Compared to some of the more exotic Banyan Tree resorts, Banyan Tree Bangkok has a tougher time creating the ‘away from it all’ resort experience. Smack right in the middle of the Thai Capital, can Banyan Tree Bangkok deliver the high standards expected of all Banyan Tree properties as well as its promise to be the oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Bangkok? Follow us as we embark on the urbanite version of the Banyan Tree experience!
Banyan Tree Bangkok – Location, Location, Location
Frequent visitors to the Thai Capital will know the convenience that comes with locating oneself in the Sathon and Silom area in the city. Banyan Tree Bangkok is well placed in the relaxed Sathon neighbourhood and it only takes a 10-minute walk to get to the popular Silom area.
Banyan Tree Bangkok is just 45 to 60 minutes (35 kilometres) and 30 – 45 minutes (28 kilometres) from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) airport as well as Don Mueang Airport (DMK) by car, van or hotel limousine respectively. We got to enjoy Tuk Tuk service from the hotel lobby to BTS Saladaend Station (5 minutes away) & MRT Lumpini Station (10 minutes) which basically connects us to anywhere you need to go. For anywhere else, we can always fall back on our Grab app or can simply request for a taxi at the hotel reception.
Banyan Tree Bangkok – Hotel Check-In
If you are staying at the Serenity Club Rooms, One Bedroom Suite, Spa Sanctuary or Two Bedroom Suites, you will enjoy the privilege of doing your check in at the 19th floor Club Lounge.
As always, Banyan Tree check-ins are warm and highly efficient. We were offered welcome drinks, snacks, as well as a fragrant garland which helps to calm us down from our journey and got us ready to embrace all that the hotel has to offer. Before we know it, we were guided to our room with our luggage on their way!
Banyan Tree Bangkok – The Room
There are 325 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites ranging from Horizon, Oasis Retreat, Serenity Club, One and Two Bedroom Suites, Spa Sanctuary Suites to Presidential Suite. All the rooms are tastefully designed to showcase the essence of Thai heritage fused with modern amenities to pamper the senses. Banyan Tree is famed for their thoughtfulness and attention to details. From check in to the moment we stepped into the room, everything has been so personally addressed.
Located on the 56th floor, our 48 square metres Serenity Club room with King size bed offers a spacious and relaxing hideaway from the noise and distractions from the streets below.
Right across the bed are comfortable couches to laze around, watch tv or catching up on some reading before heading out to the streets.
The rooms offer 2 different views of the city – stunning views of the Bangkok skyline or the Chao Phraya River. We went for the latter so we can wake up to the magnificent view of the mighty Chao Phraya River meandering across the city in the distance.
The room also comes with a bathtub completed with bath salts and lotions to melt away aches from retail and sightseeing adventures at the end of the day.
Other than being able to check in at the Club Lounge, our Serenity Club Room also allowed us to enjoy our complimentary buffet breakfast, non-alcoholic refreshments, light snacks, and free-flow of local beer at the Club Lounge. We can also enjoy complimentary use of the boardroom for up to three hours per stay which is great if you are planning for a corporate retreat.
Banyan Tree Bangkok – Wine & Dine
There are numerous wine and dine options available in the hotel. Located 61 storeys above the bustling streets of Bangkok, the famous al fresco Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar serve a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city with its delicious food and drinks menu.
Ditch the old concept of just chilling out over cocktails, a full course dinner at Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar offer a whole new dining experience that is worth every penny.
Signature Banyan Tree restaurant Saffron offers innovative Thai cuisine and Southeast Asian specialties.
But before you get started on dinner, loosen up with an evening cocktail, live band and take in the stunning view of metropolitan Bangkok at Saffron Sky Garden on the sky deck on the 52nd floor.
There is also a Japanese restaurant Taihei that serves fine Japanese dining as well as teppanyaki with a view as well as Bai Yun, an innovative nouvelle Chinese cuisine restaurant on the 59th floor. Romsai combines sleek and contemporary with delicious international culinary delights. Goodies provide a full range of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, deli products, pastry & bakery items and ice creams. Apsara is the hotel’s elegant teak rice barge operating along the mighty Chao Phraya river, with dining and drinks cruises. Lobby Lounge for high tea and snacks in an elegant setting. Juice Bar offers tasty light snacks and a good variety of beverages and energizing fresh juices.
Of course, not forgetting the sumptuous breakfast you wake up to every morning.
You can choose to dine indoors with the lush greenery as your backdrop
or embrace nature and dine at the beautifully curated outdoor garden.
Banyan Tree Bangkok – Spa & Gallery
Despite being a relatively ‘urban’ Banyan Tree, Banyan Tree Spa strives to help you detach from the surrounding built-up environment by offering one of the city’s most luxurious spa experiences with a total of 16 well-appointed treatment rooms spanning three levels from the Spa reception at the 21st floor to the 19th floor. You will be cleansed of all earthly worries after you make your way through this mini bamboo woods.
Indulge in signature spa packages, rejuvenating massages and pampering beauty and hair treatments delivered by Banyan Tree Spa’s professionally trained therapists. As the pioneer of the tropical garden setting, Banyan Tree Spa focuses on the ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the use of natural ingredients.
Banyan Tree Gallery complements the experience as a socially responsible tourism retailer, offering apparel, handicrafts, eco-friendly products, furnishings, jewelry, and Spa-inspired collection.
Banyan Tree Bangkok – Pool & Other Facilities
We spent so many hours chilling out at our Banyan Tree Bintan Resort pool but I am afraid we could not dedicate the same amount of time to Banyan Tree Bangkok beautiful pool. There is just so much to see and do in Bangkok city!
Nevertheless, we spent a relaxing morning soaking in the pool before checking out for the airport.
Overall, the ‘urban’ version of Banyan Tree experience did not disappoint. The service level as always is impeccable and we were really impressed by the additional efforts put in place to make us feel they are in a relaxing resort rather than smacked right in the busy heart of the Thai capital. Banyan Tree Bangkok is one of the rare gems for folks who demand both a relaxing resort experience while embracing urban indulgence on the same getaway.
For reservations, please contact Banyan Tree Reservations at: +66 (0) 2679 1200. One–stop reservations at the best rates can be made on their award-winning website banyantree.com