Spent five days at Mandarin Oriental during February, 2013. Was there on Valentine's Day. Place was very busy at the time with mainland Chinese celebrating Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, this put a bit of a damper on the place.
Stayed in the Delux Villa # 3. This villa is close to the lobby and restaurants so we did not always need a buggy to get around, could just walk to the lobby in five minutes. Room was very clean and nice. Was overlooking the rice paddy and was very close to the pool, restaurants and spa. Found the outdoor stairs a bit of a pain as you had to go in and out to go to the bedroom and the living room in the main floor. As a result, did not use the main floor living space that often. Also with the number of mosquitoes, one had to be careful when one did go in and out. If you left the door open a little too long ten you had tonnes of mosquitoes in the room. This was not too bad for the upstairs bedroom as they had mosquito repellant plugged in and they sprayed the room during dinner time. But they did not have this for the main floor, so we saw many mosquitoes in the main floor living area at times. Did not really sit outside much either due to the mosquitoes, even though they gave you citronella spray by the gallons.
Dining was excellent. We loved the restaurants though we did not eat in the Chinese restaurant. Had Valentines seafood buffet, breakfast buffet and Sunday brunch in Akiligo and found servic to be wonderful. had the manager (Kanthokorn) continually roaming the restaurant making sure all was well, she was very hands on as well, helping out as needed. Servers - Winhai and Pidock were very frienldy and helpful. They would actually help get your food if they saw you standing around waiting for your food order. Restaurant was very large so the food stations were spread out so no large groups of people hanging around blocking others from getting food. Also outdoor grill so even more spread out and with a very large selection of different food. The Oritenal shop (bakery) had the best Thai ice tea according to my wife. Horn bar was run by Sand who was just a deligth - speak French to him as he is learning it. Had the in room villa BBQ and this was amazing. Went for the highest level and they accomadated my wife's food restrictions. They set up + candles around the table and hund a light above the table. they had low playing music and the amount of food provided was enough to feed four people to the point of bursting. We had tonnes of leftovers at the end of the dinner. La Grand Lanna was nice with good thai food. Ferang Ses was the French restaurant and service and food was at a high level. Unfortunately, ambience was not the best but this was no fault of the hotel (more later on this)
Concierge and Trip bookings were very helpful. We booked a day trip for 150us per person and unfortunatley had a bad guide. The booking desk refunded money after we advsied them of the tour guide. Wasn't evem complaing just doing the opinion survey and they refunded us money!
Pros: - Restaurants provide good variety and one does not need to leave the resort for dinner.
- close to sites and good tour booking facilities
- interesting on site activities for free, esp rice planting and water buffalo riding
Cons: - mosquitoes! lots of them, so need to use tonnes of citronella
- suggest getting colonial suite as villa may not use as much due to outside stairs
- lots of mainland chinese at times - loud and let their kids run around (Farang Ses) thereby
potentially ruining ambience, also somewhat pushy and smart casual to them is shorts and
- biggest con may be the fact that there is a mosque close by, so expect to be awoken at 5:45
am everyday by the call to prayer. I am a light sleeper so I was awoken very day at this time.
Something to think about if yoo are a light sleeper or find it difficult to get back to sleep if
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is set on 60 acres of verdant tranquil grounds in the historical heartland of Northern Thailand.The resort’s unique design draws from the region’s rich architectural and cultural heritage that flourished during the Lanna period, which lasted from the mid-13th century until the mid-16th century, and enjoyed a further resurgence in the last 200 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai
- Mandarin Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Mandarin Oriental