A riverside resort in the heart of the city.
Formerly The Chedi hotel, the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort has exceeded expectations and ranks as one of the top hotels in Northern Thailand. The service, location and quality of the property is what stands out and sets it far above the other hotels in the region.
THE HOTEL : Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
WHERE : The Anantara Chiang Mai, Thailand sits on the banks of the Mae Ping River and is only 5 minutes walk from the famous Night Bazaar and 10 minutes walk from the city. A lot of attractions can be found within a short walk of the hotel but a tuk tuk is always a stone throw away for anything further. Chiang Mai is known for the many old temples, ruins, national parks, hill tribes and small villages so your stay at the Anantara is going to be filled with lots of adventure.
THE HOTEL : From the outside of the hotel, all you hear is noise, but from the moment you step inside the property you feel like you are in tranquil seclusion. Spend the morning or afternoon on your balcony daybed or take a dip in the hotel pool with views onto the river.
ROOMS : The hotel has 84 luxury rooms and suites with 8 different room types to choose from. During my trip, I had the pleasure of staying in the Kasara River View Suite which is 105 square meters and included many in-suite and Kasara Lounge privileges. The benefits included a dedicated concierge, full access to the lounge & evening cocktails, wine and canapes which made for an amazing end to the day.
BARS & DINING : The Restaurant serves up many international cuisines and regional specialities, but is also a great place to have breakfast down by the river. If you feel like Asian cuisine then I would recommend The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar, which is located in the colonial house (originally opened in 1921 as the British Consulate of Chiang Mai) and serves Chinese Szechuan, Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Chiang Mai is known for it’s amazing Northern Thailand food. One highlight of the trip was the Spice Spoons – Anantara cooking school, where we learnt how to make Tod Man Pla, Tom Kha Gai & Yam Mamuong Pla Krob. Before learning a step by step guide on how to cook these dishes, our chef took us by tuk-tuk to the local market to buy the ingredients for an even more authentic experience.
JUDGEMENT TIME : The Anantara Chiang Mai is in a great location being so close to the city, but step inside and you are able to get away from the noise for a very peaceful and relaxing stay. A short walk to the night markets, experience a local meal and try your hand at bargaining, or step inside one of the many bars in the city and understand why this is one of my favourite cities in Thailand.
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