A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to check out the Chao Phraya Estate in Bangkok. The project immediately piqued my interest. The list of brands that are set to claim this plot of riverside land reads like a who’s who in luxury hotel circles. The complex is set to open in late-2018 and will house Bangkok’s future Four Seasons Private Residences, Four Seasons Hotel and Capella.
Developed by publicly-listed Country Group Development (CGD), the land is sandwiched by the Chao Phraya River and historic Charoen Krung Road. The company’s CEO, Ben Taechaubol, saw the opportunity when the plot came up for auction but acquiring it was no easy task. Mr. Taechaubol had to personally negotiate with the 300 groups of residents who used to live there.
When I personally visited the site a few weeks back, I could see that construction of the private residences and the Capella was already up to a few storeys high. The private residences carries a distinct diamond shape to ensure that every unit in every single floor is a corner unit. It is also being built in between the low-rise Capella and the Four Seasons Hotel to ensure residents will get unblocked views at least within a few hundred meter radius. The view that I saw even from the ground level was already something else.
The interiors are conceptualized by Hamilton International and BAMO, the same firm who worked on the Four Seasons in Dubai and Bora Bora. According to Ben Taechaubol, “the aim was to create a meaningful, luxury waterfront residential lifestyle that is unmatched in Asia and epitomises the legendary customized design, style and service that discerning guests from around the world have come to expect from Four Seasons.”
Indeed, luxury is a fitting description for the units at this prized property. Among the facilities that residents can expect are a private riverfront entrance; an amenities deck with its own infinity pool, private cabanas and BBQ area as well as a rooftop Four Seasons Club that is 3 storeys tall. To really drive the luxury proposition home, it will even have a private wine room to store prized vintages and a golf simulator. Plus, there is set to be another infinity pool up there – poised to be Bangkok’s tallest.
What I specifically like about the units are the floor-to-ceiling windows which create a very spacious and open feel to what is already a relatively sizeable unit. The residences range from a 115 square meter 2-bedroom unit to a 1,050 square meter penthouse.
Residents also stand to benefit from the Four Seasons brand of service, a first of its kind not only in Bangkok but also in Asia. This means a round-the-clock maintenance team on standby, in-room dining on-call and even an in-house sommelier.
The Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok will have approximately 355 units once completed. So far, around 55% of the units have been sold at an average THB 300,000 per square meter. I am personally quite excited to see it when it opens. The Capella Hotel Bangkok is scheduled to open first by Q3 2018 followed by Four Seasons Private Residences in Q4 2018. The Four Seasons Hotel will follow after that sometime in 2019.