CentralWorld, as the name suggests, is one of the great, glittering hubs of Bangkok, a hive of activity befitting this cosmopolitan centre. To the east, there is the seething mass of traffic on traffic and neon-flecked street stalls; to the west, the more demure foodie enclave of Groove. And, towering above the whole scene is Centara Grand, a hotel so keen on reaching for the sky that even its lobby is 20-odd floors up.
For anyone exploring Bangkok, Centara Grand makes a fitting HQ – the sweeping antechamber offering floor-to ceiling views of everything from Ploenchit to the river. Like the best luxury hotels, it’s glamorous without appearing overbearing, chic yet still comfortable.
In terms of wining and dining, Red Sky is the jewel in the crown here. The bar on the upper-most floor attracts urban stargazers keen to plot the various landmarks on Bangkok’s skyline by night with a well-made martini in hand. But the dining area downstairs, lit by the restaurant’s technicolour LED arch that stretches overhead, is also well worth a look, boasting a menu made up of inspired modern European dishes. The oysters served here are some of the best in town.
Red Sky may be the signature venue at Centara but it’s not the only shot in the locker. Ginger balances Japanese and Chinese cuisines on the same menu, while The World hosts a comprehensive breakfast buffet and cooking stations offering a global sweep.
The rooms at the hotel are modern, angular and cleanly lit, but with unexpected splashes of colour adding warmth. For example, the spotlessly white bathrooms are offset delightfully by the eye-catching mosaic of the shower tiles, the muted tones of the sofas enlivened by the jazzier, vibrant cushions. It’s easy to forget you’re in a hotel, which is a compliment, even if it perhaps doesn’t sound like one.
After a good night’s sleep, head downstairs for a treatment at the Spa Cenvaree. Explore the high-ceilinged foyer that folds out toward the rooftop or retreat into the low-lit, pine-scented corridors for a seriously relaxing Balinese massage and facial treatment. Either way, a stay at the Centara Grand is likely to leave you with a spring in your step.
Centara Grand at CentralWorld
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