What we love
Thai traditions meet western comforts which are fused together by the seamless, discreet and attentive service of the staff.
Setting the scene
When staying in Bangkok the Chao Phraya River is not only respite from the hot sticky atmosphere of the city high rise but it is a wonderful way to travel the city. The Mandarin Oriental sits pride of place on the river bank, oozing elegant sophistication. Despite being a large hotel the service is personal and attentive whilst the range of facilities and amenities offered to guests is above and beyond expectations.
At the centre of the Mandarin Oriental is the tower of accommodation, with a smaller Garden Wing building adjacent. Despite the tower block design, all rooms have views or partial views of the Chao Phraya River. Whether you opt for a room or suite, all are finished with luxurious king sized beds, elegant teak furnishings, Thai silks and boast lavishly sized bathrooms. Two bedroom suites have a double and twin bed configuration and are perfect for families. Perhaps the highlight of the rooms at the Mandarin Oriental though is the butler service for all rooms.
With nine restaurants and bars on site, there is no excuse for not eating well at the Mandarin Oriental! Le Normandie is the hotel's signature restaurant and with its panoramic views across the Chao Phraya River it is easy to see why it has hosted many a dignitary to dinner. Superb French cuisine is gracefully presented in the opulent restaurant. For a traditional Thai experience, take the boat across the river to Sala Rim Naan for a delightful exhibition of Thai dancing whilst tucking into a delicious Thai menu. Other options are the The China House for exquisite Cantonese dishes, Lord Jim's which serves an amazing fish and seafood buffet each lunch time or an a la carte menu for dinner. The Riverside Terrace and Verandah Restaurants serve an alfresco, riverside international buffet and a menu of Asian - international fusion influences respectively. The Authors lounge is the popular, colonial styled venue for afternoon tea, comprising specialty teas, sandwiches and pastries.
The facilities at the Mandarin Oriental are second to none and provide ample entertainment for all. There are two outdoor swimming pools meaning room for the serious swimmer and young families to splash. For those that like to keep active, try out the impressive fitness centre, tennis courts, squash court and jogging track. When you are done with all of that aid your recovery with yoga sessions, a sauna, steam room or Jacuzzi.
To properly relax after a day of touring Bangkok's beautiful temples, treat yourself to a visit to the Oriental Spa. Here you can choose from a selection of traditional Thai and western spa treatments that are tailored to your specific requirements.
The food is such an iconic part of any visit to Thailand, what better way to learn more about it than a cooking class at the Mandarin Oriental? The class involves demonstrations and the opportunity to try techniques using traditional ingredients. If cooking is not your thing, maybe try the regular afternoon seminars and lectures on aspects of Thai culture from architecture to dance.
Children aged 3-14 will be kept busy with arts and crafts, games and cultural activities however it is worth noting that the Kids Club is open from 3pm -11pm leaving the mornings free to enjoy some family time around the pool.
It takes between 30 and 45 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel depending on the traffic, which can get very busy in peak times. Private transfers can be arranged or taxis are available at the airport.
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