Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
What We Love
- Architecture inspired by traditional Thai styles
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
We were here for 3 nights. Unfortunately the air in Chiang Mai was polluted from the haze/smog which made the stay less enjoyable which was a shame. This is not the hotel's fault, but please be warned that March/April is 'burning season' and may not be the best time to come. However we did get a free upgrade to an upper rice terrace pavilion was was very beautiful and relaxing. The bed is extremely comfortable. The service here is excellent which is expected from a Four Seasons. Special thanks to our friendly hostess Ning who went out of her way to make special drinks to us and giving us special treats every time we went to dine at Khao. We also took a half day trip to Doi Suthep arranged via the hotel was very comfortable (driven in an air-conditioned Merc up the steep hills) and worth doing if you want to travel in style.
I noticed a lot of people complained the F&B is expensive. Yes, this is true, but this is within normal standards for Four Seasons and the quality of food and service are excellent. We only dined out once and ate in the hotel the rest of the time which we enjoyed.
I would consider coming back but not during burning season!
We stayed at the hotel as party of a Tauck tour so we expected a high end experience. The hotel over delivered on our expectations. From the moment we arrived we bathed in the beauty of the he resort and the friendliness of the staff. The rooms were secluded and very private with great views. We had our meals overlooking rice paddies, a pond and beautiful surroundings. The food and atmosphere at the restaurants was first class. We walked the hotel grounds which provided a relaxing experience.
Came here 19 years ago and it’s changed a lot but still has that special charm. The place is outstanding. We had a wonderful room with pool. Probably the best room I have ever had. The staff are wonderful and the setting in the rice fields unforgettable. Love this place. Don’t want to leave!
Pool Villa was spectacular and staff was universally attentive and caring. Grounds were spectacular. Breakfast was great. Dinner and drinks were expensive but overall truly a wonderful experience. Transportation around the complex was readily available
We felt so welcomed in the hotel as it was prepared just for us.
Beautiful surprise for our honeymoon and most comfortable and impressive room setting. Most careful and cheerful.
We woul recommend to all our friends and with good taste.