Bangkok wasn’t on my bucket list for the simple reason that I’ve never had a bucket list.
But the scent of Champagne and the anticipation of high adventure quickly convinced me to accept an invitation from lebua Hotels and Resorts to spend a few days enjoying the dazzling array of restaurants and bars located under the shiny golden dome atop the 65th floor of their flagship luxury Tower Club at lebua in downtown Bangkok.
Chief among these destination delights are the world’s tallest open-air Champagne bar, Flûte à Perrier-Jouët; restaurants Sirocco and Breeze (both outdoors); indoor restaurant Mezzaluna; and bar Distil. Then there was the lure of getting some après-flight recovery in one of their all-suite, high-altitude lodgings.
The lebua group (they officially spell their name all lowercase) also owns three resorts in India and one in New Zealand, as well as a hotel restaurant in Frankfort. The latter conveniently allowed me to break my airplane hours in half — a nine-hour flight from Philadelphia (where lebua plans to open a restaurant next year at an as-yet-undisclosed venue) and another 11 hours between Frankfurt and Bangkok.
First stop: Frankfurt. After lunch and dinner at Breeze restaurant — a beautifully designed eatery with exquisite Pan-Asian cuisine located beneath the historic Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof — and a good night’s sleep, I am soon on an overnight flight to Bangkok.