If you’re looking for some serious R&R for your next vacation to Thailand, then Chiang Mai should top your list. As the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom, this laidback destination definitely has a charm of its own, thanks to their hundreds of temples and beautiful architecture.
Take a drive outside the super highways though, and you’ll be greeted with lush green forests and quaint, sleepy towns. It’s perfect for someone who wants a taste of traditional Thai life, while still enjoying modern amenities.
Desperate for a truly leisurely vacation? Then make Chiang Mai a priority. To get started, check out these luxurious hotels that will introduce a new level of R&R for the discerning traveler.
Chiang Mai used to be the heart of a thriving teak industry. Although most businesses dealing with logging and teak are mostly gone, the atmosphere of that period is still captured so beautifully when you step into Ping Nakara.
The stunning white colonial-style boutique hotel and spa near the Ping river only has 19 rooms. But each one is individually decorated with matching handcrafted furniture to provide a homey, traditional feel. Expect everything from city trips on their classic Mercedes, luxury Persian carpets, 300 thread count all-cotton linens, balconies with a view, to customizing your level of comfort with their pillow menu.
In Chiang Mai, wealth was symbolized by the size of the Lanna-style house and how many pillars (sao) it had. As the previous Northern Headquarters of the Borneo Trading Company, 137 Pillars House not only has a deep history to it, but also 5-star luxury.
Featuring 30 suites with hard wood floors, high ceilings, 4-poster beds, free-standing colonial style claw bathtubs, walk-in closets, and mini-bars – just to name a few of their many in-room amenities – this hotel wants you to have the ultimate escape while still being able to immerse in Thai culture. With such grand facilities, who would want to leave?
If you want beautiful, unobstructed views of Doi Suthep Mountain, there’s nowhere better than Le Meridien.
As one of the very few high rises at the noisy Night Bazaar quarter of the city, it’s an imposing sight to behold. But once you enter, all that hustle and bustle will magically fade into the background, replaced only by the promise of luxurious serenity.
With more than 300 rooms to choose from, this hotel combines comfort with accessibility. Stay in to enjoy ultra modern apartment-size suites with vibrant artwork, carpeted floors, Jacuzzi baths, and even kitchenettes. Or step out to explore the old town and riverside.
If you’re going all-out on your vacation, you’d want a place that has it all: dining, wellness, and of course, utmost comfort. As one of the most refined hotels in Chiang Mai, Anantara prides itself not only for their perfect attention to detail, but also their spacious rooms and suites.
All rooms have a clutter-free style that incorporates modern minimalism with gorgeous Thai accents. Begin choosing your leisure the minute you pick your room: what’s it going to be, lush garden views, or tranquil river views?
No matter which you pick, you’ll be guaranteed privacy, deluxe amenities (complimentary smartphone, hi-speed WiFi), and topnotch service from their friendly staff.
Want to experience authentic Thai culture, but only have several days to do so? Don’t worry – a stay at Rati Lanna will more than satisfy your taste for culture, while still providing you with the best R&R.
Their architecture and decorations alone are a work of art. Inspired by traditional Lanna heritage, get whisked away as you note each silver and lacquer ware, every intricate wood carving, as well as all the beautifully woven fabrics that adorn this hotel.
You can also enjoy authentic Thai massages, cooking classes, boat cruises along the Ping River, access to the famous Loy Krathong Festival, as well as make merits with monks every morning!
Located at Chiang Mai’s hippest street, Nimmanhemin, Akyra Manor is all about contemporary comfort that’s still inspiring and indulging. If you want to be seen at some of the trendiest hotspots in town, this is the place to begin.
Get 5-star treatment with their deluxe suites, featuring beds with 430-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. If you’re a newbie, they have all kinds of all-inclusive packages to make your stay stress-free. Notable mentions include: romantic honeymoon deal, family fun package, an elephant day care package, and female traveler (Ladies Only) offer.
Experience a whole other level of relaxation – and immersion – when you book with Dhara Dhevi. Situated across 60 acres of marvellously landscaped tropical grounds, this is more than a resort.
Their 123-room property includes deluxe villas, some with their own private pools; more than 5 dining options featuring cuisines from Thai, French, Chinese, to Italian; as well as a world-class spa offering Ayurveda treatments, and even yoga programs.
With a whole host of fun activities for couples, friends, families, and solo travelers, there’s really no reason to leave at all! Enjoy everything from bamboo weaving, rice pounding, paper cutting, Thai cooking, arts and crafts, shopping, basket making – and even rice planting – all inside this luxurious estate.
And when you’ve exhausted yourself, simply call for a private dining. Choose from their selection of romantic candlelit dinners, to a charming picnic basket. They’ll make sure that this is one vacation you won’t soon forget!
It’s not just the amenities and hotel facilities that make for a truly luxurious travel experience. Often, it’s in the details, things that make you want to come back for more. And that’s exactly the main appeal of X2 Chiang Mai Riverside.
Conveniently situated on the tranquil banks of Ping River, this 30-room boutique hotel prides itself not only in offering the best in modern design and amenities, but also in their world-class service. Get the VIP treatment upon arrival with their welcome tea/coffee and chocolates; soothe your tired senses in their fiber optic-lit infinity pool; or taste Michelin star meals right at their own greenhouse-inspired dining area.
Did we mention you get 20 percent off on your next stay? See, it really is in the details.
Planning something romantic? Whether it’s a wedding, honeymoon, or a dreamy getaway for you and your loved one, Na Nirand is the perfect place to be. More than their old-world charm and exclusivity, the historical legends that surround the hotel should be more than enough to convince you to book your stay.
Bask under the beautiful sunset beside the giant 100-year-old Rain Tree, said to have been planted by the first Conservator of Forests in the area. Or why not wine and dine at the rooftop of their TIME Riverfront Cuisine & Bar. For your convenience, they have also prepared pre-wedding as well as wedding packages.
Just like the ‘Story of True Love’ between a beautiful girl descended from the Ruler of Lamphun and a Bangkok gentleman, this romantic boutique hotel will help create lasting memories of love for you and your special someone.
This one is a classic. Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai offers all the comforts you’d expect with a contemporary Northern Thai twist. An ‘enchanting sanctuary’ right in the city, you’ll have the option of 277 rooms and suites, 4 restaurants and bars, as well as their famed spa and health club.
All their rooms include charming local celadon tea sets for a delightful repast after strolling along the Ping River. Upgrade from their elegant Deluxe Room with a fantastic pool view to their exquisite Lotus Suite, and receive exclusive access to their Horizon Club Lounge!
Surely, this hotel will make you feel like it’s your ‘home away from home’.
Got Chiang Mai in your mind yet? It’s not surprising to start dreaming about your next getaway to the ‘Rose of the North’. After all, those stylish rooms with jungle views aren’t going to be much fun when they’re empty. So pack your bags and start booking!