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“Absolutely Wonderful”
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Lana Thai Villa
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Mae Rim
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful”
Reviewed February 10, 2009

From the moment we started corresponding with the owner, Michel Henry about international payment of our deposit, I knew we were going to have a wonderful time. Michel Henry was very personable on email, sent us helpful information and gave us personal perspective on the political situation that was happening in Bangkok (12/08 - Chiang Mai was fine).
When we arrived, Mr. Nui had someone meet us at the airport and then personally greeted us. Our room was spacious and tastefully decorated (Chinese Suite) and big enough for us and our 5 year old daughter on a cot.
The best part of our stay (besides having Mr. Nui help us with restaurants and tours - recommend elephant camp with elephants, ox carts and bamboo raft rides) was the peaceful view from our balcony. We had breakfast every morning on our balcony, overlooking the Four Seasons Hotel Grounds. We also had evening cocktails with candle light on the balcony in the evenings. Gorgeous!
I loved walking the paths of the Four Seasons Hotel; their restaurants were good and we had a wonderful time.
Highly recommend and want to go back now!
Mary Lee S.

  • Liked — Personal Service, Views, Four Seasons Hotel Amenities, including an "OK" Kids Club
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed July 18, 2008

I am writing this from the lana thai villa. Tonight is our 8th night at the villa and we are heading back home tomorrow. Though we have never really gone wrong with our choice of hotels (thanks to tripadvisor!), our stay at the lana thai villaw will forever remain etched in our minds as a home away from home. The beauty of every piece in the villa, the absolutely wonderful Mr. Khun Nui (the manager), the two wonderful cleaning ladies, the easy access to every Four Seasons facility, the wonderful breakfast with every need catered to..I can just go on and on.

We interacted with the owner directly when booking the villa and he was very helpful and customer-focussed. That by itself made us feel comfortable. And once we got here, we (including our two kids) have been made to feel so much at home. I love nothing more than sitting at the outdoor sala and enjoying the lovely coffee made by Mr. Nui.

I would highly highly recommend this place to everyone.

  • Liked — The dependable Mr. Khun Nui and the beautiful pieces of furniture
  • Disliked — Television sets were very small..
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Illinois, USA
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Reviewed April 1, 2008

We spent seven nights at Lana Thai Villa and have nothing but great things to report.

It is part of the Residences at the Four Seasons resort. They are on the Four Seasons grounds and are considered a part of the Four Seasons.

You have access to 24 hour room Four Seasons room service which you must try at least once, it is amazing. They delivered our meal and let us know that they would return in 10 minutes with our desert because they did not want the ice cream melting before we got to it.

The Four Seasons resort is spectacular.

Mr. Nui, the manager of the Lana Thai Villa rooms ( I believe there are three) is wonderful. He greets you upon arrival and takes care of your every need. He is truly amazing. He goes about his job in a way that meets your every need but is not in your face all the time. Upon arrival he walks you through the Four Seasons grounds, showing you where everything is. He takes you to the Four Seasons front desk so you can give them your credit card information for charges throughout your stay.

We left Mr. Nui a large tip upon departure and it was worth every penny.

One of the great things about LTV Chinese Suite is that it has its own porch overlooking the Four Seasons rice paddies which are stunning. To call it a porch is understatement. It is a beautiful area with two very long benches with cushions and plenty of pillows. My wife spent every possible moment here reading her books. There is a table for eating meals and the decorations are very tasteful and relaxing. Mr. Nui has access to the porch via a separate entrance outside of the Chinese suite.

Every night you fill out a breakfast card and leave it outside your room door. The next morning, Mr. Nui delivers the breakfast to your porch at the specified time. We fell into such a wonderful routine. We would set an alarm for 15 minutes prior to our breakfast time and as soon as the alarm would go off, we could hear the delicate clinking of the dishes being set up on our porch. All you have to do is stumble out your back door and breakfast awaits. We had some concern that the continental breakfast offered would not be enough but it was perfect. Cereals, fresh fruits, croissants, fresh juice, etc. We tried the Four Seasons breakfast buffet one morning but never went back. It was great but we much preferred breakfast on our relaxing porch with the amazing Mr. Nui.

Here is one tip that we learned after a few days of being there. If you need something, ask Mr. Nui first. Early on we were trying not to be pests but quickly learned that he can handle almost any request with ease and does so professionally.

There are two pools at the Four Seasons. One is the main pool by the restaurant and near the lobby. It is great and typical Four Seasons. Plenty of attendants to bring drinks, wash your sunglasses, etc and it is a beatiful setting overlooking the working rice patties on the Four Seasons grounds. The second pool is in the Residences area. We were usually the only people there. It is set in the trees and is beautiful. There is a bathroom, shower and telephone for calling room service if you desire food or drinks. Cold bottles of water were always on hand but there were not attendants on hand. We liked this quiet aspect and simply called room service if we needed something. Both choices are great, you can' t go wrong.

