If you came to Chiang Mai for a spot of shopping, temple hopping and lounging in cafes, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, on the banks of the Mae Ping River, has the perfect location in the heart of the vibrant city.
84 sleekly designed rooms and suites are housed in an elegant modern building of wood and expansive glass. Private balconies and terraces feature a double daybed overlooking manicured grounds, the colonial house or river.
This contemporary hotel is a landmark in the city and, behind its cool, contemporary walls, you’ll find an oasis in the city.
The pool and ponds throughout the property make the gardens truly spectacular both day and night, when the water reflects lights across the resort. The rooms are airy and beautiful, offering views over the courtyard gardens from balcony daybeds. You can enjoy sunbathe in quiet seclusion and swim in the 34-metre riverside pool. Energy is renewed with a workout in the river view gym, going with the flow of Yoga or Tai Chi, and getting fighting fit in a Muay Thai boxing class.
This being Anantara, the spa is another star of this show and, as well as lengthy spa rituals to help you unwind after a day’s temple-hopping, the spa offers massage lessons to help you pick up a few local skills. We also recommend indulging in a sunset river cruise or, if you’re feeling more active, the hotel’s cooking classes.
Original culinary experiences stimulate the senses with innovative concepts, mouthwatering menus and enchanting views. Guests can sip morning refreshments in the Lobby Lounge coffee before a day of exploration.
Conjuring a surreal illusion of British secret intelligence, the charming colonial house is The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar, offering social and private spaces for Asian cocktails, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine with fine wines, and Anantara’s famous Afternoon Tea.
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and the capital of the north. Cosmopolitan attractions contrast with ancient Lanna Kingdom heritage, northern Thai customs and colourful hill tribes. Spectacular mountain, jungle and national park scenery beckons exploration. Elephant experiences can be combined with bamboo river rafting. Hill tribes and handicraft villages can be toured in a day. Adrenalin pumping activities, such as jungle zip lining, contrast with the pleasures of a sunset river cruise and golf by the Himalayan foothills. www.chiang-mai.anantara.com