The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok

The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Siam Hotel a different Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  One of the many jewels of our last visit to Bangkok, was without a doubt our two nights stay at the picture perfect The Siam Hotel. A hotel which holds  a very special feeling to me, having seen it evolve from day one till final completion and full operation, and know many of the people involved in the project. But still I went through our stay with a very critic and avid eye, true to my commitment to all of you my followers. The first question I think raises when you even think to stay at this property, is WHY should I stay at a hotel located so far from the traditional attractions and happening of Bangkok. And to my surprise this exact question is the one the management use as their strength, The Siam brings to you a different Bangkok. Serene, lush in natural beauty, yet quite simple are the nouns to describe this hotel.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comLet’s begin from what I love about this property. First of all the hotel has been designed and curated to perfection. From the furniture, textures, scents, art and concept to the mere detail. The Siam is the newest addition to, and crown jewel of, the growing portfolio of independently owned and operated properties that make up Sukosol Hotels (part of the Sukosol Group). The concept was created together with globally acclaimed architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s ‘Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People’.  Muted colour scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals has been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone, not to mention sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThis hotel gets together many key and well respected names in the Hospitality Industry, Sukosol Family, Bill Bensley and the globally renown for his successful proven background Jason Friedman – General Manager. Imprint you can sense, see and experience during your stay.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe outdoor pool at The Siam Hotel, the Riverside-Infinity-Pool, with luxuriant sex-appeal invites you after a day exploring the “City of Smiles” to a dip in their 22m x 3.5m infinity pool overlooking the Chao Phraya, River of Kings. 

We were hosted at one of the 16 spacious Siam Suites feature oversized King beds, double wardrobes, luggage racks and sinks, deep bathtubs, separate walk-in showers plus Art Deco-style living rooms ideal for leisurely breakfasts and afternoon tea. All uniquely themed Siam Suites are located on two floors in the Main Residence adjacent to the spa, with convenient access to our gym, library and meeting room. Ideal for solo travelers or couples and anything but ordinary. Suite Rates are inclusive of: Breakfast in the restaurant (which during our stay wasn’t and it felt like a trap, thus hotel location, so glad they modified this). Complimentary WiFi property wide. Butler service. Private boat shuttle between hotel & Saphan Taksin central pier. I must emphasize that the mattresses are beyond words, rivaling the so renown Four Seasons ones.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comYou may also opt to stay at one of their Pool Villas or for the ultimate in memorable experiences, succumb to the Siamese charm of their unique abode, Connie’s Cottage.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Spa was not yet fully operational, so unfortunately we were not able to experience this. The Opium Spa, features a Hamman and exclusive Sodashi therapies and spa products that not only regenerate the skin, but also impart a profound sense of wellbeing to spirit and mind. The fitness center is state-of-the-art which even embraces the traditional Thai sport “Muay Thai”.
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Breakfast and lunches outdoors set within a cluster of three, century-old Thai teakwood houses which were once part of antique dealer and OSS agent Connie Mangksau’s home, was always a treat, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Tthis hallowed venue entertained global glitterati the likes of Jackie Kennedy, John Rockerfeller, Roger Moore, William Holden and Henry Ford to name but a few. Now dinner at the Chon Thai Restaurant, was not right for us. We found the food to be soulless, the menu to be overpriced and away from the traditional, home-cooked Thai cuisine style they promote.
Now you will say, Carlos, you haven’t answered the initial question yet… Location Location Location. Well it took me a while to process and get my own point straight. As many of you know, I am not stranger to Bangkok, and thus I truly appreciated being remote, secluded in relaxation. We were not the typical tourist looking to go to the Grand Palace, nor Patpong, China Town, etc… we were happy to stay at the hotel to relax and be pampered, and for that we enjoyed it, BUT the fact that we didn’t enjoyed the restaurant was an issue, bringing us to areas like Silom every night, fact that not even with their schedule luxury speedboat to the BTS Skytrain at Saphan Taksin Bridge, just 25 minutes away, could solve.
The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe Siam is located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Praya River, at the base of Krung Thon Bridge in historic Dusit district. This area is home to all of Bangkok’s must-see cultural sights. Vimanmek Teak Palace Museum and Dusit Zoo are 5 minutes away by car and a boat ride to the Grand Palace takes just 15 minutes. So if you chose to experience this, or take a slow pace visit to Bangkok, then you will be right in heaven. Ideal for those looking to relax, for those looking to guard their privacy. Now if you are a first timer to Bangkok, well then make a list of your priorities and if staying at small luxury property which reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V, with Art Deco accents is one of them, then you are on the right path to a great experience. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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HANSAR Bangkok

