It looks like we’ve got a long way to go before the border officially reopens. But we know the best way to escape the mundane without leaving the city—a staycation. Our picks from MICHELIN-listed hotels can make sure that you will get more than just a satisfactory stay. Our discerning eyes made sure to include excellent dining and spa experiences. Here are five of the best urban retreats for your pleasure.
Rejuvenation in an oasis: The Sukhothai
Even in the heart of Bangkok’s business district, there is a lush and spacious sanctuary where you can press pause and recharge. Beyond the joys of a serene private garden, this resort (because this is a much more suitable word) is known for its collection of Khmer-style art pieces. So book fast, antique lovers, here is your little slice of heaven.
After a busy work week, nothing sounds better than getting whisked away by The Sukhothai Bangkok’s spa package (around 8,000++ THB per night) which covers one night accommodation in a Club Room, a choice of a 60-minute spa treatment massage with an additional 30-minute facial or foot massage for 2 persons at the spa, plus one afternoon tea set at the Lobby Salon. Don’t forget to book a table near the window so you can appreciate the beautiful pagodas in Sukhothai’s reflecting pond while sipping your cup of finest tea.
Waterfront escape: The Siam
Why pay almost ten thousand baht for a room in Bangkok if you already live here? The Siam’s exclusive location on the banks of Chao Phraya and its stunning room design may be that perfect reason to splurge. Set in the Dusit area near many historical attractions, The Siam stands out from other 5-star riverside hotels for its location, as well as its deco-inspired design by the visionary designer Bill Bensley.
The hotel just reopened on the 1st of October with a 8,900++ THB offer for a one-night stay in a Siam Suite. The price includes daily breakfast, early check-in from 9 am and late check-out until 4pm. But if you are looking for something extra, the hotel also offers a full-board deal that comprises a suite stay, three meals, a spa treatment, a complimentary activity of your choice, a tuk-tuk ride, a butler, and a speedboat service starting from 27,900 THB per night.
A room with an unbeatable view: Waldorf Astoria
Spacious marble-clad rooms with a view overlooking the greenery of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club makes this New York-born hotel our top choice for the Ratchaprasong area. The hotel’s Urban Invitation staycation package starts at 9,000 THB net. You’ll be amazed at what you get: two rounds of the breakfast buffet (upon arrival if you check-in before 11 am and the next day), 1,000 THB food and beverage credit, and two sunset drinks at an elegant city-view bar on Level 56. Make sure you wear something glamorous to match the bar’s Gatsby-inspired vibes.
Japanese at its finest: The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Actual trips to Japan may still be impossible now, but a night at Okura Prestige can be the next best thing. From a warm welcome by Kimono-wearing staff at the lobby to Japanese-standard service for your entire stay, Okura Prestige ensures a distinguished stay experience at very affordable rates currently for Thai residents. Paying 5,500++ THB per night gives you a choice of an Instagrammable Japanese set breakfast at the hotel’s flagship Japanese restaurant Yamazato or an international selection at Up & Above Restaurant. You will also get food and beverage credits valued at 1,000 THB, redeemable at three restaurants in the property. Or paying Chef Hans Zahner a visit at Elements (One MICHELIN Star) is also a good idea.
A retro charm: The Cabochon
Walking through a quiet lane off Sukhumvit road, you will find it hard to believe that this building was built just eight years ago. A designer-owner’s nostalgia for the sophistication of the 1920’s is why this hotel looks like it has been there for many decades.
You can travel back to the Roaring 20’s for a weekend here with a 4,500++ THB suite staycation package that comes with perks like early check-in from 9 am and late check-out until 3 pm, plus a delicious hotpot dinner for two at the romantic Thai Lao Yeh restaurant. In-suite breakfast is undoubtedly included.
Hero photo: © The Siam Hotel