The Sukhothai, Sathorn

Pull off the busy streets of Bangkok’s Sathorn district into the tree-lined driveway of the Sukhothai and it becomes immediately obvious why this is a top choice for a weekend break. Spread over two-and-a-half hectares, the hotel is divided into a series of pavilions, many of which are separated by pools and gardens. Rooms are simple and functional, fitted out in warm woods, Thai-silk upholstery and handmade stoneware celadon ceramics. The pool and fitness centre are hard to beat and cater to both those wanting to sunbathe with a cocktail and those keen on a proper workout. If you decide to venture out of the hotel, you’ll find some of Bangkok’s newest and most popular restaurants and bars nearby as well as the beautiful Lumphini Park, which is perfect for an early morning run.

13/3 South Sathorn Road, 10120 
+66 (0)2 344 8888

Cabochon, Wattana

Reflecting the refined tastes of Taiwanese antique collector and interior designer Eugene Yeh, the Cabochon pays tribute to Southeast Asia’s past in an elaborate yet tasteful manner. A tranquil destination despite its close proximity to noisy Sukhumvit Road, Cabochon is entered off the main strip via a short drive. Here, a stark white colonial mansion, reminiscent of inter-war Shanghai, reveals itself. Past a series of outdoor ponds, the hotel offers spacious wood-floored interiors, elegant furnishings and some quirky lounge areas – expect zebra taxidermy, old-fashioned Louis Vuitton travel trunks and floating vintage toy planes. 

Guests will find cheery and discreet staff, while bright and airy rooms resonate with the warm, homely scent of antique wood. The suites are kept cool either through air-conditioning or the tropical breeze that drifts in via huge sash windows (both very welcome). A private 22-metre rooftop lap pool, with views of the city, crowns this hotel.

14/29 Sukhumvit 45 Road, Klongton Nua, 10110
+66 (0)2 259 2871

Hansar, Rajdamri

Set just off the busy Rajdamri Road, the Hansar is conveniently located near BTS stations and some of Bangkok’s best malls. Designed by Singapore’s Woha Designs, rooms are decorated in neutral tones. The basic Studio suite has its own small kitchen and views over the verdant Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Upgrade to an Edge or Urban suite and your room will be built around your very own vertical garden. There’s a beautiful cantilevered pool and terrace that runs along the edge of the eighth floor, as well as an airy gym and yoga room with city views.

3/250 Soi Mahadlekluang, 2 Rajdamri Road, 10330
+66 (0)2 209 1234

Images: Christopher Wise, Lillian Suwanrumpha

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