We had been travelling through Thailand for four months, staying in towns all over the country. Our most recent visit was Chiang Mai in the north, and it sure was a nice break from southern Thailand. I was excited for our next destination, because we hadn’t been near a big metropolitan city since we left Sydney, and I had heard some pretty crazy, but wonderful things about it. Yep, you guessed it – Bangkok was next on the list. I was even more excited because we were going to be staying at the beautiful Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.
As we arrived in the city, I was shocked at how tall and thin the skyscrapers were, how colourful the lights were at night and how busy and chaotic the streets were. We pulled up to the Anantara Hotel, and was immediately put at ease from all of the hustle and bustle. As we walked up to the reception doors, we were greeted by two staff, offering a Wai to us and a polite Sawadeeka, welcoming us to the hotel. When walking in, you get an immediate sense of luxury, but most of all you feel relaxed. With trickling water ponds, extremely high ceilings, beautiful murals on the walls and ceilings and much more, you feel a strong sense of tranquility – something you would never expect to find just a stones throw away in the busy streets of Bangkok.
We were shown up to our Deluxe room, which consisted of a verrrrrry comfortable bed, large flat screen TV, beautiful wood desk, a coffee/tea area and a to-die for bathroom. Above the bed was a beautiful traditional Thai mural. The best of all the bedroom amenities was something I had never seen before in all of my Resort stays – a free-to-use Smartphone. The phone had an app that showed you all the best restaurants, bars and attractions in the area. It had a map of the BTS for you to explore – which the hotel had a station very conveniently located nearby. It also had free local and international calls for 10 countries, two of which were Australia and USA. It’s a truly unique feature that made Anantara stand out amongst the rest by a long shot.
Other perks include convenient location in the heart of the city, a state-of-the-art health club and spa, free yoga and fitness classes, a very large pool perfect for swimming laps, a business center and delicious on-site restaurants and room service options. I would have to say a surprising favourite of the property would be the Health Club and Pool. Fitness is always important to me, especially while on the road, but I always feel rather disappointed with hotel gyms. Anantara’s gym had everything I could want and more, and they even offered complimentary yoga classes, which I partook in. I also really enjoyed swimming laps in the pool. They had swim caps, goggles and kick boards for the guests to use, which was huge for me, because as a former competitive swimmer, swimming without goggles just doesn’t cut it.
The Resort’s Spa was nothing short of luxurious and relaxing. From the pre-treatment consultation to the warm cup of tea after the treatment, I was in pure bliss from end to end. I received the Anantara Signature Treatment, which is a 90-minute massage treatment using both traditional oil massage and Thai massage techniques. It was one of those massages where I didn’t even want to walk afterwards in fear of undoing all of the magic worked during those 90 minutes. I left with a huge smile from ear to ear and complete contentment.
As far as food goes, we were impressed at each and ever meal. Breakfast is something we’ve missed dearly over the last four months, and we were in heaven at the options at the breakfast offered each morning. From pastries to cooked-to-order omelets, pancakes, fruit, curries, dumplings and more, you could really find every combination of flavours to satisfy your palate. The staff was very attentive, making sure there weren’t too many plates on our table at one time – something that easily and quickly happens with Sam and me at buffets…
We ate lunch at the Spice Market. It’s menu consists of traditional Thai flavours and dishes. We decided to taste a variety of dishes as per the head waiter’s recommendation. So we ordered the Green Curry with Australian Beef Cheek, Chicken Cashew Nut, Tom Yum Goong, Polemo & Shrimp Salad and ended with a Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. I was so full by the end of it, but the food was so delicious we couldn’t fathom the thought of leaving any behind! The restaurant is also very reasonably priced with most meals ranging from 480-700 baht. My favourite part, aside from the mouthwatering food, was the décor. The Resort had really put in effort to recreate the feeling and atmosphere of a Thai spice market, but with a modern, elegant twist.
We were so full from the decadent breakfast and lunch that we decided to relax in our rooms and order in room service later in the night. After I had a swim and an unbelievable hot shower, I got wrapped up in the comfy robe and slippers each room gets, and I was pretty much out for the count from there. Also, we always love when we have a huge television with HBO movies to choose from. You can’t blame us after four months! We ordered in the spaghetti with meat sauce, and 20 minutes later, a staff member came knocking with a fold out table with cloth and table settings, as if we were eating in a restaurant. It was such a nice touch. After we were finished, we just rang the concierge, and a moment later, he was back up to our room packing down the table. It’s just one more “little thing” that Anantara does right.
As the night was coming to a close and I snuggled my head into the airiest and fluffiest pillow of all time, I couldn’t help but think about all of the ways the Anantara staff had made our stay truly memorable. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – the staff make or break a hotel or resort, and the Anantara staff seemed truly happy to help at any time. We spoke with an employee of the hotel, and she said some of the staff had been working there for 30 years! I think that proves a happy staff more than anything!
We stayed at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel for two short nights, and it was an absolutely perfect way to end our time in Thailand. The hotel has a great location, friendly staff, delicious food and top notch facilities like the gym and spa. If you’re in or visiting Bangkok and need a little break from the craziness that is the city, take the leap and stay at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and recharged, and you’ll want to come back for more!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly love 🙂