"A paradise away from the city"
We had an awesome and amazing time at this beautiful resort. The architecture is such a beauty. The Lanna kids club crew was so attentive and caring to our gals. They enjoyed the activites. We did the rice planting but I found it too short. Nonetheless the service and the food was above 5 stars. We had a great time. Thank you to our butler Mr Mor. We hope to be back.The breakfast spread is simply amazing....we had a well spent time.
"Architecturally magnificent, but it's the service that makes this place special"
Just returned from a 3 night long weekend at the Dhara Dhevi, attracted by the comments from "Better late than never show". If celebrities like capt kirk and the fonz say it's good.... 20 minutes from the airport, you turn down a relatively pokey road off a main road and 2 minutes later you confront the entry way to a magnificent compound. Across a small rickety wooden bridge you bump your way across what appears to be an ancient plaza past magnificent fortress like gates, On the right, a couple of restaurants, the famous bakery and a small parade of shops, on your left the traditional Lanna style restaurant that predates the hotel. Up a bumpy driveway past gorgeous temple like function rooms, bejewelled with Nagas, and an open lawn area to see the main lobby building. Your breathe is taken away as the golden domes and spires seem to be a mixture of the grand palace and an ancient temple. How can this place be just 13 years old and not 500 or 600' Going up an inclined drive way, thankfully a less bumpy road, you are greeted by a staff at the entrance with a Thai flower garland, shown to a sofa, where a cold drink and towel welcome you, whilst the staff settle the check in. Upgraded to a grand deluxe suite with a plunge pool, (thank god for low occupancy during the start of rainy season), we were assigned villa 18. Introduced to Tim our butler, who whisked us away by golf cart on a short tour, of the afore mentioned shopping parade, spa, kids club, to then arrive at our villa. Old double doors take you into your own tiny walled compound, across water features, into a large ground floor over looking rice fields. A washroom, small kitchen, dining and seating areas greet you as well as a piano. Outside a plunge pool and teak floored patio area seem to merge into the padi fields. You access the second floor via a large external wooden staircase (personally internal would have been preferred) to a large bedroom, with a bathroom which has a raised corner jacuzzi bath that could fit two, and indoor/outdoor rainforest shower that could fit a family! A large walk in wardrobe and separate toilet finishes the villa tour. We then had lunch at Allegra, which turned out to be a surprisingly good. White asparagus soup, followed by a white asparagus and prawn risotto, were light, and incredibly tasty, of which we were just one out of two tables of guests there. We booked a cooking class where a very good English speaking chef taught us how to cook spicy beef salad, a creamy tom yung chicken soup, deep fried prawns with garlic and pepper sauce and a steamed banana cake. The teaching area is towards the back of the Thai Lannna style restaurant, and is an open air, modern covered area, with around 10 cooking stations. Luckily there were just the 2 of us, as she patiently taught us how to get that Thai flavour. My only criticism, quality of the prawn was a bit mashy, but overall a great experience. That evening we took the 7.30 shuttle bus to the night bazaar, but came back before the 10.30 pick up by tuk tuk. To not ruin the hotels atmosphere, the tuk tuk drops you offer in an outer plaza by the gates, where you wait in an air conditioned seating area, for your golf buggy to pick you up. A minor criticism here was after a 15 minute wait, we were queue jumped by a vomiting drunk person from China. No issue with that as this couples need was greater than ours, but to be asked to go on the back of the buggy by the security card whilst the guy was still retching, was too smelly and too risky of being downwind, so we refused, and waited another 5 mins for another buggy. A great effort is made by the turn down service, with mosquito reppelling incense, as well as the usual slippers, different bakery treats are left on the pillow, and our first ever night under a grand mosquito net. This all worked! Breakfast was included, with a good buffet, which included standard egg, waffle/ pancake and noodle station. A very good freshly squeezed fruit juice station, as well as a few a la carte breakfast items to choose from. We rented a hotel car to take us around the temples for a very reasonable usd25 per hour, in a new style Mercedes E class. The colonial style bakery had the crumbliest of croissant and pastries, and was famous for the macaroons, in a variety of flavours. The above is all great, but frankly to be expected in any top class Mandarin (which this 5 years ago), Four seasons, st regis, kempinski, etc brand. What really impressed was the service, not just efficient and friendly but really caring. For example, cold water and towels immediately arriving at the cooking class, same thing in the hotel car, but refreshed at every stop we had. The driver even took us to a great local restaurant called the Boat for lunch, on our way back from the main temple, which was clan, cheap and tasty, which we later found out was a favoured hang out for university students, Thb166 for a quick lunch! The coordination of the staff was amazing, when buggys dropped us off in the lobby, someone would be ready standing outside, to show us immediately to our waiting hotel cars, taxis etc. Can't see the point in moaning about thb300 for every taxi ride from the hotel, try getting in a London or NY cab, if you really care about being a tiny bit ripped off, in a hotel where you pay usd500 to 1k a night, get an uber. Then there was our butler Tim, nothing was too much, educated in Virginia, not only his English but his understanding of what we wanted was perfect. He drove us around the in the carts in a paced way, recommended a great seafood restaurant, which spicy seafood sauce to buy. Turned up at the end of our cooking class to see how we were, as well as breakfast to give us a lift back to the villa. We mentioned that we had a booking at Davids kitchen, but forgot the time. Tim called them to check the time whilst we were out and arranged a taxi. Best of all realising that we had a 6am flight, arranged a large breakfast box sandwiches, pastries and juices, uncharged to be picked up at reception as checked out. Above and beyond, the call of service. We will return, with kids and grandparent in tow.
AMAZING! The villas, the food, the people and basically everything! Too clean!!!! Perfect for family vacation. Thank you for your excelent service! ****They also book you tours cheaper than outsiders!!!!!
"Top, best, no.1 hotel in Thailand"
What an amazing hotel !! First class service with first class rooms. I want to say the best of the best hotel in Thailand, such a class and definitely a luxurious hotel !! Staff is very well trained and they know how to welcome the guest, a 7 star hotel itself !!
"WOW! Just WOW!!! "
This resort is 60 acres of jungle heaven. From start to finish everything was absolutely perfect. When pulling into the grounds, I was in shock with the Beaty. Completely jaw dropping! When our own private butler gave us a tour of the grounds in the buggy, we were in complete shock. We stopped during the tour to pet ponies. Yes, ponies on the resort. We got a grand deluxe villa and I highly recommend that over the colonial suites. 2 stories with the downstairs a living room with a dining table and a kitchen. Upstairs the biggest bed and jacuzzi that could fit 4 people. The service was impeccable, the macaroons made in the resort are the best I've ever had, and for lunch, we were planning on going to a restaurant but when we saw the desert buffet, we just had too. Everything was a 10! Our butlers name was top and he was magnificent and very helpful with everything. I wish we had stayed longer. I recommend 4-5 days here to experience the resort and relax and adventures chiang Mai have to offer. We also used the spa and got my first Thai massage and just wow!!!! Felt incredible after and have never hit a zen-like state like that before. A must stay in ur staying in chiang Mai! Just wow!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM