Away Chiang Mai – Hot Springs Resort
What We Love
- A tranquil resort surrounded by tropical jungle, with breakfast, discounts, a transfer and moreSwimming in the skin-soothing pools of the natural hot springs
- Discovering a huge rock Jacuzzi and gushing waterfall, as you explore 328 feet of outdoor pool
- Being showered with perks, from breakfast to dining and spa discounts to movies to an airport transfer
- Being within a 30-minute drive of the airport, yet surrounded by serene, unspoiled tropical jungle
What To Know
- It's an hour drive to downtown Chiang Mai, but there is a free shuttle
- There are plenty of activities from organic cooking classes to mountain biking on one of the hotel's rentals
- The location is remote, so come here if you want a relaxing hot spring retreat, not a jam-packed itinerary
Tucked within the unspoiled natural environment of Thailand’s Chiang Mai Mountains, Away Chiang Mai – Hot Springs Resort offers a serene escape in paradise. Abundant tropical jungles and national parks surround the traditional Lana-style architecture, but there’s plenty to marvel at on the property itself. There are 328-feet of outdoor pool formations to explore, including a spacious rock Jacuzzi and a gushing waterfall, plus plenty of water bars for rehydration stops.
For the ultimate well-being experience, visit the on-site natural hot springs, which boast skin-soothing properties, or explore the region’s fascinating geology in the stalactite-clad Chiang Dao Caves. Then head back to nibble your way through an organic cooking class or an afternoon high tea. Crystal is the resort’s main restaurant and bar, and there are also a fitness center and rental bikes if you feel the itch for adrenaline and adventure.
Awake to magnificent views over the Chiang Mai Mountains and unspoiled natural surroundings.
Amenitie- 400-thread-count bed linens- 42-in. flat-screen smart TV with cable channels- Electronic safety deposit box- Complimentary Wi-Fi- Walk-in rain shower- Air conditioning- Electric kettle- Minibar- Premium
Choose from Romantic, Lana and BBQ set dinners, nibble your way through an organic cooking class, or fill up on a sumptuous afternoon high tea.
Visit the nearby village of Sankampaeng to select your souvenirs from the arts, crafts and collectables on offer, or venture within the otherworldly, stalactite-covered caverns of Chiang Dao Caves. Head off-road, and you’ll find a wide network of tree-lined mountain biking trails to explore around the resort. Then, find rejuvenating natural hot springs gushing forth from the ground, back on the resort.
How to Get There
We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and it was fabulous. The staff were very helpful and so lovely, our room was great. The hotel is about 45 minutes from the centre of Chiang Mai but there is a courtesy bus and the taxis are very cheap. It is near the hot springs and we had a great morning there.
The pool didn't look too appealing so we didn't go in. Next door was a supermarket/bar and we had a great time socialising with the local people.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel.
My partner and I took advantage of a great deal on secret escapes to stay here for a week during the Easter holidays. We were aware of the distance from the centre of Chiang Mai but didn't mind as hotel looked fantastic. The day we arrived all of the pools were green and totally unusable as they were stagnant. Disappointing as the whole reason we chose to stay here was because of the idyllic location and services which are needed if you're going to justify the distance away from the centre. The main pool was drained and cleaned and ready for use by our third day. Throughout the week there seemed to be some activity with the other pools as one was drained and then left. The day we left none of the other pools had been cleaned and they began to smell quite bad as they were still stagnant, so we only had one usable pool for the duration of our stay. Many of the staff struggled with English (our problem not theirs I know) but this did make things difficult. One day we asked to if we could pay one of the hotel drivers to pick us up from the city centre as we would miss the 4pm shuttle they provide and offered to pay them the taxi rate. They agreed and promised to send someone and we agreed a rough time. Rang to ask them to pick us up, driver gone home so couldn't do it. Unprofessional and disappointing service. Rock bar and cafe never opened once either during our stay. Disappointing as there is a great little viewpoint above the rock bar with tables etc that would have been great to sit and have a drink on an evening.
On the other hand, rooms were spacious and wonderfully clean. The thai food in their restaurant was delicious. Pricier than in Chiang Mai but still better than UK prices. Drinks were massively overpriced. Souvenir shop and mini Mart on site not open once during our stay, but there is a little shack next door that sells basic groceries and this was amazingly cheap.
We used their bikes which are free to go down to the hotsprings and they provided a map for us as well.
Staff are generally friendly and we were welcomed with a drink on arrival and shown around our room.
This hotel could be amazing but there were many issues that made our stay very average. I would have been unimpressed if we had paid full price rather than the secret escape deal as the facilities were not as advertised.
Would have rated it higher but it’s not providing what was advertised. I brought my kids here mainly for the cool cascading pool and some time away from the city. Sadly the pool is being cleaned only one pool is available for swimming. Kids are bummed. Great hotel with great potential. Too bad the they didn’t find a way to clean it without shutting off all the other pools. What we came for is not available.
The hotel is situated miles away from anything, so most people seemed to go out in the morning and get back late afternoon. When we were there, the shop next door was closed, as was the little shop at the hotel. This wasn't a problem for us as we were only there for a few nights.
The shuttle into Chiang Mai costs 50 baht, which is ridiculously cheap for a 50 minute ride. We enjoyed a trip in to the city ourselves and really enjoyed looking round ( The silver temple is not to be missed!).
Our room was very nice indeed. The balcony, however, looked out onto a concrete wall, which was a shame as we were in the heart of the countryside.
While we were there,they had an issue with the pool, It went very green and was unusable. They were working on this and it was getting better by the time we left, although we would have been unhappy if we had been staying there as our main holiday.
The food in the restaurant was very nice indeed. Although it was more expensive than restaurants in town, it was still cheaper than in the UK. Drinks were expensive.
We had a fabulous half day excursion, in one of the hotel cars. . We were taken to a waterfall, to caves ( fantastic) and to the hot springs. On the whole a very nice stay, but with a few issues which were In the process of being sorted out.
Mind you the LOCATION is not even Chiang Mai. It is reallyisolated that literally nothing exists within walking distance. No shops no restaurants no massage, nothing. Despite in the middle of nowhere, the resort is ironically built right next to the road ....so in your villas you will have trucks running behind your bed every morning for your wake up calls. The hotel ground itself is relatively small given its location and is unfortunately very enclosed, particularly it has no open views at all to any of it surroundings, making it quite boring and uncomfortable. In fact, this resort can be situated in anywhere without making a difference. Literally one can stare at a swimming pool all day long anywhere without having to come all the way here. purpose defeated.
FACILITIES : non existent --- Rock bar closed and very run down anyway. Irish bar closed. "Spa" - you mean the 2 massage beds ? Tour desk never opened, had to make own enquiry with tour operators.
TRANSPORTATION - shuttle bus is chargeable LOL. Runs twice only 9am and 3pm. Be prepared your own transportation and spend a fortune if you want flexible schedule and venture out for dinner and night markets (basic curtesy, despite chargeable it is still not offered). Or you can stick to hotel RESTAURANT and pay 3 times the standard thai price for some mediocre food. All in all the shuttle arrangement is a disgrace and disappointment.
Maybe a pretty face but nothing special. Little value for time and money spent. Definitely not worth coming back nor would recommend.