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.
How to Get There
We went there for high tea and very satisfied with the quality and the quantity of the snacks and drinks. The drinks includes tea and smoothies. Ice cream also incuded. Service at Anantara are always outstanding. Polite but not overly polite. All the cups and plates were lined out perfectly.
We sat underneath the large umbrella next to the river bank watching the boats and clouds passed by. There are not many guests around us and yet they have live music.
I will go there again if I ever come to Chiang Mai.
We had a great Spa treatment and it was extremely professional. The Spa was in excellent condition and the therapists very well trained.
We had lunch on the patio which was absolutely dreadful. Our Pizza was cold and raw and yet we waited 30 minutes for it.
We found the restaurant expensive
The Anantara is THE PERFECT hotel for a stay in Chiang Mai. It is incredibly peaceful yet well located. No need to stay 40 minutes away to get that Zen feeling. The food and service are amazing - the breakfast on the patio is divine - and the architecture (mix of colonial with contemporary) lends to the zen feeling. We highly recommend for those who want to be both near great shopping, eating, cultural activities and also relax. We will definitely return.