- Heart of the Old City
- Peaceful and shaded
- Traditional Buildings
- Swimming Pool
The Tamarind is one of our favourite hotels in Chiang Mai. This luxury boutique hotel is named after a tamarind tree over 200 years old that keeps most of the property in welcome shade during the hot summer months. The hotel is located in the heart of the old City, yet offers guests a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life amidst beautiful gardens and traditional Lanna architecture.
There are 41 guest rooms and five suites at Tamarind Village spread amongst a number of courtyards filled with colourful flowers and lush vegetation. All accommodation is designed to be contemporary and stylish, with polished concrete floors, soft white bedding and a range of tribal fabrics giving the rooms a sense of elegance and character. Amenities such as air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries and a minibar/fridge are provided, while all bathrooms are fashioned with marble and come fully equipped. There’s plenty of room provided, though for more space and comfort, any one of the five suites is recommended.
Guests staying here can make use of the full-service Village Spa, which has a good range of indulgent treatments on offer. The Tamarind Boutique is the hotel’s on-site gift shop and sells a variety of designer clothing and jewellery, as well as local artefacts. For dining, there’s the Ruen Tamarind Restaurant, which is open for three meals a day, as well as afternoon tea, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining; in-room dining is also available until 10pm every day. The menu consists of both international cuisine and authentic Thai dishes from across the country.
Those wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions can take advantage of the many activities offered by the hotel, from joining in with hill tribe and flower garland weaving sessions, as well as umbrella painting. The hotel also offers daily walking tours of the historic sites in the area for no added cost, while the travel desk can arrange an array of both private and public tours to many of the city’s top places of interest. Trips to gardens, scenic spots and national parks are also available for those interested in seeing the captivating mountainous nature of northern Thailand. As the hotel is so centrally located, guests can always step out and explore the city at their own pace.
Children of all ages are welcome here, with cots, extra beds and a babysitting service all available on request. A limited number of interconnecting rooms are available. Parents should keep an eye on their children when by the pool.
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A perfectly balanced 2 week family holiday in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a stunning rural village lodge, guided rafting and biking and then a week's beach time on Koh Samui.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019