In the middle of Bangkok’s busy business district, the Amari stands as a serene haven from the city’s chaotic streets. As soon as you step through the doors to the expansive air conditioned lobby, you’ll feel a sense of relief escaping the sticky humidity outside. For us, the Amari was not just another hotel on our Thailand tour, it was the last place we’d stay before flying home after 10 months in Southeast Asia. It was also our last weekend together before separating for a month. After our two nights at the Amari we would both be catching flights to our respective homes, so we wanted to make our last few days together special. We weren’t sure if a “romantic weekend getaway in Bangkok” would be an oxymoron considering the city usually leaves us exhausted, sweaty and a bit grumpy, but the Amari Watergate was a perfect oasis for our time together.
We had a room located on one of the Executive floors and let me tell you, it is so worth it. The entire hotel is beautiful, but staying in an Executive Club room will make you feel like royalty. When we first entered the hotel we were brought to the private Executive check-in on the 24th floor. While they prepared our room we waited in the Executive lounge area, enjoying complimentary fresh juice and cookies and cooling off with a refreshingly cold hand towel.
Our room was spacious with a plush king size bed. The bathroom was luxurious with a huge bath, perfect for a post-happy hour soak with a glass of champagne in hand, of course. We were grateful to find a box of chocolates on the table with a note welcoming us to the Amari. The floor to ceiling windows revealed a view of the cityscape.
The room had free wifi (available throughout the hotel) and a big desk to work that went unused during our stay because #VacationLife. In the morning we had access to the larger buffet breakfast downstairs, as well as a private buffet in the lounge. Complimentary snacks were available throughout the day, then from 5 to 7pm Executive Club guests had a happy hour with complimentary drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a light dinner buffet. So basically we were eating all day. We especially enjoyed getting a bit dressed up for the happy hour and sipping champagne overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Bangkok at night. Does it get any classier than that?
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We knew we would love the staff at the Amari before we even arrived. Our email correspondence with Ari, the Social Media team leader, was refreshingly down to earth and friendly. After the second or third email exchange Jules and I turned to each other and said, we want to be friends with this girl! Luckily she was available when we arrived at the hotel and we were able to chat with her before settling in. The rest of the Amari staff were just as sweet. From the lounge staff who never let our wine glasses empty, to the hotel salon’s hairdresser who not only gave me an amazing haircut but also a Thai geography lesson, we always felt well taken care of.
The facilities at the Amari Watergate are so accommodating that we literally did not leave the hotel during our entire weekend. I know that may make us sound like bad travel bloggers, but we’d done Bangkok before. We’ve seen the Buddhas and had enough 25¢ street Pad Thai to last a lifetime. This was our weekend for some pampering. We lounged by the pool, taking in the view of skyscrapers, a fun reminder that despite the serenity we’re still in the middle of Thailand’s biggest city. At the Amari there’s a poolside restaurant and bar, where the servers will bring your food to you, so you can enjoy it in your lounge chair, kicking back by the water. Across from the pool is a full gym with exercise equipment, squash courts, Jacuzzi and steam room. Jules enjoyed a full workout one afternoon while I sat by the pool and ate. Don’t judge me!
On the same level is Amari’s luxurious Breeze Spa. We had a calming Jacuzzi bubble bath in our private room followed by a foot soak and heavenly one-hour massage. The spa was beautifully designed and our room was spacious. Following our treatment we were given a delicious refreshing beverage, which we sipped, basking in the calm post-massage relaxation.
Overall our stay at the Amari Watergate was exactly what we were looking for in a hotel for our last weekend together. The facilities kept us entertained when we wanted something to do and the room was luxurious, perfect for snuggling in on our down-time. We loved being Executive Club guests and felt like absolute royalty. Thanks to the Amari staff for such a fabulous stay!