The Peninsula Hotel
At the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok, we stayed in the Terrace Suite that includes an incredible number of exclusive services; a welcome on arrival then drive through the passport control diplomatic channel to the luggage area and out to the waiting BMW with a private driver who serves you towels and water before driving you to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, you are ushered straight to your room and leave the formalities to your personal butler who will stay at your service during your stay.
The suite was huge with a complimentary bottle of champagne, fresh fruits and sweets. The terrace has a private Jacuzzi and is perfect for any occasion during the day and night. The highlight was the 180 degree view of the city. For me what makes the hotel so special, besides the friendly and kind service, is the location. To be right on the river is so special. There is nothing better than sitting on the terrace, watching the river activity and having a morning coffee or evening cocktail.
Breakfast was buffet at the River Cafe Terrace with freshly baked pastries, tea and coffee that was much better then what you usually get in hotels. There was an overwhelming variety of fresh fruit with one staff dedicated to just slicing the most sumptuous of Bangkok mangoes. We tried the three restaurants for dinner in the evenings; the Chinese food restaurant Mei Jiang, the Thai restaurant Thiptara and the buffet at the River Cafe (where breakfast is also served). The atmosphere and service at each of these venues was excellent.
The spa was clean, had great service and possibly the best therapist. The workout facility was not the biggest but did the job. I also liked using the spa facility in the locker room – a includes hot jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, steam room, and sauna. This was complimentary to all hotel guests. The pool is superb, long and thin with 3-4 interlinked pools, some overlooking a small garden, while other closer to the river. The sun stays in sight all day and there are plenty of loungers and a few cabanas. The pool staff was exceptionally attentive with continually supplying water, iced fruit drinks and ensuring you stay hydrated.
Finally the bar was bliss – a small but beautiful area looking out onto the Chao Phraya River, with a constant stream of tourist and commercial freight moving up and down it. It had a nice selection of top shelf liquor. Best deal is the Yamazaki Whisky.
Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.