Banyan Tree Bangkok - Experience The Urban Sanctuary

Soaring sky high, the Banyan Tree Bangkok is a shimmering slice on Sathorn road and right in the heart of its business precinct offering a stress-free business and leisure accommodation. mylifestylenews writes.

The Banyan Tree logo shines bright atop the slender slab and now partly joint venture with the Accor Hotels yet retaining its contemporary Thai design and hospitality. Grand is the word to describe the first impression upon stepping into this comfort of luxury.

The grand and spacious lobby housed a live piano playing to sooth the ambience with soft and easy listening melody well spread out with plush cushion sofas at the lobby bar and a superb view looking through the gigantic glass window to its tropical garden landscaping next to the Romsai coffee house one floor behind the ground level. 

Our arrival was warm and we were led directly to the Executive Club Lounge to proceed for our check-in.

Located on the 19th floor, it can also be accessed by different lifts from the ground level and is one of Bangkok’s largest Executive Club Lounge.

Elegantly designed with modern contemporary comfort with a touch of Thai ornamental on display which harmonized the entire club floor, with ample space for the dining area as well as cozy lounges divided into various sections for everyone to enjoy the city skyline from directional angles.

The club benefits includes the late breakfast till 11am, business centre facilities, light snacks, happy hours and canapés , complimentary laundry or pressing and other upgraded services that are to be discovered.

Our 48sqm Serenity Club Suite is generously sized on the 58th floor with a stunning view overlooking the Chao Phraya River exuding a touch of comfort serenity. The studio-like lifestyle living concept of this suite separated the bedroom with plentiful of plush cushions covered with smooth and glossy Thai silk in classic, sophisticated motifs to brighten the mood with a touch of modernity.

Low ceilings may not gives you the majestic emotion but the beige tone sofas, wall and carpet selected harmonizes the room and the oversize mirror on the walls gives a perspective vision contrasting the traditional Thai art painting above the bed board. You may not find so much Banyan Tree’s elements in this upgraded and new Serenity Club Suite in comparing to the brand image that you would have expected, especially the subtlety of understated rustic charm and elegance from its existing brand standard.

The bathroom comes with a standard size of bath tub but a narrow triangular shape standing shower. Full toiletries amenities offer to ease your stress if you have forgotten to pack the essentials from home as well as the tastefully designed light cotton bathrobes and sleepers.

The sky high swimming pool on the 21st floor is sharing the same entrance with the renown Banyan Tree Spa and a work out gym next to it. Shimmering under open sky, despite the pool is narrow and feels claustrophobic with its design layout as well as the sun lounges allocation, yet there are plentiful potted and blossoming water lilies scatted around the pool area adding a graceful Thai motif and provides a nest of tropical tranquility and seclusion for relaxation.

Since the opening of its globally known Vertigo & Moon Bar, Bangkok has set a trend of setting up Sky Bars throughout the entire city. The success of this unbeatable Sky Bar in Bangkok offers 360c° uninterrupted panoramic views of the city has its latest add on to the hotel with its new Saffron Sky Garden that is also another achievement from the Banyan Tree Bangkok.

This casual al fresco concept offers daybeds and loungers to chill with a view from the 52nd floor which is the tallest outdoor sky garden in Bangkok. The casual Thai street food inspired menu is available here with an elevated touch. Do check out the Khao Soi curry noodles that is a special northern Thai dish with surprising depth of flavor, puree chilies, shallots, garlic, ginger, cilantro stems, coriander, turmeric and curry powder curated by Saffron’s Chef with secret add on to make this dish even more special here.

Saffron garden is best to visit before sunset, where the trees are lit with bamboo lampshades and mini light bulbs around the sky garden with Thai ornaments displayed which adds more romance to the evening.

Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok is another highlight by staying in this hotel. It is a retreat to the tender touch to rejuvenate your senses and to replenish your body with the best of nature’s gifts. Advance booking is essential and there are many non-hotel guests that come in for their pilgrimage.

Breakfast can also be enjoyed at the all-day dining Romsai which is rather enticing. Lots of live cooking stations offer a-la minute orders especially the Thai noodles and curry section is not to be missed from its wide spread buffet.

Gazing at the tropical garden through soaring high oversized windows is definitely a highlight while enjoying your meals here. Man-made waterfalls splashing running waters to the koi fish pond surrounded by tropical plants and trees are simply mesmerizing with such a calming effect.

Stay, play, experience, discover and indulge your senses by enjoying the serenity of the Banyan Tree lifestyle in Bangkok’s cosmopolitan city magical structure and quiet sanctuary. Travel is about what you explore and discover, but sometimes travel discovers us…with quality pleasures.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food  Beverage:4/5 
Housekeeping: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

21/100 South Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 679 1200

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated.

