I first must say that "Ravenna2006" review was exactly spot on! I had a very similar experience. I truly like this resort, but nowhere near as much as their sister property in Koh Phangan. This hotel is very quiet and has excellent views. When booking your room, make sure not to make the mistake I made. If taking the "good deal" on Agoda, which is one of their non-Villa rooms, make sure not to get the lower floor which will be in the 2100's. There is nothing wrong with the room, but there is zero view! We are staring at a clump of bamboo trees. Go for at least the 2200's or even better the corner 2300 rooms which are best view. When trying to upgrade at the front desk, they were hesitant and less than courteous as compared to their sister property and I agree English is at a bare minimum here. There is one exception to this rule, Khun Bird is their top customer service person, we wound up going to him for everything as his service was top notch. Even though the resort appeared to totally empty, we were unable to upgrade for a remotely reasonable price. Triple the price of the original room is not reasonable and that is on top of the price all ready paid. I agree that the restaraunt has good food and drinks and prices are reasonable. This is a very good thing as getting anywhere else from here is impossible by foot and you can't rent a motor bike like most places in Thailand. Transportation is very unreasonable and taxi's will not come this far out from the city. It is a good one hour drive from airport. Spa prices are way too high! If this is your first time to Thailand and you are a Farrang then it might not be such a shock. We live in Bangkok and I can get five treatments for the price of one here. Hiking is quite good in and around the hotel if you are into steep climbs. I should mention that this hotel is not a good idea for the physically impaired or elderly. There is a considerable amount of walking up steep inclines. The breakfast buffet is quite nice with outstanding views, but not out of this world. Again sister property is much better executed. As others have mentioned, the beds are rock hard and very thin mattress, my back is killing me. You would think it would help, but trust me these don't. All said and done, there nothing horrible about this resort, but we will most likely not be returning here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort is a secluded mountain resort set on 70 rai of pristine terrain in the Mae Rim valley, 30 km. from downtown Chiang Mai. While at the resort, guests will feel as though they have entered into a higher place of existence, The Thai word "Panviman" means, in fact," as if you are in heaven" The environs at Panviman are utterlly natural and you will find yourself surrounded by evergreen and teak trees, flower and vegetables grown in the area, a farming community, and hill tribe villagers. What's more, the resort is endowed with cool weather, a remote location and a relaxing atmosphere. Panviman s devided into two distinct areas- a Lanna style spa and an Ayudhaya-style resort area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panviman Chiang Mai Hotel Mae Rim
- Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort Chiang Mai Province, Thailand