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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 

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Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50180
Tel: 66 53 298 181
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After more than a decade, this ornate gem still sparkles as Chiang Mai's most elegant resort. The serene villas, set amid 20 acres of teak forest and rice fields, make the Four Seasons feel more like a self-contained village than a hotel. The 64 spacious pavilion rooms (750 square feet) and 16 residences (starting at 3,767 square feet) are cloaked in teakwood and adorned with Thai art. Each pavilion has its own outdoor sala (a Thai-style gazebo); the most distant, no. 16, has the best views, especially from the two top-floor units. A free shuttle makes five daily runs to the Night Bazaar, but there's plenty to do on-site or in the surrounding countryside. Classes at the Cooking School, set in an open-air pavilion, include early-morning market excursions; fruit- and vegetable-carving instruction; and tutorials in spicy salads, soups and noodles, and Thai curries. Or greet the sunrise at a yoga barn overlooking a checkerboard of rice paddies, then soak in a flower-filled alfresco tub at the spa. The staff can also arrange private tours of an elephant camp or a leisurely bamboo-raft trip. The more ambitious can grab a mountain bike for a spin through the back roads to nearby Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, known for its numerous cascades. Or simply stake out a lounge chair beside the pair of shimmering infinity pools, breaking only for a meal at Sala Mae Rim, the on-site restaurant.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This 20-acre resort set above rice terraces is "absolutely gorgeous." Accommodations replicate a Lanna village, and most have paddy views and "a sala to watch the water buffalo being fed and groomed." Gardeners make certain "each flower is properly positioned." "Nothing is too much trouble for staff if it makes your stay more pleasant." Sip a mango sticky-rice daiquiri at Ratree Bar.

(98 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 95.3
  • Activities: 93.8
  • Design: 97.4
  • Food: 95.3
  • Location: 93.4
  • Rooms: 95.4
  • Service: 96.7

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis

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