Been There, Done That

STARTING DATE: 3 Oct 2019

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TOTAL UPDATE: 36 STORIES

Bangkok Post's weekly hotel reviews.

Been There, Done That
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9 Jul 2020

Tower Club at lebua

Despite its international fame, I'd never been to this award-winning property housed in the iconic skyscraper crowned with a golden dome, and never felt I missed out on anything. Recently, however, I visited the hotel on the first day it resumed operation and realised I was wrong all along. This place has a few things unlike any other. On its reopening day, for example, its restaurant guests were asked to pay whatever they felt like. Surprisingly, it turned out none of the 100 or so guests paid less than the prices listed on the menu. Proceeds of 421,843 baht then went to charities.

9 Jul 2020
Tower Club at lebua
2 Apr 2020

Samet Ville Resort

Three weeks before the lockdown, having cancelled a trip to Japan, I decided to use my leave days at Ao Wai instead. This beach on Koh Samet of Rayong Province is one of my all-time favourites. Over the past 25 years, I've visited Ao Wai numerous times. Unlike most beaches on the island, this peaceful haven has only one resort. Somehow, I've never written about it until now.

2 Apr 2020
Samet Ville Resort
26 Mar 2020

Fa Chom Kluen

The accommodation offers 110 rooms including pool access rooms and Family Suites that can accommodate up to 12 guests.

26 Mar 2020
Fa Chom Kluen
19 Mar 2020

Chiva-Som

The multiple-award-winning international health resort was named Best Destination Spa for the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2020. As with my previous visit two years ago, soon after check-in I attended the compulsory consultation session in which I was told to choose a goal for my stay. The consultant then scheduled the treatments and activities I needed to achieve it. My simple goal was relaxation. The day I left the resort, it was a mission delightfully accomplished.

19 Mar 2020
Chiva-Som
12 Mar 2020

The Empire Residence Nimman

The property has been open for six years. It offers 72 rooms including 56 Superior rooms (34m²), eight Deluxe rooms (47m²) and eight Super Deluxe rooms (65m²). The biggest type of room also has a dining area and kitchenette.

12 Mar 2020
The Empire Residence Nimman
5 Mar 2020

Home Ayutthaya

During a work trip to Ayutthaya, I looked for decent accommodation with a river view that was not only affordable but also worthy of recommendation. This place, 2.5km from the western boundary of Ko Muang (the city island where the historical park is located) fit the bill. It has only five rooms. I was lucky there was one available for me that day.

5 Mar 2020
Home Ayutthaya
20 Feb 2020

Cacha Bed Old Town Hotel Bangkok

The hotel is housed in a building that originally belonged to Prince Krom Luang Pichit Preechakorn, one of King Rama IV's sons and the country's first president of the Supreme Court. The century-old architecture was constructed not long after Charoen Krung Road was completed. It sits near the point where the Sam Yot city gate once stood. This is a convenient and stylish base for those wishing to explore this old part of Bangkok.

20 Feb 2020 1
Cacha Bed Old Town Hotel Bangkok
13 Feb 2020

My Beach Resort Phuket

Standing on the white Cape Panwa beach, this modern hotel keeps vacationers away from chaotic crowds in downtown Phuket and boasts breathtaking views of the turquoise Andaman Sea.

13 Feb 2020 1
My Beach Resort Phuket
6 Feb 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

With its major renovation completed, the 5-star property has strengthened its position as a leader in this part of Sukhumvit. All the rooms and suites have been refreshed. My suite entitled me access to the Executive Lounge on the 16th floor, where tea, coffee and snacks are served at no extra charge all day.

6 Feb 2020
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok
30 Jan 2020

Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai

Situated on a 30 rai plot of land near the foothills of Doi Suthep, the property features 69 rooms including six plunge pool pavilions and a pool villa. The resort, which has been operating for a decade, has recently renovated some rooms and facilities.

30 Jan 2020
Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai