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by Sarah Bromley
Mandarin Oriental Hotel can safely secure Bangkok’s most spectacular views over
the Chao Phraya River as it is situated right on it’s banks. Getting to the
hotel is easy, and an experience in itself, as it has a complimentary boat to
ferry you across to the hotels exclusive pier. Each guest is greeted with a
traditional Thai flower head garland upon arrival, as they stroll through the
hotels’ beautiful, light and airy lobby filled with local fresh flower bouquets.
The five-star Mandarin Oriental is owned in part and managed by Mandarin
Oriental Hotel Group and over the recent years the hotel has earned its
reputation being one of the best hotels in
Originally built in 1876, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the only big hotel
Oriental offers 358 rooms and 35 unique suites, all with their own local Thai
touches. The rooms at The Mandarin Oriental all reflect the hotels famous
history with internationally acclaimed authors, inspiring the names of the
suites. The oldest rooms in the hotel can be found in The Heritage Suites, which
are individually named after showcase four literacy greats; Joseph Conrad,
Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener. All rooms offer teakwood
interior, Victorian-style bathrooms and views over the
guests can take their pick from the eight outstanding restaurants offered,
choosing between the more formal options of
French dining at ‘Le Normandie’, signature thai cuisine at ‘Sala Rim
Naam’, seafood served over views of the river at ‘Lord Jim’s’ or ‘The China
Hous’e for a dim sum buffet selection. For a more relaxed vibe, visit the
‘Riverside Terrace’ for a barbque buffet, ‘The Verandah’ coffee shop, ‘The
Bamboo Bar’ for cocktails, where you will find the best authentic ‘Oriental Mai
Tai’ in town. For something completely different, try the ‘Authors’ Lounge’,
serving exquisite high teas, served in surroundings of old colonial charm, and
filled with white rattan luxury garden party furniture.
Sport and Spa: Opening in 1993, The Oriental Spa has been busy, winning more than it's fair share of awards. It's no wonder then that it has attracted the likes of HRH Crown Prince Federick, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham and Demi Moore to name a few. It prides itself on providing an all-encompassing spa experience that couples traditional 2,000 year old Thai teachings whilst keeping it perfectly cosmopolitan. Their signature treatment is the 90 minute long 'Oriental Organic Journey' which consists of a full-body scrub of organic grated coconut, green bean, jasmine rice and coconut oil, followed by a natural hair treatment and massage with rice milk cream. After a day around Bangkok's chaotic city, relax instantly as you enter the spacious facilities of the spa, classically decorated in golden teak, soothing water displays, calming Buddha's and delicious aromas. Alternatively, enjoy the large pool by the river, an Ayurvedic penthouse or workout in their luxurious gym. Guests may also take advantage of the Sanook Sanook Kid’s Club, state-of-the-art technology Business Centre, the Oriental Corner and the Oriental Boutique.
Room prices for a bedroom start at £260 without breakfast.