Tel: + 66 2236 0421/00 66 2439 7613; www.mandarinoriental.com
Located on the Chao Phya River, with a koi carp lily pond and antiques this hotel has been host to literati history with writers and playwrights such as Conrad, Maugham and Coward. The hotel is part of a former family home with antiques and flowers. The masseuers are barefoot and other therapies are traditional Thai as well as modern western. There is a gym and pool in the main hotel.There are a number of restaurants and bars offering health Thai cuisine and low fat menus.
What the hotel says about itself:
In the words of Harpers & Queen Abroad 2003:
The spa epitomizes calm, traditional elegance. From the moment you discard your shoes at the door and are handed an iced flannel and a glass of cardamom tea, every aspect of the spa is designed to soothe the soul.
The Oriental Spa was the first of its kind in Asia and its still in a class of its own. It remains a temple of well-being for the many guests who indulge in its luxuries. Voted The Best Spa in the World by Travel & Leisure magazine, it is situated across the river from the hotel, in a traditional, Thai-style house of beautifully carved, golden teak wood.
As you enter this oasis of tranquillity, you will be taken aback by the soothing aroma that pervades the air. The serenity of the spa will calm your senses, in preparation for a myriad of beauty and relaxation treatments performed by professionals in the privacy of your own luxurious suite. Like the ever popular Oriental Massage, the Jet Lag Recovery Treatment or the Oriental Herbal Pack.
The Oriental Spa is a favourite with our VIP guests, such as HRH Crown Prince Frederick, George Bush, Earl Spencer, Boris Becker, Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan and Goldie Hawn. Run by charming spa expert Ms Orawan Choeysawat, it continues to attract guests from around the world, who acclaim it for providing the ultimate rejuvenating experience for body, mind and soul.
The Oriental Spa is open from 7:00am-10:00pm daily.
For reservations or enquiries, please call +66 (2) 439 7613 or email to: email@example.com