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The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a city hotel with resort flair. Situated in the middle of the city on the banks of Mae Ping River, it is a peaceful haven from where you can explore the nearby national parks, artisan and tribal mountain villages, bustling markets, more than 200 Buddhist temples, and the ancient Lanna ruins.
The restaurant with its secret agent look, offers outstanding cuisine, afternoon tea, and cooking classes. The Lanna Spa experience is so extraordinary that it deserved a spot in our Top 3 spas.
Chiang Mai is also called the Rose of the North. With its Mediterranean climate, palm tree forests meet rose plantations and wild orchids. The resort is perfect for couples and families alike. Couples can relax in one of the resort’s 84 rooms and suites and by the huge, pool on the riverbank. The resort caters specifically for families in 24 serviced suites encompassing several bedrooms in an adjoining building with a rooftop pool.
The luxury resort is minimalistic, sophisticated and stylishly decorated in warm, natural and brown tones. It has an elegant and warm ambiance.
The magnificent Colonial house, once the British Consulate in Chiang Mai, successfully combines contemporary design with Thai and colonial elements.
“Chiang Mai is Tradition, Culture and History.” – Reza, General Manager
The 34 m long, adults only pool, features a magnificent lily pond with Koi, well-kept reeds and river views. The perfect spot to get away from it all and unwind.
Families with children under 12 can use the rooftop pool of the serviced suites.
Suites with River Views
All rooms and suites at the resort have garden or river views, balconies with double daybeds, open plan bathrooms with deep terrazzo bathtubs and separate showers.
The rooms at the resort are perfect for honeymooners and couples with a maximum of one child.
Suites with Rooftop Pool
The serviced suites have separate living and dining areas, a kitchenette and even a washing machine. There are also suites with more than one bedroom – ideal for families.
The unique feature is the rooftop pool. Unfortunately, it was being renovated when we were there. Guests staying in the serviced suites can also use the large pool at the resort.
Guests staying in the Kasara suites have access to the lounge and many other privileges such as laundry service, breakfast, evening cocktails and light snacks.
Breakfast with a View
A scrumptious breakfast buffet is served on the terrace from where you have a fantastic view of the river. Tropical fruits, freshly squeezed juices, freshly baked pastries, Asian and Western specialties, and a wide variety of warm dishes, leave nothing to be desired.
Spice Spoons – A Thai Culinary Journey
In the Anantara cooking school, you get to know Thailand’s fascinating culinary culture. We hopped on a Tuk-Tuk with Chef Tanakrit and went to the local market to buy fresh ingredients for the menu we would cook later on.
What a huge selection of fresh and also strange ingredients – a great market with loads of fruits and vegetables we have never seen before!
With fresh coconut in hand, we went back to the hotel ready to cook up a storm.
We then prepared the dishes in The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar’s kitchen. A great foodie experience!
Our menu consisted of Spicy Prawn soup, Satay Skewers, Masamam Beef Curry and Mango with Sticky Rice. Delicious!
The meat for the Masamam Curry was fried with coconut milk and not with oil!
Some excellent Thai wine complemented the food.
Khao Neeo Mamuang – Mango with sweet sticky rice
In the end, you even receive a certificate and recipes to use at home.
Anantara Spa – Lanna Healing
The treatments in the minimalistic spa are inspired by traditional, century old, proven Lanna rituals.
LANNA RITUAL (90 MINUTES)
Experience holistic harmony with a full-body massage of healing plai oil, applied with Thai, Burmese and Chinese techniques. Awaken to a singing bowl. Wash away negative energy in herbal water. Make a wish on a golden heart Bodhi leaf.
Herbal Foot Bath Ritual – Warm Herbal Poultice & Mint Spray – Anantara Lanna Massage – Mindfulness Ritual – Refreshment
The sublime Lanna Ritual, the signature massage in the Anantara, begins with a relaxing foot ritual and mint spray.
The massage is out of this world! The therapists use a combination of Thai, Burmese and Chinese techniques.
