The St. Regis Bangkok – bespoke luxury + butler service in the heart of Bangkok

HOOD: Rajadamri Rd, Bangkok
VIBE: Sophisticated elegance
PROPERTY SIZE: 228 rooms (including 51 suites)
ROOM STYLE: Urban chic
WE LOVE: The attentive St Regis Butler Service and air-conditioned walkway to BTS Rajadamri Station

WORDS BY: Dave Goldman

Bangkok sits firmly in my Top 3 cities to visit and that I just did for a recent weekend away. There is so much to experience, enjoy and learn in The City Of Angels and no better base to do this than the outstanding St. Regis Bangkok.

Opened in 2012, it went straight to Condé Naste Traveller’s 2012 ‘Best New Hotels’ Hot List – scoring for its location (primly positioned among the city’s best shopping, tourist attractions and restaurants) and service.

St. Regis signature transfer service
St. Regis signature transfer service

The St. Regis service is second to none and it starts the minute you arrive. Welcomed at the door by the smiling concierge team, we were whisked off to reception for a seamless, and seriously fast, check-in.

ROOMS:

Upon entry into our stunning suite, I was taken by the floor to ceiling views of the Royal Bangkok Sport Club and Bangkok Lumphini Park. A great location for morning walks or jogs before the day heats up, or for those who prefer their exercise a little more vicarious, to watch the locals partake in their morning Tai Chai.

Offering a contemporary haven for the discerning guest, the Caroline Astor Suites exude comfortable elegance, complete with spectacular views and corner locations.
Offering a contemporary haven for the discerning guest, the Caroline Astor Suites exude comfortable elegance, complete with spectacular views and corner locations.
Metropolitan Suite Bedroom with tub and rain shower at rear
Metropolitan Suite Bedroom with tub and rain shower at rear

The highlight of the rooms would have to be the impeccable lighting and generous size bathrooms, all complete with rain showers.

All guests at The St. Regis Bangkok enjoy the services of  The St. Regis Butler Service – a treasured hallmark of the St. Regis experience for over one hundred years. Butlers can assist with unpacking and packing, unlimited tea or coffee deliveries, garment pressing and any other want or whim during your stay.

POOL AND SPA:

For more decadence and indulgence, the on-site Elemis Spa, inspired by nature and defined by science, provides therapies in an impeccable setting of elegant, Thai-inspired luxury, reflecting a fine balance of tradition and innovation.

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Elemis Spa. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, the spa’s serene environment is a haven of quiet rejuvenation, far removed from the hectic pace of life in Bangkok.

In addition to 16 treatment areas, including two Couple’s Treatment Suites, the spa features Rasul chambers where guests can experience an ancient Arabian bathing ritual that incorporates mineral-rich clay, heat and steam to cleanse, exfoliate, absorb toxins, increase circulation and soften the skin.

Try the foot ritual wading pool experience – you’ll never leave.

Main Swimming pool
Surrounded by lush tropical plants, the pool area overlooks the cityscape and the Royal Bangkok Sports Club’s golf course. Our outdoor Pool Bar features an all-day menu and full beverage service with poolside service. Comfortable chaise longues offer the perfect setting for breathing deep and enjoying poolside pleasures.

We also enjoyed lounging around the property’s outdoor pool and working away the jetlag in the neighboring Exercise Room. Fantastic pool service (the fresh coconut water and poolside snacks are a great touch), great food and clear cool water are just the medicine for escaping the Bangkok heat.

DINING:

There are several dining options at St. Regis Bangkok. Breakfast at VIU (a top experience and an inclusion in our exclusive rates) includes wonderful buffet options, home-made yoghurt and mouth watering made to order omelets.

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London’s top restaurant, ZUMA, graces the ground level and highly recommended for a night out and for guests not wanting to venture out too far for dinner.

I also recommend The St.Regis Terrace Bar for a quick night cap before you fall into a 300-thread-count-Egyptian-cotton-induced-slumber, in your signature St. Regis King bed for the night. An utter joy after a bustling day in Bangkok.

