Published on July 29th, 2015 | by Ann Rickard0
Catering to Whims
There was a time when I visited Bangkok two, even three times a year. I revelled in the frantic pace of the city and could spend a long day out on the steamy streets, shopping at crowded markets and stopping only to eat spicy curries from street stalls perched precariously on pavements.
Now, thanks to my advancing years (damn it), I can manage only an hour or two on Bangkok’s hot and crowded streets before I need to sink into air-conditioned comfort, calling for cold scented towels and long drinks clinking with ice. And, it goes without saying, a gracious person to bring it all to me.
Fortunately there is an oasis of serenity and calm in this crazy and thrilling urban jungle, and it’s called Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa.
This tropical resort in a city of eight-plus million people comes with endless green gardens, a meandering pool, inviting bars and stylish restaurants. But best of all, the resort’s riverfront location means you can jump on one of its authentic wooden boats to be gently sailed down the Chao Phraya River to Saphan Taksin, a central location where an air-conditioned sky train takes you to the malls, markets and museums.
You could do so many things in Bangkok…or you could do what many locals do when they check-in to Anantara for a “staycation”…and just hang out in the resort for a day. With 10 food and beverage outlets and a plethora of serene activity choices you need never step outside.
Perfect for us Aussies on a stopover to rest and revive before another long-haul flight.
Here’s how my Anantara fantasy goes.
After a breakfast of say…poached eggs, Massaman curry, French pastries, crisp bacon, Chinese steamed buns and syrup-coated waffles (why, not?…it’s all there) you could stretch out by the pool and digest it all before a light lunch of baguette and handmade chocolates at Numero Uno.
Then perhaps a Thai cooking class.
An afternoon in the spa? An oriental rice compress massage should say goodbye to any lingering jetlag.
Then a sunset mai tai at Trader Vic’s. Definitely, a yes.
By now, relaxed, massaged and culinary-informed, there is an international barbecue to look forward to.
Who could not be lulled sitting among trees entwined with a million fairy lights, cooled by river breezes while the ever-gracious Thai dancers perform on a fire-lit stage?
But…and this is the ultimate Bangkok fantasy…you could go for a “dining by design” experience: a private dinner a deux by the riverside surrounded by flickering candles, before retiring to your spacious suite for … oh, stop it.
That’s enough Bangkok fantasy for the moment.