Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has decided that its River Wing needs to be completely reimagined.

Scheduled to commence in March this year, the renovations, expected to take seven months to complete, will encompass all the rooms and suites in the wing, together with the lobby, swimming pools, Lord Jim’s, The Verandah and Riverside Terrace restaurants.

The historic Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will remain open throughout the renovation. The renovation is designed to further enhance the accommodation and facilities of this iconic hotel, while maintaining its classic, Thai-influenced elegance and unique resort style.

A major component of the work will be to enlarge the guest rooms; the number of guest rooms will be reduced from 338 to 301, while the number of suites will increase from 30 to 46. All rooms will have views of the Chao Phraya River.

Award-winning designer, Jeffrey Wilkes of Design Wilkes, has been appointed to oversee the interiors, which will feature updated amenities, bespoke Thai fabrics, skillfully crafted furniture and beautifully reconditioned artwork from the hotel’s collection.