250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Phone: 66 (0) 2649 8888
Guests could not get any closer to the heartbeat of a city than by staying at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit — this five-star Luxury Collection hotel is right where any visitor wishes to be, minutes away from most of the corporate headquarters as well as the city’s major cultural attractions.
Plus it has its own pedestrian sky bridge, which takes guests direct to the nearest Skytrain station as well as the subway and to one of Bangkok’s myriad shopping malls, Terminal 21. It’s the ideal stopover location, as well as the best base for a city escape.
Spoil yourself and book into one of the hotel’s Thai-themed suites, many of which come with their own tropical garden, while the dining options cater for most tastes — traditional Thai, international, Italian and one of the best brunches in town at the Living Room, Bangkok’s premier jazz venue.
For even further relaxation the Grande Spa is the obvious choice, with its selection of treatments which combine ancient wisdom and contemporary healing techniques, using a range of therapeutic spa products made from natural local ingredients. The hotel’s fitness club offers all the latest strength training and cardiovascular equipment and comes complete with steam room, Jacuzzi and sauna, while its free-form swimming pool is surrounded by the property’s lush tropical gardens.
International business travellers, couples and families from Europe and Australia, as well as local groups, couples and many from the expat communities of Singapore, Hanoi and Hong Kong.
Bangkok is always steamy, with a true tropical climate. However the rainy season, which runs from May to September, still enjoys plenty of sunshine (June is the wettest of all the months), while November to February is the driest period and is also peak tourist season.
While every type of massage from shiatsu to sports, stone to aromatherapy is available, so are a number of rituals which can last from 60 minutes to two hours, while there is a choice of day and half-day programmes too. For instance, the Sukhum Escape is more than four hours of steaming and scrubbing, anointing and massaging with a herbal compress, finished with a revitalising facial and energising foot massage. There is also, of course, a brief break for a healthy lunch.
On the other hand, the spa has a choice of express treatments including a tension release massage (which is good for jet-lag), a hydrotherapy treatment and a mini-facial — none lasting longer than 30 minutes, which allows plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.
Bangkok is one of the great cities of Asia — it is noisy,crowded, occasionally smelly and smoggy but always seriously exciting. It has more charm in just one of its small klongs than many a city has in its entirety. To experience it at its best, take to the Chao Phrya,the river of kings, and hire a long-tail boat — these vessels are sleek, elegant and fast. It’s the best way to see the wats, temples, markets and palaces.Do, however, try to visit the Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha. If you’re there at the weekend, a visit to Chatuchak market is an experience, for here you can buy anything from sneakers to snakes. But also slow down and enjoy a sundowner at one of the hotels along the river before returning to the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel Bangkok for one of the best traditional Thai meals.
Try the signature two-hour treatment, the Grande Therapeutic Luk Pra Kob. This authentic ritual uses the curative essential oil properties of a warm Luk Pra Kob herbal compress to help alleviate pain and inflammation, and merges it with the deep yet gentle Signature Grande Realignment Massage to release muscle tension. The treatment ends with a scalp massage for complete relaxation.