HONORS CIRCLE: THAILAND
Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok
78 Soi Tonson, Lumpini, Pathumwan District, Bangkok, Thailand
Taking its name after the traditional Thai floral garland draped over guests as a sign of welcome and respect, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok offers design-savvy travelers a home in the buzzing Langsuan neighborhood downtown. Centrally located with easy access to prime districts such as Sukhumvit and Silom, the high-rise property is just a short walk from Lumphini Park. Its elegant interiors by P49 Design exude a contemporary flair through a soothing palette of warm, organic materials; local crafts, handmade textiles, and whimsical pieces by Thai artists adorn both the public areas and private spaces.
The design of Kimpton Maa-Lai’s 362 rooms, suites, and serviced residences was inspired by the energy and creativity of the Thai capital. Guest quarters are generously proportioned (entry-level Deluxe Rooms measure in at 48 square meters), and travelers booked into any room category can expect bespoke bathroom amenities by HARNN, minibars stocked with bottled artisanal cocktails and local snacks, and a VIFA Nordic sound system. Triple-glazed windows keep out all street noise to ensure a good night’s sleep; suites also come equipped with intelligent Dyson hairdryers and organic linen pajamas made by Thai artisans.
Hungry gourmands can take their pick from a quartet of dining and drinking venues. CRAFT stocks an extensive range of local and international single-origin coffees and specialty blends, cocktails, and craft beer, while Ms.Jigger beckons with innovative concoctions and Italian cicchetti, which can be enjoyed inside a cozy lounge or on a spacious outdoor terrace. Stock.Room is a grocerant with cooking studios for private lessons and group classes; there are at least six pop-up food stalls serving up elevated street eats. Kitchens here present a variety of cheeses, fresh seafood, and made-to-order pasta. Perched on the hotel’s 40th floor, rooftop grill Bar.Yard specializes in farm-to-table comfort food and tropical drinks: come after dark to soak up the DJ beats while taking in panoramic views of Bangkok’s glittering cityscape.
Kimpton has teamed up with HARNN Heritage Spa and Biologique Recherche to create amaranth spa by HARNN, where travelers will have the chance to recharge with nature-inspired healing therapies that harness both Asian traditions and modern cosmetic techniques. They’ll also get to stay fit through high-intensity workout classes at the gym or by swimming laps in the outdoor infinity pool. Local guests who’d rather not leave their furry friends at home will be thrilled to know that the Kimpton is a pet-friendly hotel: four-legged companions can stay here at no extra cost.