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February 25, 2009

Another Honeymoon in Thailand

A couple of weeks ago, Daily Traveler reader b.newman asked: I am in the process of booking hotels for my honeymoon this August in Thailand. In Chiang Mai, can you recommend whether to stay at the Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi?

Congratulations! These are both great properties, so it depends on what you're looking for. Here, some of our reporters weigh in:

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai has been on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for five years, so it's a good bet. Editors wrote, "On a working rice farm overlooking the Doi Suthep mountains, this resort uses architecture that blends thirteenth-century Burmese, Indian, and Chinese disciplines. Guest pavilions have verandas and vaulted ceilings." The restaurants, including the Thai eatery Sala Mae Rim, serve "the best food you've ever had," according to our other readers.

If looks are your thing, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, one of Traveler's 2005 Hot List properties, has 123 units that represent more than a dozen different decorative approaches. "By far the most successful are the northern Thai-style villas," reads the Hot List entry, "with private plunge pools and whirlpool tubs. Teak floors and stunning teak-paneled sloping ceilings offset a mix of antique and contemporary furnishings and huge bathrooms with whirlpool tubs." Mandarin Oriental levels of service and pampering prevail, including complimentary yoga classes, a spectacular spa, and a cooking school.

There are plenty more options in Thailand outside Chiang Mai, too, including great properties that opened within the last couple of years. Check out the 2008 Hot List. And for more on honeymoons in Thailand, read user JG's post.                

Comments

The Mandarin Oriental consists of 125 villas and suites (not 405). Having visited both properties, I have to say the Mandarin Oriental was by far my most favorite. The art, architecture, design, and service are nothing less than spectacular!

Travelforlife, thanks for pointing out the error. We confirmed with the hotel that the actual unit number is 123 (69 villas and 54 Colonial Suites). We have made the correction in the post.

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