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
This is my second time at this resort. I loved the rice paddies and the people were really friendly. There was a Nissan group there while we were there so we had to eat breakfast at 9 to avoid the crowd. We were the only people at the restaurant and it had one of the best views. The servers were really friendly and offered us a fan because it was really hot. The night safari was nothing without feeding so always remember to buy extra feeding plates as animals may steel food. The buffalos in the resorts are friendly and easy to ride. Request the staff for bananas to feed the buffalos. However, the amenities in some parts are quite old and the rooms at 1st floor are humid and wet so request for 2nd floors. The pool suites are dark and dim with no view and the pool is tiny and it is not worth it. The main pool is way better with great view so just stay in a normal room and walk to the pool instead. Biking is great in the area for mild beginners but if you look for more challenging routes this is not for you. Sala café sure is big but the food is dead sweet. Just stay in the property and eat there.
We are in the middle of our stay at this fabulous resort and can’t say enough about it. The staff, food, resort and rooms are unreal. A perfect hideaway in northern Thailand. Nook the concierge has recommended some trips that we will never forget.
From the time we were picked up at the airport to when we were greeted at the Four Seasons, it was absolutely the best experience. The property is stunning and so many places to walk around and be immersed in the amazing land. EVERYONE is so lovely and nice and truly wants to make your experience incredible.