If you think of Bangkok as merely a stopover before you race off to one of Thailand’s islands, the 299-room Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will turn that idea on its head. With its palm-fringed pools, multi-cuisine restaurants – among them Yu Ting Yuan, which has a Michelin star to its name – and a vibrant up-and-coming location that blends Bangkok old and new, this luxury resort is secreted away within the bustling city and makes that second flight feel redundant.
Where is Four Seasons Chao Phraya River?
Bangkok’s Riverside area – about 40 minutes from the airport – is less well-known than the popular tourist area of Sukhumvit but that’s what makes it so exciting to explore. Electric ferries can take you up and down the river to the Buddhist temples and centuries-old Portuguese community in Kudi Chin, to the art galleries and bars of the Creative District and Chinatown or the high-end megamall of IconSiam in mere minutes. The riverside location also means you get the odd breeze and a break from the relentless humidity.
The resort has 299 luxurious rooms with courtyard or riverfront views, including the three-room master suite on the 10th floor with its own infinity pool. In typical Four Seasons style everything works seamlessly, from the soft-touch, easy-to-use light and heating switches, to the multi-country power points and the option of a regular or overhead rain shower.
Restaurants and bars
The key restaurants are the Michelin-starred Yu Ting Yuan, the lively French Brasserie Palmier and the energetic Italian Riva Del Fiume, which is also the location for the lavish buffet breakfasts, including piles of pastries, cold meats and salad, omelettes, pancakes and soup stations. But the standout is the sumptuous Argentinean-style BKK Social Club with its Art Deco-inspired curves – it’s number 10 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2022 and serves tasty tapas-style snacks.
Travel for work
The property is equipped with a network of meeting rooms, conference spaces, grand ballrooms and outdoor terraces that can be configured in endless ways to suit the corporate traveller’s needs.
Spa and gym
Spanning more than 2500 square metres, the fitness and wellness centre includes a fully equipped gym, lap pool, nine treatment rooms, a nail salon and barber. Activities such as outdoor yoga, Muay Thai boxing and circuit training are offered daily.
What you need to know
The weekly complimentary Secrets of BKK Social experience is unmissable. Cocktail craftsman Philip Bischoff or one of his team presents miniature versions of three of the bar’s signature drinks – including the exquisite Evita and the Hand of God.
Best for: Couples, business travellers
Number of rooms: 299 rooms and suites
Rates: From THB13000
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: Complimentary valet parking
Address: 300/1 Charoen Krung Road, Sathorn, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 2 032 0888