Hands-on cooking classes that take place in an open-air pavilion
Shuttle transportation to the night bazaar in town
What To Know
A 30-minute car ride away from the airport and the Night Market, but the resort has its own boutiques
Kids 18 and under can stay free of charge in their parents’ pavilion or resort residence
Parking on site
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Set amid rice fields and verdant hills, this luxe country retreat has the feel of a self-contained village
Towering bamboo trees, vibrant tropical flowers and the Mae Rim Valley’s jungle-covered hills surround the lavish resort, which covers 20 acres of landscaped terraces, lily ponds, waterfalls and rice paddies. Guestrooms are housed in two-story pavilions or extravagant private residences designed in the local architectural style, complete with soaring teakwood ceilings and an outdoor sala (a Thai gazebo).
Bed and Bath
Decorated with impressive Siamese art, original paintings, rich Thai silk and cotton décor, and featuring vaulted ceilings and covered outdoor verandas, the two-story Lanna-style pavilions house 64 units that feel like private homes. Each is outfitted with the expected creature comforts—iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi as well as terry robes and hypoallergenic pillows. The Private Residences feature plunge pools, terraces and personal housekeeping services.
The resort’s bucolic panoramas are especially striking from the spa, where specially commissioned Lanna frescoes and sculptures of deities in various meditative and sitting poses complement an architectural style inspired by a northern Thai temple. The treatments, which utilize herbs, spices and flowers, are also based on ancient Thai rituals. Dining at the resort is, in a word, outstanding. Try the curry noodle soup with chicken, a Chiang Mai staple, at Sala Mae Rim, the resort’s restaurant specializing in Northern Thai dishes. On less balmy days, enjoy an organic salad or homemade pasta at the Terraces located in the center of a rice paddy. And finally, two infinity pools (one is adult-only) overlook the rice paddies.
In the Area
You don’t have to leave the resort if it’s yoga, golf, tennis, cooking classes or biking you’re after. In fact, you can even be a rice farmer for a day when you sign up for a rice paddy ritual, in which you’ll don your own mor hom (a traditional farmer costume) and learn how rice is planted and how to transplant sprouts from the seed ben. Get up close to the smartest mammals on the planet at Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where you can watch them at play and even take a leisurely ride atop an elephant’s back. Visit the nearby village of Sankamphaeng, where a stretch of road known as Handcraft Highway features artisan-made furniture, silk, celadon, pottery or other handicrafts for sale. Scale the 300-plus steps to the summit of Doi Suthep Temple for a breathtaking (literally and figuratively) view.