Monday, June 3, 2013

HOTEL CHECK THAILAND, Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai

During a 2-week Thailand trip our product manager Neil Bedford visited our special Collection hotels and resorts. He heartily recommends going north on your next trip...and trying this charming property...

The architecture of Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai is amazing and it feels as if the hotel was or is a temple or palace. In fact it blends very well with Chiang Mai’s enchanting temple heritage.


The swimming pool is surrounded by the typical towers and ornate decor of the property. We were also very impressed by the spa and several good dining options.  Another advantage is that it is also really convenient to head in to Chiang Mai itself during the day or for dinner (just 15 minutes drive).


Rooms

123 suites, villas and residences.

Colonial suites (and deluxe colonial suites which are 20 sqm bigger and may have an extra toilet) are extremely impressive. We liked our Grand Deluxe suite - loving the colonial style, and the massive balcony looking over the pool and gardens. Really ‘wow’ when you walk in! Beautifully decorated as well as practical. Do request pool view, and for families request pool view ground floor as you then have pool just metres away. 

Deluxe colonial suite
Villas are done Thai style - which we found most impressive. Our favourite villas (each a Thai style free-standing pavilion) had private pools and Jacuzzi overlooking the hotel's own rice fields.

Pool villa

Why go

To try something different during your Thailand trip. Direct flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui (as well as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hongkong) make it an easy 3 night add-on.

Have a couple of half day guided tour of Chiang Mai (impressive temples, markets and doesn’t have the congestion of Bangkok) and the rest enjoying the hotel. Easy to dine out in Chiang Mai and shop in the street markets (famous Sunday market as well as more touristy daily night market).

How to get to Mandarin Oriental Chiang Mai

15 mins from Chiang Mai airport. Same distance from the city itself.

Must do

A traditional Thai massage in the hotel spa.

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