Conrad Bangkok - Stay Inspired

The newly refurbished Conrad Bangkok came back with an inspiring design with authentic Thai traditional details that not only strives to offer a brand new staycation experience and rise above the ordinary but also to enhance your stay, with elevated inspirations. mylifestylenews writes.

Situated in the heart of Bangkok's commercial district on Wireless road with a straight line of lush trees and an easy access to Bangkok's BTS skytrain system via the Phloen Chit station, many of the city’s incredible sights, shopping, and entertainment options of this vibrant, bustling metropolis are within easy reach.

Walking into the new lobby, you will immediately be greeted by the elegant outline of a temple and pagoda seen from the Ratcha Woradit Royal Pier given a modern twist. A shade of earth tone hue brought to your attention in a hint of zen motif. From the giant pillars to the chosen sofas color and orderly arrangements, there is no doubt
minimalism plays an essential element while the new design is inspired from the “Art of Wood and Impression of Bangkok”.

Designer Ray Chuang of celebrated Cheng Chung Design has combined the elegance and warmth of teak, evoking Thailand’s local temples and traditional houses, with lighter oak, gold and brushed bronze to stunning effect throughout the hotel.

Art of Wood: The color tone of the new design is inspired by shade of teak wood which is considered as the queen of timber. The designer embraces teak’s elegant brown color and adds a contrast of glossy gold materials and metal, creating a classy, fine and sleek feeling. The soft grain of brown teak wood, so evocative of Thailand’s past, in which local temples and houses were all built with teak.

The towering pagoda is an iconic sight in the Thai capital. The unique temples that represent Bangkok, such as Wat Phra Kaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho and Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), and views from the Ratcha Woradit Royal Pier - have inspired the designer with a passionate impression. This famous and appealing skyline of the city in the interior design, with a printed decoration and partition in the spacious main lobby are stunningly presented.

At the back of the registration area framed an impression of Bangkok: through 3D crafted artwork of Rajaworadit Pier – the royal pier located on the west side of the Grand Palace. Traditionally, this pier is reserved for the king & royal family since the reign of King Rama I till today. Whenever there is a Royal Barge Procession, the king & royal family will embark from this pier.

The award winning Conrad Bangkok is set to enhance a brand new guest experience as it unveils a major refurbishment since January 2019. The striking new makeover will ensure you to receive the warm welcome and authentic experience so typical of Thailand in a luxurious setting.

The 391 appointed guest rooms, 20 suites and 56 twins, blend Thai décor, natural woods and sensuous silks. The renovation also introduces two new room types - Premium Room and Grand Premium Room. Decorated with local Thai accents, the room also features a big floor-to-ceiling glass wall separating the bedroom from the luxurious bathroom, with a shower and freestanding bathtub. Our Corner Deluxe room marries luxury with innovation and elegant design, with carefully calibrated lighting designed by leading lighting consultants Tino Kwan to ensure the appropriate light levels are preset for day and night, working and relaxing.

 All rooms are equipped with intelligent technology, such as climate control based on external temperatures and the position of the sun. Contemporary luxury and innovative technology includes multi-use, desk-dining tables allowing rooms to function for both work and leisure. Each new guest room is equipped with the heavenly and signature The Conrad Bed for the perfect night’s sleep with USB ports placed on either side.

For leisure activities, the resort-style facilities include an on-site health fitness 24-hour Bodyworx gym, 2 outdoor tennis courts and even a rooftop running track. The gigantic resort lifestyle outdoor swimming pool is another rare find in the Bangkok metropolis.

secluded small “waterfall” pool area away from the main pool surrounded by lush tropical plants for further relaxation is certainly an ideal way to ease your busy day return from outside.

For further pampering and indulgence, the calming Seasons Spa offers some real good signature spa treatments with well furnished 11 thematic spa rooms and top quality amenities to unlock your emotional journey.

Conrad Bangkok offers exquisite dining choices including a Chinese restaurant at LIU with some real Cantonese flavours to explore.

KiSara serves some traditional Japanese food with premium produces freshly flown from Japan regularly helmed by the famed Japanese Chef de Cuisine Kenji Shindo and Bangkok’s only female Japanese Teppan Chef, Masami Inoue.

An afternoon tea is not to be missed at the elegant Diplomat Bar. Besides the warm scones, Thai savories and sweets is another highlight for an afternoon light bites and you could stay on for happy hour by sampling the house’s signature cocktails or a selection of sophisticated wines and spirits.

Unwind at Diplomat Bar over happy hour.

While the new Club Lounge is still on its way for completion during our visit, a temporary set up on the 3rd floor event rooms are equally elegant serving cocktails and selected wines and house pouring brands together with a reasonable well-spread mini buffet from cold cuts, cheese selection to warm savories that changes daily as well as light deserts. Be sure you get there earlier to get a seat where Club floor guests will pack up the place as early as the happy hour begins.

Breakfast is served at the all-day-dining Café@2 with various international spreads and local Thai delights and the service team are pretty switched-on and the live station kitchen team replenishes the food regularly even during peak hours where breakfast guests flock in at the same time.

A hearty breakfast

The new Conrad Bangkok marries luxury with innovation and contemporary elegant design to ensure their guests Never Just Stay but Stay Inspired with intuitive service. Despite the bell-hop team was a little disoriented during our check out especially when organizing a taxi, Khun Boom from the concierge team is happily and ever ready to listen to what her guests needs are to ensure a hassle free smooth run. Conrad Bangkok remains at the forefront of style and sophistication.

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

87 Wireless Road, 
Phatumwan, Bangkok Thailand
Tel: +66 2 690 9999

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. 

Iman In Valentino @ The 76th Venice Film Festival

Iman dressed in Valentino FW2019/20 Haute Couture while attending the opening ceremony and the "La Vérité" (The Truth) screening at the 76th Venice Film Festival.


Giuseppe Zanotti Introduces The “Croisette Crystal”

 Giuseppe Zanotti  Introduces the “Croisette Crystal” for the world’s most famous red carpet, a shoe designed to stand-out with elegance, grace and boundless sparkle. Making her debut as part of an exclusive Fall 2019 preview, the new “Croisette Crystal” is a stunning embellished mule named after Cannes’ famous boulevard. Launching in time for the 72nd Festival de Cannes, the black suede beauty features gleaming micro crystal embellishment along its curving straps. The effect? A sparkling necklace that frames the wearer’s foot and creates a sensual line.

“For me, Cannes is the epitome of red-carpet elegance,” says Giuseppe Zanotti. “I wanted to create a shoe that could sparkle, dazzle and shine in the most sensual way possible.”  Available as a stiletto, a flat and with a 4 cm block heel, the mule’s finely crafted leather straps are specially designed for maximum comfort.


LOEWE AW2019 Advertising Campaign

 LOEWE AW2019 advertising campaign continues to work with photographer Steven Meisel through a series of colour portraits inspired by emoticons, entitled Magnified Emotions.

 Holding a giant magnifying lens, model Julia Nobis expresses lust and anger against a striking yellow background, giving new context to this contemporary form of communication.

The portraits are accompanied by a fashion photograph taking place in an overflowing candy shop. In the new image, model Mona Tougaard wears a tailored black coat, platform boots and felt ‘propeller’ hat, inspired by Coret, a mid century hat maker from San Francisco, creating a strong silhouette in the playful setting.

She carries the Box Calf Lantern bag, a tribute to the Straeter Lite-On, a classic handbag from the early 1950s containing a battery powered light mechanism operated with a switch in the clasp, that the house has revived for today using its advanced craft knowledge.

In celebration of the craftsmanship of the product itself, a still life of the calf Lazo Bucket bag completes the campaign. A new shape for AW2019 and introduced in the last show, the Lazo is an understated shoulder piece crafted from calfskin in a contemporary bucket style.

Photographed by:
 Steven Meisel

Creative Direction by:
 Jonathan Anderson and M/M (Paris)

Styling by:
 Benjamin Bruno

Hair by:
Guido Palau

Makeup by:
 Pat McGrath


GIVENCHY x Ariana Grande AW2019/20 #ARIVENCHY Advertising Campaign

Givenchy unveiled a series of striking portraits of Ariana Grande in her debut campaign for the house’s AW2019/2020 collection, lensed by photographer Craig McDean. In Grande, the House of Givenchy found a modern embodiment of its signature spirit: an elegant attitude informed by beauty, individuality and a sense of empowerment. Keeping with the tradition of portraits favored by Hubert de Givenchy, who called the style “the Givenchy sitting,” the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter wears key looks from the runway collection including a pleated, floral print dress, sophisticated tailored ensembles and dramatic off-the-shoulder evening looks. In a close-up image with this fall’s statement bag, the Eden, Grande strikes a timeless pose. Evoking temptation and desire with bold graphics and sinuous lines, the Eden was designed in the spirit of Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller’s “Winter of Eden” collection for AW2019/20. Silken-finish skins and a crisp, geometric shape, sharp functionality and savvy construction make the bag a feat of leather-working savoir-faire - a statement bag for a thoroughly modern icon, Ariana Grande.


Giorgio Armani SS2019 Women's Collection - mylifestylenews' Top 10 Pick

Giorgio Armani SS2019 Women's Collection

The shape of colour.

Emotions that turn into colours.

Colours that become shapes. a fluid, fickle, changing journey in which being and appearing are one: an expression of linear, quintessentially Armani elegance. 

Shapes are simple, light, elongated: they create a slender and intangible silhouette, enveloping the body in delicate halos of metallic greys, silky pastels, multi-coloured reflections and soft blues with touches of bright pink and green.

The shifting shades, reminiscent of a pool of water hit by light, permeate a rich wardrobe of fluid jackets and trousers.

Elongated gowns crossed with pleats and embroideries, as well as ankle boots and small mesh bags, and large shoppers.

It is the firm yet weightless look of the materials that defines the spirit of the collection: delicate yet full of strength.

