Sophaphan Sabmaneenant On Dusit Residences & Luxury Urban Living
Sophaphan Sabmaneenant, vice-president of the Jasmin family jeweler, reflects on her new purchase of the highly anticipated Dusit Residences.
For five decades, the famous Dusit Thani Hotel overlooking Lumphini Park has been hailed as one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. The hotel group’s announcement to close in 2019 was met with disbelief, dampened by the news that the spectacular mixed-use development of Dusit Central Park was set to materialize in a prime location.
A refreshing take on an urban design and lifestyle concept, Dusit Central Park is the culmination of a unique collaboration between legendary Thai hotel group Dusit Thani and retail giant Central Pattana. Destined to be an unparalleled new destination in Bangkok, the project includes the return of a new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel, as well as the Central Park department store, Central Park offices and two state-of-the-art residential developments: Dusit Residences Parkside and Dusit.
While maintaining Dusit’s heritage and reputation under the ‘Here for Bangkok’ concept, there is also a focus on innovation. Raising the bar of luxury city living to new heights, tenants of these residences not only have guaranteed access to high-level bespoke services and thoughtful amenities rarely found elsewhere, but they can also enjoy a range of activities on their doorstep.
Built on key concepts of heritage and innovation, unparalleled connectivity, premium quality of life and meaningful experiences, the ambitious enterprise combines the world-class hospitality services of Dusit Thani, retail high-end retail, offices and prestigious residences – all in one exciting destination.
Its unique appeal and highly desirable location in the heart of Bangkok’s central business district, at the corner of Silom and Rama IV roads, make the residences a must-see gem for any affluent city dweller with an acquired taste for the finer things in life.
It’s a big decision to choose where you want to live. That said, one person who didn’t hesitate to buy a unit at Dusit Residences is Sophaphan Sabmaneenant, vice president of the family-owned jewelry store Jasmin.
“My family and I have enjoyed meals and family gatherings at Dusit Thani Hotel for as long as I can remember,” she recalls. “Jasmin also had a boutique in Dusit Thani Bangkok from the day the hotel opened, until it finally closed. I frequented St. Joseph’s Convent growing up, and our office is also in Silom. This area holds a special place in my heart. I think that’s why this project immediately caught my attention and piqued my curiosity.
In addition to its attachment to the place, it is its interpretation of the term luxury that has made Dusit Residences a first choice. “Luxury means different things to different people,” she says. “For me, it’s something simple, but meaningful. It boils down to something that is real and meaningful, and that complements and enhances your life. She adds that there are many interesting real estate developments across the city, but none of them look like this one.
“The amount of thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this place – to achieve such a level of perfection – is impressive. And it’s not just its exquisite and timeless design, but its personality and all the extra offerings that come with it that are so appealing. It’s a place designed to improve your quality of life. Plus, it’ll be like living in an apartment but having access to the five-star service of a hotel.
Besides its ideal location, the residences themselves offer sumptuous comfort linked to the natural beauty of Lumphini Park. “When I’m not working, I go for a run regularly,” she says. “It is difficult to have such easy access to nature in Bangkok, so I am delighted to take full advantage of it.” But beyond that, adopting a green concept, Dusit Residences also offers its own Roof Park which extends over seven rai of space. “Believe me, I’m going to run there too, right after my run in Lumphini Park,” Sophaphan laughs.
Among the many remarkable aspects of the residential project is the fact that it emphasizes sophisticated living without neglecting the need for a well-balanced life. Understanding the importance of physical and mental well-being, the project also offers a wellness centre.
As a hard worker, often working six days a week, time spent on herself is valuable, Sophaphan says. “It’s important to take a break and take care of yourself, so you’ll often find me at the spa.” To maximize personal relaxation time, the residences additionally include specially designed private facilities including an infinity pool, jet pool, saunas, fitness rooms and a yoga studio.
Dusit Central Park spans an area of 440,000 square meters, with Dusit Residences comprising 160 units ranging from 117 to 700 square meters – all offering uninterrupted panoramic views of Lumphini Park. Everything has been designed to reflect classic elegance and sophistication, with generously spaced living areas that offer all the functionality of a large townhouse.
Although contemporary in design, the interiors also take inspiration from the beauty of natural materials to portray ‘thainess’.
Due to be completed by 2025, Sophaphan says she can’t wait to move in and already has a rough idea of how she wants to transform her new home into a personalized sanctuary. “Warm white and earthy tones, with some pops of color,” she says, sharing her vision.
A passionate painter, she also plans to transform one of the bedrooms into a studio. “Before, I was a much more outgoing person who spent very little time at home, but I can tell you that once settled in, I will stay at home a lot more. There is a silence here that is hard to find in Bangkok. Also, if I wanted to go shopping or get my hair done or work out, I literally didn’t have to go anywhere. This unique, integrated lifestyle is something I really I can’t wait to live. The fact that this is a leasehold project doesn’t change anything for me. What you receive in return is beyond everything.
Setting a new standard for mixed-use developments and real estate in Thailand, the 4.6 billion baht Dusit Central Park development has been designed to provide the finest in refined living. Peaceful and private, and designed to the highest standards, Dusit Residences is ideal for those looking for quality and value in unique living spaces.
To find out more, visit dusitesidences.com.