GIVENCHY Introduces The Men's JAW Bag

Inspired by scuba gear, the streamlined Givenchy jaw bag elevates the coated canvas totes that keep essentials dry during diving excursions. Designed for double duty as an urban back pack or a versatile weekender, the jaw combines water-resistant canvas emblazoned with the Givenchy logo with luxurious leather details. A zippered bottom compartment makes it possible to tote voluminous items such as shoes separately, while a velcro closure gives the flap a dash of sporty style. The jaw is available in two formats: a large hybrid or medium size.


THIEN DUONG Love Your Food Sincerely

You might have thought having Vietnamese food in Bangkok is a NO-NO and not your priority of choice since Thailand has been known for its own one-of-a-kind cuisine and gastronomy around the globe and faithful to its tradition. Thien Duong in Dusit Thani Bangkok may make you think twice with an alternative option. mylifestylenews writes.

Street food in Thailand is the reality of life and is everywhere and utterly delicious, so is the authentic Royal Thai cuisine that capture many hearts of the locals and travelers alike, so who needs to cook at home anyway. Plus, if you want more elevated food, there are hundreds of dining options for the more exclusive and international experiences in this city that are full of flavours. However, Vietnamese food may be a good alternative despite many might have an idea that being in Bangkok, such a cuisine may not be at all on their mind, until someone has the recommendation and knowing that such an alternative option will refresh your palate by knowing its existence and with a good reputation throughout the years. Hence, Thien Duong in Dusit Thani Bangkok is one of our recent alternative finds in Bangkok that truly offer an explosion of refined tastes in a peaceful and charming setting, this is a restaurant full of original and captivating authentic flavours.

Thien Duong means “paradise” in Vietnamese, matching the concept of the restaurant’s elegant surrounding with an Oriental Charm that serves no muss and no fuss Vietnamese food at its best without any fusion influence but true to its tradition. The warm entrance in Thien Duong decorated with a marble top console stands two Vietnamese dolls wearing the conical hat and the traditional áo dài dress. The French boudoir mirrors above the console is the central piece of attraction flanked by two long wood panel paintings with a crane in different movement on each side signifying longevity and harmony.

Indeed, the moment we stepped into Thien Duong, the orient charm flirts with the Chinoiserie motif adding the enchanting mood of a glamorous and elegant dining atmosphere. Floor to ceiling windows draws natural lights from the outdoor swimming pool area with tall plants offering a more serene ambience. The orchids sit on the mini elephant ornaments on some oriental teak cabinets stand soaring high contrasting the bamboo cushioned chairs and the classy table setting with table cloth and napkin service. Simply elegant!

The menu features only authentic flavors of Vietnam. Classic and superbly executed and the kitchen team aimed at getting the best possible taste out of every Vietnamese ingredient to bring it to your table. While no particular modern cooking technique is needed but genuinely true to its heritage, not only showing the respect of the dishes presented but also bringing its best flavor out from its tradition.

<Fresh Spring Roll>
We started off with some shrimp and chicken fresh spring roll which was cut into four slices on each spring roll. Moist and meaty and a perfect mouth full with the homemade dipping sauce.

<Fried Sugar Cane Skewer Minced Shrimp>
The star dish in Thien Doung and is a must order at all times. Meaty yet with a resilient texture from the shrimp and well seasoned even without any dipping sauce. Can’t miss out!

<Steamed Crab Claw>
This soup dish is to enjoy with its freshest taste. Rich thick broth with cut chili to give a kick on the dish and garnished with sweet basil leaves. It warms up the appetite easily.

<Deep-fried Whole Flounder Fish with Toasted Peanut Served with Lemon Grass Sauce>
We wanted to sample a fish dish. This “dancing fish” in presentation was fillet and deep fried to its light crisps. Light and fluffy yet the careful selection of products is equally important as the harmonic combination of all components to a complete dish.

<Sweet Pomelo Salad with Pork and Shrimp>
A little watery and the pomelo was shredded into pieces instead of a chunky serve. Small shrimps are sliced into half and topped with crispy fried shallots. A rather sweet in taste on the palate.

<Rice Noodles Soup with Beef>
Soft and tender slices of beef top the presentation of this classic Vietnamese pho noodles soup. The clear broth is the soul of the dish that is simply tantalizing the senses with exceptional interpretations of iconic ingredients used.

Each recipe is the fruit of authentic Vietnamese cuisine, while each dish features quality fresh ingredients that enhances the classic Vietnamese flavors. There is always something that caters for every palate with the fantastic range of salivating dishes from salad, soup, stir-fried, deep-fried, hot and cold savories to the irresistible Vietnamese desserts. But we have no room for dessert after sampling all these signature dishes by the culinary team of Thien Doung. Service here is generally big hearted and in fact an emotional discovery. Interaction is always important, the manager knows how to look after the guests with great approach and sincere recommendation for everything you need to know about the Vietnamese specialties served in Thien Doung. Our short conversation with the manager flew comfortably, mainly about the authenticity of enjoying a good Vietnamese meal. Love your food sincerely, knowing what you eat and quality than quantity. Overall, a great night of classic Vietnamese food with a peaceful ambience and efficient, warm, friendly service in a very central location that you should make a bee line for on your culinary agenda when next in Bangkok.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Pho Bo
Fried Sugar Cane Skewer Minced Shrimp

946, Rama IV Road,
Bangkok Thailand
Tel: +66 2200 9000

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated. 

OMEGA Presents A Denim-Inspired Railmaster

Thanks to its reliable design and superb anti-magnetic properties, the original OMEGA Railmaster of 1957 was perfectly suited to a role in working-class life. Today, the updated collection is proudly paying tribute to that industrial past with a new denim-inspired model. Although they are now a fashion item, denim jeans were once manufactured purely for the benefit of hard-working labourers in the American West. For a long time, the robust cloth was the choice of miners, factory workers, farmers, and of course, those on the railroads.  And their sturdy trousers or overalls would have gone hand-in-hand with the watch on their wrist. To link the iconic material with this new Railmaster, OMEGA has created a vertically-brushed “blue jeans” dial that features indexes and hands with light-grey Super-LumiNova. There is also a beige lollipop central seconds hand and transferred Railmaster indication that are both reminiscent of the coloured stitching found in denim jeans. 

Most uniquely, the model is beautifully presented on a genuine blue denim NATO strap with brown leather used on the underside and for the keepers. The same model is alternatively available on a stainless steel bracelet. Following the design of the Railmaster’s modern facelift, the 40 mm brushed symmetrical case is made from stainless steel and features a conical crown and a wave-edged caseback with a NAIAD LOCK system to keep the wording in perfect position. More than 60 years on, OMEGA is still one of the industry’s leading names in anti-magnetic innovation and, inside this new watch, the brand has included a Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 which is 15 times more resistant than the original Railmaster models. Certified at the industry’s highest standard by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), all Master Chronometer models are able to withstand magnetism of 15,000 gauss.


Prada Presents New Women's Small Leather Goods

Prada presents a collection characterized by playful details in the shape of crown, diamond, heart and robots in colored enamel that decorates bags, wallets, credit card hotlders and tricks. Brooches, earrings and necklaces complete the other.

Roger Vivier AW2018 Hong Kong Mystery Kiss Presentation

 Visionary style icon, Diana Vreeland is the inspiration for this collection. Altogether, Vreeland links between modernity and assertive posture; a combative strength and a feminine dress. With her stylistic talent, she handpicks contrasted materials: we picture her mixing (and matching) a masculine herringbone fabric with a bayadère stripe from the folk-secession era.

In Diana Vreeland’s wake, the sources of inspiration of the Roger Vivier collection clash: the modern energy of the 60s collides with Fortuny’s Venice and its baroque jewelry. Add a touch of richness that ties Andalusian-Arabic and Moroccan influences together. The colour palette also informs an eccentric, orientalist approach. Out of a Derain painting, the collection embraces a bright blue and menthol green. Then come a purple and burnt orange called ‘date’ highlighted by a fading khaki, grey hue, creamy white, black and indigo.

Emblematic, the Choc heel designed by Roger Vivier in 1959 is the red thread of this daywear, feminine collection. Historical rather than timeless, the heel is constantly revisited: a slight break underlines its falsely straight outline. Applied onto a pump, a mule, stretch boots, thigh-high boots or the Beatle, it comes in three different heights: 5, 8.5 and 10 cm.

Elaborate and flamboyant, the Barocco theme makes a grand entrance into the world of Roger Vivier with babouche slippers, mules, thigh high boots and clutches elegantly adorned with rich bejewelled embroidery. Evoking the interplay between dark and light that creates high-contrast effects in baroque art, dazzling brooches handmade using different colours and sizes of stones, pearls, crystals and sequins are stitched with gold thread onto black velvet or satin. While Roger Vivier Barocco creations are as ornate, colourful and captivating as the most exquisite masterpieces of baroque Venice, this season new original interpretation of baroque style draws inspiration from the legacy of two visionary style icons. Famed 20th century American fashion editor Diana Vreeland favoured warm and colourful interiors in a palette of red tones with oriental influences. Fashion muse and jewellery designer Loulou De La Falaise wore exuberant, over-sized jewels that mixed different materials and colours to create her celebrated Parisian look.

