Showing posts with label Hip Hotels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hip Hotels. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

My MANy Travel Inspirations - Hotel Muse Bangkok


Below: A new hotel in Bangkok that I am now a fan of....
Below: Loving the Oriental and European decorative inspirations...
Below: The bathroom is impressively designed... befitting royalty and the discerning...
Hotel Muse Bangkok: A unique experience and luxurious journey into the past

I have not done a travel theme post for the longest time. Exploring unique hotels is one of my favourite things to do while on the road. Since I just returned from Bangkok just this new years (not lunar new year), I thought I share some insights on a new hotel that I have fallen in love with in the city of angels:-)

Below: Located in the convenient location of posh Langsuan Road... easy access to BTS station, prime shopping districs and many fine restaurants and tourist sights...
Intoducing Hotel Muse Bangkok, a new M Gallery hotel opened just last November by the Accor Hotel Group.

Located in the high end district of Langsuan road (think Singapore's Paterson Road), Hotel Muse is along a cosy street lined with high end condos and offices, just minutes walk to the bustling Ratchaprasong junction where Chidlom BTS station, Erawan Shrine and Luxury Malls (Gaysorn Plaza and Erawan Bangkok (where Club 21 Thailand's homebase is!)) are nearby. There's even an amazing Starbucks (housed inside a bungalow) and Chang foot massage (one of my favourite massage places) within walking accessibility.

As you stepped thru the huge wooden doors into the Hotel lobby, you are immediately transported into the era of King Rama V, where east meets west, amidst the contemporary and period decor. In place of the conventional reception desk, Guest relation officers are seated in the intimate lobby to assist with the check it, bringing a new level of personal touch.

Rooms are well decked out in the romance of 19th century era, most commendable are the details in the exquisite bathrooms. The sink features beautiful porcelain-like patterns unseen in other hotels which catches your eye as soon as you enter. Intricate etchings adorn the mirrors, lizard embossed leather trays hold the amenities, contributing to an old world charm of luxury. With such fine details, the bathroom is simply befitting a prince or princess:-)

Modern technological creature comforts are also at your disposal... from high speed wifi connections, a huge interactive LCD TV and in-room iPod docking station (iHome IP90 player which I got one for myself after I get back to Singapore:-P), getting out of your room can prove to be a challenge:-) More so when you have tried the ultra comfortable pillow top bed which 'literally' makes you float. It's so comfortable, somedays, I just refuse to get out of bed:-)
Below: Pool with a view... small but nice:-)
Hotel Muse Bangkok houses a number of F&B options the likes of Thai Restaurant, Su Tha Ros and Medici which serves highly commended Italian. The Speakeasy at the top level lets you chill to groovy beats and cocktails with a view to match... a venue so chic, it even welcomed electronica music guru Claude Challe to spin his tunes just days before the new years.

Be sure to check out this unique property should you be bound for Bangkok anytime soon. I know I'd be sure to stay there again for my next visit!:-)

Below: I stayed at room 1407... and coincidentally, I found this clip shot by a guest who also stayed in the same room!:-) How rare a chance to find this happening...:-P


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Thursday, 6 January 2011

My MANy Travel Inspirations - Hansar Bangkok


Below: Distinctive and modern architecture for the Hansar Bangkok... my new favourite hotel in the Asian city of Angels...



Below: My most favourite and largest room in Hansar Bangkok... the duplex level Loft Suites. Decked out in cosy warm tones of wood and space inducing glass panels... this is what I imagine my future bachelor pad will look like. It's urban luxury to the ultimate...


Below: Plenty of room in the loft suite to wine and dine...


Below: The loft suites boasts a spacious living area perfect for entertaining...


Below: The upper level of the loft suites is an immaculate and serene area for the bedroom, terrazzo bath tub and walk-in closet... how very pampering...


Below: Walk in closet that any fashionistas will fall in love with...



Below: Cosy king size bed for the loft suites...



Below: Another room type in Hansar Bangkok... featured below is the Edge Suite. As the name suggests, there is a cantilevered daybed perched at the windows for a relaxing and private chill space...



Below: Bedroom of the edge suite...


Below: The edge suite vanity area that feels like a fashion boutique...



Below: Although the smallest of Hansar's room types... the Studio Suites is still a generous 59 sqm of separate bedroom, bath, work and even kitchenette area...


Below: Work and kitchenette area in the studio suite...



