The story of Princess Valaya Alongkorn, begins with her father, Chulalongkorn Rama V - the “Great Beloved King”. His reign was pivotal to the shaping of Siam and later Thailand and his educational interests undoubtedly influenced the young Princess.
While much is recorded about the Chakri Dynasty, Princess Valaya Alongkorn was truly special. Known for her love of books, Princess Valaya as a young girl would disappear for hours lost in literature. What started as a pastime, became a passion that she shared. Princess Valaya was pivotal in establishing one of the first all-girl schools in Thailand, even donating the land to establish a university specialising in training Thai women to become teachers and educators.
Princess Valaya’s creativity extended far beyond her skilled chess-playing and appreciation of literature. At the coronation ceremony of Queen Rambhai Barni, it was Princess Valaya who designed the dress that became a sensation.
Renowned for her ability to elevate European styles with a Thai aesthetic, Princess Valaya’s influence was seen in everything from interior design to flower arranging. It was her mastery of these pursuits that are integral aspects of the modelling of The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.
A stay in the The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok invokes a feeling of long-lost tradition and nostalgia. The hotel has achieved their design goal to bring back the Thai-Colonial style of Princess Valaya Alongkorn's era, sympathetically combining it with the modern world defining “Thai Transitional Luxury”.