AMENITIES: (book with us for)

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • One dinner for two guests OR USD100 food and beverage credit
  • St Regis Butler Service
  • Free WIFI

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • Make sure to visit Baipai Cooking School to learn how to cook Thai style (and eat your delicious creation!).
  • We used a wonderful tour operator called Smiling Albino to take us around and off the beaten track to explore some unique Bangkok experiences. Our guide Orr was terrific who escorted us on a longtail boat up the Chao Phraya River to the Wat Pho for some monk chanting and blessings, some great local community visits (via Tuk Tuk and private air conditioned van), the Arab quarter, flower markets of Bangkok and ending up at Sky Bar at Lebua Tower. A brilliant few hours of peace, culture , love and Thai hospitality.
  • No shopping visit to Bangkok would be complete without visiting MBK for some bespoke tailoring, gadgets and foot massage. For those travellers wanting more upmarket, try Siam Paragon and Siam Centre.
  • Dinner at Paste and Nahm were nothing short of sensational. Thai cuisine at its best.

Singapore meets Miami – first look at The South Beach Hotel

HOOD: Singapore Marina
VIBE: uptown funk
PROPERTY SIZE: 654 guest rooms and suites
ROOM STYLE:  edgy elegance
WE LOVE:  it’s Philippe Starck designed
INSIDER TIP: Japanese TOTO toilets are fun, provided you’re confident with what buttons you’re hitting on the remote!

PREVIEWED BY: Ian Pryer, Director, Goldman Travel

Funky is an often-used word but there is no property (other than those at South Beach, Miami FL) for which this description could be more apt.

The notion of Singapore meeting Miami seems almost contradictory, but on 3rd September Singapore’s newest hotel, The South Beach, opened for business. I was one of two guests who stayed on the night of 2 September, one night before South Beach officially opened.

The hotel is dramatic – in size and style, and the unfolding drama of arrival immediately becomes apparent when one is confronted by left-field furniture and an astonishing electronic art instillation, dominating the hotel entrance. In the lobby you get your first taste of, what the hotel terms, ‘social spaces’ – imaginative areas that (I’m told) cater to the need for being ‘Alone Together’.

In contrast to the design-dense entrance, the reception area – boasting seven desks each reflecting a different culture – is a model of minimalism and subdued lighting. All arrivals are processed wirelessly, using discreetly stored tablets.

The lifts, as one would imagine, are almost as dramatic as the entrance in that the designs on the walls whimsically change you’re whisked away from the ground floor to the sixteen levels of accommodation.

The rooms, described as a sanctuary of innovation and intuition, are large (starting at 30 sq.m), have floor-to-ceiling windowed alcoves that overlook Singapore’s iconic skyline, and true to their word, house every conceivable modern convenience – like Japanese TOTO toilets (with aforementioned remote control), and a phone system that allows you to automatically divert calls to your mobile phone.

The hotel offers two pool areas. The larger pool is on Level 18, and consequentially not actually in the sun, but it sports some of those ‘social spaces’ as well an extraordinarily well equipped gym, and recreational area. The other pool, on Level 6 of the adjacent building, is outdoors but inexplicably lacks the lounge furniture to properly lie out. A drawback for Vitamin D-evotees like myself.

For food, there is an as yet unfinished food court which will form part of the entire hotel/office/retail complex. The hotel has a more formal (than a food court) yet casual restaurant ‘ADHD’ which, pay attention now, in this case stands for All Day Hotel Dining. Again, individual, smaller tables are the exception rather than the rule… so those alone can share their sides.

For the business traveller who is seeking an urban oasis (or to make friends!) at the end of a tough day in Singapore, South Beach is an excellent check-in choice.

Honeymooning in Paradise – Cocoa Island by COMO

‘HOOD: Private island, Maldives
VIBE: Classy-chill
PROPERTY SIZE: 33 over water suites and villas
ROOM STYLE: Private
WE LOVE: Everything about it!

WORDS BY: Gloria Gammo, Luxury Travel Stylist, GG Inspired

When I was younger I came across an island in the Maldives that I vowed to honeymoon at when I found my love… 

This was a bucket list trip for me and exceeded all of my very high expectations. From the moment you land on Cocoa and feel the sand beneath your feet, you’re instantly relaxed. The setting, a private sandbar island surrounded by endless expanses of beautiful clear blue water, is mind-blowing.

