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The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road | Tha Sala, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand   |  
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Miami, Florida
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“Best Hotel we have ever stayed in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We were blown away by simply driving through the driveway and seeing this hotel in person. We had booked a standard room but when we were checking in, the agent upgraded us to our own townhouse villa!!! This villa was simply amazing. It was enormous! We had our own pool overlooking the rice fields, outdoor dining area, living room and enormous bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. We even had an exterior shower, which we used everyday. We had all of these plans to do things around town while in chiang Mai, however after spending a couple of hours in our villa, we decided to stay in the hotel for all but 1 of the days of our stay. This is the most beautiful hotel that we have ever stayed in. The grounds are just amazing. We look forward to returning to this property some day!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Destin, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

So my husband is an extreme traveler. Right now he's in Bangkok for a couple of days before going on to Laos. I'll be meeting him in Singapore next week. We had the extreme pleasure and good fortune to be able to stay at the Mandarin Dhara Dhevi a few years ago. It was one of the most beautiful and serene places I've ever been. Because there are so many wonderful places on the planet to go and see, I don't usually ever want to go back to the same place, for the most part, its hard to re-create the magic of being there the first time. However, since we'll be in Asia for the next month or so, we decided to go back to the Mandarin. We asked for the same Deluxe Villa we had the last time. It was unimaginable. Its a two story villa, with the bedroom upstairs, a beautiful luxurious bath, with a large jetted tub complete with a lighting system that is so beautiful! There are 2 showers, one inside and one out. There are his and hers vanities and his and her closets. The bedroom is magnificent. The bed is encased with a canopy and the staff comes around and closes your mosquito nets around the bed each evening. They also leave little treats on your pillow, sometimes chocolate or some other little thing. The leave notes on your pillow with lovely sayings. It is just like heaven on earth. The pool area is pristine and just gorgeous!!! And the spa!!!! Have never been to a spa quite like this one! Outside, the upstairs there is a walkway leading to an outdoor gazebo overlooking the rice paddy fields, where the farmers are actually farming the rice everyday. While my husband participated in the rice farming, I took a Thai culinary class. Both were wonderful! I cannot ever think of a more relaxing and enjoyable time. The restaurants are superb, and on our last evening there, my husband arranged for them to come to our Gazebo, put candles all over the place and they served us privately for our dinner, it was beautiful, very special and I will never forget it. I think I did cry when it was time for us to leave. I can't wait to get back there!!! You will be picked up in the Mercedes Limo at the airport., and returned to the airport in the same fashion. Another note worthy item....all of the toiletries are superb. I don't know what they are, but they smell heavenly!! The shampoo and soap were in heavy apothecary deep red bottles and jars. Delightful! The staff at this hotel are unbelievable, they do EVERYTHING for you. The villas are situated over an expansive area, so they come for you in a golf cart if you don't care to walk. I would give this property 10 stars if I could.

Room Tip: Villas are nice
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

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
tees
- 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
abruptly awoken

Room Tip: away from the mosque
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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zurich
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had the pleasure to stay for 4 nights during our trip thru the north of Thailand. We where upgraded to a spectacular villa which I would book again on a next stay, because it' s worth every penny! Wonderful view to the rice-fields, you have your own huge pool and inside plenty of room. The service and staff is more than 5-star, I sometimes thought they'll read my wishes from my eyes!! The whole complex is enormous, plenty to discover and wonderful in day and night-light. Breakfast buffet is 1a, the other restaurants for dinner are ok.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hopton
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Sadly I got acute bronchitis during a recent visit but the staff could not have been more helpful or understanding to my wife and I. The setting is magical, the attention to detail superb with very friendly staff to whom nothing is too much trouble. Good food, splendid service together with wonderful smiles made our stay as good as possible in the circumstances.

We will certainly return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

What a spectacular property. Where do it even begin? The hotel grounds are huge - almost like the imperial palace in bangkok. I would call it campus - complete with rice fields, colonial style buildings as well as thai style buildings. Stunning architecture. Spotlessly clean and impeccable Mandarin service. We first stayed at a villa a(which was huge) and then got upgraded 2 grades to a grand deluxe colonialsuite which was even nicer. Anyway, let me just post the pics and let that d the talking.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Held our wedding celebrations at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai on Valentines Day having stayed here on a number of occasions in the past.

It does not get any better than this anywhere in the world!

The property is magical, the architecture stunning, the service refined and the overall experience of staying here is truly memorable on each occasion.

I cannot say enough positive things about the Resort and its staff.

To Khun Tew and the staff who made our wedding such a magical experience (all our guests were 'blown away' by how wonderful it was) thank you very much and we hope to see you again soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road | Tha Sala, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Chiang Mai
#1 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
#1 Luxury Hotel in Chiang Mai
#1 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
#1 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#4 Business Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai 5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai is set on 60 acres of verdant tranquil grounds in the historical heartland of Northern Thailand. The hotel'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

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