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“A Garden Sanctuary”
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Mae Nai Gardens
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Mae Rim
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
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“A Garden Sanctuary”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our 3-night stay at Mae Nai Gardens in January tremendously.
The property is beautifully rustic and imbued with the personality and style of our hosts, Ian and Pop. Guests have privacy in their own villas located in quiet corners of the Gardens, each individually styled and decorated. The English breakfast served every morning in Ian and Pop's beautiful dining room (with a decked outdoor porch that overlooks the lush garden) is idyllic and a holiday luxury.

The property is located in a suburb called Mae Rim about 15km from Chiangmai city, in an area not directly-serviced by public transport (unless you hire taxis). It is best to hire your own car or motorbike. It suited us well because we prefer nature/ outdoor environment over the city, and could move about freely on a rented motorbike.

We hope to return and in our next stay spend more time on the compounds of the charming Mae Nai Gardens and the Mae Rim surrounds.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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scotthai, Guest Relations Manager at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a real pleasure to welcome you here. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I stayed at Mae Nai Gardens for two weeks in Dec12/Jan13 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of all, Ian and Pop are great hosts and make you feel like staying at home. Then, there are only five villas interspersed throughout the superbly designed gardens which allows for a lot of privacy and tranquility. The apartments are individually furnished and there is ample room inside and on the terrace, as well as around the pool. Since Mae Nai Gardens is situated in the countryside, own transport is a plus.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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scotthai, Public Relations Manager at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you back with us in the future. Vielen danke.
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

I had a great time at Mae Nai Gardens. My room was perfect-we were in the villa by the rice barn, and I really appreciated the pool after staying in small hotels in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. After traveling for 3+ days it was great to get to Mae Nai and just chill. Ian and Pop were a lot of fun too! We are already planning our return and we just got back to the states about 15 hours ago. Ask Ian and Pop for the good Khao Soi lady, directions to the dumpling place, and about the dam trip!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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scotthai, Guest Relations Manager at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you for your great review, Lara. We really enjoyed having you and Shawn stay and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Yes, the visit to Mae Ngat Dam was memorable. So much fun. Look forward to having you back here.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

The 3 nights we stayed at Mae Nai was the highlight of a 2 week trip to Thailand for my mother and I. We just loved everything about this place. The accommodation was so stylish and comfortable, the company of Ian and Pop our hosts made us feel special and we left feeling like they are now our special friends in Thailand, the pool and gardens are exotic and beautiful, the main house and art is interesting and inspiring and the highlights just go on and on. Not to mention the cooking class provided on our last night which I managed to successfully repeat for friends back in Australia! We absolutey loved this place and loved Ian and Pop and hope to one day be lucky enough to return. I cannot recommend this place more highly if you are after something a little different with style, luxury, a bit of culture and new friends. Thank you Ian and Pop for such a wonderful, wonderful stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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scotthai, Guest Relations Manager at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you for your great review, Leigh. We really enjoyed having you and your mother stay with us. I' m so pleased that you both enjoyed the cooking class. The food was excellent and I'm delighted that you have tried it out back in Oz. Hope to see you again one day.
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slough uk
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I have been at Mae Nai 5 times now and stayed in 4 different villas in the compound. WOW! I love this place. I like that it is out of the city [yet not too far away] and the peaceful countryside is really what I want in a relaxing break. My favourite of the villas was Hibiscus [as I like to cook and there is a full kitchen] - also it is the closest to the swimming pool!

Room Tip: hibiscus is closest to the pool and is the biggest - but they are all lovely in quite different ways
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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scotthai, Guest Relations Manager at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your great review, Sakorn. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Yes, Hibiscus is a lovely villa, and many guests do appreciate having their own kitchen. We do hope you will come back some day.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I had the pleasure of spending 5 days at Mae Nai Gardens when I was in Chiang Mai to attend the Absolute Bootcamp session. I have to say the photos don't do the place justice! It's beautifully landscaped with lush greenery, the relaxing sound of a bubbling stream, and quirky sculptures that pop up throughout as an unexpected, pleasant surprise. The salt water pool is an unusual treat and the water is incredibly soft to the skin. And if you fancy a massage, a call-in service can also be arranged.

Pop and Ian are very warm, welcoming and hospitable hosts who make this a home away from home. My only 'gripe' is that the resort is a wee bit out from town but then again, if your aim is to engage in some true R&R and to dedicate time to yourself and nothing else, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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MaeNaiGardens, Owner at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay.
We do make clear on our website that we are a 30 minute drive from the centre of Chiang Mai. As you suggest, most of our guests choose us because they want to get away from city life and spend some time relaxing in the countryside, or visiting the many activities which exist in this area. Our slogan is 'your home in the countryside'. However, it's easy to get to the city delights from here, so you can have the best of both worlds!
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

I've just returned from attending the 1st Absolute Boot Camp held at Mae Nai Gardens. I was considering where to spend a few days off when I came across this fantastic opportunity:- A fitness program held at a beautiful resort. Well, definitely needed a fitness boost and really needed a few days away to relax and recharge after a hectic 3 months! It couldn't have been better, intense exercise made fun with visits to a Muay Thai Boxing Training Center, as well as Pilates, water aerobics and of course circuit training led by Michelle, a local ex-pat who runs amazing courses to help those of us who need to improve our fitness levels, lose weight and get back on track!
Then afterwards pure bliss, with the best oil massage I've ever had, followed by delicious, home cooked food, with plenty of locally sourced vegetables and fruit. Next day, after a great breakfast, followed by a swim in the salt pool I was ready for day 2 and it didn't disappoint. The surroundings are glorious, natural and enable you to float away from all your cares. Ian and Pop are gracious hosts who make the stay comfortable and interesting, as they share their knowledge and obvious love of the area! Highly recommend this venue and the Boot Camps! A perfect blend!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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scotthai, Owner at Mae Nai Gardens, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Sally, we are so glad that you enjoyed your weekend with us. Thank you for the terrific review. The boot camps are a new co-venture, and we're delighted that everyone had a great time.
However, we're not just about fitness, so if anyone just wants to chill out by the pool, you'll be very happy here!
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Property: Mae Nai Gardens
Address: 104/10 Moo 12, Baan Mae Nai Soi 1 | Tambon Mae Ram, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Mae Rim
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Mae Rim
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Mae Rim
#4 Spa Hotel in Mae Rim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mae Nai Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For those who love the countryside - Mae Nai Gardens offers a selection of five unique guesthouses, designed and decorated in Thai style, all set within five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with views of mountains and paddy fields beyond.The beautiful palm fringed swimming pool provides a focus for rest and relaxation. Massage available, and many outdoor activities - cycling, hiking, off-road vehicle driving easy to access.Historic Chiang Mai with its shopping, restaurants and nightlife is only a 30 minute drive away.Be assured of a warm welcome at Mae Nai Gardens.For those who are interested in getting fit and/or losing weight, we now offer a regular series of 'boot camp' programmes with our business partners, Absolute Bootcamp Fitness.Note: we usually close in the Thai hot season from mid-March to end of May. ... more   less 
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Mae Nai Gardens Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

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