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Riverside Relaxation In Bangkok: Review of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Bangkok is a city with multiple personalities. It can be a chic, modern metropolis with rooftop bars and sparkling cocktails, or a noisy local market stuffed with street food, tuk tuks and tourists enjoying Chang beers.

At Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort you feel like you’re in another part of Thailand entirely; the deep green swimming pool, light-filled balconies and riverside dining, create a little taste of life on the Thai Islands.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort sits on the west banks of Chao Praya River

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort sits on the west bank of Chao Phraya River

Chilling poolside at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Chilling poolside at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Water features and plant beds surround the pool area.

Water features and plant beds surround the pool area.

Where many Bangkok hotels reach up towards the sky, Anantara Riverside spreads out along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The 408 rooms and suites form a u-shape around the generous sized pool, with riverside rooms offering a direct view over the water.

A greenery-filled atrium outside the guest rooms. There's a water feature at the bottom so you exit your room to the sound of trickling water and the scent of yasmin.

The greenery-filled walkways outside the guest rooms.

The water feature in the atrium means you exit your room to the sound of trickling water and the scent of jasmine.

My room in the building just in front of the spa was bookended by a greenery-filled atrium and a balcony overlooking the river. As jet lag woke me up earlier than normal I was rewarded with sunrise views over Bangkok and a glimpse into the life of the local tradesmen who ferry people and goods around the waterways.

Tranquil views from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Tranquil views from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

You may enjoy breakfast directly in front of the river too. The extensive buffet (and I mean extensive – more options than you can physically sample in 2 days – and believe me I tried!) spreads both inside and out of The Market Restaurant. The outdoor live cooking station featured chefs preparing omelettes as well as Thai, Chinese and Indian dishes. There were curries and noodles, dumplings and din sum, pancakes and waffles, and even a bread pudding. Inside was a colourful array of fruit, yoghurts and cereals, plus my favourite, the baked goods, which featured pastries, muffins and some very tempting donuts.

Elephants watch over the Riverside Terrace.

Elephants watch over the Riverside Terrace.

Smoothie bar at the breakfast buffet

Smoothie bar at the breakfast buffet

Colourful fruit display

Colourful fruit display

My favourite section - the breads and pastries!

My favourite section – the breads and pastries!

You really are spoilt for dining options across the whole of the resort – it features a total of 10 restaurants and bars. For lunch I dined at renowned Japanese Teppanyaki steakhouse, Benihana. The chef performed his special version of ‘eat-ertainment’, making me chuckle as he threatened to throw eggs at my head before making them into a delicious fried rice to go with my freshly grilled King Prawns.

The chef puts on a performance at Benihana

The chef puts on a performance at Benihana

The chef at Benihana loved me!

The chef at Benihana loved me!

Another favourite of mine was the Numero Uno deli and bakery, which served western and Asian dishes as well as selling an incredible array of pastries, sweets and chocolates. They served great coffee, which was good to grab on my way out in the morning, and I may also have tried a truffle or two. (Which were absolutely delicious.)

One of the desserts on offer at Numero Uno cafe and deli.

One of the desserts on offer at Numero Uno cafe and deli.

Of an evening you’ll find live music in the lobby, a traditional dance performance at the Riverside Terrace and an entertaining cover’s band at Trader Vic’s Polynesian bar and Pacific Rim restaurant. Trader Vic’s speciality are Mai Thai cocktails with a twist – I highly recommend the mango.

The inviting hotel lobby

The inviting hotel lobby

The hotel is filled with pretty touches, like the flowers that are changed daily and candles which are lit each evening.

The hotel is filled with pretty touches, like the flowers that are changed daily and candles which are lit each evening.

One place I sadly didn’t have time to sample was the spa. I poked my head in to see the facilities though and the couples massage rooms, complete with petal strewn Jacuzzi, looked incredible.

Beautiful facilities for couples at the on site spa

Beautiful facilities for couples at the on site spa

I found my Zen in the bedroom instead. I stayed in a Deluxe Premier River View Room, which had a desk space, lounge seat, power shower and deep bath tub. The desk area came with a very smart bonus – a mobile phone loaded up with credit to make free local calls (and some international), as well as unlimited data and preloaded city guides and apps to help you navigate the city better. I loved the guide to the city’s best temples, it helped me see some of the best sights in my limited time, as well as the handy tool which said in Thai ‘take me back to the Anantara Hotel.’ I was also able to log into Facebook and chat to friends as I navigated the city, and at the end of my stay all the data was wiped with the touch of one button.

Elegant yet traditional - Deluxe Premier River View Room at Anantara Riverside Resort

Elegant & traditional – Deluxe Premier River View Room at Anantara Riverside Resort

A handy smart phone comes with every guest room.

A handy smart phone comes with every guest room.

I loved this clever console next to the bed which has controls for everything from lights to air con.

I loved this clever console next to the bed which has controls for everything from lights to air con.

Also helping guests to navigate the city is the free shuttle boat, which runs from the hotel to Saphan Taksin (Central Pier) every half hour. The hotel is located on the west bank of Chao Phraya River so during rush hour (which seems to be all day in Bangkok!) it can be a little difficult to reach the city centre by road. Navigating the sights by the river is super easy, however, and a far more pleasant experience too. From Central Pier you can easily hop on a tourist boat to the Grand Palace, Flower Market and Wat Pho (to name a few) or catch a train from the nearby Saphan Taksin skytrain station. Of an evening, the hotel also offers a boat service to Asiatique night market (a new shopping, dining and entertaining complex), which is directly across the water from the Anantara Riverside Resort.

The hotel's free shuttle boat to Saphon pier.

The hotel’s free shuttle boat to Saphan pier.

Asiatique night market.

Asiatique night market.

In a nutshell you’ll like this hotel if you’re looking for relaxed resort-style accommodation with convenient boat access to the top tourist sights in Bangkok.

The best bits are:

The free shuttle boat to Central Pier

The free mobile phone preloaded with guides and internet data

The incredibly extensive breakfast buffet

The range of food, coffee, cocktails and chocolates at the resort restaurants

Guest room balconies overlooking the river

Greenery in the atriums, flowers in the lobby and elephant towel art in the bedrooms

The slick level of service, style and sophistication you find at Anantara properties

Pretty touches left by housekeeping.

Pretty touches left by housekeeping.

More info

Nightly rates at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort start from 98 GBP on a bed & breakfast basis. Visit the website for more information or click here to book.

 My room was complimentary. All opinions are my own.

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