What a heavenly little resort. From the moment you arrive, you'll know you're someplace special. The grounds are green, lush, tranquil and full of bird song. The rooms are lovely and romantic, clean and crisp resplendent in earth tones and flowing white tapestries. The polite and professional staff has an excellent command of English. The resort is peaceful and quiet and our room had an excellent sunset view of the mountains with a green rice paddy as our neighbor.
And the pool...what a wonderful place fo relaxing soak. While the water is a bit warm for a cool-down, cold-water jets, private alcoves, lush greenery and a swim-up bar allow for an afternoon of forgetting all your worries.
On the negative side, the resort is mostly populated by large groups arriving via tour bus. All meals (to my knowledge) are buffet style. Worst of all, our air conditioning froze up (despite being set at a very moderate level), begin clanking loudly at 3:00 AM (due to ice on the compressor) and finally stopped working. Anyone who has visited Thailand, even in the cooler months, knows that it is near impossible to rest in the heat and humidity without air conditioning unless one is acustomed to those conditions. Worse yet, the sliding door has no screen, eliminating the option of opening the door wide to let in a breeze from the rice paddy. Ours was not the only room to suffer this fate, as a fellow traveler remarked at breakfast that she experienced the same air conditioning headaches.
All in all, however, this resort provides a quiet little slice of heaven in a lovely location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Convenient located 15 min from the airport and 20 min. from Chiang city. Approved 4* Resort beautiful surrounded by paddy fields. Feature 90 spacious rooms with all amenities, Air-con., Safe & Satellite TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Pine Hotel Chiang Rai