I've stayed here on 3 or 4 occasions.
The main selling point is the surrounding countryside and views from the pool area and restaurants and the general atmosphere, which is quite special.
My Thai partner and I thought the food very average. Wine is very extravagently priced too, but this is common on most 5 star hotels in Thailand.
We had a larger (3 bedroom) pavillion on our last visit, with small plunge pool and full time housekeeper. None of us felt particularly comfortable. The decor looks great but it's a triumph of style over comfort and common sense. I have a full time housekeeper in the UK and am quite comfortable with the idea, I never felt particularly "at ease" here though, I'd do without the housekeeper next time, if I returned.
The "plunge pool" wasn't especially private and really not worth paying extra for.
We had a problem getting a car to take us into town for an evening out (about 20-30 mins away). They didn't have a car. Period. We got the Thai "solly cannot, no have" line over and over. I asked for the manager, but was told he'd left for the day and couldn't be contacted. So I asked to speak to his boss. Apparently, he doesn't have one. 45 minutes later one of the front office staff drove us into town. In the managers car. So maybe he was there after all!
One charming feature is the music at 6pm, played in a sala at the opposite end of the paddy field. You know you're in Thailand.
The resort has alot of snakes. You see smaller ones in the grass, but my business partner refuses to return, having very nearly sat on a 4 foot brown snake (no idea what type!). It had been dozing under a garden chair!
I've not been back for a couple of years now. I now prefer the Amari in Chiang Mai - simple, formulaic, but great value and location, wirth excellent managment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling in the majestic Mae Rim Valley, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai features refined local Lanna Kingdom culture and contemporary designer-enriched Pavilions with stunning views of terraced rice fields and misty mountains beyond. Minutes from the historic city of Chiang Mai, the resort is a perfect springboard for discovering the Northern region's most glittering heritage sites and colourful contemporary life. Explore the resort's lush tropical grounds to discover intriguing insights into the exotic local flora and fauna. Tick off atmospheric ancestral shrines, rice fields and beloved water buffaloes. Discover local flavours and original cocktails, especially those created by world-renown mixologist Javier de la Muelas. Add another talent to your repertoire at the resort's acclaimed Thai cooking school and feel the world from different perspectives at The Spa. ... more less
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- Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Province, Thailand