Lure of Riverside Living


*As featured in This Week in Asia, South China Morning Post.

Luxury waterfront residences are in a unique location and provide world-class services and facilities.

When Bangkok rose to fame as one of Southeast Asia’s most important cultural and commercial capitals, the Chao Phraya River was the city’s main artery and its bustling riverbank was the beating heart. Later, when global business and international tourism drove fast-paced economic growth for Thailand, this inspired the development of new commercial districts as the city expanded and diversified, leaving the capital’s ancient temples and palaces to stand watch over the waterfront, eventually flanked by some of the world’s best hotels.

The future heritage of Bangkok will see its majestic river return to prominence led by the completion of Chao Phraya Estate at the end of 2018. The 5.7-hectare luxury development is home to Asia’s first waterfront Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, complemented by two world-class hotels – Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Capella Bangkok.

Designed through a collaboration between Kuala Lumpur-based architecture studio Hamiltons International and San Francisco’s celebrated interior design firm BAMO, the 73-storey Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok features 355 units that offer owners a meaningful luxury lifestyle in a unique location enhanced by world-class services and facilities. The building’s innovative three-corner configuration affords every home inspiring views of the river and the city skyline.

The development’s unique urban resort concept encourages residents to fully experience riverside living as they enjoy a service-rich lifestyle with every need and preference met to the highest standards of global hospitality. Country Group Development’s visionary CEO Ben Taechaubol firmly believes that owning a unit at Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok offers buyer’s far more than a prestigious asset and a secure investment for the future. His aim is to encapsulate waterfront living at its finest. “When we first decided to take on the task of developing Chao Phraya Estate we were inspired by the world’s great waterfront locations and their vibrant collections of patisseries restaurants, bars and open spaces,” he says. “We took references from acclaimed destinations around the globe that are recognised for offering the best experiences in their respective cities. The experience will be serene one minute, vibrant the next. Ideal for a quick drink with friends or a gastronomic feast with your extended family.”

To realise this goal, Country Group Development opted for a low-density development, making the most of the site’s 350-metre river frontage while providing residents with a choice of communal spaces and private facilities. Two world-class hotel partners were selected based on their commitment to fine design and service excellence, each one offering a choice of gourmet dining options while also providing residents with an unrivalled selection of on demand hotel services delivered to their door. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will comprise 312 rooms and suites, enhanced by the brand’s signature world-class cuisine, which will be served at the hotel’s waterfront promenade, as well as in the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

Capella Bangkok will offer 101 suites enhanced by the luxury brand’s famed style and service culture with signature dining and indulgent amenities, including the acclaimed Auriga Spa.

Within Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok’s section of the estate, some 4,000 square metres of space has also been split into three lifestyle zones, the River Lounge, Amenities Deck and Four Seasons Club. The River Lounge offers an intimate ambiance with an exclusive residents’ lounge, a specialist gallery and private dining options right by the water. The Amenities Deck features a choice of bespoke facilities and leisure options, including a riverfront infinity pool with cabanas to laze in, as well as more active options such as yoga and pilates classes in the building’s own private studios.

The crowning glory is the 1,300-square-metre rooftop Four Seasons Club, spanning levels 64 to 66, offering a range of stylish entertainment options and a host of private indulgences, including a glass-walled wine cellar, a cigar room, a private function space and private cinema, as well as Bangkok’s highest residential “infinity” swimming pool. Another key aspect of the appeal for residents and guests at Chao Phraya Estate is the varied opportunities they have to enjoy outdoor living in what is effectively the centre of the city.

Leading by example, Country Group Development opted to preserve and replant all of the site’s existing trees, including a huge Bodhi tree that had grown over a wall and had to be moved and placed with a special crane. “We gave as much importance to the design of the green spaces as we did to the buildings,” Taechaubol says. “The actual living environment is crucial as we bring to life our vision of meaningful luxury and create a landmark address that offers discerning buyers the chance to own and enjoy a piece of Bangkok’s future.”