Many of Thailand’s ‘Firsts’ Happen at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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Limousine service, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Limousine service, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Traditional Thai style with a modern twist. This could easily characterize the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand’s first luxury hotel, if it weren’t for its fervent emphasis on superior service and wellness.

The 339-room gem maintains a three-to-one staff/guest room ratio and private butler service in all rooms. A fleet of BMW limousines, each sporting an IPod Touch for music, entertainment and restaurant recommendations, are ready to whisk groups around the city. This balance between personal and tech touches also seeps into the hotel’s wellness offerings.

A restored, century-old golden teak house festoon with Siamese aesthetics marks the spot where the 21,000-sf Oriental Spa became the first hotel spa in Bangkok. Here, the Chao Phraya River may divide the spa from the hotel, but Thailand’s 2,000 year-old teachings merge seamlessly with modern philosophies in 14 treatment rooms and suites.

Groups can meditate, practice yoga and dive into a three-day long Ayurveda course with mind, body and spirit treatments. Two essential spa experiences include organic cuisines, said to help restore balance and energy, and Bangkok’s only rhassoul bath, based on ancient Moroccan health and beauty methods that combine the elements—heat, water, earth and air—to create a feeling of overall well being.

The spa adds momentum to the newly rolled out “Beauty by Mandarin Oriental” initiative, which gives groups the opportunity to try a range of anti-aging treatments in one of four newly added beauty suites.

“The hotel has achieved many outstanding firsts in the hospitality industry throughout its 138-year history,” says Amanda Hyndman, general manager, adding that the use of plant stem cells—featuring 70 percent natural soluble collagens—and bio-electric technology is the first of its kind in As

At the Thai Cookery School, groups of up to 15 can learn learn how to create sensational Thai meals while gaining insights into the country’s culture and traditions. The curriculum is hands-on and customizable, exposing groups to the traditional taste senses of Thai cuisine: salty, sweet, sour and bitter.

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