Every morning at around 9:30, the Four Seasons grounds people would be walking the water buffalos around the grounds. My wife was down there pronto to pet them every day and feed them bean pods and bananas. She was like a little kid. This place is magical.

There are two restaurants on the grounds and both are great. One is Thai and the other, by the pool, serves a variety of cuisines. One of the great things about Four Seasons is that you can just tell them what you want and they will make it. After a few days of trying all the menu items, sometimes you want some comfort food so, instead of picking from the menu, just tell them what you want and they will do their best to pull it off. We love this aspect and they don't roll their eyes at special requests. All you ever hear is "absolutely sir."

Also, if you are a coffee nut, head out the back of the Lana Thai Villa (where you arrived), take a left and go past the great antique shops. Take a left onto the main road and in a few minutes on your right will be Wawee Coffee. Apparently the best coffee in Thailand is grown on Wawee mountain and my wife thought it was fabulous. Also, the cakes were fantastic. I drank the orange crush (juice mixture and ice) and it was great as well. Just before Wawee coffee is a clothing store and gallery run by a wonderful young woman. The clothes were great. Very unique items and very high quality. She loves white so most of the clothes are white or cream.

My son took advantage of the Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) lessons in the gym. He did 1 1/2 hours every day and it was a great workout. His trainer was "Chai" and he was great. Chai is a professional Thai boxer with an impressive record as well.

Regarding tours, we always like to use the Four Seasons tours for the most important sites where you want to learn alot and then use taxi services to drop you off at other locations (shopping, etc) that don't require a lot of knowledge. The Four Seasons tours are always expensive but what you get is perfect english, positive attitudes and tremendous knowledge of the sites you are visiting. We used them for the touring the various temples. Once again, we made a custom tour which included one more temple and they, of course, accomodated us with no problem. As we toured the temples and looked at the other tour guides, it was clear we were getting the highest quality information. She (Pook) explainded every mural at the Doi Sutep temple which completely explained the life of Buddha. She made sure we entered the temples correctly, made sure we approached the monk correctly for a blessing and explained every item we asked about. Well worth the money.

The night bazaar in Chiang Mai consists of a multi-story building on one side of the street and a huge single story open air market on the other side of the street. While the open air market is better there were a lot of good antique stores in the multi-story building as well. Do both.

We were underwhelmed by our dinner on the river at the recommended Gallery restaurant. It was fine overall but after eating at the Four Seasons we found it lacking in many respects. It was probably due to our expectations being too high. It was adequate but nothing special and the river is not very nice to look at. Lots of floating trash, etc.

My wife stopped for one of the local foot massages as we were walking aroung but found it to be lacking. May be that the person she had was more focused on getting another customer lined up. If you like massages I think you have to try these as they are unique to this area and they are cheap.

The next day, my wife went for an 1 1/2 hour massage at the Four Seasons spa. Needles to say she came back raving about how it wonderful it was. Even if you don't get a massage, walk down to see the lobby of the spa, it is beautiful.

Upon arrival, the Four Seasons concierge (use them every chance you get) suggested that we attend a 14 course meal at the cooking school to learn about Thai food. It was expensive but great. It was us and two other couples in their beautiful open air cooking school with a personal chef preparing and explaining the significance of each dish and numerous helpful attendants. As we toured the markets in Chiang Mai we were able to pick out the various items, it was great background knowledge.

We also attended a buffet at the cooking school that highlighted Thai dancers. While we had seen Thai dancers the previous week in Phuket, there was no comparison. These were professionals and their garments were spectacular. This is where we became hopelessly hooked on the banana fritters.

Be sure to walk around the grounds and though the rice patties. We asked the concierge for a self-guided booklet so we could walk the grounds ourselves. When he saw us struggling with orientation he asked if he could arrange for a private tour with one of the landscape staff. So, we had two people take us around the grounds, explaining the various plant types. My wife is a big gardener and thought it was fabulous.

The only things you don't have access to for free are the shuttle bus into town and mountain bikes for free. We didn't find this to be a problem. Taxis are readily available and Mr. Nui arranged them all for us. His person charges 300 baht per hour. We woul have her take us into town and just wait for us. We would call her cell phone when we wanted to go to the next location. 300 baht is about $10 so it is no big deal for the convenience. Her english is adequate but nowhere near the Four Seasons staff's level. But, she was always on time and dependable. Also, you can still use the mountain bikes, just not for free.

Downsides? At one meal the ice tea was bad and a hamburger at another meal was not up to Four Seasons standards but over a week this is nothing. Plus, we found they want to know when something is bad so they can fix it. They truly don't want you suffering through anything. There were no downsides at the Lana Thai Villa. Anything that we wanted, Mr. Nui got it for us. For example, one day my wife bought a watermelon at a local market, took it back to our place and cut it with a regular table knife. The next day, in our suite appeared a large knife suitable for cutting watermelons without it being requested. On our first breakfast the only fruit we did not eat was the papaya. The next morning there was no papaya on our fruit plate. Little things like this showed Mr. Nui's dedication to service. Plus, you get this service for a fraction of the regular Four Seasons rates.

