The holiday season is fast approaching, and Bangkok is pulling out all the stops this year when it comes to food-centric celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are no excuses for staying in as the city comes alive with several high-end and unique options to celebrate this holiday season in style. Here are seven of our favourites for your consideration.
Jazz at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Don’t let the holiday season pass you by without visiting The Living Room at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, which is one of the most sophisticated places for jazz in the city. This contemporary venue is a classic jazz lounge complete with a raised stage and world-class acoustics. It’s spacious and open with an avant-garde, circular shape and a gilded dome on the ceiling that draws the eye upward. The Living Room will be offering a Christmas Grande Buffet Dinner at Rossini’s inclusive of 3 hours of free flow wine, a Christmas Seafood Buffet Dinner at Orchid Café, a Thai Dinner Set Menu at Basil, and a one of a kind “Dine in the Dark (DID)” 4-course Surprise Christmas dinner.
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, 250 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +66 (0)2 649 8888, sheratongrandesukhumvit.com
The House on Sathorn (W Hotel)
The House on Sathorn is one of a new breed of upscale-lifestyle dining destinations that are redefining high-end dining in Bangkok. Located in a colonial mansion built in 1889 that was the former Russian Embassy, The House on Sathorn consists of four stunning neoclassical buildings that ooze a palpable sense of old world charm and nobility. There are four distinct areas for both dining and imbibing, including the “The Dining Room” for fine dining, “The Bar” for after-work drinks and signature Asian inspired cocktails, “The Courtyard” for casual al fresco bistro fare, and “Upstairs”, which is an exclusive club lounge with live music and DJs. Be sure to stop by for their Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Courtyard and Christmas Roast which is available both for lunch and dinner and includes free flow beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. They will additionally have a 6-course Christmas Voyage dinner at The Dining Room created especially for the occasion.
The House on Sathorn, 106 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangkok, +66 (0)2 344 4000, whotelbangkok.com
If you looking for a one-of-a-kind, bucket list experience for New Year’s Eve, then there is no better place to be then LeBua on the Chao Phaya River. Perched on the 65th floor of the iconic LeBua tower, this is a longtime favourite haunt for local residents and international VIPS. You will experience the epitome of fine dining with all the old school regalia and accruements you desire with the added bonus of a stunning wine cellar with rarified vintages that will put even the most discerning wine aficionados on notice. Book early to experience their year-end annual New Year’s Eve celebration which distinguishes itself by being the highest place in the world to usher in 2017. You will witness their iconic 70-foot “Bangkok Ball” which counts down the minutes and descends from 49 feet above the ground at Sirocco, the world’s highest al fresco restaurant. You can also choose to have an elegant rooftop sit-down dinner with wine pairing at either Sirocco, Breeze or Distil, or indulge in drink only packages at Flute Bar, Sky Bar or Vantage Point with Perrier-Jouët, Cuvée Belle Epoque, Brut Champagne and a premium selection of canapés with Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne.
LeBua State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Bangkok, +66 (0) 2 624 9999 lebua.com
SO Sofitel is unlike any other property in the city to experience the holidays. Discover the epitome of cutting-edge urban design, innovative dining and personalised service. It’s the kind of place where style and substance go hand in hand and no detail is too insignificant to be overlooked. Inspired by its location overlooking Lumpini Park, SO Sofitel effortlessly blends the vibrant energy of modern city living with the soothing tranquility of mother nature. Activities for the holidays include New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet with DJ at Red Oven which includes free entry to The Water Club countdown party (10.30pm–1 am), a 6-course degustation dinner at Park Society, a DJ Countdown Party at Park Society Terrace which includes free flow wine, beer, selected cocktails, and canapé platter and DJ Countdown Party at HI-SO Rooftop Bar. SO Sofitel is a chic and eclectic space where guests are encouraged to take their time, share some laughs, soak up the ambiance, and have an unforgettable evening wining, dining and socialising in style.
SO Sofitel, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +66 (0) 2 624 0000, www.so-sofitel-bangkok.com/offers/festive-2016
Octave Rooftop Bar
Coined as one of Bangkok’s sexiest rooftop bars, Octave Bar & Lounge has carved out a niche based on their sweeping and unobstructed views of the entire Bangkok skyline and their multi-level design that features three separate zones for chilling and relaxing. Set atop the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, the design is inspired by New York apartment terraces featuring an outside restaurant, a private dining room, and their signature rooftop lounge centred on their neon-blue oval bar. Downstairs in the terrace restaurant level, the décor is much more sophisticated and romantic. The expansive deck has two levels of comfortable couches to lounge in and a décor dominated by warm wood and soothing earth tones. Octave rooftop lounge and bar offers its New Year’s Eve party that delivers one of the best vantage points for the midnight panorama of the Bangkok city skyline and fireworks. Reserve 45th Floor for lounge area and bigger tables, or 48th Floor or 49th Floor which include a glass of Moet et Chandon, signature tapas, party favours, and live music and entertainment.
The Marriot Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road Soi 57, Bangkok, +66 (0) 2 797 0400, facebook.com
This is the only New Year’s Eve event on our list that is free of charge, with no admission fee. The Bangkok Countdown at Asiatique is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of the best places to watch the fireworks. The many restaurants also ensure there is plenty of eating and drinking options available for any budget. There will also be special entertainment performing from 5pm until the midnight countdown. Asiatique is an upscale riverside complex that has created quite a buzz since it opened in April 2012. Inspired by the historic period of trade between Thailand and the Danish East Asiatic Company during the reign of King Rama V in the 1900s, it features Bangkok’s longest public boardwalk (300 metres) and over 1500 shops, 40 restaurants and bars, as well as event venues and a one-of-a-kind floating boat museum.
Asiatique, 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok, +66 (0) 2 108 4488, thaiasiatique.com
Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New Year on a Loy Nava exclusive New Year Cruise from 10:15pm to 2:30am. Packages include a 10- course Thai Traditional dinner aboard the oldest and only authentic luxury teakwood rice barge operating on the river for the past 45 years. You also receive a fragrant jasmine garland, a pictorial historical map booklet of the Chao Phraya River, one bottle of wine with a booking of two confirmed persons, plus unlimited wine refills, midnight glass of genuine French champagne, New Year celebratory cake, digestive nightcap, tea or coffee, French petit-fours, party favours and the opportunity to disembark periodically prior to 2:30an if desired. Loy Nava offers an energetic dinner cruise that has something happening from the moment you step aboard until the moment you disembark.
Loy Nava Dinner Cruise, Si Phaya Expressboat Pier, Charoen Krung Road Soi 30, Bangkok, +66 (0) 2 437 4932 / (0)2 437 7329, www.loynava.com/new-year-eve-bangkok.html