For someone that has only stayed in one hotel in Bangkok, and no idea where anything is, deciding on a hotel to find in the massive city can be … oh … just a tad overwhelming.
So, I simply go to Agoda to research hotels.
Given that this trip to BKK — and my escaping Chiang Mai — is a must for my sanity, I decide my sanity is also in need of some posh indulgence.
That’s when I see the listing for Dream Hotel. Five stars. Excellent reviews. In the neighborhood I want.
And, what a dream the hotel is.
After breezing into Bangkok and hopping into a cab, my driver turns down Soi 15 in Sukhumvit and immediately I know Dream isn’t going to let me down. The sparkly, spin-y disco ball cube spinning in the middle of the driveway makes me smile. And, in this moment, I need to smile.
The lobby is swank, sleek … hip. And then, there’s the room.
My oh-so gorgeous room with blue mood lighting under the bed and on the wall. It oozes sexy.
Then, there’s the bed.
It speaks to me.
“D,” the fluffy white duvet whispers, “don’t I look amazing?”
“Put your head on me,” tease the pillows.
Compared to my apartment at Smith, this bed simply looks like heaven.
I toss my carry-on onto the little stand and immediately jump into the bed.
This bed is heaven. Soft. Perfect. If I didn’t have a hair cut/color in two hours, and work to get done, I’d skip the entire day and just pass out.
Which I do later that night after dinner with friends.
Needless to say, the sleep I have is incredibly restful … and incredibly comfortable.
In the morning, I head down to breakfast in the restaurant and grab some food. While it’s lacking in vegetarian options, what I do manage to grab is good.
Then, it is off to the spa for some more ahhhh.
Because I book in early (before noon), I get a 1000 baht discount, which means the honey body scrub, oil massage and facial is only around 2000 baht AKA highway robbery in America.
In the spa, I disrobe and let my practitioner work the scrub into my dull skin. While it is super sticky (it is honey), the shower at the end of it leaves my skin feeling softer than a baby’s. Super soft. And, yeah, glowing.
Then, time for the massage.
I love massages in Thailand. LOVE. But, this? This isn’t a Thai massage. It is akin to my treatment in Bali at Grand Mirage … gorgeous.
I lay there as she rubs my muscles and try to get over my funk. To get over my rut. I repeat a mantra in my head for more than an hour as she massages my body and gives me a facial.
When the treatment is over, I feel like a new person. And, far happier than I was before. There’s something to be said for just letting yourself breathe.
Relaxed, I head across the street to Dream’s other location and up to the top floor to get some pool time on the roof deck. Immediately, I head to the bar and grab a white wine and sit back, getting lost in my own thoughts for a bit before I jump into the chilly waters. Once the initial shock of the cold subsides, I refuse to move another inch and just soak as I sit and laugh with my friends.
The bottom line
For the $74 I paid for a king bed each night, this place is perfect. Staff are great. Facilities are nice. Restaurant is a bit overpriced, but I didn’t even mind. This was my mini-vacation. As I leave back to Chiang Mai, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I’m ready to go back home. At least for now.