Travel Story Finding humility amid the fancy

Thai tradition behind a luxury hotel is revealed by GAIL ANTHONY

The design brief given to the company asked to fit out the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel had two key words.

The first was “contrast”.

The second was “humble”.

To fulfil the first, PIA Interior Company’s designers have created a space that not only looks different to surrounding hotels but is also the antithesis of Bangkok’s hustle, bustle and humidity.

Keeping it “humble” is rooted in Thai tradition and more understated than over the top. They certainly met the brief. A lush garden and water feature — uncommon in this concrete-strewn neighbourhood — greets me at the hotel’s entrance before smiling staff offer a chilled drink in the cool lobby.

And, indeed, when I ask Niwat Aunprueng, senior executive partner of PIA Interior Company, what he would like guests to say about Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit, he replies: “That this place feels like a warm and humble local Thai house”.

He wants visitors to feel calm and relaxed at the recently opened hotel, as if they were “coming back home”.

For, although contemporary, the decor is inspired by various eras of Thai history and presented in a muted palette of black, brown and gold to create a calming ambience. The gold tones are a nod to the Buddha’s hand, revered by Buddhists throughout Thailand.

Patterns and textures throughout the hotel draw inspiration from Thai crafts such as weaving and basketry, motifs from former queens’ dresses and a traditional kite game. Thai artists created unique works for the property, including a golden sculpture in the lobby depicting a couple in a warm embrace.

Conveniently located on Sukhumvit Road with direct access to the BTS (Bangkok Mass Transit System) skytrain’s Nana Station, Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit lies in the heart of Nana, a melting pot of cultures and once an international marketplace. Korea Town, Arab Street, and Little India are just a stone’s throw away, as is Soi 11, known for its nightlife, where you’ll find The Australian Pub & BBQ, Old German Beer House, Cuban Bar, Havana Social and Mexican, Japanese and Iranian restaurants.

High-end shopping malls Emporium and EmQuartier, and trendy giant-shipping-container night market, Artbox Bangkok, are also within walking distance along Sukhumvit Road.

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Fact File

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit hotel room prices start from 4900 baht ($A237) for a 1-king-bed or 2-twin-bed room. hyatt.com
Special offer: Worldwide Hyatt loyalty program, World of Hyatt members can earn up to double points on their second stay when staying Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit. world.hyatt.com
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