HANSAR Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  During our last visit to Thailand, only a few weeks ago, we have the chance to experience and enjoy our  lovely Vertigo Suite at the HANSAR Bangkok. I would describe it in a few words as Sweden meets Japan in the heart of one of Bangkok premium locations. Suites are steeped in modern comfort and amenities, contemporary yet timeless in style and adorned in Jim Thompson silk. HANSAR in sanskrit translates as Happiness and Joy, taking its inspiration from Thai culture and from the lively and generous spirit of the Thai people.
HANSAR is meant to be enjoyed, experienced and rediscovered each visit. Wireless internet is free in throughout all guestrooms and public areas, fresh exotic thai fruit is waiting in your room upon arrival, your mini-bar is complementary and replenished daily, bath salts and flowers welcome you to enjoy our custom Terrazo tubs, spacious suites and incredible down bedding beckon back from wherever your day takes you.


Surprising spaces unfold in this 82 sqm Vertigo Suite with king bed cantilevered over the city, which will leave you dizzy with delight. Enter the expansive separate lounge with designated work and living space, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with contemporary artefacts that celebrate Thai design ingenuity, a sophisticated work desk with Wifi and a comfortable lounge space complete with flatscreen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Dual dressing areas and vanity, glass-walled rainshower with city view and Terrazzo bathtub.

Unfortunately, since we were just connecting overnight in Bangkok, to head to our next destination, the Golden Triangle, we only got to spend one full day and night at HANSAR. Therefore we were not able to try their Luxsa Spa nor any of their restaurants. But we did, indeed, tried their Pool & Fitness Center.

Take a break at the sky-bound infinity-edge swimming pool and Jacuzzi on the eighth floor, offering changing facilities with steam rooms. Take a deep breath and dive in, slicing into cool waters as the sounds of the city disappear. Or, just while the hours away on a comfortable lounger on the spacious wooden deck marveling at these serene surrounds set high above the bustling city below.  The perfect Bangkok morning could begin with a session of yoga in the fitness centre on the eighth floor – balance and stretch as your body awakens to the new day. Or, plug in your favourite tunes and crank up the speed to log a few miles on the treadmill as you look out onto the green surrounds of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Keep up with your fitness regime no matter what your schedule – in true Hansar style.

Comments about HANSAR are: I was not too crazy about the Lobby Concept. Although I do like the outdoor Bellmen’s Desk, the design of the ground floor and the main lobby are a bit confusing to me. It makes all feel smaller and dark. We were quite impressed the following morning, when we checked out at 6AM in the morning, when we got to our transfers to the domestic airport, we had two bags with our breakfasts packed to go. Kudos for that.
Above the view from our suite, overlooking the private golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Location wise, could not be better, off Rajdamri Road, Lumpini and one block away from the BTS SkyTrain. Also the HANSAR Bangkok is only steps away from the Four Seasons Bangkok and the St Regis. A teaser for many more future stays at HANSAR Bangkok. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand

GPS Carlos Melia two AMAZING weeks in Thailand  |  And we are back in New York, after spending two AMAZING weeks in Thailand, planning and producing Rubin Singer‘s Fashion Shows in Bangkok and Koh Samui. Always a treat to spend time in Thailand, a country I carry close to my heart and always draws a BIG smile in my face. So many old and new friends there, could not be happier. On this trip, my fifth time in Thailand, we visited and spent time in Bangkok, Golden Triangle and Koh Samui. OMG so many photos and videos to share, that will take me forever, therefore I decided to do this summary of our time there. You can read more on the individual posts I have been doing pre/post and will do after our stay at the category Thailand. (photo above at the Four Seasons Koh Samui, where we were hosted for a full relaxing day having spa treatments and lunch at the beach)

Again the main reason of our visit were Rubin Singer’s Fashion Shows, and you can see the videos above/below courtesy of L’Officiel TV. Also lots of live footage on the following links: Lifestyle at its premium combining Carlos Melia’s Luxury Travel and Experiences, and Rubin Singer’s Haute Couture.

