Agneta’s World: Escape the noise and traffic of Bangkok

 I’d like to take you with me to four hidden, beautiful boutique hotels in the heart of Bangkok.
Are you in the mood to disappear for a night with your husband, lover, best girlfriend or anyone? You are spoiled for choice between these “wild strawberry places”!
Believe me; I have explored them all…

Hotel Cabochon
Let me first take you to Hotel Cabochon. This small, beautiful place, located on Sukhumvit Soi 45, gives you a feeling of a British country home.

The only thing that a British country home wouldn’t have is the rooftop pool. The hotel has only eight rooms, all equipped with bathrobes, slippers, refrigerator, free WIFI, mini bar, TV etc. It is a friendly, perfect family hotel, close to shopping malls like EM Quartier, Emporium, BTS etc.

Cabochon offers an elegant colonial splendour and old charm, combined with contemporary elements that gives you the feeling of “coming home”.

The hotel has a cosy restaurant and if you are a friend of spicy Thai food, I can recommend you the spicy Laab Moo, one of the best I have ever had.

This hotel has as its motto: “Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend”. So true, once you have been there, you will return!

I went to Cabochon, with some girlfriends for a photoshoot of my friend Anika’s beach wear collection ByNika. We had a fun and productive day up by the pool and in the pool.

The Eugenia Bangkok
Not very far from Cabochon, on Sukhumvit Soi 31, you’ll find the next little pearl, The Eugenia Bangkok.

This hotel is perfectly located very close to Sky train and MRT, restaurants and shopping malls.

Like Cabochon, this hotel represents the old colonial style, the old world’s architectural beauty blended with modern design. This is a really relaxing retreat. Eugenia offers several suites in different sizes. Just to give you an example, the Eugenia suite is 54 sqm, consists of 2 bedrooms with Queen size beds and a bathroom with a beautiful copper bathtub, perfect for a small family.

As most hotels in the city The Eugenia Bangkok offers a pool and you can also enjoy the ‘Lavana Spa’. Their tuk tuk will take you to Phom Phrong Bts station and to MRT.

Enjoy a lunch and dinner at Eugenia restaurant and bar, open from 10 am until midnight daily. The Chef creates culinary adventures, exciting menus to the guests.

I was with a girlfriend, in the bar, after a long working day. My friend is a huge lover of Dry Martinis and when I say “dry” I mean real dry. We ordered our Martinis and she was delighted. As it was Happy Hours, we had a second one. They tasted delicious, but it was probably the most expensive Dry Martinis we both ever had. Must admit, they were worth paying for.

The Eugenia also offers a classy, colonial house that you can rent for photo shoots or filming. Several old cars, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar’s etc. give you the perfect back ground.

Aspira Davinci Hotel
My next suggestion is Aspira Davinci Hotel that also is located on Sukhumvit Soi 31.

This small hotel offers a classic European décor and architecture. Their 15 rooms are elegant and well equipped. You find the flat screen TV, free WIFI and all luxury equipment in all rooms and free parking. This vintage hotel also has a spa and offers several massages and facial treatments.

Location is perfect, as it is close to shopping malls, BTS and restaurants.

The hotel is a bit hard to find, as it is hidden from the main street, but don’t give up looking for it. I have had the pleasure to spend a few nights in this hotel and it was, in all ways, very pleasant. You are surrounded by art showing Da Vinci’s drawings and paintings. The staff is efficient and very friendly.

Ariyasomvilla
My last little “hide away” is Ariyasomvilla, located in the Nana district on Sukhumvit Soi 1. This small, family owned hotel & resort was built in 1942(the original house) by Phra Charuen and khun Aroon Sheanakul, the current owner’s grandparents. Here you find the most beautiful teak floors, handmade silk drapes and reproduction period furniture, to give a real sense of time and place here in Bangkok.

Ariyasomvilla has 25 rooms and suites, all luxuriously decorated.
Its restaurant ‘Na Aroon’ is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also order room service. Ariyasomvilla has its very own food concept “Tasty, Healthy and Organic”. They focus on vegetarian dishes, seafood and fish, no meat on the plates here. Choose an English, Japanese, Mexican or Continental breakfast.

Enjoy the 20 M lap swimming pool, surrounded by tropical trees and palms. The spa ‘Som Sen’ offers traditional Thai massage, but with the emphasis on releasing and enchanting the energy lines through the body. They offer a massage sala and also private treatment rooms. If you prefer it even more private, you can ask the therapist to come to your room.

This little retreat has become very popular among visitors to well-known hospital Bumrungrad. The hospital is located more or less opposite the hotel.

Of course a city like Bangkok has many, many more secret places that offer you calmness, relaxation, entertaining, exclusive dining and much, much
more.

Make your choice and escape the daily life for a night or two, it rejuvenates and invigorates mind and body!

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