About 30 minutes north of Chiang Mai, the resort is far from the madding crowd, but – with its own shuttle bus – is still within striking distance of the city’s temples and bustling markets. It’s more precisely located within the pretty Mae Rim Valley, the best of northern Thailand, with elephant camps and hill-tribe villages on your doorstep.
Address: 502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand.
Style & character
Set over 32 acres of landscaped gardens flecked with rice farmers, lakes, lily ponds and waterfalls, the resort has successfully carved out a sense of place with a modern Thai aesthetic that reflects the country’s Lanna history, but eschews any timeworn Asian details.
Service & facilities
If there was any concern about the hotel’s peripheral location, it’s certainly been compensated for with the endless list of activities on offer: curated off-site excursions from river rafting to temple visits are available; while at the resort, wellness is the focus, with early morning yoga on the dreamy open-air yoga deck that looks out onto the rice paddies. Elsewhere, don’t miss out on the cooking academy or the rice planting activity. Service is understated, gracious, pre-emptive and instinctive.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
- Tennis court
The 99 pavilions are set throughout the 32-acre property, some among the tropical gardens, others with views over the terraced rice paddies and the gently rolling hills beyond. Each has its own outdoor Thai sala complete with a swing sofa from which to while away the day, while inside, sizeable bedrooms with all the prerequisite bells and whistles – from a fully stocked minibar to satellite television and blue tooth speakers – lead to a generous open-plan walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with a separate shower and a bath that requires no coaxing to soak in.
Food & drink
Enjoy the sunset with a pre-dinner cocktail on the upper deck of the pool terrace. For dinner, Sala Mae Rim offers the best of Thai cuisine, and home-style Italian fare is on the menu at Terraces. For something more unusual, the cooking academy, Rim Tai Kitchen, transforms into an interactive street food restaurant where guests can make their way round the stations, interact with the chefs and even have a go and making their own dishes.
There is a full buffet breakfast on offer, but for a tranquil start to your morning, enjoy a private meal in the rice fields, where a gentle breeze sets the mood to indulge in a menu inspired by French chef Stephane Calvet’s childhood memories, complete with an impressive selection of pastries, of course.
Access for guests with disabilities?
There are three Garden Pavilions equipped for guests with disabilities.
There are Family Residences available and children’s menus on offer in the restaurants, while a kid’s club, open daily, offers a roster of complimentary games and activities for children aged four to 12.
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