Stayed for 5 nights, 4 adults and 1 toddler in two Deluxe connecting rooms. Booked through Centara website and had a great deal - inclusive of breakfast and return airport transfer included for each room booked. Picked up at the airport by uniformed staff, transfered in new executive vehicles.
Quiet, new and modern resort near golf club, 15 to 20 min from airport. Boutique resort - told by staff that it is circa 150 guests at full capacity during peak season (Nov to Feb) - in comparison to over 1000 at the larger hotels/ resorts - more private. When we were there in June 2010, spa facilities not ready (pool, gym and library + yoga room open) - disappointment with spa as was not informed of situation but concierge recommended Oasis Spa with free transfer that was fantastic - we went twice. Best shopping at new mall near airport (shuttle by mall is provided free - reception can call the shuttle). Mall basement has a brilliant food court that is predominantly catering for locals. Great choice under 1 roof, air-conditioned, very clean. Brilliant for family with young children!
Resort to downtown old Chiang Mai requires tuk tuk/ local taxi (100 bahts one way) - reception will get you one, very convenient. Great to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city/ town.
Outstanding staff who take a lot of pride in their job and the resort. Food at the restaurant. Breakfast choices cooked fresh to order - as much as you like - juices, coffee/tea, American b'fast, Spa/ diet, Thai breakfast + buffet spread of Continental breakfast - cereal, pastries, breads, fruits, yoghurts (no hot buffet as low season). Lunch deals at 36 baht for each item of food (choice of noodles, desserts, drinks) - very competitively priced/ great value in comparison to eating outside hotel. Very authentic local food (tastes just like local hawkers/ restaurants in old town) - in fact, taste nicer than the food we experienced in various restaurants during our stay. High standard of international cuisine (pasta to modern continental to asian/ Japanese fare). All diet catered for, daughter who specific dietary requirements very well taken cared of - all staff doted on her! We ended up eating quite often at the hotel.
Beautifully decorated rooms - huge kingsize beds (or two double beds) + day bed. Bathroom has separate shower wetroom and deep bath tub. Toiletries are basic. Very clean, very new. Housekeeping does a fanstastic job daily. Has a balcony with bench - overlooks pool, grounds and sight of mountains. Didn't spend much time on balcony as pool is fantastic.
Pool is lovely with separate kid's pool and a jacuzzi, grounds beautifully landscaped. Staff brought whatever food we wanted from the full restaurant menu to the poolside, set up tables for my daughter and I when we decided to have a lazy afternoon in.
Wished we stayed at the pool villas - beautiful, direct access to pool!!! Some construction work towards the back of the resort complex - in the last phase of the resort (spa and more rooms) but we would not have known if staff did not point out to us.
Mosquitoes a problem in Chiang Mai in general (but not in resort room). When in restaurant, staff offers cold towel with citronella and natural herb spray to avoid mosquitoes.
Went on several trips/ excursions (elephants, tiger, orchid farm, craft centres, market, etc.) as arranged/ recommended by travel desk and receptionists. Mix bag in terms of our experience - works well if you get a van/ car hire for the day or half-day and then tell the driver where you'd like to go/ what you'd like to do. Otherwise, trips could turn out to be very touristy/ commercial. However, would recommend the Kanthoke dinner at the Old Cultural Centre (booked through travel desk).
Staff told us that the resort has gone independent - left the Centara chain when we were there. Very well run resort - I'll stay there again if returning to Chiang Mai. Throughly recommended if you are looking for rest, relaxation and trips at your leisure.
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