A mix of Parisian chic, traditional Moroccan style and baroque elegance, the Bab’ Viv’ is a slipper as luxurious as it is colourful with its over-sized scintillating brooch. A bejewelled creation featuring red coral stone, green cabochon and crystals gives the Choc Real Barocco Mule an unapologetic touch of noblesse. The jewel ornament on the front of the Choc Real Over The Knee Boot, positioned just under the knee, shines with splendour against the dark velvet. The application of Passementerie or trimming adds richness to all Barocco footwear, with red braiding accentuating the shape of each design. Roger Vivier bags also get the lavish Barocco treatment. The luxurious and colourful brooches make their appearance on both the Soft Clutch as a trio of ornaments, and on the hard-shelled Boite de Nuit with its signature crystal sphere closure. Night companion to the Vivier woman, the Cigarette Case is adorned with the baroque jewel and embellished with the RV signature composed of 66 small crystals, each one delicately applied by hand. With artistry, Roger Vivier pays homage to the ornateness and magnificence of baroque, and its influence on style, unleashing the dazzling and intense decorative power of colourful stones, dazzling crystals and pearls on its creations.

Relaxed and ready for the adventures of the day ahead with one of the season’s ultimate style accessories. Rather than opting for her clutch or handbag, the Vivier woman now has another option in her new trendy Belty Viv’. A reference to 1990s style when these belt-bags ruled supreme, the fanny pack makes a glamorous elegant comeback in black or cream calfskin embellished with the iconic Roger Vivier strass buckle. The sparkling crystals on the rounded rectangle buckle give this casual companion its dazzling Vivier allure. Designed to be worn around the waist like a belt or draped across the chest with its adjustable strap finished with a metal closure, Belty Viv’ is as functional as it is stylish. Ideal travel companion for keeping personal possession in full sight or sporty alternative to a handbag to keep hands free for shopping expeditions or nights out on the town, the design is always effortlessly chic. Closed by a large zip, the Belty Viv’ also features a practical zipped pocket so phone, wallet or cards are within easy reach. The fabric lining on the inside of the fanny bag enhances its lightweight appeal. In addition to the monochromatic versions in black and cream calfskin, Belty Viv’ makes a statement in other seasonal variations. A mini check pattern delivers a twisted masculine/feminine look, while the striped velvet version in pink is a soft and ultra-feminine option, both to look at and to the touch.

In a brilliant combination, black lace-up boots are decorated with a shimmering crystal buckle. This strong pairing sees boots as the best companion of everyday walk, embellished with unapologetic glamour and black durable leather contrasting with the dazzling exuberance of an iconic signature strass buckle. From rock to punk, from hippie to today’s street style, the black lace-up boot has endured through the decades. Inspired by the 1960s and 1990s, the Viv’ Rangers features a light leather sole, a velvet ribbon and the RV signature on a fabric tongue on the back of the boot. Versatile, young and effortlessly cool, the boot can create many looks - a cool complement to faded jeans, a long flowing dress or a pair of mini shorts. The retro fashion statement comes in different variations: the classic black shiny calfskin leather, a combination of black calfskin and suede leather, a softer style in black suede with black velvet laces, and an original version in smocking satin in black and indigo with satin laces. With her Viv’ Rangers on her feet, the Vivier woman marches through life with pride and confidence. Every step of the way, her boots are chic and empowering.

A bag with unmistakable 1980s flair, the Club Chain Bag is the Roger Vivier woman’s new glamorous companion. With its rectangular pouch shape and gold chain, the bag swings elegantly from her shoulder, following her every move. A bold statement in red or black suede or a provocative variation in leopard print, the feminine creation features a signature Roger Vivier buckle made of a multitude of fine gold chains bunched together by gold clasps; a baroque twist that adds a touch of exuberant charisma to the design. The irresistible bouquet of chains cascade down from the jewel buckle with unrestrained allure, catching the light with the swinging movement of the bag. More than just a design detail, the chain is a functional feature that allows the bag to be worn two different ways – as a fun and playful bag worn across the body with a single long chain or as a sophisticated shoulder bag with a double chain. The retro sophistication on the outside hides two practical compartments on the inside. With her special companion signed “RV” in gold against the suede, her life is a chain reaction of events, experiences and memorable moments. Whether she’s running around town, freeing herself to carry bags or hail a taxi, dancing to her favorite beats, or making an unforgettable entrance to a cocktail party, she does it with her Club Chain Bag. Unchained, she is free to roam on her own terms, with her own distinctive style, everywhere she goes.

