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As daily Covid-19 infections surpass the 20,000 mark, Bangkok and many other provinces in dark-red zones were once again placed under curfew and further restrictions. To prevent virus transmission, recreational facilities and tourist attractions have closed their doors, while many people continue to work from home. But a slew of luxury 5-star hotels and resorts are now crafting customised staycation packages to raise travellers’ spirits and provide a change of scenery for those who are bored.

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

Standing alongside Lumpini Park, this pet-friendly lifestyle hotel is home to 362 elegant rooms and suites in contemporary designs that celebrate Asian heritage. Until Aug 31, the Kimpton “Extra Love” package offers food, drink and spa treatment credits of 3,000 baht for any booking of Deluxe, Premium and Grand Premium rooms, and 5,000 baht for any Suite.

Starting at 6,000 baht++ per night, guests can also enjoy daily breakfast at Stock.Room for two persons, a curated personal bar with ready-bottled cocktails by Laiba, complimentary Kimpton Hallmarks for the evening social hour and morning kick-start, early check-in at noon and late check-out at 6pm.

Meanwhile, those travelling with their beloved dog or cat can take advantage of pet privileges, for which requests are required within 72 hours prior to check-in. Pets will be spoiled with assorted toys, beds, grooming kits, ear cleaner, shampoo, wet wipes, a pet stroller and a food bowl with canned food and snacks.

Rosewood Bangkok

With direct access to the Ploenchit BTS station, Rosewood Bangkok has 158 luxury rooms, suites and houses, ranging in size from 42m² to 189m², all with sleek modern decor and panoramic views of the metropolis. The design concept reflects the cosiness of a private home, which is filled with books, artworks, accessories and personal touches that appear to have been collected by the family through time.

Starting at 5,863 baht++ per night, there are three special options available until Aug 31. The Sip, Savour and Stay programme includes an overnight stay in a premium accommodation, breakfast until 2pm as well as early check-in at 9am and late check-out until 6pm. A couple of visitors can enjoy a choice of Thai or Western set lunch and set dinner from Lakorn European Brasserie as well as a signature degustation afternoon tea and signature cocktail from Lennon’s to enjoy a unique in-room dining experience.

The Sip, Savour and Indulge package is available Wednesday to Sunday, and guests can take advantage of early check-in at 9am and late check-out at 6pm. During a stay, vacationers will be delighted with a choice of Thai or Western set lunch from Lakorn European Brasserie, set dinner from Nan Bei, signature degustation afternoon tea and Signature cocktail from Lennon’s.

The Elevated Stay package is a perfect alternative for those planning for a longer holiday. Until Nov 30, visitors can luxuriate in cozy accommodation, daily a la carte breakfast for two from Lakorn European Brasserie, complimentary Wi-Fi, six pieces of laundry daily, food, beverage and spa credit, 60-minute treatment vouchers at Sense, A Rosewood Spa and Rosewood Phuket vouchers.

Capella Bangkok

Capella Bangkok is designed to be an oasis in the City of Angels, with 101 luxury rooms, suites and villas ranging from 61m² to 595m². Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony to ensure guests can take in the breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River, while all riverside villas are complete with an outdoor jacuzzi plunge pool.

This 5-star urban resort is drawing vacationers with the Capella Bangkok Staycation package, starting from THB 17,500++ per night. Guests will be rewarded with nightly resort credits ranging from 8,800 baht to 132,000 baht nett per night (based on room type booked — Riverfront, Riverfront Premier, Verandah, Suites or Villas) to be used on accommodation, dining or spa treatments, breakfast for two at Phra Nakhon restaurant or in-room dining, a bottle of Capella Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne, flexible check-in and check-out, complimentary pressing up to five pieces per stay, complimentary wireless internet and daily complimentary non–alcoholic mini bar.

During the day, guests also have access to the Living Room and can participate in a programme of daily cultural activities, sunset “Cin Cin” hours and daily sunrise yoga by the riverside, while a Capella Culturist will serve as a personal assistant to help you plan a sightseeing tour to learn about local communities and Bangkok’s culinary scene.

