22 Dec The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Stepping through the doors at the Anantara Chiang Mai resort brings an instant sense of serenity. You’re met with the soothing sound of water features, immaculate green lawns and beautifully minded buildings, some which have stood proudly on the banks of the Mae Ping River for almost a century.
Check-in has a warm Northern Thai feeling to it, with the charming reception team handing you a perfectly purple Butterfly Pea flower drink and refreshing scented towel on arrival. Instantly the weight of your travels are erased and you feel yourself relaxing into the exceptional hospitably for which this signature hotel is renowned.
Arguably the best-located hotel in the city, the Anantara Chiang Mai is a luxurious sanctuary with a contemporary design that compliments it’s Thai and colonial style. Surrounded by scented gardens and joined by walkways, there are a total of 52 guest rooms and 32 suites from which to choose here. For added exclusivity, the Kasara Suites include private lounge privileges, and for a more elegantly urban option, the recently opened Anantara Serviced Suites, conveniently located opposite the resort, are perfect for families, longer stays and travellers who appreciate more independence.
With the choice of One, Two and Three Bedroom Serviced Suites, they feature living, kitchen and dining facilities and have a rooftop pool and bar with impressive views towards the Doi Suthap Mountain and across the city. The two sides of the resort are linked by overhead walkway for easy access to the riverside’s health club, spa and restaurant facilities.
All rooms and suites, on both sides, have balconies with loungers and are decorated in a traditional Thai style with teak flooring and offer all modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffee machines and en suite bathrooms with indulgent rain showers.
You will not go hungry at the Anantara Chiang Mai given the varied options of international grill cuisine and authentic Indian specialties available on the waterfront deck, or the immersive Asian culinary experiences in the treasured colonial house. Don’t miss their Afternoon Tea for which they’ve an established reputation, either.
The resort’s colonial house dates back to 1921 and was once the home of the British Consulate of Chiang Mai who welcomed a constant stream of visitors here and hosted parties for the British King and Queen’s birthdays, which were marked as social highlights of the year. Today it houses the Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar, which reimagines this colonial era in an eccentric reinvention of the British government’s secret service.
Dinner here is filled with mystery and intrigue from the moment of arrival, with a spy peep hole in the entrance door and menus delivered in top secret envelopes stamped ‘For your eyes only’. You can dine in the communal dining rooms, or reserve the private dining room, which is accessed through a secret bookshelf door in the library wall.
Things to do at the Resort and beyond
Travel by Tuk Tuk with the Streetwise Guru and Guest Relations Officer for a behind the scenes city tour. Learn more about the history of the walled city, explore eclectic China Town, visit the riverside flower market and enjoy refreshments at one of the charming coffee shops. You will be taken to walk the ancient ruins and historic sites, learn about merit making from the temple monks and try Chiang Mai’s one or two of Chiang Mai’s most famous dish at a local homegrown café.
At the resort take advantage of the 24-hour fitness center; enjoy a yoga class, Muay Thai Boxing, Aerobics or Thai Chi, a serene and gentle Chinese martial art that improves balance and general health. Other activities include a Sunset Cruise on the river, cooking classes and lessons in Thai massage.
The Resort’s central city location makes it easy to explore the surrounds, with the colourful night market only a ten-minute walk away. Discover the old city’s countless temples and ancient Lanna ruins, seek out quirky cafés, boutiques and art galleries, and do not miss the opportunity to eat street food from the vendors that set up near the Chang Puak Gate each evening.
Venturing further afield, a visit to the Doi Suthep temple grounds is a must. You can also visit one of the elephant sanctuaries for which the area is known or consider a day touring with the Tuk Tuk Club. Spend time in the spectacular national parks and seek out hill tribes to purchase some of their intricate crafts. There is zip lining in the rain forest with Flight of the Gibbon, cycling in the hills overlooking the Mae Rim Valley, white river rafting and world-class golf courses.
Or simply enjoy time relaxing on your balcony daybed, admiring the lovingly nurtured courtyard gardens or lounge at the riverside pool. When booking take a look at the special packages on offer at the resort, including their ‘Wellbeing Retreat’ that is designed to bring balance and nourishment to your body, mind and soul and is curated with healthy eating options to compliment your soulful Chiang Mai holiday program.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a 10-minute walk from the Night Bazaar, with the Chiang Mai International Airport only 8 km away.
Address: 123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
Tel: +66 53 253 333 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org