Thirteenth-century Thai Buddhist architecture inspired by the ancient city of Sukhothai is melded with modern lines, peaked roofs, and white minimalism to create this stunning hotel. Buddha statues and domelike, brick stupa replicas (like those seen at local temples) sit in long, moatlike pools lined with giant urns, while magenta bougainvilleas tumble from bordering high ledges. The 82-foot infinity pool, surrounded by tropical gardens, is perfect for chilling out on a hot day. This is a haunt of the jet set, from politicians to celebrities, and everyone is dressed their best. But despite its grand size, the hotel exudes a feeling of balance and calm—thanks in no small part to its water gardens and tasteful decor. Dining is available at several celebrated restaurants, and late-night whiskey drinking can be had at the intimate Zuk Bar, with its finely carved golden fish on the ceiling. While centrally located, the hotel acts as a charming escape from Bangkok’s frenetic pace.
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The Sukhothai sits in the heart of an elegant embassy district where high-rises define the skyline around Lumphini Park, which is just a short stroll down the main drag of Sathon Thai Road. Across the way, Kai Thort jay Kee serves southern Thai fried chicken covered in a crispy layer of garlic—best eaten with a side of spicy papaya salad. The MRT light rail station is also conveniently located next to the park.
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Rooms: 210 rooms; from $140. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: While there are three highly regarded restaurants, plus a chocolate buffet, bars, and cafes, it should be every visitor’s duty to dine at Celadon and enjoy some of Bangkok’s finest Thai fare served with a lily pond view. Sunday brunch at Colonnade draws in the local elite and is as great for people-watching as it is for food. Spa and gym details: Spa Botanica is as luxurious as you’d expect; it offers a bevy of specialty treatments for men and some just for pregnant women. The health center has a range of equipment, and personal trainers are available. Tennis and squash courts are located on hotel grounds.
Who's it for: Glamorous international types and business travelers with an appreciation for architecture. Our favorite rooms: The garden suites take full advantage of the hotel’s calming water gardens, with terraces that seem to float over pastel lily ponds. Hit the trail: The hotel is a top spot for those needing a morning run: Lumphini Park is one of Bangkok’s best places for jogging. While there, runners should keep an eye out for giant monitor lizards.