 The northern part of the island is so amazing at low tide; it feels like you are walking on water. The food was so delicious with lots to choose from, we particularly loved the COMO Shambhala menu, as it was so fresh. The spa treatment was very relaxing and was well needed after a long plane ride. The COMO staff are super friendly and everything is very chilled out and calm. I loved not having to catch another plane to get to the island (like most parts of the Maldives). We would go back in a heartbeat and are so excited for more of GG Inspired’s newlywed clients who are heading there later this year.

The property boasts a 25m infinity-edge swimming pool and a Hydrotherapy pool for those not content with swimming off their over water suite.

ROOMS:
Inspired by Dhoni boats, each room has its own private terrace, with direct access to the water and uninterrupted views to the horizon. Interiors are minimalist but on theme with white walls and wooden furniture. The largest room category; the COMO Villa incorporates two bedrooms.

SPA:
The COMO Shambhala Retreat has three single massage pavilions with outdoor shower garden and one double massage pavilion with outdoor shower/tub. This spa is incredible! Try an Ayurvedic massage treatment, where they pour oil all over you with massage. The oil that they use is concocted based on how you answer a series of questions.

DINING:
The island’s only restaurant, Ufaa, serves all meals. They have an indoor and outdoor part, both are lovely. Ufaa serves up themed dinner nights a few times a week such as seafood and Indian. They also offer COMO Shambhala cuisine, incorporating organic ingredients for those who like healthy options.

There is a great beach bar called Faru which serves happy hour cocktails daily from 5-6pm. It’s very chilled out and has a great menu of beers, wines, and cocktails.

LOCATION:
Cocoa Island is only a 40 min speedboat ride south of Male. The island is known locally as Makunufushi, and is located among South Malé’s coral atolls.

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Fun + Cool Factor = W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

HOOD: Sentosa Island
VIBE: Hip, Trendy, Fashion conscious crowd
PROPERTY SIZE: 240 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Contemporary + Fun!
WE LOVE: Location, ‘Insider’ service and the 1300 sqm ‘WET’ pool (with underwater speakers of course).

WORDS BY: Dave Goldman.
The luxurious W Sentosa at Sentosa Cove is all about fun (part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts). I stayed here with my family last year and it was great to be back to experience what this hotel has to offer. This hotel is within the lively coastal area of Sentosa (Singapore’s resort Island which is connected to Singapore via a causeway. A quick 10 min drive to the shops, tourist attractions and business district). Opened in 2012, this property is perfect for couples, families and corporate (great conference facilities!) travellers. I was welcomed with a big smile from Cara, the wonderful ‘ W Insider’ on site. All W Hotels across the planet have ‘Insiders’ (a super concierge service) who are able to suggest the ‘best of the best’ services of the city that the W is located within, make restaurant reservations, assist with any need during your stay and generally have the low-down on what and where you should be hanging out. I love it. It’s really is like your own personalised concierge service.

I was placed in a ‘Wonderful’ Room at W Singapore, a lovely 40sqm mix of art, fashion, purple colour and bespoke furnishings. For those W fans who want to try something a bit different, I would lock in one of the ‘Away’ suites located within the relaxing (and you may never want to leave)  ‘Away’ Spa. These rooms have their own private entrance from the Spa, windows that open (win) and even have their own terrace with private plunge pool. They are really heavenly and are perfect for honeymooners or couples wanting to escape into their own world (with all of W Sentosa’s services close at hand!). My highlight meals was of course breakfast at ‘The Kitchen Table’, a great concept involving a few cooking stations to cater for all tastes and needs and the delicious ‘Skirt’, a wonderful steakhouse restaurant with the works.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and look forward to returning soon! Thank you to the fantastic GM Stephane who really shines at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove. It’s great to see a hotel run by such a passionate and dynamic hotelier and you really feel Stephane’s influence amongst all the team at this property. They clearly enjoy working with such an awesome leader at the helm. Make sure to visit soon to have your own W experience.

AMENITIES: (book with us for)

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • A spa credit to the value of USD100
  • Free WIFI