Below: Lobby waiting area... with contemporary touches of metal, glass and wood... lots of natural light which makes lounging here a real pleasure.



Below: Reception and work lounge area...


Below: Chilling out at the pool never felt this good, especially in such a serene and contemporary designed pool area...


Below: Rattan couches at the pool bar, Zest...



Below: The long infinity pool...



Below: Eve, the fine dining restaurant for even the most demanding taste buds...


Below: The touches of wood everywhere makes the hotel inviting and warm... wooden partitions in Eve restaurant...


Below: Café Boca, a chillout spot always ready to serve a good cuppa...



Hansar Bangkok (just opened on Dec 15, 2010)

For a city that is contrasted with the old and new, age old traditions and the sleaze, Bangkok is very much a dynamic urban metropolis imbued with an energy of opposing charms. Yes, there may be the 'off the beaten track', less sightly places in the city, there is however never a shortage of places with exceptional high style and luxury that you indulge yourself and live like royalty.

Restaurants of international standards, shopping malls that rival the best in the world and of course, design hotels that pales many in even the most developed cities.

One such design hotel is Hansar Bangkok. Perhaps without making a visit personally to check out the property form myself, my words would be less convincing. But a trip to experience the physical space personally a few days ago, thanks to a guided tour by my friend who manages the hotel... I am highly recommending this place to any style conscious traveller on their next trip to the Asian City of Angels.

Designed by acclaimed Singapore Architects, WOHA... whose credentials include famous residences in Singapore such as No.1 Moulmein Rise, Newton Suites (near Novena) and other world class buildings the likes of Singapore National Art Gallery and Church of St Mary Of The Angels among many more.

Hansar is definitely a hotel that combines modern aesthetics with the pleasures of luxury living.

The Hansar hotel, located in central Rajdamri (near Four Seasons Hotel and upcoming St. Regis Bangkok) co-exists alongside with the Hansar Residences (only 8 units left! Great response to the condominium sales), and is an all suites hotel, promising amenities that surpass the comforts of home. Primarily decked out in contemporary glass, chrome and aplenty of warm wood textures, each space within the hotel exudes warmth and modernity that makes one feels right at ease.

Of all the rooms, I love the loft suites the most. A generous duplex living space befitting the only the most affluent and savvy. Floor to ceiling bookcases with Thai style decorations, an unimaginably huge living area for entertaining and best of all, the most cosy bedroom with a open concept terrazzo bathtub to pamper yourself with the finest.

Even the smallest of rooms in the hotel, Studio suites, boasts a generous 59 sqm of separate living, bedroom and bath areas while still allowing for a integrated kitchenette and built in washing machine. I was so impressed!

The infinity pool area, sky terrace and even the lobby has been thoughtfully designed, overwhelming you with a sense of calm and beauty, while the restaurants such as Eve (fine dining) and Café Boca (cafe and bistro) caters to any gourmet needs.

I will be sure to check myself into Hansar Bangkok on my next Bangkok trip. Stylish living is now taken to new heights with this hotel. Book yourselves in very soon too! This hotel is truly a love at first sight.

For more pictures, please go to myMANybags facebook fan page here. Join Hansar Bangkok's Facebook Fanpage:-) too!

Hansar Bangkok is also one of the small luxury hotels of the world (www.slh.com).

(All pics taken with the Panasonic Lumix GF1 by myMANybags. All rights reserved. Please only use pics featured here with permission from the owner of this site.)


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Sunday, 15 August 2010

My MANy Travel Inspirations: Twinpalms Phuket 'Part Deux'


Below: Recap of my long weekend break last week... lovely Twinpalms Resort in Phuket was our home away from home.


Below: Love the spacious and contemporary decor of the resort...
(Pardon the lousy resolution of the lobby pics... I used my mobile phone to capture the shots while fending off mosquitoes on the side! Yikes!)


Below: I am feeling 'zen' as I stepped into the resort... when you feel this calm and relaxed, you know you are in for a most wonderful holiday!



Below: Modern architectural style for the guest rooms...with either direct access to the gardens or pool:-)


Below: My spacious room with contemporary Asian influences... lots of dark wood and ambient lighting...


Below: Couch to relax and chill...


Below: Big soft bed to tempt you into dreamland...love the high thread count sheets too! Makes a whole world of difference when you sleep:-P




Below: Work area for your laptop behind the bed:-P This is where I did my blogging while I was enjoying my break...


Below: Little gestures from the hotel that make you feel welcome... such as this lovely note from the guest relations team...



