The Raweekanlaya Resort is a medium-sized hotel of 18 rooms designed to evoke the Old Siam style yet with enough contemporary touches to feel modern and fresh. It was built in the late 1800s as the residence of the royal governess of His Majesty King Vajiravudh, or Rama VI.
The building’s status as a former royal residence is reflected throughout the property. King Rama VI was well-known as a playwright and poet – the rooms bear the names of characters from his play “Mattanapata”. In addition, various murals on feature walls throughout the resort depict scenes from modern Thai history.
The resort’s current design is much cleaner and simpler than it would have been in its heyday, though with some refined, luxurious touches to hint at its former glory. Rooms range from sprawling suites with separate living areas and 180-degree city views to more compact options. All offer sleek, minimalist designs in a light colour palette with warm touches provided by darker woods.
All feature ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, room service and turn-down service, and fantastic views of either the lush, tropical resort garden or the city itself. A highlight of the garden is the 1200-year-old Banyan tree.
Enjoy the delicious cuisine of the resort restaurant that celebrates the shifting internationalisation of Thailand during the reign of Rama VI. As such, the menu is a celebration of traditional Thai cuisine combined with international influences, reflective of both the introspective and globalised outlook of the former King.
The Imperial Wellness spa is at the heart of the resort, offering traditional massage therapies that have been carried down across generations. Head to the spa for a customisable treatment plan tailored to guests’ needs. Elsewhere, for relaxation, take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool before sipping on a cocktail at the poolside bar.