Here I will share with you all, an image summary of all the highlights of this trip. And always remember that if you want to travel like I do, stay tuned, because in no time you will be able to join me on Haute Experiences around the globe. Coming Soon 2013.
If you know a bit of me already, you know that the TOP 01 highlight of my trip, was to spend time at the Four Seasons Tented Camp with TongKan . This time not only I renewed my Mahout License, but also got to try a whole new experience ” Elephant Polo“.  Please also take a few minutes to watch the video interview I did with LIVE interview with John Roberts – Director at Golden Triangle Asian Elephants Foundation. Please like their facebook pages, help me spread the word about them worldwide and show your support to their amazing work taking the elephants out of the streets of Thailand. As I always say, living with the elephants, one of the TOP 05 Travel Experiences in the entire world, and trust me, I have been around.
Meet new friends, and spend time with old ones, without a doubt is my way to experience a destination. See it through the eyes of the locals. So both Rubin and I, made sure to save lots of time for this. Either close friends or work acquaintances, all made a difference on our last visit. Some of them deserve a special mention for their incredible support:
Nicholas Downing – General Manager at W Retreat Koh Samui. You and your staff went above and beyond to make sure that both Rubin and I were comfortable, taken care off and that the VIP Fashion Show was a total success. This can only be matched, by the beauty of your property and Koh Samui. For this we will always be thankful and we cannot wait to see you again. THANK YOU. !!!
Entire team at L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, in particular to Khun Kusuma Chaiyaporn – Publisher and Editor in Chief, Ali Ziani – Managing Partner, and the fabulous and talented Surachai Saengsuwan – Photographer at L’Officiel Thailand. Without your support, this would have not been possible. Looking forward to many more collaborations in the near future. And BTW I got to wear my brand new Rubin Singer original tuxedo from his men’s collection 2013, which made the comments and gossip of the evening.
Nicola Chilton – PR Director Asia and Pacific for Four Seasons, you ARE the best. You, your team and Vikas Akora, manage to create and deliver life changing experiences. Always a pleasure and honor to work with Four Seasons Thailand. Lunches and meetings of the minds, over focaccia and wine, at Biscotti is always a must during my visits.
But this time the highlight was to play Rubin Singer dress up with you and Jeninne Lee St John – Features Editor for Travel + Leisure Asia. Your face, smile and jumping said it all. BTW I will not get tire to say, YOU LOOK AMAZING on the red gown, it has your name written all over it.
Sorry if I am boring you guys with all this mentions, but all this people are so amazing and supportive, that are worth the mentions. Molly Linton, no need to tell you anything. You know how special you and Lulu are to us, and we love you. Sorry we didn’t get to spend more time together. Happy to see you grow, and looking forward to having you soon in New York. For the record everyone, we never planned to wear the same color, it is just FASHION.. ha ha ha.
Facebook tales of Koh Samui. In Spanish we say …” Dios los cria, y el viento los amontona…”  (aka. God makes them and the devil takes them ) ha ha ha. The world is small enough, but certainly Facebook has made it even smaller. Robbie and Auris, great to randomly seeing you guys at W Retreat Koh Samui, and spending the afternoon drinking sake at the beach and at our villa.
We were on TOP of Bangkok. We enjoyed great meals, hotel stays, time with friends, work experiences and more than one occasion, shirtless ha ha ha. The pool at The OKURA Prestige Hotel on the 25th floor, overlooking the skyline of Bangkok, was without a doubt our playground for a few days. IF you are afraid of heights, WARNING….
I finally got Rubin to ride on the Tuk-Tuks for a true Bangkok experience. Stay away from the traffic and get a raw, down and real take on Bangkok. Both share our passion for Thai Cuisine and we certainly have plenty of it, never enough, but plenty indeed. Whether it is chic and fancy or raw and street food, we always enjoy a great noodle soup, Pad Thai or Tom Yum soup.
There were plenty of special moments, but if I would have to pinpoint two, would be: (1). Our romantic dinner at Four Seasons Tented Camp in full northern Lanna Thai cuisine style, with the sounds of the Mekong River overlooking a clear sky in the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
The (2). would have to be the dinner hosted by L’Officiel Magazine at the iconic Blue Elephant Restaurant & Cooking School. There we enjoyed traditional Thai dishes with a modern twist and got to meet to new friends, the sexy and bubbly Sandra Steppe – Manager co-owner at Blue Elephant and the edgy, funny and avant-garde Joy Pudaite from Mumbai, India.
Rubin Singer’s visit and events in Thailand were a total success, and thanks to the collaboration with W Retreat Koh Samui, it look sexier than ever complimented by the beautiful views of the Gulf of Thailand.
Got to spend my GLAM time among models, stylists, make-up artists, editors and celebrities. Among a few were: actress Min Peechaya Wattanamontree and the glamorous and beautiful Mai Davika. She looked taken from a classic Hollywood movie S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G

