The St Regis Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

February 05, 2015
The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

February is my month of travel. By the end of it, the wheels of my adorably retro mint cabin bag will have rolled across airports in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hanoi, two cities in Borneo, and London. Last weekend I travelled across nine time zones in 24 hours alone - reaching Kuala Lumpur from London on Friday, before buzzing off to Bangkok the following morning. I know it all looks very shiny and jet set - maybe she's born with it, maybe it's an Instagram filter - but I assure you that there is nothing distinctly glamourous about the crippling jet lag that ensues the constant crossing of borders. Monday and Tuesday were public holidays in Malaysia so my family and I nipped over to Bangkok for a long weekend. 

Bangkok is a favourite destination for myself and Michiekins - we always pop over to do our shopping there; whether for cutting-edge labels from up-and-coming designers at Siam Centre, or the wholesale delights of the labyrinth-like Platinum Mall, enjoying the creative window displays of our favourite upscale labels in glossy Siam Paragon, or haggling for cheap kitsch at chaotic Chatuchak Market. I've said it before, I'll say it again: "I shouldn't be shopping, Baht Siam-one's gotta do it." Sadly, this time round I didn't see much of Bangkok - my body clock was too messed up. I spent everyday sleeping in my Grand Deluxe room and every evening working till seven in the morning, only to nap two hours before going down for breakfast, then going back to sleep again only to rise from my coffin at dusk for dinner (blood...blooood). Never leaving the hotel in the daytime except for one afternoon to sightsee, shop (both for myself and for Regimental Vintage), only venturing out at night for dinner - does that sound like a wasted trip? I don't feel that way because I go to Bangkok fairly often and whenever I do I'm scurrying around all day, only ever being in the hotel to sleep. This time I actually got to enjoy the luxury of The St Regis Bangkok, which I now share with you!

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok boasts 'bespoke luxury' and located at a premier address in a prestigious location along Rajadamri Road is the perfect base to explore the more luxurious delights of the city,  with many of the city’s finest restaurants and upscale boutiques nearby. 

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

Sweet treats greeted me upon arrival in the hotel's first lobby, before butlers whisked us away to the second reception on the twelfth floor - home to the St Regis bar whose signature drink the 'Siam Mary' is a tribute to the hotel’s rich lineage (the Bloody Mary was invented at the St. Regis New York in 1934) with a distinct Bangkok twist of spicy Thai chili, wasabi, lime, coriander, Thai basil and lemongrass. 

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

Some of my better writing was done in the balcony just outside the St Regis Bar, although my room was hardly a literal nor figurative cage...

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

...at 65 square metres, my Grand Deluxe room is nearly the same size as my first London flat. I would always receive deliveries from my butler at the landing area of my hallway, hasty to keep from his sight the horrific mess of my room lest it be too traumatising for the soft-spoken, demure, and refined nature of the Thais. Thankfully the long hallway, with the open plan bathroom beyond, acted as a buffer between mess and mind.

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

Two beds; one for sleeping in and one for napping in. The smart writing desk went unused except as a landing area for the contents of my handbag every time I switched my bags - I did most of my work from the sofa and of course the bar downstairs. From the floor-to-ceiling windows of my room I enjoyed the vast, verdant view of Royal Bangkok Sports Club (just outside the hotel), spying on golfers as their trotted across the endless green of the course.

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

Louis Vuitton WPM Pistache

Yellows, nude, and grey was the colour scheme for Bangkok and I daresay will be my sartorial palette for the month of February. For a pop of sunshiny goodness against a backdrop of grey I had my favourite Louis Vuitton WPM in pistachio (adorned with 'cat-puke hairballs' from Fendi, an addition by mummy); and my new Jeffrey Campbell sandals, a spiky purchase I made at Siam Centre as a precaution against oafish tourists stepping on my feet with their fat flip-flop clad feet. Louis Vuitton sunglasses spared the people of Bangkok the sight of my dark eye circles.

Louis Vuitton WPM Pistache

I wasn't always a recluse - I did venture out to sightsee and shop one afternoon (although I nearly collapsed from jet lag and heat exhaustion, our chauffeur had to whisk me back to St Regis where I spent all afternoon self-medicating with...Diet Coke), went out for dinner twice (I'll blog about those tomorrow!), did some buying for Regimental Vintage, and shopped at Patpong market for trinkets including some gorgeous hand-woven bags I will show you!

Oh, and I also dutifully showed my face at breakfast every morning, at Viu.

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

The St Regis Bangkok Hotel

'Fauxcialite party animal Jasiminne' would have had the Astor Champagne breakfast with a banana mascarpone french toast for breakfast, but sadly my fabulous doppelgänger was nowhere to be seen - I heard she missed her flight - so Neanderthal Jasiminne just grunted and jabbed at her breakfast plate of dim sum, bacon, sausages, and pastries while glugging on...more Diet Coke. Analogies aside, Viu really is a lovely place to dine in. Inspired by the traditional New York bistro and describing itself itself as a bright, sunny environment that recalls the grace and character of a stately home, by night Viu is the place for foodies and culinary connoisseurs to embark on a gorgeous gastronomical experience with signature dinner dishes like Japanese Kobe beef fillet marinated in duck and pink French garlic oil confit, seasoned with Japanese Aguni sea salt.

There is no shortage of dining destinations at St Regis Bangkok, with fashionable restaurants Viu, Zuma and Jojo, The Lounge and The Drawing Room for afternoon tea, Decanter for oenophiles (wine connoisseurs), St Regis Bar for their signature Siam Mary, and for those whose idea of being well travelled is artfuly Instagramming their sandwiches and cocktails by the swimming pool there is always Pool Bar.

The service at St Regis is top notch as you would come to expect from a 5* luxury hotel. With its stunning guest rooms including 51 suites, St Regis butler service, myriad of acclaimed restaurants and its prime position in one of Bangkok's most prestigious addresses, The St Regis Bangkok is the perfect base from which to explore this colourful city. For more recommendations of where to shop and things to do you can peruse my previous Bangkok blog posts. More Bangkok blog posts coming up tomorrow and this weekend! x


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5 comments:

  1. I love the way that you photographed the hotel room, I literally studied the angles and sent the link to Mr S! It's a gorgeous hotel, I always like a St Regis. Funnily enough, I've been to Bangkok twice but I've never fallen in love with the place, the traffic drives me mad! Having said that a brink at the Mandarin Oriental is bliss!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Angie! I know exactly what you mean about the Bangkok traffic. It's rage inducing but manageable if you have a local driver who knows the in and outs of the city - I wouldn't have survived without mine! You should definitely give St Regis Bangkok a chance. If it helps, the layout of my room is: from the door there is a L shaped corridor that turns left, and at the end of the corridor is the bedroom and the bathroom is on the right (as seen in the 6th picture)! x

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  2. It's so beautiful! I do love it when hotels have lots of pretty things to photograph - it makes it much easier for us bloggers! Also that champagne breakfast with french toast sounds like my idea of heaven.

    C x
    Lux Life

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    1. YES blogging is so much easier when you're surrounded by beauty - that's one of my unexpected benefits of blogging, being mindful of my surroundings! We need a champagne and mascarporne french toast breakfast STAT. It's such a staycation/holiday thing to do! x

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  3. Ok, this is the side of Bangkok that I must see. I have to say that I rather despised it on my last visit.

    http://www.kalanchoe.co.uk/2012/09/bangkok.html

    I'm planning on going to Malaysia and Thailand this November/December for a few weeks so would love your recommendations!

    Katie <3

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