A little folk yet always modern, ornamental trimmings turn Roger Vivier pieces into elaborate creations inspired by orientalism and 80s spirit.  The fine art of “passementerie”, the application by hand of tassels, braids and other luxurious trimmings accentuates the form of Roger Vivier’s most iconic designs. Woven braids applied to the outline of a shoe highlight its irresistible and sensual curves, while tassels add a playful twist to sandals and bags. The iconic Choc heel created in the 50s by Roger Vivier is reimagined this season as a bold and modern shoe with the introduction of two different heel heights this season. The structural form of the Choc Real Passementerie Pump is emphasized with twisted gold piping, creating a sophisticated contrast with the black velvet. A style statement that will never go unnoticed, the Choc Real Passementerie Boot 50 in vibrant red suede and the Choc Real Passementerie Over the Knee Boot in purple suede are enhanced around the front of the foot and on the heel with tone-on-tone piping, subtly intensifying the shape of the boots and their vibrant 80s colour palette. Sensually wrapped around the Vivier woman’s ankle, braids in green thread give the Sin Sandal its feminine flair while remaining supremely luxurious with a pairing of tassels flowing from the braiding. Part 80S, part Oriental, braiding and sumptuous tassels create endless, stylish effects.

With its signature trapeze shape and compact size, the latest addition to the Viv’ line is an ode to feminine sartorial sophistication. The distinctive form of the Viv’ Cabas Flower Strass bag makes it a versatile companion for any look, from understated casual chic to supreme evening elegance. With baroque flair, a bejewelled buckle stands out against the dark suede to make the Viv’ Cabas a bag to turn heads wherever the Vivier woman goes. In a play of bold and daring contrasts, the rectangular bouquet of blooming crystal flowers shimmers unapologetically with every one of her moves.  Stylishly paired with a little black dress, the Viv’ Cabas Flower Strass channels any sophisticated look: worn in the crook of the arm or loosely strapped over the shoulder with the addition of an adjustable removable strap, it injects Roger Vivier glamour.  More than a charming complement, the bag features an external zipped pocket and an internal flat pocket for practical storage. Four protected feet feature the RV logo so the bag can be perfectly balanced upright wherever it is placed. Daringly different with a touch of dazzling extravagance, the new variation on the unmistakable trapeze design is the epitome of Roger Vivier Parisian chic - a bag that seamlessly evolves from classically understated to audaciously alluring depending on her mood and how she chooses to wear it.

First theme. Slightly masculine, the 60s roll in: monochromatic boots, graphic silhouettes and new-age classics define the MODS theme with an unblushing allure. In the aftermath of the war, Roger Vivier’s 60s era was combative; which led to the first punk movements. Here, a pair of Combat boots welcomes a velvet ribbon or a crystal buckle. A boot with a podium heel, the Botox comes with a rectangular buckle that appears to be lined under the skin and flirts with the surface of the leather. Second themeMOROCCO is based on an Andalusian-Arabic theme, inside which ornamental trimmings are implicitly present. A little folk, always modern, ornamental trimmings define a spirit: orientalist and bohemian, threads create countless effects on thigh-high boot intricately embroidered with gold. In the same spirit, the Club Chain handbag comes with an inspiring, threaded buckle, which calls for a pompom effect.

Altogether precious, the BAROCCO theme is embellished with jeweled brooches (coral stone, green cabochon and crystal sparkles): embroidered on a babouche-slipper or a mule, they adorn a thigh-high boot, just below the knee. Here a clutch is completely embroidered over; there, a Cigarette Box is richly decorated. Third theme. One of Maison Roger Vivier’s classics, the animal print comes back under the name of WILD KISS: diverted and reassembled, the outline of lips composes a wild effect. Applied onto a grey herringbone fabric, they galvanize a pump with a Choc heel or a varnished detail on the side of a boot. They run freely on a Baluchon handbag in Pony leather, and give the Beatle an elegant edge. Fourth theme. NIGHT calls in, surrounded by crystal: a pair of sandals are embroidered with crystals. An ultra-feminine velvet-knot sandal with a cigarette heel called Sin also suggests eveningwear. Glittering on its end, the stiletto recalls the Marlene heel, also glittering with its unique faceted sphere. Being a symbol of femininity, freshness and joie de vivre, flower strass blooming on the velvet fabric or leather adds a touch of glamorous delicacy for all sorts of styles from day to night.