Ah Bangkok. From its mouth-watering cuisine to pampering massages, glamorous shopping and pulsating nightlife, there’s plenty to love in this electrifying northern neighbour of a city. Just 2.5 hours away by plane, the Thai capital offers the best of cosmopolitan living at oh-so-reasonable prices. It’s no wonder Bangkok remains a top holiday destination for Singaporeans.
Here’s yet another reason to consider a repeat visit this year-end (we mean, apart from the speedy E-Gate immigration clearance now open to Singaporeans) — the city is home to some of the best luxury hotels in the world, and they are yours to have at prices you wouldn’t believe.
These are our picks of the best high-end hotels in Bangkok to party the night away, without breaking the bank.
(Psst, bear in mind that most hotels have strict overnight policies, so do be considerate and keep noise levels low. Also, be aware that you’ll be responsible for any damages or excessive cleaning required.)
1. W Bangkok
Photo: W Bangkok’s website
Recommended for: An unforgettable birthday bash
Budget: $400 to $500/night
Pax: 10 to 15
With chic, swanky and stylish setpieces (check out its LED-studded lift lobby), W Bangkok plays to the party crowd. The guest rooms boast accoutrements such as full-length coloured glass dividers, sequined cushions, cream leather sofas and sleek, black all-marble bathrooms that pamper without being stuffy or overbearing.
Opt for the Fantastic Suite or Marvellous Suite — both come with separate living, bedroom and bath areas adding up to a generous 85 sqm, set against stunning views overlooking the city. In-room entertainment options are also available to help get the party going.
Pro-tip: W Hotel goes out of their way to delight their guests, so do let on that it’s your birthday when checking in to score an extra perk or two.
2. The St Regis Bangkok
Photo: The St Regis Bangkok’s website
Recommended for: The most chi-chi pajama party of the year
Budget: $400 to $550/night
Pax: 4 to 6
Many hotel chains promise the lap of luxury, but few deliver an experience quite like the St Regis franchise. For a taste of bespoke elegance without the exorbitant prices, book a stay at the St Regis Bangkok instead.
Ask for the Grand Deluxe room, decked out in fine timber and fabrics in a soothing cream-and-wood palette, accented by warm lighting and artful installations. The room is available in two-bedder configuration, featuring a pair of oversized double beds decked out in 300-thread bedding. Draw back the curtains and be wowed by breathtaking views of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and Golf Course, set amidst the city skyline.
Ran out of ice for that Moet? Don’t bother getting up; just give the 24-hour butler service a ring.
3. The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Photo: The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
Recommended for: The swankiest New Year’s party in Bangkok
Budget: $450 to $550/night
Pax: 7 to 10
The sophisticated and elegant Waldorf Astoria is one of the newest properties to join the ranks of luxury accommodations in Bangkok. So if you simply must have the swankiest New Year’s party for 2019, you’ll want to make your booking now.
As the high-end arm of the Hilton brand, you can expect Waldorf Astoria Bangkok to be dripping with prestige. We recommend heading to the hotel’s Champagne Bar (located on the top floor) to catch the city-wide fireworks that come on at the stroke of midnight, before retiring to your accommodations to continue the revelry with your buddies.
The King Deluxe Suite offers 75sqm of space — just nice for a cosy party of seven. Larger groups should go for the one-bedroom Astoria Suite, which offers 100sqm of opulent comfort.
4. The Athénée Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Photo: The Athénée Hotel’s website
Recommended for: That special treat for a hard-won year
Budget: $250 to $450
Pax: 4 to 7
If it’s been that kind of a year — you know, the type you can’t believe you actually survived — pat yourself on the back and book a room or suite pronto.
This hotel screams luxury from the very first touch of its gilded main doors, to the gleaming all-marble dual-story lobby, right down to the in-room furnishings you wouldn’t even dare peek at if they were on display at the high street store they were clearly shipped from.
Go ahead and sink into the finest bedding money can buy, and giggle deliriously as you realise you paid less than the price of a cocktail dress for the privilege.
The Athénée Prestige room offers 46sqm of lushness, ideal for an intimate getaway. Want to celebrate with a larger party? The 86sqm Athénée Suite rises nicely to the occasion.