Four Seasons makes a triumphant return to the Thai capital with a contemporary riverside retreat that does justice to the hospitality brand’s legendary reputation.
When the doors to the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River opened last December in a much sought-after location – on the doorstep to some of Bangkok’s most treasured attractions, scattered along the riverbanks – it caused quite the stir, and understandably so. It had after all been one of the most anticipated hotel openings of the year, and it came at a time when the travel sector was facing its greatest challenge in living memory.
As it turns out, from the moment of arrival until eventual check-out, fine traditions continue at Four Seasons Bangkok. With its modern architectural design by Hamiltons International and chic interiors conceived by world-renowned designer Jean-Michel Gathy, guests are treated to a visual feast in every direction the wind blows.
Scattered throughout is an impressive art collection – curated by Gathy himself – while flowing pools of water pay homage to the ‘River of Kings’. Wide, open spaces are seamlessly integrated with green courtyards, sophisticated lounges and cosy nooks that exude a warm glow and cheerfulness. The rich design details found in the textures, colours and finishings is testament to a vision that is as much of a reverence for the past as it is relevant to the present.
The hotel is home to 299 stylishly appointed guestrooms, four dining destinations and lounges, event spaces and an urban wellness centre. Across nine categories, the rooms and suites range from 50-square-metre Deluxe and Premier Rooms with city and river views, to the 77-square-metre Studio Family Suites and the roomy 125-square-metre Executive Suite and 195-square-metre Two-Bedroom Suites. The palatial Presidential Suite sprawls across an impressive 450 square metres, boasting a large living and entertainment area, bar and catering kitchen, three bedrooms and an oversized terrace with private plunge pool.
My Premier River View room is a soothing cocoon imagined in a colour palette of rich creams and beige, complemented by blonde hardwood floors, creamy marble finishes, and white ceramic art. The beautiful setting, with its high ceilings, is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. A chaise lounge placed by the window is an ideal place to savour views of the pool area and panoramic river vistas. The adjoining en suite features a bathtub, rain shower and double vanities. The room is further kitted out with all contemporary creature comforts and premium amenities, including a minibar with DIY cocktails and a tablet for hotel services.
The property features a collection of fine dining restaurants and casual establishments that are led by Executive Chef Andrea Accordi, Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet, and Beverage Manager Philip Bischoff.
During the day, the riverside Riva del Fiume Ristorante is a popular haunt to indulge in authentic Italian fare; from handcrafted pastas, gourmet pizzas and delectable crudo. Meanwhile, for something a little more casual, Brasserie Palmier is located by the riverside promenade – an all-day-and-night café that serves up brasserie classics and fresh seafood, paired with an outstanding selection of French wines.
Yu Ting Yuan is a Cantonese restaurant set against the beautiful backdrop of a verdant garden and zen pond. Designer Jean-Michel Gathy combined traditional Chinese design elements with his signature sense of whimsy to create a dramatic dining space. In the kitchen, Head Chef Qiu Xiaogui and his team have crafted a menu peppered with authentic Cantonese and regional favourites.
The Lounge and Café Madeline is where the oeuvre of Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet shines in all its glory. His signature afternoon tea is a decadent six-course affair that is not to be missed. Highlights include the lychee guava sorbet and lime foam, savoury delicacies such as the sphere of avocado with salmon and ricotta, and the foie gras torchon with raspberry, as well as a petit tart collection that is just otherworldly.
For a memorable night out, the BKK Social Club takes the lead. Inspired by the old-world opulence of Buenos Aires, this sleek and stylish bar is all set to beguile visitors through bespoke cocktails, rare champagnes, and fine cigars.
The Four Seasons’ soon-to-be-launched Urban Wellness Centre, headed by Senior Director of Spa Sandie Johannessen, will be a new holistic destination that places emphasis on mind (spirituality), body (spa), and work (fitness) through dedicated wellness programmes aimed at
During my stay at the Four Seasons, I had the opportunity to take a sunset cruise down the Chao Phraya River on a classic Hacker-Craft boat – an experience that was only recently introduced to guests. The one-hour cruise begins just before the sun sets into the horizon, and it’s the perfect way to take in the sights along the river.
A destination in its own right, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River has one more ace up its sleeve… the superlative service that’s unmistakably the final ingredient to a recipe for an unparalleled hospitality experience.
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This story was first published on Prestige Thailand Magazine.