1. It's a once-in-a-lifetime plot of land in Bangkok
Located along Charoenkrung Road (which was Thailand's first paved road, ever), Four Seasons Residences sits on 16 acres, a size that's unheard of in the Thai capital. A land that used to be the biggest hub for Bangkok's fishery market, the Chao Phraya River-facing property is close to the Chan Road expressway that services the city and the airport, and is minutes away from the Saphan Taksin BTS. Part of the Chao Phraya Estate, the 355 units sit in between Four Seasons Hotel and Capella Bangkok.
2. Its design isn't over-the-top and loud
With the sophisticated, international buyer in mind (i.e. you), Country Group Development has roped in Gerry Jue of Bamo as the interior design consultant and Kuala Lumpur-based Hamilton as the master plan consultant. The earlier has designed the entry lobby, corridors, unit plans and finishes, and Four Seasons Club, which consists of two amenities floors and a rooftop pool lounge. Meanwhile, the latter has cleverly come up with a special geometry for the property's layout. Instead of the cookie-cutter four-unit rectangle, the master plan's three-diamond form ensures that every unit is a corner unit with views of the city and the river.
Bamo's rich, neutral colour palette washes over the show unit we visited with sleek finishes over rich, opulent materials. Each room focuses on an indoor-outdoor relationship and how it opens up the space to bring more river views in. You can live large with a higher ceiling, a dual kitchen (one for show, and one concealed for all the ground work) and even dual entrances to the master bedroom (for sly exits, of course). Good materials are key, think: Brass lights, panelled leather walls and grey-white marble tops.
3. Your dream apartment looks like a hotel, but it's actually a home
The pioneers of the branded residence concept, Four Seasons Residences has all the amenities and services of a luxury hotel, but with a special touch: You. You get to call the shots on your interior design and how the services work for you. Planning to get those reproductive juices going? The family-oriented property has one floor dedicated to kids and teens, with a lounge, art rooms, acoustically powered rooms for music practice and even a tutor's room. Want to take your fitness plan to greater heights? Four Seasons Residences boasts the tallest residential pool in Bangkok, almost 250 metres up on the 66th floor.
4. You'll be a global citizen
Seriously, and you don't even have to be a third culture kid. The neighbourhood's peppered with heritage homes that whisper of old Bangkok, while the area is teeming with culture from all corners of the globe: Local jewellers, Indian textile merchants, European churches, mosques and young street artists. Further afield, the property's neighbours include Asiatique (a cluster of warehouses converted to dining and retail outlets), the Singapore Embassy, Shangri-La, W Bangkok and an upcoming Takashimaya — the first in Bangkok.
5. It's about timing
Bangkok's growth is commendable. While locations such as Hong Kong, Sydney and our own Singapore have established riverfront properties, Four Seasons Residences will be Bangkok's first luxury brand to hold claim over the capital's river of life — and one of the largest. If you've been thinking of investing in your second home away from home, this property might just nail it.
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