- Near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Grand, peaceful setting
- Spa, pool, yoga and tai chi
137 Pillars is an elegant boutique hotel set in a well-preserved building dating back to the colonial era. One of the most appealing aspects of the hotel is that even though it’s quite centrally located within Chiang Mai, it still offers plenty of peace and serenity. It’s a short walk from the Ping River and the old city, which is unique among Thailand’s other old cities in that its historic walls are still mostly intact. The city centre is just over a mile away and there are plenty of sights to see just a short walk away, including the city’s bustling and atmospheric Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
All of the suites at 137 Pillars are designed to offer space, comfort and tranquility. They’re tastefully decorated and well-presented throughout, with considerable attention to detail and lots of nice little touches here and there. Those on the ground floor have their own private terrace complete with daybeds and rocking chairs for relaxing out in the open air, while those on the upper floor have their own private balcony with pleasant views of the area. Ceilings are high, beds are large and the en-suite bathrooms are extra spacious. There are four categories of suite altogether and all of them come with a range of convenient amenities, such as a flat-screen TV with DVD player, complimentary toiletries, slippers and bathrobes, air conditioning and a fan.
When not exploring the lively and frenetic city of Chiang Mai, guests can make use of the hotel’s many facilities. There’s a spa and wellness centre offering a variety of indulgent treatments, as well as Tai Chi and Yoga classes. The well-equipped fitness centre is open round-the-clock and there’s a narrow but long 25 meter outdoor lap pool with a striking vertical plant-covered wall to one side. The hotel offers a variety of dining options. Thai and Lanna food is served three times a day in the main restaurant, The Dining Room, with in-room and al fresco dining also an option. Gourmet dinners are served in Palette, and cocktails and ‘light bites’ are on offer in Jack Bain’s Bar with its delightful ‘old world’ feel. If that’s not enough, afternoon tea is also served in the hotel’s picturesque gardens.
Children are welcome at 137 pillars. Some of the Rajah Brooke suites are interconnecting and can work well for families, or extra beds and cots can be brought into rooms on request. Babysitting can be arranged a day in advance, although there are no designated children’s activities on offer. Parents should note that the lap pool is better suited to adult swimming and that children must remain under adult supervision at all times.
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