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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
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New York, New York
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Reviewed January 22, 2006

The Hotel is Fabulous, and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The service was also exquisite. I was told prior to arrival that the Spa was the most amazing in the world, but I was dissapointed when I got there because I had the worst manicure ever!

Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed December 31, 2005

The hotel has the best staff in the word! We have never seen such friendly staff with this perfect service, either at the reception, at the poolside or in the spa. Ah, the spa is heaven. There is a huge choice of spa treatment. Each of the treatment ist heaven. The spa itself is so beautiful designed and the spa staff is the best in the world.

We had dinner once in the thai and twice at the terrasse restaurant. The food is fresh and of high quality. We loved especially the pasta and the sweets.

Rooms are spacious with a lovely outdoor sala, maybe a bit dark, so looked for an room upstairs. Comparing with newer hotels, the rooms are a bit out of fashion, but still very luxurious. We had a room close to the pool which is a central location with good view.
The ground with the pools and rice terrasse is pacefuland for total relaxation. Is there a downside? The prices for food an spa are at the very high end,but comparing with other hotelsins Thailand (f.e. Trisara in Phuket) worth the money. We will return definitly to this hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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10  Thank luxuryvoyage
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Kauai, Hawaii
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Reviewed November 2, 2005

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai was recommended to us by Andrew Harper and we were not disappointed. We had met a couple in Phuket who opted to stay in a budget hotel near the night market in Chiang Mai as they described the Four Seasons as "way out of town, nothing to do there". Their loss was our gain.

The staff was uniformly friendly, professional and available to meet any needs. A Mercedes sedan was made available at modest cost to take us on a "personal shopping tour" of the silk factory/shops (boring) and the woodcraft stores (much more interesting- at least to the husband!). On another day the hotel arranged a local cab (at something like $5/hr) to drive us to the elephant training camp and to yet more silk and ceramic shops.

The hotel may not be in Chiang Mai, but the city is easily accessible by the above-mentioned taxi (20 min), or by the free hotel shuttle. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and easily seen by hotel mountain bike, or on foot (as I chose to do early each morning). Just offer a "sawadee khrup" (men) to anyone you come upon and you are greeted by a smile and polite laughter.

The upper (Thai) restaurant was not "Bangkok high end" (other reviewers comment) but with outdoor seating in view of the distant mountains in the evening sunset, this was like a scene from a Somerset Maughm novel. We were there all three nights of our stay and as the Thai set menu was the same each night we made up our own on subsequent nights from the a la carte menu. They go out of their way to "de-spice" the food upon request. Most nights we stuck with Singha (beer) as wine is quite over-priced, at least as compared to US prices.

The rooms are lovely, clean and well-appointed. We noticed many guests having breakfast on their private pavillion- something we did not take advantage of as this would have meant missing the rather impressive buffet and the opportunity to watch the resident water buffalos, Mr. Sand and his various children (a different one each day) pass by as they were led about the grounds by their keepers. We did not take advantage of the offer to ride Mr. Sand as someone had described it as sitting on a "very warm and wet sofa".

As a semi-tropical landscaper and gardener, I found the beautiful grounds most disheartening- not a weed to be seen! Of course it helps to have a staff of 40 gardeners. The free garden tour is geared toward the general tourist and not to the horticulturist.

Stay at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai only if you want the "English Country House" experience where you are treated as family by staff and want to relax in a tropical paradise. If you would rather stay in that budget hotel in Chiang Mai, where you are kept awake by the night market, then please do so.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed August 24, 2005

One of the best resorts we have stayed at. Most notable is the garden. It’s extremely large and no matter where you stand a perfect view is guaranteed. With 80 room the resort is private and although it has been booked at a rate of 85% when we’ve been there any of the places in the hotel have been crowded. The staff behaves very natural and is very friendly. The rooms are nice. There are two restaurants in the resort (for a European they are very moderately priced). We have preferred the Thai restaurant over the western style (Italian) restaurant. The Thai food was excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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4  Thank neuha
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Reviewed August 8, 2005

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.

  • Stayed: January 2002
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