Once city breaks make a comeback, stay at these new Bangkok hotels for inspired ways to see Thailand’s capital

Capella Bangkok

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The highly anticipated Capella Bangkok finally opened in early October offering a window into the historic Charoenkrung district—a riverside enclave that’s currently undergoing a creative rebirth. Each of the 101 guestrooms, suites and villas has stunning views of the Chao Phraya River, as well as direct access to Charoen Krung Road, which is the city’s first paved road built by the order of King Rama IV in 1861.

Designed as a “traveller’s pied à terre”, Capella Bangkok aims to make guests feel at home while also facilitating a journey of discovery. See the city in a new light with help from the Capella Culturist, who can craft bespoke walking tours or arrange a private meditation session with the head monk of a 250-year-old temple. Don’t forget to reserve a table at the in-house restaurant Côte, a venue by celebrity chef Mauro Colagreco whose restaurant Mirazur in France topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019. 

Discover more at capellahotels.com

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Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

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The opening of Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok marks the brand’s debut in Southeast Asia and proves that the Bangkok hotel boom is still going strong despite the odds. Named after Maa-Lai—the Thai floral garland that’s a symbol of hospitality, health and respect—the pioneer of the boutique hotel movement in the US introduces its playful design, ultra-personalised service, and signature pet-friendly policies to the region.

Situated in the tranquil Langsuan neighbourhood, the hotel’s central location provides easy access to the city’s prime districts, which you can explore on a Kimpton bike. The interiors of the 362 hotel rooms and suites (including 131 serviced residences) echo the unique energy of Bangkok through the use of raw concrete and metallic elements juxtaposed with artisanal design touches. Perhaps the best way to soak in the city’s atmosphere is to lounge at their infinity pool or grab drinks at the rooftop garden Bar.Yard, both of which overlook the verdant Lumphini Park.

Discover more at kimptonmaalaibangkok

Rakxa Bangkok

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Thailand is one of Asia’s best wellness destinations, and the truth is you don’t need to be on an isolated tropical island to enjoy a full-fledged retreat. Come December, Rakxa, an integrated wellness and medical retreat, will launch in Bangkok with the aim of becoming the ultimate refuge.

Nestled in the verdant island of Bang Krachao on the Chao Phraya River, the property offers comprehensive health and wellness programmes conceived by world-class medical doctors and traditional healing experts. From the Vitallife Scientific Wellness clinic to the Rakxa Gaya Medical gym, the hotel is intent in tailoring every experience to improve your wellbeing.

Discover more at rakxawellness.com

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