A colleague at work today mentioned he might get to go to Bangkok in September. Oh, please take me along I thought! I can't help but think of one of my favorite hotels -- the Four Seasons. I've been there a few times and it is simply magical. The service is impeccable, the decor is breathtaking and Asian hospitality cannot be matched. But my favorite memory is of the night I arrived late after a hail and lightning storm eliminated the runway lights at the Chaing Rai airport -- but that is another story. This is a hotel where they greet return guests at the door by name. So when I arrived at about 2 a.m. and was escorted to this palatial suite outfitted in cool white leathers and dark ebony marbles, I was, well, ecstatic. But, oh, so sad. I only had 4 hours until I had to leave for the airport for my flight back to the U.S. Nevertheless, I took a long, leisurely shower in the glass shower complete with "rain forest" shower head, lounged in the fluffy, white robe on the down comforter and then walked cooly through the living room several times before falling into bed after 3 a.m.
WHERE TO STAY
The Four Seasons, Bangkok: http://www.fourseasons.com/bangkok/