Designed by Hong Kong–based André Fu, the hotel delivers chic, bright interiors done up in a muted palette punctuated by touches of teal and rose gold.
From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.
Waldorf Astoria’s first foray into Southeast Asia occupies 10 floors of a gleaming new condo tower in Bangkok’s buzzy Ratchaprasong district. Designed by Hong Kong–based André Fu, the hotel delivers chic, bright interiors done up in a muted palette punctuated by touches of teal and rose gold. Intricately crafted Art Nouveau elements nod to the brand’s rich heritage and its New York roots, while local motifs and materials like silk and teakwood place the hotel firmly in the Thai capital.
The same design approach extends to the 171 rooms, which feature dark woods, marble-clad bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club—a rare patch of green in Bangkok’s concrete jungle. With six restaurants and bars, the hotel is a dining destination on its own right.
On the ground floor, Noma alumna Fae Rungthiwa Chummongkhon helms the kitchen at Front Room, where her team serves up exquisitely plated Nordic-Thai tasting menus. Ten floors up, the upper lobby level hosts Peacock Alley (a Waldorf Astoria signature) and The Brasserie, an all-day dining restaurant. Crowning it all off are The Loft, Bull & Bear, and The Champagne Bar—a trio of ritzy restaurants on levels 55 to 57 that offer tasty tipples and solid American fare.
66-2/8468888; waldorfastoria.com; doubles from US$258.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Waldorf Astoria Bangkok”).