PARADOX ? ha ha ha…. Rubin Singer featured on Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and I Carlos Melia as a fashion designer ? Roles inverted ha ha ha…. After all we are full lifestyle. Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia asked Rubin Singer: What’s your Travel Uniform ? for their UNIFORM TRAVEL section. (special thanks to Jeninne Lee St. John – Features Editor and Nicola Chilton. Photo by: Shinsuke Matsukawa. Location: W Hotel Bangkok) CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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.
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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:
…” Last week I spent a super-fun afternoon with hot designer-of-the-moment, Rubin Singer. The mission was ostensibly a photoshoot and interview of him for our Travel Uniform section; it turned into a fashion show for me. When I walked into his suite on the top floor of the brand-new W Bangkok, it was overflowing with insane pieces from his Autumn/Winter line, “Valkyrie’s Dominion”—all blacks and grays and reds, an asymmetrical bustle here, a bustier there. Rubin was wrapping up a meeting with buyers from a big Thai department store and—though I wish him much success with his actual business dealings—I could not wait for them to get out of there so I could dive into those dresses!
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)
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. 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.
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.
Blue Elephant is one of the most traditional cooking schools and restaurants 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.
Our Suite is the perfect size for an urban apartment, with all the amenities and services to enjoy Bangkok in full. Literally, both Rubin and I, feel that now, we have arrived to Bangkok. The Okura Prestige allows you to discover and enjoy the City of Angels, in full sophistication, while only steps away from your true urban experience, and that to me, is the way to enjoy Bangkok.