A couple of weeks back, I got an opportunity to spend a night at a hotel that I’ve long admired. I’m constantly proud of the brilliance in service and pleased with the quality of luxury hotels in the city I was born and grew up in, and the St. Regis Bangkok just further enforced that feeling.
Located on the beautiful and relatively peaceful Rajdamri road, the 176-room-51-suite St. Regis Bangkok stands as an icon of opulence. Like the original St. Regis hotel in New York founded by John Jacob Astor IV, St. Regis Bangkok boasts signature glass façade, prime location (in the center of Bangkok plus being well connected to rest of the city via skytrain access) whilst overlooking some greenery, in this case the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Dark wooden furniture, marble, glass, along with local accents contribute to the hotel’s décor. A major luxury brand of Starwood, St. Regis hotels take immense pride in their butler service.
I was well aware of the excellence held by this hotel, but my expectations were exceeded and an ordinary Saturday turned into an amazing one.
After a warm welcome, refreshing lemongrass tea and prompt check-in at the Sky Lobby on the 12th floor, I was guided to my Grand Deluxe Room. Doors opened to warm toned working area and bedroom. Another key feature was the free wifi.
The bathroom, a very impressive one I must add, had a double-vanity basin, a separate shower stall and a bathtub; all encompassed with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that maximized the panorama over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city’s skyline.
Soon, we made our way to The Bar on the 12th floor for our Siam Mary cocktail making class. The Siam Mary is a Thai twist on the Bloody Mary, which was initially invented and called the Red Snapper at the St. Regis New York. Each St. Regis property has modified this drink and serves their unique interpretation of the Bloody Mary.
Naturally, the Thai version contains red chilli. Some more ingredients that we mixed, muddled and garnished to make the cocktail included vodka, tomato juice, lime, wasabi, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, coriander, salt, pepper, lemon, basil leaves and lemongrass.
Have to admit, the Bloody Mary is not really my poison but I was pretty excited to make one. Ah, if only classes in school were this fun! The verdict – it was bloody good, but best I leave the concocting to the professional, the mixologist, and the drinking to the expert, yours truly!
Following that, we headed downstairs to The Lounge for afternoon tea. An amazing variety of savories, scones and sweets was displayed in a charming birdcage. It was only my duty to set them free and lead them where they belong, right in my tummy.
A while later, we witnessed the special champagne sabering ritual that takes place every evening at St. Regis hotels worldwide. It’s an entertaining tradition to watch, just duck though!
Disclaimer: No champagne-thirsty bystanders were harmed in this process.
Happily yoyo-ing between great food and awesome drinks, we were treated to fine Italian fare at Jojo. We started with Casseruola di funghi, which was a delicious mushroom casserole, slow-cooked egg, Stracchino cheese and black truffle.
The next dish was Black Truffle Fettuccine Alfredo, where the Fettucine Alfredo was mixed with the melting cheese in a cheese wheel right at our table and later topped off with black truffle.
We also tried the Carre d’Agnello, perfectly tender baked Australian lamb that was served with artichoke and pumpkin mustard.
Always with room to spare for dessert, the meal ended with delectable Gianduiotto chocolate carvings with vanilla sauce and fresh strawberries.
The next morning, after a great night’s sleep on the comfy bed with 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, we savored our breakfast while seated at a table by the window at the restaurant, Viu.
Once back in the room, we asked our butler to draw us a bubble bath. Sunday was turning out to be quite blissful too.
I returned home with a LOT of photos of the bathtub. If there was ever an acceptable limit on bathtub pictures per post, I’m pretty sure I’ve exceeded it. Can you blame me?
And this was the lovely hotel pool surrounded by greenery as well.
I was also shown a very special room in the hotel, the Caroline Astor Suite, which is a lavish corner suite designed and named in honor of Caroline Astor, mother of John Jacob Astor IV.
I had a wonderful stay filled with incredible food and utmost luxury and pampering.
* Many thanks to The St. Regis Bangkok for hosting my stay and for the excellent service. All opinions expressed are always my own. *
Additional pictures that I could not leave out: