This a lovely hotel, with fantastic views and elephants at every turn. It seemed very quiet and we hardly saw any guests other than on Christmas Eve when there was a big party, and at breakfast times in general. At one point I actually wondered if we had the place to ourselves on Christmas Day because we barely saw a soul.
The hotel is pretty isolated, at a push you could walk to the nearest village but it would be a very long hot walk and we didn't do it! And basically, because eating and drinking in the hotel is so expensive, we took a taxi to said village to eat in the local restaurants there.
As previous reports say, there is little to do here except go on excursions. You can visit Laos, or Burma, and of course, there is the elephant trekking and mahout training. We didn't do this, but other guests absolutely raved about it, so I guess it is the thing to do if you love elephants!
In terms of our accommodation, the room was lovely and the bathroom had the biggest bathtub I've ever seen. And the public areas of the hotel were equally nice. One criticism was the lack of free wifi in all areas of the hotel, it was only free in the Elephant Bar, and this is a pet hate of mine!
We arrived on Christmas Eve, and hotel had organised a really special night involving canapes and cocktails up on the hilltop, with local entertainment and music, and elephants of course! Then down the hill back to the hotel for a big spread and more music and dancing. We had a great time, drank too much and were the last guests to leave the bar! Christmas Day itself was very quite and subdued, which was probably a good thing for our aching heads!
The Anantara is one of the few hotels that brews up the world famous Black Ivory Coffee, which is basically local coffee beans going in one end of an elephant then coming out of the other end (Google it)! There is an elaborate brewing process which is a spectacle to watch. I hasten to add that we didn't have this coffee, but a very kind guest on the next table did, and kindly let us try a cup!
Overall, the Anantara is a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting but 2 or 3 nights is probably enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked into 160 acres of ancient jungle in northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort rests on a bluff overlooking the fabled convergence of two rivers and three countries. The region also boasts a rich cultural heritage, as seen in the many hill tribe peoples or at the Hall of Opium Museum. At Anantara Golden Triangle, the natural and cultural merge at our unique onsite Elephant Camp, modelled on traditional mahout villages and home to the resort’s very own gentle giants. Book any of our indulgent All Inclusive Packages and enjoy the following benefits:•Accommodation with daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner for every night stayed•Roundtrip transfers from and to Chiang Rai Airport•Beverages (select range of non-alcoholic drinks, house wine, beer and spirits)•Internet access•In-room mini bar•One time visit to the Opium Museum•One activity for every night stayed from a choice of:oElephant Camp ExperienceoLanna Cooking ClassoAnantara Spa TreatmentoGolden Triangle Private ExcursionWhatever the experience, your Golden Triangle story begins with Anantara. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Golden Triangle Resort And Spa
- Anantara Golden Triangle Hotel Chiang Saen
- Anantara Resort Golden Triangle
- Anantara Hotel Golden Triangle
- Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen