In the heart of the city of Bangkok there lies a pearl. Elegant in its opulence, sophisticated in its décor, the resplendent 47 story St Regis Hotel at the prestigious Rajadamri road, reaffirms the Starwood Group’s world renowned luxury brand image and makes guests feel like royalty from the word go.
For Laveena’s birthday last year, I wanted to do something different. Very different. So I planned for us to travel to Italy and booked us at Padre Eligio’s “La Frateria”. A monastery built by Saint Francis in the 13th century.
While living at Bären – Das Gästehaus, we had daily adventure options ranging from cycling, horse riding, mountain biking, visits to cheese making factories and museums and of course long alpine walks. Other than for it’s mouthwatering Appenzeller cheese, this region is very well known among the Swiss for easy walks along breathtakingly beautiful high plateau paths and treks through the rich alpine flora to stunning summit points and lakes.
Located in the heart of Bangkok’s premier shopping and entertainment district lies a rare jewel of a hotel. A true Oasis with a resort like feel. A hotel which graces you with it’s sheer opulence the moment you walk into it’s grand lobby. The Siam Kempinski gives the word ‘luxury’ a new meaning and embraces you with every inch of the warmth of hospitality, Thailand is so well loved for.
In October of 2011 we visited the all-inclusive, exquisite Four Seasons tented camp in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, just South of Burma and west of Laos. We love the Four Seasons brand having experienced it in Bangkok, Kohsamui, ChiangMai, Chicago, Singapore, the Maldives and Mumbai and were not in the least bit worried about the service aspect of this adventure even though it was located in the infamous Golden triangle, once known for its opium trade. At the airport, we were greeted by the Four Seasons tented camp staff and were transported to the Ruak river where our magical journey to paradise began. From the moment the long tail boat set off along the muddy river toward the tented camp, we knew that this would be a holiday adventure like no other. The boat ride was a thrill in itself and as we went past the exquisite bamboo jungles, we began to see the camp tents in the distance, neatly tucked along the sides of a hill. Soon we reached our destination and were met by the super attentive and polite staff, so typical of the Four Seasons brand, who welcomed us with a drink at the Burma Bar, well-known for its stunning sunset views and amazing cocktails, often served in unique hand carved bamboo glasses.