I even got a few flashbacks from my beauty pageant past together with fomer Ms Thailand International 2009 – Khum Chutima Chantelle Durongdej. Royalty represented.!!! Former Ms Thailand International 2009 and former Mr Gay International 2008 give their royal greetings
The journey is over, and I look back and have so many amazing memories to share and include to my travel groups to Thailand. This is just a hint of the way I travel, and the kind of travel experiences we create for our guests at Haute Experiences. Want to join next ?
Light a lantern and sent it with my wishes to the sky, and I made sure that one of them is to return to Thailand very very soon. Thank you to every single one that made this trip possible. As I always say, trips should be life experiences, with a introduction, climax and ending, and indeed that was the case. Till next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Special THANKS to all those who made possible this trip, in no particular order: Four Seasons Thailand, ETIHAD Airways, W Retreat Koh Samui, Thai Airways, Hansar Bangkok, The Siam, The Okura Prestige, W Bangkok, L’Officiel Magazine, Surachai Saengsuwan, Mercedes-Benz, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere Vodka and of course Rubin Singer.
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Other special mentions that I don’t want to omit of forget are to: Sipim Sugunnasil – PR Director at SIAM Kempinski Bangkok. Always looking RAVISHING and sophisticated. Thank you for joining us and your support.
Nick and the entire team at W Bangkok. They opened their doors only a few month ago and I strongly recommend it as a must stay experience in Bangkok. We spent our last two day there and LOVED IT.
Nicolas Gygi – Public Relations Executive at HANSAR Bangkok, hosted us at the stunning Vertigo Suite off Rajdamri Road. Looking forward to working together closely in the future.
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Hotel Check IN W Bangkok

Hotel Check IN W Bangkok   |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Set in the pulsating heart of Bangkok, surrounded by spicy street markets, vibrant nightlife, and top shops and restaurants. Last night we Checked IN at the stunning sexy and chic W Bangkok. I was not expecting much to be honest, since the hotel just opened four month ago, but I must say the this property has just jumped to my TOP 05 favorite properties in Bangkok. W Bangkok radiates with electric energy. It is sultry inspiring debauchery on its very own Thai style. We are being hosted at the W version of the Presidential Suite, which looks taken out of a premium Gucci store. We just love the style, design, and panoramic views of Bangkok.

W Bangkok is the new playground of ambassadors, jet setters and fashionistas, a hot destination by the coolest shopping and dining. 407 rooms, you’re dreaming sweet in the signature W bed, or lazing in plush bathrobes as you enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment and fully wired technology. The only thing I am not crazy about so far are the bed linens, the feel very stiff.
Our Presidential Suite is S-I-C-K and my favorite rooms are the bar/lounge area and the bathroom. We are located on the 31st floor and have fabulous views of Bangkok.
Same classics as any other W Hotel & Retreat Worldwide, W Bangkok offers SWEAT Fitness Center, WET Pool and Pool Bar, WOOBAR located at the lobby bar and Kitchen Table. At the moment AWAY Spa is not open, but will be coming soon. This morning we had breakfast at Kitchen Table,  main breakfast lounge located on the 2nd floor and was both a great room and a with many options from Thai to Continental.
I love the contrast between the modernity of the main building and the next door house to open soon with a restaurant and ballrooms. Also the grand entrance with a round fountain, just off Sathorn Road. W Bangkok is right off the BTS – Sky Train and the underground system, and one stop away from the iconic Sala Daeng and Patpong Night Market. I will be posting more about our W Bangkok experience upon Check OUT. Unfortunately our trip is coming to an end and tomorrow morning we are heading back to New York onboard PEARL Business Class by ETIHAD Airways. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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FACEBOOK tales in Koh Samui Thailand

