- Central riverside location
- Pool, spa and gym with personal trainer
- Thai chi, yoga and massage lessons
- White water rafting, zip-lining and golf
Located on the banks of the Ping River is the decidedly modern and luxurious Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in northern Thailand. Conveniently close to some of the city’s top attractions such as the old town and the lively Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this high end property is also a haven of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
All of the hotel’s 84 sumptuous rooms and suites are handsomely furnished and boast a full range of modern conveniences. The 52 Deluxe Rooms and 32 Kasara Suites all come with their own private balcony complete with daybed and gorgeous views of the hotel’s beautifully manicured gardens, the Colonial House or the Ping River. Floor-to-ceiling windows enhance the views, and local artefacts add character to the rooms. While the Deluxe Rooms offer plenty of space, the Kasara Suites are twice as large and come with their own separate dining area and a significantly larger bathroom.
Aside from exploring Chiang Mai’s temples, ruins, galleries, boutiques and cafes, there are plenty of nearby activities to enjoy such as golf, zip-lining and even white water rafting. Fruit carving classes, and yoga and tai chi sessions are on offer at the hotel, along with traditional Thai massage lessons. The state-of-the-art fitness centre is worth a visit, with a personal trainer on hand for tailored workouts and advice, and there’s also a 34-metre riverside pool and a lovely full-service spa.
Dining options at the hotel are plentiful and varied. Peruvian and Indian cuisine is on the menu at The Restaurant, while The Service 921 Restaurant and Bar offers Vietnamese, Chinese Szechuan and Thai food, and the Lobby Lounge offers light snacks and cocktails throughout the day. Afternoon tea is available and there’s a private lounge just for Kasara Suite guests. In-room dining is also possible and there’s a private, reservations-only restaurant serving both Thai and international cuisine.
Children are welcome at the resort. While there are no designated child activities, there is a babysitting service and the restaurant does offer a children’s menu. Families might prefer to book one of the Kasara Suites since they are significantly larger than the Deluxe Rooms and have plenty of space for extra beds and cots. Parents should note that the pool is more of a lap pool, but children are still free to use it if they wish.
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