This was such a gem! After searching and searching for over a week for a great place to stay close to Chiang Rai, Manee Dheva popped up! My husband and I went with some close friends and had our baby with us. We wanted something that was outside of Chiang Rai, as we live in a big city. The last thing we wanted was to go spend time in another smaller city...but we also wanted it to be less than an hour car ride away since we had our 8 month old (who doesn't do very well traveling by car). We checked into the place and it was beautiful - just like the pictures on their website. I would describe the place as being like the most luxurious camping possible! We had the comforts of the amazing villa, yet we were out in the middle of the rice paddies. We loved all the sounds of crickets and geckos at night also. The outdoor bathroom was such a neat addition, but note that we really love the outdoors, so the sounds of the insects were beautiful and didn't bother us. We also had no problems with mosquitos, although the bed has a large mosquito net and they even had a mosquito net for the baby cot/crib that they provided.
They picked us up from the airport, which was def. worth the additional fee for convenience. Francis, the owner, greeted us at check in and was just a bank of knowledge on the area. He set us up on a tour both of the days - the first was coffee tasting and a hike up a mountainside where coffee was growing, which was one of the best experiences we've had in Thailand. The other was a somewhat standard tea tasting, but the drive through the mountains was so beautiful and our driver from Manee Dheva was great too! The food was delicious - we ate organic meals straight from their garden, which you can walk around in, and they even helped prepare a few baby food meals for us. They were so understanding as an entire staff and it is really just hard to say in words how much we loved this place. The last day we planned nothing just to be able to hang out on the grounds a bit and sit on the back porch that overlooks the rice fields. Wow! Stunning views, which was due to the unintrusive way that the architecture of the buildings blended in so wonderfully with the land. Well done from beginning to end of our stay and such a calming touch with Francis' care and calm way of hospitality. Totallly worth it if you are searching for a place to get out into nature (and escape the diesel fumes of a city)! Highly highly recommend - we will be back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manee Dheva is located in the picturesque valley of the Mae Salong river, surrounded by rice fields and mountains. The Resort includes an open-view Lanna style restaurant serving in particular delicious Northern Thai dishes, and 9 independent villas scattered along the Mae Salong river. It offers a haven of calmness and peace of mind, with the aim to give its visitors an insight into the local culture and nature, for a full Lanna experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manee Dheva Resort & Spa Thailand/Chiang Rai Province, Asia