Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai
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The last 3 days have gone by in a whirl though most of it was spent lazing by the pool as it is so hot. Stefan discovered that he had brought odd sandals so this stimulated a trip to the shopping mall called the Central Airport Shopping Plaza. They only had one pair of men's sandals and luckily had the right size. I have never seen so much awful …
We were tired out by the time we reached Chiang Mai having taken 3 flights. However the Emirates First Class was worth it even though we had to change at Dubai on the way to Bangkok. At Dubai airport Tiz had a complimentary foot massage in the lounge. The suites on board the plane were spacious with a 25" TV screen, vanity case, personal bar and …
We were lucky in that the weather was hot and sunny whereas the previous week had been rainy. It is the end of the monsoon season and the rains have been particularly bad in Thailand this year with flooding in Bangkok and in the regions around. This meant we relaxed round the pool and ate and drank as there is enough visual beauty in the Dhara …
Travelled with Eva Air for the second time as their business class is cheaper than BA's. However the beds dont go as flat so not as comfortable. The dinner of prawn starter was good, followed by dinner of either seabass or duck and then fresh fruit and cheese.The booze is not handed out as freely as BA but we still managed a champagne and a couple …
Never ever thought we would indulge in this activity, but suitably attired in farmers outfits and coolie hats we were let loose in a paddy field in order to plant some young rice shoots. They had to be well spaced and in straight lines , and I am proud to say the farmer judged mine to be the best. Stefan's looked as if an elephant had trampled …
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Very few hotels can compare to this. The setting and buildings are delightful. The rooms in the Colonial suites are huge. The food is wonderful especially in the Thai restaurant which has a dance show every evening. We have been 3 times so far and have never been disappointed.Would highly recommend
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Great but please heat the pool.
Stayed for 3 nights around Xmas. The resort is superb. Great service superb food and a first class spa. Only negatives are that the room was a little too dark and that the pools throughout the resort we not heated. Please heat the pools!
Spent the New Year holiday with my family of 2 adults and 2 kids in the new MO in Chiang Mai. Loved the location - very near the airport and much less travelling time compared to the Four Seasons. We were upgraded to a villa with a big lap pool. The first impression of the room was the decoration was not quite up to the standard for the price that we were paying. But the understated decoration kind of grows on you. The service standard is very high in the hotel (everyone is eager to help) and even at the airport - we were late getting to the airport on our departure and the MO staff in the airport helped us tremendously with the checkin. The spa is nice but the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai still sets the standard in terms of treatment and ambience. Staff at the kids club are very professional and tries hard to please. The kids had a great time planting rice. One final thing worth mentioning is the shopping arcade next the the hotel: it carries Thai products (silk etc) at quite reasonable prices.
I can't agree more with the previous poster about the "amusement park" atmosphere of the hotel. We had the same accommodation, a two story villa with an open air living room below. At first we were awed by the property due to its immense size and ornate public buildings. But after retrospection at home, I came to the realization that I would rather have been in Hawaii. First of all I don't know what the big draw is to Chiang Mai. The city is not attractive per se and I was disappointed at the lack of "wow" moments that I cherish in travelling. The draw to this region (perhaps country) are the resorts, wonderful service, and good food found in Thailand. Most of Thailand is a bargain, but this hotel is very pricey. We paid $350 for the room but they add tax and a service charge that raises it to ~$415/nt. This is the least expensive accommodation.
Dhara Devi is in many ways a spectacular property, but bears some resemblance to an amusement park. It is very large and spread out with a bizarre array of architectural styles and themes. The huge expense is obvious but was a bit over the top for me.
This must be as close to Nivana as a non-religious person can get!
Myself and my new husband stayed for 3 nights whilst travelling around Thailand during our Honeymoon. I booked as I'd read some interesting reviews in various travel supplements but on arrival this place far exceeded my expectations. I was so excited when we arrived at our Grand Delux pool villa that I found myself jumping up and down and running around like a small child!
Our villa was bigger than my first 2 bed apartment and was arranged over two floors with every possible luxury you could imagive including a piano in the living room!
It was just perfect, my only complaint, the breakfast buffet was outrageously over priced, I would definately recommend ordering room service.
Hopefully one day we'll return.......
The Mandarin Oriental in Chiang Mai is AMAZING. Truly. It is the best hotel I have ever stayed at in terms of rooms, atmosphere and service. The resort is only partially open right now because they are finishing construction (it just opened several months ago). You can only book villas at the moment, but they have introductory rates that are an incredible value. You don't even notice that the resort is not finished - the part that is complete covers a rather large area and you don't pass through any construction as you manuever around. The part that is complete will take your breath away.
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi was a hotel like none other. We were in Thailand for our honeymoon and had only one night in Chiang Mai. We took advantage of the excellent introductory rate of $295/night. The staff was incredibly warm and welcoming. They greeted us with garlands upon our arrival and congratulated us on our marriage. The staff was very attentive to detail and to personalized attention. They are genuinely excited about this new resort and the experience they try to create for their guests. In particular, Phudit who met us at the airport was knowledgeable and helpful. He helped us back to the airport, helped us check in and even saw us off at the security gate. The resort grounds are extensive with over 50 acres of rice paddies, fields, and paths. All of the buildings are newly built but the resort is a recreation of an Asian village, with different areas representing different regions. You feel like you are worlds away from the city but it is only a 10 minute drive from the night market and city center. There is a free shuttle about 3 times a day into the city. We booked a villa and received an upgrade to a superior villa. We had an enclosed living room with a piano, TV, and DVD player. Just outside was a mini kitchenette with microwave, range and dining area. Stairs lead up to an enclosed bedroom suite. It also had an attached private hot tub and outside shower which was secluded and private. The bedroom suite was huge.
This hotel is a work of art. When we heard the owner (Thai-Chinese) spent over 100 million euro to build it, we felt every penny was well spent! We stayed at the deluxe villa with a jacuzzi, which was spacious and luxurious (over 200 square meters of space), but watch out for the mosquitos at night. There was a DVD player in the room so you can play movies that are available on loan from the hotel library.
Amazing hotel with impeccable service and an amazing staff. The most difficult part of our stay was having to depart. If possible, request villa #1 as it has it's own private pool and jacuzzi overlooking the rice fields. Taking a swim in your own pool is ideal after spending the day visiting the sites. We highly recommend it and we will be back to the Mandarin on our next trip to Chiang Mai.
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi is an amazing hotel even though there are still construction going on (as of my stay on January 14 - 16). As you drive in you will notice lots of exotic cars lining the driveway and the parking lot of the hotel with Las Vegas style limos all belonging to the hotel and the owner - from the South of Thailand.