Where an Unforgettable Thai Honeymoon Begins

If you are considering a honeymoon in Thailand, it is inevitable you’ll spend at least a couple nights in Bangkok….To make them worthy of your newlywed bliss, spend them at Siam Kempinski! Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group and for their first hotel in Thailand, they made a splash with arguably the nicest hotel in Bangkok. Built on the grounds of the Lotus Pond Palace, a former retreat for the king, the property retains a royal elegance in style and address (the current princess still living across the street in the Sa Pathum Palace!) The hotel is a true oasis in the city’s booming shopping and entertainment district. We enjoyed three glorious days here,  sleeping in one of the hotel’s coveted Duplex Suites, dining like royalty, and exploring Bangkok with the Kempinski concierge’s savvy recommendations….we are already dreaming of returning for an anniversary someday.

2 Duplex Suite-Siam Kempinski
No this is not the lobby, it is the first floor of our duplex suite! Our room was over 1,000 square feet and beautifully appointed with contemporary furnishings and modern art. There are 303 luxury rooms and suites but we couldn’t have been happier with our getaway.

3-duplex suite bedroom-siam kempinski
Ascending the staircase to our bedroom, we continued to swoon when we saw the fluffy white bed, glass bathroom, and love seat with chocolate cake and flowers waiting for us.

4-Duplex Suite Pool Access
Our favorite room feature was the patio with stairs directly into the hotel’s expansive salt water pool! To walk right out of your living room into a pool, swim under the fragrant frangipani trees, and return to your own private cabana-like space was heaven.

5-View Bangkok Kempinksi
VIP guests get access to the fabulous Executive Lounge on the 17th floor of the Royal Wing. It has plenty of business facilities, but for honeymooners like us we spent our time soaking up the tea time and complimentary cocktails and tapas. We began each evening on the balcony drinking to the sparkling views of Bangkok.

6-Brasserie Europa Kempinski
The next morning we went to the Brasserie Europa in the courtyard for their legendary Sunday Brunch with free flow champagne. The international selection of food was not only delicious but the setting was so serene with its tropical gardens and fountains.

7-Grand Palace Bangkok
The concierge gave us a solid list of what to see and do in Bangkok with the ultimate must-see being the Grand Palace. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy so the palace is not a relic but a fully functioning space for King Rama IX’s royal ceremonies. We took a tour of the 18th-century complex of temples, halls, courtyards, and residences and were amazed by the opulent Thai style.

8-Bangkok Canal Culture
Rivers and canals cut through the streets of Bangkok, functioning as lively secondary highways. A good portion of the city’s neighborhoods are only accessible by boat so Mike and I set out to explore these floating neighborhoods in a private long-tail boat. On our way back to the dock, we caught a breathtaking sunset over city’s iconic Wat Arun.

9-Hanuman Bar Kempinksi
We returned to the hotel and the Hanuman Bar’s glowing alabaster wall and cocktail list drew us in.  I had a Pink Lotus Martini with strawberry and peach liqueur and cream and Mike had a Macallan Single Malt, followed by a Cuban from Cigar Room 1897. Now that’s how to unwind at the end of a day!

10-Siam Paragon Shopping
Directly next door to the Kempinski lobby is the city’s finest shopping destination: Siam Paragon. In addition to Channel, Dior, and top retailers, the mall also has an IMAX theater and the Ocean World aquarium. For a true Thai shopping experience, be sure to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market or night markets such as those in Patpong, Khlong Thom and Saphan Phut.

11-Wat Pho Toes
To soak up a bit more history in this cultured metropolis, we went to the city’s biggest and oldest temple, Wat Pho. It’s most famous for being the birth-place traditional Thai massage and having this massive reclining Buddha. At 50-ft high x 141-ft long, this handcrafted work of art is impressive on so many levels–especially its mother-of-pearl toe prints!

12-Sra Bua Kempinski
For our final night at the hotel, we had a culinary treat like no other. Henrik Yde Andersen (whose Kiin Kiin restaurant in Denmark is currently the only Thai restaurant in the world holding a Michelin star) was the chef to open this absolutely delicious restaurant that takes classic Thai street food and elevates it to cutting-edge cuisine. Voted one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants of 2014, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin proved its accolades in food and style.

13-Sra Bua dessert
We ordered (from an iPad!) our multi-course meal with wine pairings and enjoyed traditional Thai dishes with a twist like Phad Thai with crab meat to unique nibbles like soy roasted cashew nut meringue. This a glimpse at our desert of passion fruit ice cream with condensed milk and kumquat and banana cake with salted ice cream and caramelized milk. Yum yum yum!

14-Sra Bua romantic dinner
If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury and service in Bangkok, Siam Kempinski should absolutely be your honeymoon retreat.

Much love,
Anne & Mike
HoneyTrek.com

Note: Siam Kempinski invited us to be their guests; however all opinions are our own.

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