Final advice. If you go the Lana Thai Villa and try to save money every chance you get you might be disappointed as everything is expensive at the resort. You are setting yourself up for a tough time and should probably go somewhere else if saving money is your main focus. The attitude we take is that experiences in life are what matters and you don't do this often so just forget the money for a week and enjoy yourself. Sure, $80 per person for a tour is expensive but when will you be in Thailand again touring exquisite temples again? When we were on the temple tours we saw other Four Seasons guests that had hired outside tour companies to save money and it was clear that they got what they paid for.

Focus on having a great experience, endulge yourselves, relax and enjoy this wonderful place.

  • Liked — Mr. Nui
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2007

My husband and I stayed at the Lana Thai Villa in Nov 2007, in the Bali Suite for 3 nights. I could have stayed longer, and we only left the propery to go to the Elephant Nature Park (another must do!). Khan Nui takes care of every need, in a very discreet and courteous way. He gives a brief tour of the FS property which helps get comfortable with where things are. The room was perfect for us, and the sala on which we ate breakfast every morning was a relaxing setting to eat and curl up with a good book. Views are exquisite. The FS property itself is wonderful, and the only 2 things you can not do as a Lana Thai Guest is use the shuttle to Chaing Mai (we didn't want to leave anyway) or the moutain bike (may have liked to try that). Gym is great, food excellent, service (needless to say) is outstanding, lovely pool. Quiet location, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It is approx. a 3-5 min walk to the main property and pool, which is shorter than some FS rooms. I would DEFINATELY recommend this to others- as long as you don't want to walk to Chiang Mai, this is perfect!

  • Liked — Peaceful- Villa makes you feel like you are in a B and B, but property is 5 Star FS
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2007

We stayed at the Lana Thai Villa in the Chinese Suite in the first week of August. It is a beautiful getaway in a very private and secluded area within the Four Seasons Resort, and offers a lovely and peaceful view of the rice paddies in the hotel grounds. Khun Nui is an extremely discreet and kind villa manager and willing to help anytime.
The best part was having breakfast in the sala every morning and curling up with a book, enjoying the views.
The Chinese Suite is beautifully decorated, and the antiques in the room are lovely.
Only minor comments would be that the TV was a bit old and perhaps the faucets in the bathroom are beginning to look rather dated.
If you are looking to explore Chiang Mai, this may not be the best place to stay, esp if you go during peak season (you will not be allowed on the Four Seasons shuttle bus since you are not technically a Four Seasons guest). The driver in the nearby shop charges pretty high rates so beware! That said though, you may never want to leave the Resort anyway.
The Four Seasons Spa is a must-visit - highly recommended!

  • Liked — Amazing sala and suite
  • Disliked — Lack of transportation choice from the resort, no access to hotel shuttle
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

Staying at the Lana Thai Villa is a really wonderful way to enjoy Chang Mai and the superb Four Season Resort. We highly recommend it!

The suite is lovely... located conveniently beside the mind-blowing Spa, it also has a lovely view over the Four Seasons grounds.

Khun Nui, the Lana Thai house manager, is thoughtful and helpful. As a suite guest, you can use all the facilities at the hotel (spa, tours, food, concierge, lounge, pools, cooking school, etc.). You can also arrange tours, drivers, restaurants, etc. through Khun, at a fraction of the price of 4S options.

We couldn't believe that we were able to stay in the Four Seasons, with arguably better service (regular rooms don't have a Khun!) at a fraction of the price.

We kept wondering..."what is the catch?"... and were so happy to discover that there isn't one! This place is just one of those incredible "finds"... you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2007

There is nothing more peaceful than sitting in the sala that leads from one of the beatiful rooms at Lana Thai Villa, early in the morning, and taking in the calm and peaceful atmosphere all around you. The views of the manicured grounds of the Four Season's Hotel and adjacent Residences, with the rice paddy in the back, offset by the distant mountains that slowly emerge from the morning mist, birds chirping, chatter from the maids hurrying to their daily task, and the occasional perfumed waft of plumeria blossoms remind you that you are in a tropical paradise.

This is the third time that we have stayed here and it was each time a wonderful experience. Khun Nui, the manager of the Villa is attentive to every need one could have and always helpful with a smile. We love the exquisite decor of the place, and there is nothing left to desire for your personal comfort.

This is the perfect place to enjoy a luxurious vacation at a 5 Star Resort, with use of the Four Seasons' Pool, Restaurants and the famous Spa. Pure bliss!

We can't wait to come back,
Christine & Fred
San Diego

  • Liked — The calm, the surroundings, the service, the decor of the room, everything!
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Lana Thai Villa
Address: 502 Moo 1 Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road | Residence 7 at the Four Seasons Residences, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Mae Rim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Mae Rim
#3 Romantic Hotel in Mae Rim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
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