Chiang Mai, the second biggest city of Thailand and capital of the North, is a great starting point for a journey in Northern Thailand. The city itself offers great markets, art venues, bars and restaurants, and outside the city, the more adventurous can explore temples, rice paddies, green mountains and national parks.
Located on the borders of the beautiful Mae Ping River, the Anantara Chiang Mai offers a blend of tradition and colonial luxury. The hotel is conveniently situated in the centre of the city but because of its riverside location and timeless design, it is a haven of tranquillity and relaxation. The main attractions of the city are easily reachable by foot and the airport is only a 15 minutes’ drive away.
The hotel’s design is minimalistic, Asian inspired, and with colonial influences. The Anantara experience begins in the beautiful, bright and spacious hotel lobby, which offers open views on the property. Lots of water, beautiful gardens, wood and straight lines set the atmosphere in the communal spaces. Inside the rooms, which bathe in sunlight, illuminating contemporary décor, stylish furnishings and local artworks give a timeless feeling.
There are 84 sleekly designed rooms and suites in the hotel. Most of them are housed in the main buildings of the hotel, just next to the river. Private balconies and terraces feature a double daybed overlooking the hotel grounds, the colonial house or the river. The Deluxe Rooms provide 50 square metres of space, and the 32 Kasara Suites boast no less than 105 square metres of space, including a lounge and dining area, a large open plan bathroom and upgraded amenities. Just in front of the hotel, one can also find the Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites, a separate building with 25 suites spread over 7 storeys. These suites have one up to three bedrooms and feature all necessary amenities for a longer stay in the city. A big bonus is the private rooftop pool with stunning views over the city and the river.
The resort facilities include a 34-metre riverside pool, a river view gym, a meeting room for up to 30 people, and the wonderful Anantara Spa, where holistic spa treatments and pampering include unique northern Thai rituals and signature Anantara treatments. The hotel also organises several activities such as river cruises and other trips.
The food and beverage offer is overseen by international chefs and ranges from superb cocktails to fine dining by the river. One can start with a great coffee in the Lobby Lounge before a day of exploration, and continue to The Restaurant for a comprehensive breakfast. At The Restaurant, dinner includes an international grill cuisine and authentic Indian specialties. The charming colonial house is the host of the unique restaurant ‘The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar’, offering several spaces for cocktails, and Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine. Do not forget to miss Anantara’s famous Afternoon Tea, too! Dining by Design is the option for romantic souls and spoils couples with a private chef and butler in a choice of intimate settings. For those that wants to get hands-on with the Thai kitchen, Spice Spoons offers cooking classes that begin with a market tour to buy ingredients. A great and enriching experience!
Anantara Chiang Mai is the obvious choice for those looking to explore Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand from a luxurious, yet intimate and relaxing hotel base. Thai tradition and elegance are combined with colonial warmth and a timeless design. Add the beautiful pools, the great spa and the mouthwatering food and beverage offer and you know you’ve made a good choice.
Rooms & Suites
Written by Sven