The epicenter and tourist hub of Thailand is Bangkok, home to a cornucopia of exotic attractions; it is also a common meeting ground for businesses, politicians and world travelers. The resort hotels in the city tend to feature a distinct Thai style of luxury with silks and intricate woodwork, and their restaurants commonly serve traditional Thai food.
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Chao Phraya River straddles Bangkok's Mandarin Oriental Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Asia and by far the oldest in Thailand. The Mandarin Orient is opulent to the rafters, each room sporting a new, intricate color palette, from the milk-white Author's Lounge to the ruby-red and bronze Heritage Author's Suite. The hotel conducts yoga sessions, cooking classes and golfing outings. In 2009, Travel + Leisure named this hotel the best hotel in Asia. Many rooms feature views of the nearby Chao Phraya River.
Grand Hyatt Erawan
Rich woodwork accents the gold- and red-color appointments in each of the 380 rooms in the Grand Hyatt Erawan. Rooms range widely in size and amenities; the most basic room, the Grand King, is 120 square feet and includes fresh flowers and fruit. The largest suite, Spa Cottage, includes a spa treatment room and a complimentary mini bar. The hotel restaurant, Tables, offers table-side classical European dining, and Restaurant Spasso serves up Italian meals.
Situated in the All Seasons Place is the Conrad Bangkok, a luxury hotel featuring chic, smart styling and clean lines. Open spaces, natural woodwork and silk draping contribute to the hotel's sense of contemporary Thailand. Metallic gold, soft lighting and low fixtures adorn each of the 391 guest rooms in the Conrad. The Diplomat Bar serves gourmet Chinese food and Japanese sushi accompanied by live jazz music. An 11-room spa offers exotic treatments, from clay wraps to flower scrubs.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Near Bangkok's city center is the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a strikingly lit and decorated luxury hotel with a blue, gold and black color palette. Teak wood, Thai silk and marble adorn each of the 400 guest rooms and suites. A butler is on hand for any guest's needs, and the room-service menu includes sushi and deserts. The Grande Spa uses exotic fruits and flowers in their variety of body scrubs, facials and wraps.
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