We recently visited the Anantara Chiang Mai hotel (formerly The Chedi). What a stunning hotel. Picture perfect from top to bottom. We were there for the Loy Krathong festival which was so much fun. The hotel put on a beautiful party that we loved – Thank you Anantara for a beautiful night!
Now – about the hotel….
Upon arrival you are greeted by the GM, Nick. Nick is definitely a hands-on manager. Very genuine and kind. He is always checking on how you are doing. For the Loy Krathong festival dinner, my husband was surprised how full the hotel was and was concerned about us getting a good table for the party. Nick was very busy planning but stopped everything to find the man in charge of table designations to assure us that we had a front row seat.
Our room (307) was GORGEOUS. We were one level above the club level with club privileges. For our honeymoon we were greeted with champagne, roses and fresh fruit in the room with a personal note – a nice touch. The room had a big outdoor deck for lounging and stargazing (or watching 10,000 wish lanterns pass overhead!), a beautiful soaking tub, an extremely comfortable bed and a great lounge area and closet. The button to raise and lower the shades right on the nightstand was a personal favorite. We may be installing a similar feature in our new house! My only advice for the hotel would be that the lighting in the room is quite a bit dim… not great for doing your makeup or even just finding things in the room at night. Also the shower/toilet situation lacks a bit of privacy. There is just clear glass between the shower and the toilet so you’d rather not go the bathroom while someone is in the shower.
The club lounge is really beautiful but we didn’t really use it. Our package had complimentary mini bar refills which really went a long way with my husband ☺ It’s the little things. Lunch at the poolside restaurant was probably the best meal we had in Thailand… If you like Khao Soi, you must try theirs… They have a great garden salad too which is hard to come by in Thailand. There aren’t that many pool chairs so if you feel the hotel is busy, make sure to get a chair early. The hotel hosts a high tea in the afternoon that is really special in the lounge areas by the front desk. The finest teas with finger sandwiches and my favorite - scones, fresh cream and jam. Our stay included breakfast which was really delicious. They have an omelet station that makes a great eggs benedict – just saying! If you don’t see fresh passion fruit out with the fruit, ask! They have it hiding in the refrigerator. We didn’t visit the spa but it looked really nice.
While in Chiang Mai we visited the tourist trap Tiger Kingdom about 30min away and my skeptical husband now believes they perhaps do NOT drug the tigers (at least not all, and not that much. Maybe the big ones a bit but they were jumping around and obviously well taken care of). We ate at The Whole Earth, a nice but kind of pricey restaurant just outside the hotel. Ok food… not great. We also ate at two restaurants on the other side of the river – Deck1 and a little further down the iconic Gallery Restaurant. Both were just ok as well. The hotel is in a great location right on the river, and walkable to the fabulous night market and the old square.
We also made a trip with our guide from Exotissimo to Sam Kam Pang – the home industries district. We bought a bunch of silk that was 1/3 the price as Jim Thompson house and went to a Teak factory that had some gorgeous furniture and outdoor dining sets for very reasonable prices (including shipping!).
All in all we highly recommend the Anantara Chiang Mai. ESPECIALLY during Loy Krathong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Edging the meandering Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is conveniently situated a mere five minute walk to the famous Night Bazaar and only 10 minutes from the quaint and traditional attractions of the old moated city. Explore authentic Thai areas, seemingly endless markets and the city's quirky art culture with its bohemian vibe as well as popular cosmopolitan hangouts and a growing wellness scene. Surrounding the valley in which Chiang Mai resides, verdant mountains are home to vast national parks of virgin rainforest, impressive waterfalls and rare flora and fauna. Discover countless Buddhist temples, timeless hill tribe communities, exotic animal sanctuaries and fascinating handicraft villages, as well as historic ruins that tell a tale of a time when Chiang Mai was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai
- Chedi Chiang Mai