Mandarin Oriental: an epitome of Asian luxury


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Detail of the Mandarin Oriental Lobby. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is among the list of luxury hotels that never ceases to impress you. Starting from its driveway doubles garden to the marble and teak atrium room with the remarkable birdcage chandeliers to the plush rugs makes everything is just so dreamlike. The neighborhood of the hotel still retains the old-world charm along with bright colors and some delicious street food.

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has been greeting visitors for nearly 140 years. In the middle of the 19th century, a rest house for international sailors was founded on the shores of the river presently named as Chao Phraya River. It ended up being one of the world’s best resorts: The Oriental, which burnt down in 1865.

A number of years later on, a partnership of Danish captains opened a substitute hotel as well as with the opening of the brand-new River Wing, upon 1876 as the official establishment day of the Oriental Hotel, now Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. It was the very first deluxe hotel in the Kingdom of Siam.

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Entrance to the Oriental Arcade. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental is known for hosting legendary authors and introducing them to the hotel’s narrative. Its location on the calm shores of the Chao Phraya River has been an inspiration for many writers.

John le Carré completed The Honourable Schoolboy (#ad) during his visit at The Oriental; W. Somerset Maugham wrote about his fight with malaria while lodging at The Oriental in The Gentleman in the Parlour (#ad); and Barbara Cartland called one of the celebrities in Sapphires in Siam (#ad) after an Oriental staff member.

Joseph Conrad, the sea skipper and author, was a frequent visitor to the bar of The Oriental, Vaslav Nijinsky danced in the ballroom in 1916 and dramatist and also actor Noël Coward cherished the memories of his preferred cocktail venue. Jim Thompson, the silk king, was the in-residence Director of The Oriental Hotel, and Graham Greene has a suite named in his honor.

The Prince of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, The Queen of Sweden, Audrey Hepburn, and also Marlon Brando are a few of the people that have called Mandarin Oriental Bangkok their “home-away-from-home”.

The rooms and suites are elegantly refined and sumptuously designed combining elegant Thai style with seductive modern touches, enjoying each of the rooms and suites its own distinct character. The rooms are decorated in teak wood furnishings and Thai silk. There is a total of 368 rooms, most with river views and 44 elegant and spacious suites featuring high ceilings and breathtaking views, with private butler service, including the most celebrated Authors’ Suites which pay homage to traditional Thai style, historic influences, and famous authors.

The two-floor Authors’ Wing, the only remaining structure of the original 19th-century resort, comprises suites named after Joseph Conrad, Noël Coward, Somerset Maugham, and James Michener. The River Wing has deluxe two-bedroom suites named after previous guests or celebrities linked with the hotel including Barbara Cartland, Gore Vidal, Graham Greene, John le Carré, Wilbur Smith, Jim Thompson, and Norman Mailer.

The Spa & Wellness offer is one-of-a-kind with 15 treatment rooms and suites, Yoga sessions varying from group classes to individual lessons, two outdoor swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with full strength and cardio training machines, sauna and steam with classes and private training, One floodlit multi-purpose sports court offering basketball, volleyball, and futsal, and one tennis court.

Besides, the hotel delivers some special leisure offerings like a Thai Cooking school and Thai Cultural programs.

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Entrance to the Author’s Lounge. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

The gastronomic offer is comprised of Nine restaurants and bars that offer guests of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok an array of the finest cuisines. Dine by the river at Lord Jim’s, a Seafood restaurant; The Verandah, BBQ specialties at The Riverside Terrace All-day dining; Sala Rim Naam; and Le Normandie.

The hotel hosts one of the most reputable restaurants in Bangkok, Le Normandie, acclaimed for its sophisticated French cuisine, has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars in the opening Michelin Guide of Bangkok. Executive Chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier creates French dishes with imagination and exquisite flavor at this remarkable spot. The restaurant itself is designed to embrace high society elegance and reflects its Royal patronage with stunning views of the Chao Phraya River.

Also, Rim Naam ( ริมน้ำ), which can be roughly translated by “riverside”, both the Sala Rim Naam ( ศาลาริมน้ำ), offering a delicious choice of traditional Thai dishes and the Terrace Rim Naam ( ระเบียงริมน้ำ), serving popular Thai favorites dishes and seasonal specialties with spectacular river views.

Enjoy delicious Italian dining at Ciao offering an al-fresco exceptional dining experience; The Bamboo Bar, a landmark that personifies the spirit of both The Oriental Hotel and Bangkok’s rich history thru their Jazz and cocktails offer; have an elegant afternoon tea at The Authors’ Lounge; and China House, Chinese flavors served in a 1930s Shanghai setting.

Also, be delighted with signature pastries at the Mandarin Oriental Shop and Fine cigars and a relaxed atmosphere in the sophisticated Cigar Lounge.

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Fantastic SPA, great GYM, big swimming pool, and superb Bamboo bar. Don’t miss the Oriental boutique carrying beautifully crafted items. Dining at Le Normandie is an experience of one-in-a-kind.