Below: Or this plate of chocolates arranged to form the resort's logo...


Below: My favourite area of the room, the bathroom and vanity area...it's so huge!


Below: Imagine sprucing up amidst the backdrop of greenery from the windows at the back...incredible feeling! How can I not feel 'beautiful' all the time...hahaha



Below: Sunken bathtub, perfect for those evening soaks with scented bath oils while reading a book... the greenery around you make you feel as if you are taking a bath in a garden...



Below: Balcony that opens to a wonderful view of the resort and pool...


Below: My view from the balcony where you can watch the world go by as you sip ice tea and drift away in your thoughts...



Below: The pool... my favourite hangout for people watching...



Below: Me lounging at the pool cabana... As Samantha would say...'Wax much, dear?' Oops... forgot to shave my thighs at the moment of this picture...yikes!



Below: The landscaping is beautiful around the pool...



Below: Hunk spotting... hot guy alert! Too bad he is with female company... darn!


Below: My morning cappuccino at breakfast, thoughtfully decorated with the resorts logo...


Below: Breakfast time...I am hungry!



Below: Catch Beach Club, the best on Surin Beach, trust me!



Below: Our Patong Beach excursion leads us to sumptuous thai style seafood dinner... pineapple rice...



Below: Veggies, tom yam soup, fresh steamed fish and coconut drink are amongst the spread....



Below: But the hero of the evening... garlic butter BBQ lobster! Slurp! This costs us SGD$90... not bad for lobster indulgence:-)



Below: End of another wonderful holiday...time to plan for the next.... Any blue eyed, huge pecs and sexy bod blond hunk wanna warm my bed with me?
Just kidding. Oops.I forgot this blog is PG13. I slept like a baby on the huge bed...


Holiday In Pictures: Phuket's 4 Nights Of Pampering...


Time flies. In a blink of an eye, a week has passed since my last long weekend break in Phuket. And any highlights of a beach vacation is the resort you stayed in. Twinpalms Phuket was my home away from home for this getaway. I was already there in May but decided to return because I got 2 complimentary nights invite voucher for this recent stay. Hence I took advantage of this gracious offer, with me and a friend each booking ourselves a room to pamper and vegetate for the long 'National Day' weekend:-) (yes, I am that patriotic to escape out of the country on my nations' 45th birthday:-P...hahaha)

Twinpalms Resort is located in the much quieter and relaxed Surin beach. The luxurious resort (a member of Small Luxurious Hotels of the World) is contemporary in style, made most notable by the juxtaposition of modern architecture and plenty of tropical greenery. I feel an instant sense of zen calmness as soon as I stepped into the spacious lobby. What welcomes you next is the abundance of palm trees and landscaping at every turn inside the resort. Tyra Banks stayed here before. So I am not expecting less than the best. The rooms are spacious with dark wood flooring, and comes with one of the most generous sized bathroom and vanity area. I was immediately impressed to find the bathroom area as big as the bedroom. It's love at first sight! Especially the huge sunken bath tub where you can laze and frolic in scented bath oils, while admiring the green foliage adorning the windows... Simply heavenly...

The bed is huge and supremely sleep-inducing while the high thread count linens allow you glide with comfort as you drift away to dreamland each night.

Beyond the nice resort, me and my friend also venture out of Surin Beach to savour a bit of the sights and sounds around other areas of Phuket. And of course, food hunting is paramount for any indulgent holidays. My foodie fanatic schoolmate found this restaurant at Patong Beach where we had sumptuous seafood spread (think Garlic butter lobster! Slurp...), that feels sinful after we licked clean our fingers. We also watched 'The Last AirBender' at Jungceylon Shopping Complex in spacious armchair seats, and celebrate the end of our holiday with another savory BBQ dinner at the Catch Beach Club of Twinpalms resort (amazing BBQ Tiger Prawns, Scallops, Shellfish, Crabs are all ours to eat our hearts out...ohlala!), not to mention numerous facials, massages at the hotel spa. What's not to enjoy for a holiday this pampering and indulging. Can't wait to plan my next one.

Here's a recap of my wonderful 'getaway' in pictures... Enjoy!

(Having said all the good things about Twinpalms, it could use some ipod dock in the rooms, better room service menu and keep those mosquitoes and sand flies from making a buffet dinner out of me! Hahaha. Yes, I am sometimes over 'demanding':-P)

See my other post about Twinpalms here.

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