Chiang Mai’s most exclusive holiday camp
Well out of Chiang Mai, the offering by the international Four Seasons chain is about as luxurious as it gets in these parts.
The lush and plush Four Seasons has located itself well to the north of Chiang Mai in the Mae Rim district, where they have an entire valley of their own to play with. Rooms are scattered amid luxuriant gardens on hillsides around a small valley in which they’ve even retained some of the original rice terraces, complete with pet water buffalo.
Yes, it’s one of those spots where you need a golf buggy to get around, not forgetting a driver without whom you’d get lost amid the complex’s rambling paths and foliage.
It's about a 20-minute trip or so from town on a good day, and lies at the beginning of the Mae Sa Valley just off the Mae Rim to Samoeng Road. They do provide two-way courtesy buses to strategic downtown points but if you’re spending that kind of money it’s a place where you need to spend the time on your balcony, wandering the garden, relaxing in their coffee shop or lazing by the pool—you won’t get your money’s worth by spending all day wandering around town.
They do have bars, coffee shops, a choice of restaurants, spa, cookery courses, yoga, souvenir shops—and of course the buffalo—all on site, doing their best to keep you there. Do note that prices are in line with room rates, so be prepared to splash out 300 plus baht on a pad Thai or khao soi.
The accommodation consists of a total of 99 rooms split into various options. We counted no fewer than 16 different options, comprehensive details of which you'll find on their website and we won't go into fully. They’re split into rice barn pavilions, villas and private residences with bottom of the range being an “upper rice terrace pavilion” and top end an “owner’s residence package”.
The former is a second-floor suite with spacious balcony and connecting private sala, replete with Lanna decor and quality wooden furnishings and of course every facility you can imagine for a top-range hotel room. The top offering is a four-room villa with private pool, personal butler, housekeeper and chef.
Their rates vary throughout the year. They don’t publish any set seasonal rates, so you’ll have to check on their own website or that of an online travel agent for a competitive rate. Rates listed here are indicative only.
Address: 502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Rd, Mae Rim
T: (053) 298 181 ; F: (053) 298 190
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º55'53.91" E, 18º54'51.39" N
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Room rates: over 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|14,875 baht||17,000 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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