Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The largest suites in the region, starting around 900 square feet
- A private karaoke room for up to 30 people
- The Spa on the Lake, with treatment suites that have their very own private terraces
What To Know
- Children under 5 stay free in their parents’ room
- There are no elevators in the hotel
- No pets are allowed
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With panoramic views of the verdant forests in Thailand’s remote Golden Triangle—where it meets Laos and Burma—Katiliya is an extremely comfortable base for exploring Lanna (northern Thai) culture; 800-year-old ruins from that ancient civilization dot the region. There’s an outdoor pool with cushioned loungers, Jacuzzis, a library, and the full-service Katiliya Adventure Club, which arranges excursions in the area. The dining choices are varied, from northern Thai cuisine in the romantic Baan Thai Restaurant to the tapas menu, single malt whiskeys and cigars at the Fireplace Bar.
In the Area
Nearby Doi Luang National Park encompasses more than 450 square miles and is home to more than 89 species of birds and 12 types of mammals including wild pigs and barking deer. The village of Mae Salong, also known as Santi Khiri (Village of Peace), is sometimes referred to as Little Switzerland for its enchanting mountain scenery and trekking opportunities; tea and Chinese herbs are cultivated here. For those interested in something stronger (learning about it, not partaking), the Hall of Opium offers insights into the history of the drug’s cultivation and use.
How to Get There
My wife and I were visiting Chiang Rai from CA. and stayed at Katilya from Jan 25-27, 2019. It was our first trip to Thailand and we couldn't have chosen a nicer place to stay. Everything about the resort was stunning. The vast expanse of the property, set in the lush tropical hillside jungle, was awesome. The rooms were huge, the bathrooms were pleasing to us Westerners, the views were beautiful in every direction and the food and service were exceptional. And to top things off, we met Lisa and Mike, the owners. Lisa saw us at the registration desk and immediately came over to us and spoke in perfect English, a delightful surprise! She engaged us in welcome small talk and then proceeded to be our personal travel guide to the local sites and points of interest. She then arranged for a resort van and driver to pick us up and drive us to the Doi Tung Royal Villa and the Choui Fong Tea Plantation, both were very educational and wonderful experiences Her kindness, hospitality and local knowledge was exceptional and very helpful. Acting on Lisa's recommendations, my wife and I experienced an amazing day in northern Thailand.
During our initial meeting with Lisa, she asked, what brought us to Thailand? I responded that it was my wife's 50th and our 20th anniversary. Well, later that night, after we finished a yummy dinner at their restaurant, two pastry/cakes were brought to our table. What a thoughtful surprise!
And if that wasn't enough, on Sunday, when we were checking out, both Lisa and Mike came down to the lobby to see us off and offered to give us a ride to Chiang Rai City, approximately an hour south. Mike said that he drives down to the city every Sunday to do some shopping and that he would love to give us a ride. This was beyond helpful and of course, we took him up on it! Mike was also very helpful, informative and super nice. (it was also very cool to talk about the upcoming Super Bowl. Mike, I did find a local sports bar in Ao Nang, Krabi and watched it at 6:30 am on Monday-bummer the Rams lost).
We can't say enough nice things about this property and its staff. Lisa and Mike are truly wonderful people and they made our stay magical. Thank you guys so very much!
It was a great retreat in the mountains for
Me and family during our short visit to Chiang Rai. Stayed here for two nights
Serviced was as good as can be given the location. The pools are quite refreshing especially during the hot mid days. I had a good afternoon swim there.
The restaurant was also decent with not too bad food for the price. If you get bored the hotel next door has a decent restaurant which you can easily hop over.
We were upgraded one level to a signature room with a great view of sunrise.
We had the honey moon package restaurant was very good and staff do it's best to help you also day tour was good on the other hand fruit basket in the room was poor and spa was not so clean especially under the couches but over all we were satisfied
Just about to check out of this amazing resort and very sad to go, set in the most beautiful of venue,surrounded by the jungle of Northern Thailand this resort offers everything you could wish for, luxurious rooms,first class service and a haven from the hustle of Chaing Rai.
This hotel is in Doi Mae Salong, famous for its tea plantations and hills. The resort is secluded, we we're very impressed by the welcoming staff (mostly locally recruited, the lack of English is largely compensated by their re and grace), the natural environment, the big suites and bathrooms, the quiet. The lobby is beautiful with a working fire place - at my stay in december- a good bar, great views from the restaurant and excellent breakfast. The room was a large suite with a big bathroom. Outside there are gardens, parks, golf carts to drive you around, a good pool, hot and cold outdoors jacuzzi. We made a few excursions on our own (tea plantation, Chiangmai city, temples) for which the location is very convenient but if i were to go back I'd just stay on the grounds and enjoy the resort. It's fabulous.