- 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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019