On our trip to Chiang Mai, we stayed in Anantara (erstwhile Chedi) for a couple of nights. Since quite a few reviews stated that the existent of mosquitoes and also the noise from the toads, we were skeptical and hence chose to stay for 2 nights and also stayed in another hotel for 3 nights.
The mosquitoes do exist though we barely managed to see one in our room. And the toads make a lot of noise in the night. But other than that, every thing else is exceptional. The break fast is just superb with so many choices. Bit of a choice in the menu as we can order 'parathas', 'pan cakes', etc apart from the spread out buffet. The pan cakes with caramelised banana and mango sorbet was so lovely. It will remain in my memory as one of the best break fast dishes I ever had.
The room was spacious with very good toiletteries. There were 3 choices of bath salts. I must say this is the first time I have spotted such a luxury. Fresh fruits were kept in our room on each day. Apart from the room make up every day, there is a 'brisk' set up in the evening where the bed was arranged, additional water bottles were provided and lamps were lit. Chic.
The swimming pool is good. Usual stuff. But a big pool and one won't feel crowded in it.
The spa was an absolute bliss. The best in Chiang Mai in my opinion. I am stating this after the visit to 4 other spas. Both myself and my friend had a hectic work life and we wanted to just relax in Chiang Main and hence had visited 5 spas in Chiang Mai during our stay. The staff were very experienced and were very good in their job. I chose the Balinese massage (there was an offer of buy 1 get 1 free on the day we used the spa). It was fantastic. Much unlike other places where at times the masseuse/masseuer loses her/his rhythm, this one was great. The ambience of the room and the music from the Nakamichi audio system was very soothing and rejuvenating.
The front desk staff were very helpful. We wanted to try out Chiang Rai but the front desk person quickly added that the main tower in the white palace/temple had kind of fallen off due to a recent earth quake. This information helped us to make our decision to visit or not to visit Chiang Rai.
Check in was blissful. A welcome drink with a complementary 15 minute neck massage was provided. The room key was quite heavy and large. We deposited it every time we went out of the resort.
The river view is not something great. Kind of muddy water. But then thats the way the entire flow of the river in Chiang Mai is. The 'souvenir' shop on the ground floor is worth checking out.
The rooms have a balcony and if the weather is good, one can relax in the balcony. The lights in the evening make it appeaking.
I was waiting till I process my photos and then add my review. Unfortunately I lost the images as my memory stick turned unreadable. If I recover the files, I will surely add the photos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edging the meandering Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is conveniently situated a mere five minute walk to the famous Night Bazaar and only 10 minutes from the quaint and traditional attractions of the old moated city. Explore authentic Thai areas, seemingly endless markets and the city's quirky art culture with its bohemian vibe as well as popular cosmopolitan hangouts and a growing wellness scene. Surrounding the valley in which Chiang Mai resides, verdant mountains are home to vast national parks of virgin rainforest, impressive waterfalls and rare flora and fauna. Discover countless Buddhist temples, timeless hill tribe communities, exotic animal sanctuaries and fascinating handicraft villages, as well as historic ruins that tell a tale of a time when Chiang Mai was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chedi Chiang Mai