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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Katiliya is one of the best resorts we have stayed in Thailand over the last 13 years of living here. The rooms are enormous and luxurious - we got the Mountain Suite (which is one of the smaller ones at 90 square metres). We just loved the view from the covered balcony and enjoyed sitting out there during a heavy rain storm (an unusual occurrence for November). The included breakfast was superb - lots to choose from (both Asian and Western) and the views from the restaurant were unbeatable - great place to eat dinner while the sun sets over the mountains.
The gardens are beautifully landscaped with 3 pools and cascading waterfall. The whole resort is nestled on a mountain side with extensive paths and gardens around all the units. As cool season had begun we just loved the pool that was heated and it had spa jets as well (the water was very warm and comfortable).
The surrounding environment was quiet and peaceful. However, the only complaint I had (nothing to do with Katiliya) was the smoke oozing out throughout the valley - Thais have an enormous appetite for burning off bushland and leaves, which does create excessive air pollution. This location is certainly not exempt from this disgusting habit.
A wonderful Oasis of calm and tranquillity, a few pools to cool down if you so wish and plenty of daytrips you can organize with the hotel. The staff was very helpful the food was amazing! if you want a little quiet place surrounded by gorgeous nature, this is the place to go to.
We were visiting Chiang rai after 20 years from the last time. we had the great experiences there in our garden view for 3 nights. The room was spacious, clean, comfortable. It was very quiet at night yet in the morning, you'll wake up fresh with the birds chirping. sun rise in the morning with a little fog in the morning. so peaceful.
The weather was so good at the time we visited Chiangrai which was in the beginning of October.
The way from Chiangrai Intl' Airport took us around 30 minutes by a car we rented. It was worth it. even though it was in the middle of the mountain. that point doesn't make us having trouble getting to places. the road to the Hotel itself is a little rough but that is really not major problem.
Food at the restaurant are amazing. so clean. the view was incredible. staffs was polite, informative, kind.
unfortunately, my experience with reception was not that as impressive as i expected.
I was asking for a cost for an upgrade which i was willing to pay it extra regarding this trip with my family.
The lady at the reception called another staff in the office to explain the cost for me.
I had this feelings that she didn't want to do so because she was not explained to me clearly enough, calculating the cost on calculator, not writing down and declare the cost. i asked more questions about adding the price for breakfast because we haven't booked it with breakfast, she sighed with smirk in her face and just had no interested in explaining clearly so i had to say no. which is unfortunate. I think when guests ask for the price for an upgrade, they are already willing to pay.
otherwise, we had the great time there. which i absolutely going to stay there again for the next visit.