Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
What We Love
- Serene riverfront setting, within walking distance of Chiang Mai’s center
- Excellent amenities, including the restaurant (which serves a highly original Asian-inflected menu) and the top-notch spa
What To Know
- Club Rooms include breakfast, evening wine and canapés and laundry service
- The property’s sophisticated vibe is suited to couples and adults; families with young children might not be happy here
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
It may be located on the grounds of the former British consulate, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, a striking property on the banks of the Mae Ping River. It’s a mix of unabashedly modern, angular spaces full of clean lines and done in shades of cream and white, with wooden accents. The guestrooms are housed in the main four-story building; at the property’s center is the original British consulate building from the 1920s, which is now the location of the main restaurant and rooftop bar. The 84 teak-paneled and -floored rooms keep the minimal theme going with a wood-on-white color scheme and understated design flourishes (small jewel-tone pillows, tasteful Thai artifacts). The beds are on platforms, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views of the river and the outdoor terrace, which is equipped with comfy daybeds; the effect is both tranquil and luxurious. In keeping with the Anantara brand, dining is a highlight. The main restaurant, in the colonial-style British consulate building, offers a menu of creative Asian-inflected fare (spiced salmon carpaccio comes with a black sesame vinaigrette and savory brioche). There’s also an extensive menu of traditional Thai and Indian dishes. After dining in the restaurant or on the tree-shaded wraparound veranda, wander upstairs to the rooftop lounge and relax on a daybed with a cocktail overlooking the river. Elsewhere, guests can work out at the gym, indulge in a treatment at the small spa, or take a dip in the 110-foot riverfront pool.
In the Area
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s undisputed cultural capital, and the area lays claim to some of the country’s most awe-inspiring temples. Among them is the stunning Wat Phra Singh complex, one of the city’s most sacred sites and a place where hundreds of monks still study. For a pachyderm fix, head to Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre, where you can chat with the mahouts (elephant trainers) before setting off for a jungle ride. Many of the forest tours include a visit to hill tribe villages. The city is packed with skilled artisans: Pay a visit to the shops around Charoenrat Road for tribal weavings, silks, ceramics and the like, while Wua Lai Road is the place to go for silver jewelry.
How to Get There
Walking distance or short Tuk Tuk ride from everything yet while at the hotel, peaceful relaxation. Anantara is an amazing experience. Some of the best food Chiang Mai has to offer. The Wifi was absolutely perfect.
- Overall the service was really good but dont expect too much on their food outlets.
- Good location.
- Something I have to mention is the towel, it didnt absorb water at all.
- Just make sure you are booking the resort side but not the serviced apartment. It looks totally different in my opinion.
We stayed at the Anatara for 4 nights in May and thoroughly enjoyed the property. It is absolutely beautiful, tranquil from the moment you step in with great service and close to the markets and old city. Pool was inviting after days of adventure and we loved sitting outside the bar/restaurant enjoying cocktails with the river view. Rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable with nice bathrooms and outdoor seating areas. The Natural Mosquito Repellent the hotel provides is amazing We also loved the fact the building was a former embassy.
Great hotel and staff were amazing, very attentive and friendly. Location was good, far enough away to feel peaceful when laid around the pool but also close to restaurants, bars and markets. Good breakfast.
This place is very well located with lots of shops and a 20 minute stroll to the Tarpe Gate. Easy to get transport to and from by hailing a ride from the street. About 15 minutes from the airport. The service is outstanding and the ambience is great. It is near the river so there are mosquitos and the rooms are a little aged (for example the mirror was marked and the wash basins had old wood surrounds and the drain in the bathroom smelt) and also a bit underlit. But the bed was comfortable, the room spacious and the resort made us feel very special with complimentary services and that confirmed we had made the right choice to stay here. Other reviewers have said it is an oasis of calm and cleanliness and they are right. Kasara is definitely worth the extra cost. But overall the very courteous staff make this place a great choice in Chang Mai.