The magnolia symbolized nobility and dignity to Victorians, and the ideal of feminine beauty to ancient Chinese. We can’t think of a better embodiment for the first Waldorf Astoria in Southeast Asia, a graceful tower inspired by the gentle flower, which has just bloomed in the plummest of locations in central Bangkok.
With interiors designed by Cambridge-educated world-renowned designer Andre Fu, the airy, high-ceilinged interior curves and flows, allowing guests to naturally wind their way through the hotel, making a new discovery—and finding yet another stunning view—at every turn. (Just wait until you reach the magnificently cantilevered pool deck.) Fu says he was inspired by the fluid hand movements of traditional Thai dancers, just one example of how his work “reinterprets traditional notions of national identities or East-meets-West aesthetics in a new hybrid.”
This is also a spot-on way to describe Front Room, a ‘New Nordic’-Thai restaurant that is already one of the city’s most coveted tables. At the helm is amiable chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, born in Chiang Rai and trained in multi Michelin starred kitchens in Europe. Having spent the past decade in Denmark, she has returned home brimming with culinary creative genius, and here is melding Scandinavian cooking methods with local flavors and ingredients. “You will recognize some of the tastes and traditional techniques such as pickling and salting,” she says from her gorgeous show kitchen. “But they feel fresh and different.”
Other tastemakers can be found in Peacock Alley and The Brasserie, lovely relaxed venues overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, and on the top three levels of the property where the trifecta of Bull & Bear steakhouse, creative cocktails at The Loft and the divine Champagne Bar offer a full night out without ever leaving the hotel. In fact, Bangkokians in the know have already laid claim to this collective sky-high spot as the best date-night in town.
Waldorf Astoria, one of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, likes to encourage us to “Live Unforgettable.” A stay in their beautiful new luxury hotel in Bangkok will be certainly one to remember.