For authentic women who express themselves by being themselves, in total and complete freedom.


akyra Thonglor Bangkok - Intimate Staycation With A Cool Artistic Vibe

Small boutique hotels are designed to charm you with their outstanding aesthetic and to impress you with certain elements according to their brand image projection especially the moment when you step into the property. From the unique and enchanted interior to details on the furnishing, they strive to fascinate you by creating a distinct experience for your stay. akrya Thonglor Bangkok’s idiosyncratic disposition is another property worth checking out (in). mylifestylenews writes.

We love staying with boutique and design hotels whenever we can while travelling for business or leisure and even both. The stylish and chic aesthetics never fails to allure us and inspire us whenever new ideas strike in. Visual satisfaction is preliminary, while outstanding interiors captivate your heart and to aspire to check in at once to discover more -  just a little blissful treasure hunt with immediate intention to find out what lies ahead.

Being one of the members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the modern metropolitan akyra Thonglor Bangkok is ideally located in one of Bangkok’s dynamic districts - Thonglor soi 55 where chic boutiques, stylish bars and galleries are on the doorstep. Adjacent to a lifestyle mall and 24-hour supermarket, akyra Thonglor Bangkok is a definite hot spot to chill out and away from the major tourist tracks around town. Here, street food sellers rub shoulders with designer names and sophisticated bars draw out the in-crowd and just a short 10 minutes walk away from the Thong Lo BTS skytrain station.

By entering the hotel lobby, you are presented with the luxury comfort interior decorated in a modern contemporary approach. A mix of different colored velvety furniture is crossed over with the art décor motif juxtaposing the black and white marble flooring amidst the bold black marble pillar at the corner, which immediately impresses you with its particular style and imposing character.

The reflecting mirror ceiling adds a classy note to the entire lobby. The lobby is not big but separates the front desk and concierge counter with a separate entrance from the back of the hotel furnished in a small and dedicated cozy lounge area.

Tapping into the trendy local aesthetic with a strong and contemporary design, the 148-key akyra Thonglor Bangkok offers studio rooms, plus 1 to 3-bedroom suites. The studios and suites are created as exclusive urban apartments.

Our 37sqm luxurious Studio King Room is inspired by the glamorous sophistication of the decadent 1920s aesthetic. It is conceived by the renowned conceptual architecture and the diverse dynamics of a thoroughly modern metropolis.

The giant floor to ceiling black and white photo print out captures the bustling Thonglor Street, stunningly adding a very strong design motif to the room. At a first glance, you may be easily mistaken it was a view from lower Manhattan but clearly not. The grayish light blue wall gives prominence to the gold bar lining adorned with a bold purple velvety suede giant headboard. The classy aesthetic adds an alluring sophistication to the entire room with warm timber wooden flooring.

The welcome drink is offered by a selected menu. Our Bellini was delivered to the room instead with a pot of blossoming orange carnations well placed on the iron-cast round white marble coffee table.

The bed is perfectly made and flatly well laid. With silky soft and light 430 thread count bed linens together with the signature akyra pillow menu at your selection, it is simply a divine fête.

There is no word that can describe this but to tuck yourself in to feel the luxury comfort. It is simply a sumptuous treat. The spacious boutique ensuite marble bathroom is elaborately adorned with their own in-house aromatic Ayurah amenity set that offers you a sensation that whisks away stress and boasts a relaxing ambience.

The Presidente Lounge on the 10th floor also serves as a Club Lounge. It was rather quiet while we were there. This art-deco sanctuary with a choice of plush seating and private alcoves is ideal for private meetings or enjoying an afternoon tea as well as evening cocktails after a long day out. Personalized services are very well attended to especially the GRO team, almost a butler service are on stand-by most of the time to cater for your needs.

Frangipani trees flanked the reasonable length outdoor swimming pool located on the 11 floor with a secluded Jacuzzi overlooking Thonglor skyline and beyond as well as a 24-hour self-contained gym on level 10.

Breakfast is served at Som Tam Chardonnay Restaurant. This East-meets-West is tailored to a gourmet breakfast with crafted menus from the local delights to an international spread. The pastry, homemade yoghurt and the all time favorite local Thai breakfast selection are most frequented by the guests. The service team is courteous and attentive and not hesitant to serve and encourage you to sample the best from its buffet line up and food is replenished in a well-mannered way.

Overall service is warm and friendly and offered courteously before you could even ask especially from the GRO team Khun Mook and Khun Ya from concierge. The generous and fervent pro-active gesture makes you feel welcome and blissful.

akyra Thonglor Bangkok may not want to settle for mediocre but to celebrate their individual quirks and characters with a consistent standard to deliver. Sometimes, bigger doesn’t mean better, with small hotels offering a unique personal touch that leaves a lasting impression. While your time is valuable and trips are precious, they understand the importance and the value of service and delivery.

Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Room Amenities: 3.5/5
Housekeeping: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Interior Design

 88/33 Sukhumvit 55
North Klongton Wattana District
Khlong Toei, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 090 9000

*akyra Thonglor Bangkok is a member of Small Luxury Hotels Of The World 

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.