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
The best out of everything is their healing effects. Nestled deep in mountainous area in upper Chiangmai, it offers a cooler, cleaner breeze and weather. Their therapists and masseurs are well educated and really know what their doing. Yoga experience also great, and I love their yoga barn overlooking water and paddy fields.
We stayed at Residence 10. I was booking the residence very early, it says max. 2 persons. I asked for extra bed for adult; they charged me a 3rd person but open another room in the residence, instead of setting up extra bed for us. We're not people who enjoy having butler around with us along the stay, as we are more private and we prefer to do everything by ourselves - but it's ok anyway.
Breakfast selections are great and offers fresh local delicacies, although I expect more choices from a chain 5-stars. Their coconut jam is exceptionally light and yummy. Hospitable staffs are attentive and quick in response.
Having a beautifully maintained lush green surrounding, their balconies in the residence are great spots for spending time by painting or reading books. Too bad they not keeping it as clean as they keep their indoors. Some of the windows also not well maintained it stucks when you try opening - also too bad especially with their fragrant air right after heavy pouring rain
We returned to the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai after 8 years, this time as a family and were a bit disappointed for a few reasons. The property is still very nice, gardens are lovely and the rice paddies are very nice to see. The room however was where things started to get weak. There were issues in the room and the room definitely needs attention. I think this property is over 15 years old (staff mentioned that) and it is showing those sings in the room we were in.
The spa was disappointing as well. Both of us had a poor massage and felt the therapists were not well trained. The room was noisy and the towel had stains on it, this is really not Four Seasons standards, especially in Thailand where spas are everything.
The food was good and there was good selection and the service was good also but the Chinese tourists were very noisy both in the restaurant and at the pool. I understand that the staff cannot control this but guests should be aware that there are a lot of Chinese tourists at the Four Seasons as there are all over Chiang Mai. Anywhere we went in Chiang Mai there were Chinese. Some staff did not speak English to the level we expected in a luxury property and we had to get help from reception on a couple of occasions where they spoke fluent English.
Chiang Mai has changed so much in 8 years, it is now a big city and not the quiet place it used to be. I do not think we will be returning to Chiang Mai again.
Lastly for those that do not know the location is not great if you want to spend time in the city of Chiang Mai. It is about 20 to 30 minutes transit time depending on traffic (and there was a lot of it in the afternoon), so be aware of this if you want to be close town, choose another property.
I cannot say enough great things about our time at this resort. Everything about it was amazing. The rooms were private, spacious , and luxurious. We had our best nights of sleep in these rooms and enjoyed sitting out on the balcony playing cards. The staff couldn't have been more attentive/friendly. We really enjoyed the Thai restaurant and sitting by the pool which overlooked the property. This truly was one of the highlights of our Thailand tour!
Excellent hotel located at a fascinating area in Thailand surrounded by forest and rice fields. The rooms, food and common areas are great, but the service even better. We highly recommend taking the morning bike tour.
Stunning views, staff was helpful and friendly. Will stay again if I have the opportunity. It was well worth the stay. Everything was more than quality from the food, the views, the staffing. Everyone was helpful during our stay.