec chocolate.
Contemporary, arty with occasionally quirky prints and colors, the design is chic home style; comfortable yet cool. As you explore the hotel you come across some breathtaking pieces, such as the Pagoda Mirage by Hirotoshi Sawada, who is also responsible for the Naga (water dragon) twisting and turning over your head as you dine at Embassy Room and Living Room. And don’t miss Sriwan Janehuttakarnkit’s colorful canvas called Party.
Starting at a roomy 48sqm, the 222 rooms and suites are restfully decorated in warm, neutral hues and unobtrusive lighting, the theatre coming from the huge, curtained windows where the cityscape appears at the touch of a button; all busy-ness by day, twinkling lights by night. Oversize TVs compete for attention and wide desks offer plenty of work space. Suite bathrooms feature freestanding tubs and separate showers.
The 20-meter lap pool curves around the edge of the building, narrowing into shallow water for lying in the sun while keeping cool. Alternatively a generous line of loungers line its length, while a tiered area offers an original bird’s eye view of the pool and city far below. Iced water and cool towels are brought around by pool staff.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The building is attached by a direct access to Ploen Chit BTS Skytrain – particularly useful whether it’s pouring or roasting outside.
- The alfresco wooden tables under awnings and ceiling fans make dining, or emailing, with a view of the pool super comfortable, whatever the time and temperatures of the day.
- Bathroom amenities by Le Labo are the perfect complement to the “private spa” feel bathrooms.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- It’s not part of the hotel, but in the same building the lifestyle shop Open House combines walls of books, loungey cafés, stylish boutiques and chill out zones in one huge space. You can lose hours here…
- For weddings and other events their ballroom has sci-fi style lighting and a rogue’s gallery overlooking the expansive space to see, but perhaps not be seen.
Partnering up with local skincare and spa experts Panpuri, the Panpuri Organic Spa experience here is a dreamy combination of soft curved and curtained interiors, a palette of pale earthy tones on white in the relaxation lounge and eight treatment rooms. Breathtaking and balancing. Start with hydrotherapy, then choose from Ultimate Luxury, Ultimate Comfort, Ultimate Peace of Mind and Ultimate Personalization. There are express treatments at 30- or 45-minutes, as well as a menu for men, however if you’re going to indulge in a spa day let it be here, with the Panpuri Ultimate Indulgence.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
The Whisky Room is the property’s speakeasy, with a very discreet entrance, cosy space and selection of bottles that are divided into regions of Scotland, as well as those from America, Japan and Ireland.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
Bangkok is a year-round destination but July to October is the rainy season, so it makes sense to avoid these months to take advantage of the hotel’s many alfresco areas.
Standard Rooms start at US$270 per night. A Park Deluxe Suite is priced at US$510 per night.