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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
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It's my 2nd visit at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. This time was a birthday celebration with my husband. The staff at the resort was so thoughtful and bought a birthday cake to my husband and sing a birthday song with a little decoration in the room too. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff working Anantara Chiang Mai.... you make our trip so memorable..... thank you again!
Very stylish hotel. Staff excellent and helpful. We didn’t want the very large executive room but did want the use of the lounge this was arranged at a small cost.
Close to shops and night market but very quiet rooms beautifully furnished
A thoroughly exceptional experience! The hotel is beautiful but it was the service provided by each and every member of the crew that was amazing! Always with a beautiful smile on their faces, warm and friendly. Managed to have a little chat with Tara from the Kasara lounge who has been there for about 6 months to date. What was heartfelt was how highly she praised the whole Anantara franchise and how the staffs are treated - like family. It is not just about a 5-star hotel, but it's about the memorable experience that we got from the place. These people were truly happy and that reciprocated through the services we received throughout our stay because they too made us feel like family. It was simply spectacular.