At the same time, those staying in riverfront Villa and Presidential Villa can also make use of additional perks such as round-trip limousine transfer from their residence within Bangkok to the resort, 30-minute wellness massage upon arrival, and daily Apero service.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Just a five-minute boat ride from the Saphan Taksin BTS station, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is promoting itself as a vacation retreat for local residents during the ongoing crisis.

Its design is a perfect mixture of finest Thai craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology to facilitate urban living. There are 331 opulent guestrooms and suites, ranging in size from 43m² to 376m².

Starting at 9,999 baht++ per night, this legendary hotel introduces the Experience the Legend package, which is valid until Sept 30 and includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Premier room, breakfast at The Verandah for two people, a 60-minute spa treatment for two people, early check-in from 8am and late check-out until 8pm.

While the Fans of M.O. members can enjoy hi-speed Wi-Fi and get a 2,000 baht food and beverage credit, plus an additional 2,000 baht in case The Oriental Spa is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 preventive measures.

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel

Sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel bills itself a purpose-designed hotel for urban travellers to unwind and experience Bangkok’s city life. Ranging from 30m² to 166m², it houses 250 comfortable guest rooms and suites in sleek contemporary designs, which are designed to be vantage points so that visitors can observe the unique way of life in the waterside neighbourhood.

This 26-storey hotel now offers two staycation packages, starting from 1,700 baht. The Riverside Escape package welcomes guests with an overnight stay in an Avani River View room, 20% off dining and drinks at in-house outlets including in-room dining, early check-in from 8am and late check-out at 6pm.

Another option is the Riverside Indulgence package and take advantage of a luxury stay in an Avani Panorama River View room with daily breakfast for two persons, 2,500 baht dining credit per night, early check-in from 8am and late check-out until 8pm.

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

Just a three-minute walk from the Nana BTS, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit provides 345 sumptuous rooms and suites in minimalist elegance. Ranging from 37m² to 168m2, each room is filled with a signature MyBed, exclusive L’Occitane amenities, a working enclave with the latest technology and a built-in smart LED TV with Bose interactive entertainment system.

This month, the hotel launches two new deals, both of which are valid through Sept 30. The Staycation with Early Check-in & Breakfast Twice package, offers a 30-hour stay in a luxury room, famous breakfast twice upon check-in and check-out dates, complimentary mini bar as well as complimentary afternoon tea and evening canapes for two persons as part of Club Lounge benefits.

Starting at 3,655 baht for an overnight stay in a Club room or suite, the Luxury Getaway with Belga Dinner package elevates your vacation with a three-course authentic Belgian dinner at Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie or free in-room service, complimentary mini bar as well as afternoon tea and evening canapés for Club Lounge benefits.

Centara Reserve Samui

A newcomer to Koh Samui, Centara Reserve Samui is slated to open its doors to welcome its first visitors on Aug 10. Sitting on Chaweng Beach, this new 5-star resort is home to 184 luxurious rooms, pool suites and beachfront pool villas, with a sleep therapy clock for a personalised rest, 400-thread-count linens and a complimentary in-room bar stocked with a customised selection of refreshments and homemade products.

To celebrate its grand opening, the resort offers three exclusive deals, which all include daily breakfast for two persons, early check-in at 8am and late check-out until 8pm, specially curated complimentary minibar that will be refilled every day, a daily “surprise of the day”, 10% off dining, 20% off Reserve Spa Cenvaree and laundry as well as complimentary stay for up to two children.

From now, travellers can make a booking for a stay between Aug 10 and Oct 31. The Reserved for You package begins at 5,900 baht++ per night and provides guests an upgrade to next room type, while the Reserved for Longer package ranges from 14,800 baht++ for a three-night stay in a Deluxe Garden, Deluxe Ocean, Luxury Ocean, Reserve Ocean and Deluxe Pool Access.

There’s also the Suite & Villa Reserve Experience package starting at 13,200 baht++ for a two-night stay in a suite or villa. Vacationers can enjoy additional benefits such as round-trip Samui airport transfers, Reserve Host butler service, a bottle of Champagne per stay, daily afternoon snacks and refreshment from 4-6pm as well as a private Herb Garden Experience and four-piece laundry service per day.

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