Amari Watergate Hotel. Bangkok Thailand. Indulgent Luxury in the Heart of the City.

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Thailand. –  As I prepare for my return to Thailand, I remember my wonderful stay at the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok in June.

I was just off a week visiting the Eco-Tourism Communities of Trat followed by an overnight stay at The Spa Koh Chang Resort, and was returning to the big city for a few days of exploring.

Actually, my arrival at the Amari Watergate followed a full day which had included a cycle through the Bangkok Jungle with Spice Roads as well as a visit to the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn. It was hot and humid and I was feeling excited and rather loved up by the rich experiences, yet very much ready for a reprieve to a quiet room for a shower and some downtime.

My welcome could not have been warmer. As I entered the cool foyer and walked towards reception, my gracious hosts David Barrett, Executive Director of Events and Laura Rand, who heads up Social Media, were there to greet me and show me to my room.

As a surprise, they’d upgraded my stay to a room on the Executive 32nd Floor from where the views were limitless. A welcome note and a beautiful Phuang malai, a Thai fresh flower garland, awaited me. Indulgent spoiling.

Amari Watergate Bangkok is found in the vibrant Pratunam neighbourhood in downtown Petchburi, known for its bustling shopping bazaars and lifestyle malls. You literally just step outside and into the heart of it.

Yet the hotel lobby offers a relaxed ambience and there are four restaurant outlets to choose from. I enjoyed sitting in Cascade with a glass of bubbly and some snacks, watching the world go by. It allowed a perfect balance between the bustling crowds and tranquility.

Also recommended is a visit to the luxury Breeze Spa where I had the most incredible treatment. And time at the outdoor garden terrace which is home to the pool and sundeck. A swim high up above the city is a must do!

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The Amari Watergate offers a range of room types. My Executive Suite on the 32nd floor had the finest amenities and extra space with an open-plan bedroom, separate living room, a writing desk (something I always appreciate) and all the high-tech luxuries including two 40” LCD TVs, a DVD player and stereo system. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower.

As though that wasn’t enough, the Executive Floor enjoys dedicated express check-in/check-out facilities as well as access to the Executive Lounge for a complimentary breakfast buffet and early evening cocktails.

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With host, lovely Laura being shown around the Hotel.

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Greatest surprise was that this urban five-star hotel is eco-friendly and is constantly developing its environmental policies. Guests can do their bit by reusing towels and bed linen to save water, energy, labour and chemical use in washing cycles. But they do much more than this and involve and educate their staff, work on cleaning up the neighbourhood and canal and inspire with ongoing community project. Read more about their Green Initiatives.

I can see why the Amari Watergate Hotel is the number one hotel choice for South Africans visiting Bangkok. Location location location!

But much more than that. It is the incredible charm of the hotel where true luxury has been wrapped up with a generous sense of home, a magical touch in a hotel this size. The service is impeccable and no amenity or need has been overlooked. The views from my room were spectacular, the food outstanding, the pool and Breeze Spa perfectly placed and the attention to detail of the best I’ve ever seen.

Luxury in the Heart of the City. What a place to live the life of a VIP guest. I thank all at Amari Watergate for making me feel special.

Ps. Needless to say, the WiFi is amazing!

For more info have a look at the Amari Watergate Hotel website and connect with them on Facebook | Twitter and Instagram. Also keep an eye on their special packages.

While staying there, I was invited by David Barrett onto his Meetings at Amari to share my views on Eco-Tourism. Amari Watergate are proud members of the Green Pearls Unique Places hand-picked collection and introduced me to Stephanie and crew, leading to my return visit to Thailand tomorrow. Ever grateful.

Read more about my Thailand experience here and watch my videoI travelled by invitation of Lesley Simpson Communications and was generously hosted by the Amari Watergate Hotel.

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The view from the Executive Floor lounge towards the city.
(Pic supplied, as are the top three. I couldn’t resist).

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