FACEBOOK tale in Koh Samui Thailand  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  The gay world is small and certainly FACEBOOK has made it even smaller. So here is a funny FACEBOOK story. Both Rubin and I were hanging at our villa at the W Retreat Koh Samui, when I get a message from friends in LAX saying …” We are having Pad Thai at the restaurant..”. My first instinct was, guys we are at the W Koh Samui in Thailand, not in West Hollywood. They replied WE TOO.!!! We saw your photos from Rubin’s Fashion Show and realized we were all at the same resort.!!! What are the odds right. In the end we spent a lovely afternoon at the beach and at our pool drinking sake with Auris, Robbie, Tony and Thomas. Thank you Facebook.!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Six Senses Koh Samui

Six Senses Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand |  Yesterday we moved to the Six Senses property, set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. Located just six kilometres from Samui Airport, the 20-acre, or around 9-hectare estate is a 45-minute flight south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. The resort is made up of just 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands.
Six Senses Samui has always been at the forefront of sustainability, and was Green Globe 21 benchmarked in 20 December 2006. Specifically, they achieved best practice results in six indicators: water saving, waste recycling, community commitment, community contributions, paper products and pesticide products.

We checked IN at an Ocean View Pool Villa, located throughout the resort and offer splendid views to the Gulf of Thailand from the bedroom located on the upper level, and also from the lower level on which the private pool is located. There is a sitting area and dining setting for intimate meals either inside the villa or on the pool terrace. Guests enjoy a spacious bathroom with oversize bathtub, double vanities and an outdoor garden shower. Now you can make your own conclusions, and decide.
Unfortunately, I guess sustainability is not our thing, and I wont say the resort isn’t a good quality/value property, since I know many guests and travel agents rave about them, but it was not the type of hotel/resort experience we were looking for our two last day relaxing in Koh Samui. In a few words not the hotel for us, but it might be for you, that is why I decided to feature it into my blog and let each of you decide, in all fairness to the hotel, you my readers and all the fellow hotel properties that continuously support my blog. As I always say, this blog is based on my own experiences and points of view, and I might not always be right, what I do not find appropriate for me, you might for you. And this is the beauty to be able to show you photos and videos for you to judge.

Everyone else we saw at the resort, seemed to be enjoying their time there, relaxing, at the pool or having cocktails watching the sunset. When things like this happen, I wonder and ask myself…. am I too spoiled or jaded ? and then I answer myself… NO. I know what I like and I know that what I don’t like, does not mean is less or worst, but just not for me. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Rubin Singer Glamming up W Retreat Koh Samui

Rubin Singer's VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L'Officiel Magazine

Rubin Singer Glamming up W Retreat Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  So we finished with the production of Rubin Singer‘s VIP Fashion Show Koh Samui for L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, hosted by the sexy and chic W Retreat Koh Samui with stunning views over the Gulf of Thailand. A beautiful evening which began with 18 top looks over a floating runway, and finish with incredible fireworks.

Rubin Singer's VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L'Officiel Magazine

Breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand in Koh Samui at the W Retreat Koh Samui, were only matched yesterday by the couture designs by Rubin Singer. Eighteen looks on the runway, to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, along with 150 VIP Guests. Check out the full Photo Album of Rubin Singer’s VIP Fashion Show at W Retreat Koh Samui for L’Officiel Magazine. Photo by Markus Aarstad



This was the second show Rubin Singer in Thailand for L’Officiel Magazine, plus a photo shoot and intimate interview for the next upcoming may issue. See more at Rubin Singer Fashion Show Bangkok and Backstage Photo Show at W Retreat Koh Samui.

Special thanks to: Nicholas Downing – General Manage and all the staff at the W Retreat Koh Samui. Surachai Saengsuwan – Photographer L’Officiel Magazine. Because of your professionalism and commitment, the soiree was a complete success. Official sponsors: L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, Mercedes-Benz, Thai Airways, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere Vodka, W Retreat Koh Samui.

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PS: As for me is concerned, I got to wear to exclusive Tuxedos by Rubin Singer Men’s Collection, like the one you see on the photo below.

Hotel Check IN at W Retreat Koh Samui

Hotel Check IN at W Retreat Koh Samui  |  Koh Samui, Thailand  |  After a busy but amazing and successful stay in Bangkok, we flew this morning into Koh Samui, where we will stay for the next five days. Our first hotel stop is the sexy and hip W Retreat Koh Samui, located on a northern peninsula where Bo Phut and Mae Nam bays come together. After a brief intro to the property, we were Checked IN at our Beach front Villa.

