En route to New Zealand I had one very special night at the spectacular The Siam Hotel. It is to Bangkok what The Eden Roc is to Antibes. The grounds extend three acres along the Chao Phraya River, (Thailand’s equivalent of the French Rivera) in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. And you really do receive the royal treatment here with your very own Butler who will cater to your every desire.
The Art Deco inspired retreat, offers a spacious suites within the main hotel building, private pool villas (accommodates three) or even the century-old Connie’s Cottage which has been transformed form a traditional Thai teak house to a luxurious modern pool villa for two, whilst retaining it’s historical charm.
Just stepping into the opulent Opium Spa I felt instantly calmer. The sky-high ceilings, water feature and green plants immediately transport you a world away from the usual hustle and bustle of life. You can take your pick from a diverse menu of facials, manis and pedis, hair services, body and massage therapies and tailored multi-day spa packages to suit your individual needs. The treatments use Sodashi products which are all ethically-sourced comprising of essential oils and plant actives to visibly heal and nurture.
I chose a sports massage to help my legs with the plane journey and keep everything healthy in the lead-up to my Hawkes Bay 10K race. And it did help me so much. Anyone who follows me on the ‘gram or who’s read my previous articles for The Mail on Sunday will know that I am a massive advocate of sports massages. As well as being incredibly nurturing, they help your body eliminate toxins and accelerate healing from any sports injuries or muscle fatigue/strain. My therapist even gave me a pot of potent homemade tiger balm to help my injury – and it felt much stronger than anything I’ve ever tried on the market.
The Spa can also book you a PT session in the gym (yoga is also available on the outdoor yoga terrace). I chose to have a Muay Thai session which was great fun! There’s a lot to learn, from footwork to positioning and how to pack a powerful punch so you have to focus and time flies by in a flash!
Chon Thai Restuarant
Fresh local produce and culture within the Thai teak wood houses make up this authentic Thai restaurant by the river. Think spicy salads, soups, wok-fried rice/vegetables with meat and curries. The chef puts a healthy spin on things here, utilising an abundance of vegetables and swapping risotto for mashed potato in some dishes.
Deco Bar & Bistro
This Art Deco den is more causal-chic serving salads, soups, sarnies, burgers, pizza, pasta and meats.
This is a truly special hotel with an air of old-school Thai charm married with modern comforts. The vibe is totally ethereal with the abundant tropical green plants, sky-high ceilings and glamorous riverside setting. A true Thai gem that will wrap you up in its royal treatment and leave you feeling no less than Royalty.