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
Had a delicious and amazingly presented steak dinner at the new Char restaurant. Best Steak Tartare prepared table side by chef Marco, that I have ever eaten bar none!
Pricy, but worth it!! Very enjoyable setting and decor!
The hotel is well located, away from the busy city of Chiang Mai. We had a good stay but I was a bit disappointed by the overall state of the room, public areas and so on. I was hoping a lot more the price we paid. I was expecting better quality. Food was good but not exceptional either. Service was excellent and staff very attentive. Simply not convinced by our first "Four Seasons" experience.
First time in Four Seasons Chiang Mai.
Everything is beyond my expectation. The room is really fantastic (upper rice view). I can have a great view of the rice field, the sky, the lawn and the pool. I have told that the hotel is 25 years old but everything is well maintained.
Every staffs did their best and it is one of the best service I have got.
In room breakfast wass superb, delicious with great service. The breakfast at Khao was also fabulous, with varieties of food and drink. The service was really great.
I had a great experience for Rice Planting workshop. The staffs and the farmer staff were really nice. Very impressive and you have to try.
I am also happy that the hotel decided to adopt to buffaloes. It is very kind of you.
The spa was great. Khun Payia and my masseur Khun Tree, were really great. The massage technique of Khun Tree was really beyond my expectation. She could relax my shoulder and back from the trip. I really recommend the spa here.
I also want to admire more specific staffs, khun Boy, the driver, Khun Cake who did her job fantastically. She showed me the room, explained everything and showed me around the hotel in every aspect.
I had a chance to have a dinner at Char (only open for the in house guest... it will officially open on 9 Nov).
The staffs at Char were really attentive. The food and dessert were tasty. I really loved it.
I am sure to be back here again and list Four Seasons Chiang Mai as new favorite of mine.