At the end of the ritual, you cleanse your hands in a bowl of herbal water to wash away the negative energy.
Finally, you write a wish on a golden heart Bodhi leaf and hang it in the temple so that it can come true.
With the sound of a singing bowl, the ritual is complete. An awe-inspiring experience!
It was so relaxing that at times we were unsure whether we were asleep or awake, suspended in a trance. It was awesome and one of the best massages we have ever had!
Afterward, you can slowly return to reality with tea and snacks either with a view overlooking the pool or on the rooftop terrace.
The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a place of luxurious indulgence. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the colonial atmosphere.
In the evening, when it gets dark and romantic, candles and torches are lit everywhere, and traditional dances demonstrated.
The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar
In the former British Consulate from the 1920s, now a heritage building, Chinese Sichuan, Thai and Vietnamese food and selected wines are served.
The décor style is reminiscent of the British intelligence service. Nowadays, you can embark on an intriguing culinary journey here. There even is a secret door.
The impressive and stylish design stems from the general manager, Reza himself! Utter madness with astonishing attention to detail!
In the evening, international grilled dishes and authentic Indian specialties are served by candlelight in a romantic atmosphere on the lakeside terrace.
Apart from boat trips, market excursions and temple visits, you can also engage in Muay Thai training or do some other physical activities in the gym.
- Night Bazaar with seemingly endless market stalls – 5 minutes on foot
- Riverside with boutiques, bars and restaurants – 5 to 10 minutes on foot
- Old Town with countless temples, markets, street food and shops – 15 minutes on foot
- Wander through the street markets on Saturdays and Sundays – 15 minutes on foot
- Worarot Market / China Town & Flower Market – a 10-minute drive
- Hot Springs in San Kamphaeng – a 45-minute drive
- Tengoku – the best Japanese restaurant in the city
- Mix Restaurant & Bar – Thai, Chinese and Western dishes served in an eclectic atmosphere
- Pasta Café – Italian pasta, soups and salads
- The House by Ginger – Thai rustic, colonial kitchen
- The Riverside Bar & Restaurant – cocktails, draught beer and live music at the riverside, popular amongst locals and tourists alike
The resort is also the perfect spot to watch the traditional Loi Krathong festival that takes place annually at full moon in November.
The service offered by the kind employees is extraordinary, and the attention to detail is omnipresent. The people in northern Thailand are quite remarkable. The tranquility, the enormous pool, the sensational spa treatments and the view over the river, let you leave the stress of the modern world behind and escape to a serene oasis. The food is phenomenal and the cooking class so much fun. We highly recommend the suites with river views for honeymooners. Our two-night stay was much too short. We would have loved to explore the area more, but that only means, we will have to go again!
Rooms: 52 rooms, 32 suites and 24 serviced suites
Flight duration: 11 hours from Germany to Bangkok and 1 hour to Chiang Mai
Transfer: 6 km from the airport, only about a 15-minute drive
Vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus; Malaria stand-by is recommended and remember to use mosquito repellent!
Air Temperature: 14 – 36 degrees Celsius
Time difference: CET +6 hours
Best Travel Time: between November and March, regular from April onwards the temperature regularly reaches more than 35° C with very high humidity. In January Cherry trees transform the region into a bright sea of blossoms.
Price: Double rooms are available from 230 EUR per night including breakfast.
Special: Anantara Lanna Wedding from 3205 EUR, Honeymoon Renewal Package from 2560 EUR, 25% discount if you book 45 days in advance
Activities: Excursion to the Night market, temple visits, Thai boxing, cooking, and spa experiences
Special features: Relaxing ambiance, simplistic, noble design, exceptional cuisine, extra-ordinary spa rituals
Perfect for: Romantics, nature lovers, couples, families, honeymooners, culture vultures and wellness enthusiasts
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Please note: Anantara Chiang Mai sponsored our stay. Thank you so much! Nevertheless, the opinions expressed in this article are, as always, 100% our own!