Overlooking the glittering Gulf of Thailand, your Ocean Front Haven takes the treasures of Koh Samui and injects them with signature W style. Surrounded by a lush, manicured garden, it sits atop a huge wooden deck thoughtfully adorned with an oversized daybed, two lounge chairs and a wooden dining table for two. Plus, we also provide a beach bag stocked with W flip flops, a sun hat, water and more. Step through sliding glass doors and discover an indoor sanctuary resplendent in red, with custom sofa pillows, silk designer lamps, sideboards and wall-integrated shelves. Of course stunning floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the entire space in island sunshine. Settle into the plush sofa and enjoy the state-of-the-art entertainment, including a 46-inch Samsung LCD TV, DVD/CD player with W Library (available via Whatever/Whenever®) and Yamaha Wi-Fi sound dock. Or connect with the world using the High Speed Internet Access and cordless phone. Either way, Munchie Box snacks and Sweet Spot treats keep you energized.
Have already tried the Beach Lounge and Sweat Fitness Center and both were great. Tomorrow full morning taking Spa treatment at AWAY Spa. So more to come soon. Now off to get ready for Rubin Singer’s VIP Fashion Weekend. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Morning swimming in Bangkok Sky


Morning swimming in Bangkok Sky
 |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Just have to say that I am obsessed with the sky pool at the 25th floor of The OKURA Prestige Hotel in Bangkok. Great views of the Bangkok Skyline. This morning I spend an hour contemplating the views and swimming a few laps. Work HARD relax HARDER. Check more on my post about Amazing ThailandCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine

Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Blue Elephant is one of the most traditional Restaurants and Cooking Schools of Bangkok. It has been 30 successful years since the first Blue Elephant was opened, surprisingly in Brussels, Belgium, allowing foreign customers to fully experience a real taste of Thailand.
Nooror Somany Steppe, is the inspiration and central person behind the success of Blue Elephant, constantly working as an ambassador advocating Thai cuisine and Thai culture to all whom she encounters around the world. Khun Nooror Steppe was born in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province. Growing up in these surroundings instilled in Nooror both the love and skills for cooking authentic Thai cuisine, but also a strong proficiency n creating new Thai dishes with authentic taste of traditional Thai cuisine.
Why Blue Elephant you might be asking yourself…. Blue: the royal color of the Thai Flag. Elephant: the national animal of Thailand, Also: “if you see a blue elephant you will never forget it”.One of the top Thai cuisine restaurant groups in the world, Blue Elephant is known by food lovers for three main highlights of Royal Thai cuisine. Authenticity, tradition and innovation and presentation. Consistently hight standards of quality.
Blue Elephant Cooking School opened in 2002 under the guidance of Khun Nooror Somany Steppe, founder and star chef of the group. When not traveling as a Thai Culinary Ambassador to the world, she will often be supervising or personally teaching. During our evening, we tasted many Thai traditional dishes and delights, hard to remember all all of them, since our host put together and impressive Thai degustation for us. The menu at the Blue Elephant is a rainbow of tradition and novelties. As such you will find dishes from the past, known as “Forgotten Recipes”, preparations from the present, known as “Blue Elephant Classics”, and innovations for the future. Some of the wonderful creations for which Khun Nooror Somany Steppe is well know are Foie Gras with Tamarind Sauce, Labb Salmon and Golden Tamarind Sorbet.
Both restaurant and cooking school, coexist at the lovely Thai Chine Building, built in 1903 and originally opened as the Bombay Department Store, in what was then the most exclusive and posh Bangkok neighborhood of its times. The building was conveniently located within walking distance from what were the two best hotels in Siam, The Royal Hotel and the illustrious Oriental Hotel. Cited by the Fine Arts Department, the building is an exceptional example of the colonial era architecture. Partially renovated in 2000.
Hosted, along Rubin Singer by the Editor in Chief and Publisher of L’Officiel Magazine Thailand, Khun Kusuma Chaiyaporn and her team, we truly enjoyed a lovely evening out in Bangkok.
One of the many highlights of the night, was to meet and share the table with Khun Sandra Steppe, manager and daughter of Thai star chef and founder. Nowadays, Blue Elephant counts with more than a dozen of branches in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Something to feature is the Ancient Thai Cuisine Cooking Course, where one of the menus in this course is the Massaman Curry, described by King Rama II in his poem about the charm of this dish …” Mussaman curry is like a lover. As peppery and fragrant as the cumin seed. Its exciting allure arouses. I am urged to seek its source…” . Check them out. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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