Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hot off the press from Four Seasons Chiang Mai, a lush jungle hideaway in Northern Thailand.
Luxury hotels are my passion. Not because I like decadence, but because I am fascinated by how many details must come together to create that perfect guest experience. Across all countries and cultures there are a few places to be called paradise and in Thailand, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai fits the description to a T. It’s not one thing that makes this property great, but all things combined: the experience of the Thai culture, the location, interior and exterior design, landscaping, dining experiences, and most importantly, the local staff – all of which create a very unique and exclusive cultural getaway.
The main entrance to the resort had serenity written all over it, welcoming guests by the smell of incense, multiple lanterns hanging from trees, intricate floating flower arrangements and a beautiful Ganesha shrine. Welcome to Northern Thailand, AKA heaven. After a welcome drink and a refreshing cold towel I was escorted to my pool villa. Surrounded by water and floor to ceiling windows on all sides – this was the ultimate oasis. I was traveling with my blogger friend Vanessa (who writes the blog Glitter and Mud) and we were both so impressed with the villa that we started doing the happy dance, which is the dorkiest thing you’ll ever see – featured in my video below.
So, what is there to do at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai? The best thing to do here is relax and take it all in – but some highlights from my stay included rice planting, water buffalo washing, Thai cooking classes, and exploring the vibrant night markets in Chiang Mai. I also thoroughly enjoyed my dining experiences. Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines (rivaled only by Indian food) and all of the dishes I splurged on were spectacular, especially Chiang Mai’s signature dish, Khao Soi, which is a traditional noodle soup in a coconut curry base. I got the recipe and I do plan to use it; maybe I’ll even share it. Perhaps I should also mention the mango sticky rice martini because it was just about the most scrumptious cocktail I’ve ever had. Plus it comes with a side of actual mango sticky rice, double score!
Many people book the Four Seasons Chiang Mai in the same trip as the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai. The two resorts are only about four hours apart (driving) and there are many sights to see along the way, such as Chiang Rai’s mesmerizing White Temple. The resort can set up a comfortable car transfer between the two destinations. Both resorts are unique in their own way and if you have the chance to experience both you definitely should. I’ll be posting shortly on my experience at the Four Seasons Tented Camp as well as what to see on the drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.
- The best time to visit is between November and February when the weather is mild. March to June can be very hot, and July to October is the rainy season.
- Bring mosquito repellant and wear it
- Pack mostly casual items, no need for heels and a dress
- Do try the khao soi but don’t ask for it spicy or you’ll be in tears
- Do try the mango sticky rice martini
- My favorite room is their pool villa, if you can afford to splurge it’s worth it
- Don’t forget to check out the lively night market in Chiang Mai