“The historic kingdom of Lanna takes centre stage at at Dhara Dhevi, an opulent resort on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city. From the moment you enter the 60-acre estate, the outside world is replaced with one of verdant foliage, palace-like structures and creamy-colored colonial mansion blocks. Built only eleven years ago, Dhara Dhevi draws upon the region’s rich heritage to create a hotel with exquisite attention to detail. From the entry-level colonial suites, equipped with elegant teak furniture and expansively sized bathrooms, to the deluxe residences kitted out with plunge pools and private dining areas, the Dhara Dhevi ensures there’s no need to leave its grounds. Numerous activities are scheduled throughout the day, including exercise classes, rice-planting and activities for the kids. Some mornings, guests can join with the hotel staff as they give offerings to local monks, another rewarding insight into local culture. For those seeking an authentic Asian experience, Dhara Dhevi promises a slice of serenity amongst the rice paddies.”
Written by Pip Usher
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Because we are offering the difference from the others. With the architecture, the surrounding and the level of service we provide, this is the place where people will want to stay and return to experience the best we offer.
What is there to do in the area?
The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai offers a variety of on-site activities from art & craft to cultural and wellbeing for guests of all ages to enjoy. Many activities can be arranged privately like rice planting with buffalo riding, Thai boxing, culture tour, Thai dance class, Thai cooking class or even the fitness and yoga session. Daily activities for kids at Lanna Kids Club are available to serve the young ones while the parents spend a relaxed time with the spa treatment at The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
An array of International and Asian dishes, hot and cold, with an assortment of freshly baked pastries from the resort’s pastry kitchen are served daily in an impressive buffet line at Akaligo restaurant. Or breakfast in-villa with a scenic view of the rice paddy field or beautiful garden.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The hotel offers a range of fine dining options from relaxed meals to the finest Asian and European culinary.
Le Grand Lanna - the superior experience of dining in a Lanna nobleman’s home serve Thai and northern Lanna style cuisine during lunch and dinner
Fujian - offering the finest authentic cuisine from different provinces around China during lunch and dinner
Farang Ses - The restaurant serves one of the best French cuisines in Thailand, dishes that exude the heady aromas of the French countryside but remain light, avoiding rich butter sauces. Serves only dinner.
Ren – tantalizing Japanese cuisine using the freshest ingredients delivered direct from Japan, serves only dinner
Akaligo – serve daily buffet Breakfast and scrumptious Sunday Brunch with Japanese counter, fresh seafood selections and a-la-minute grill station
Dhara Dhevi Cake shop - The shop offers a variety of delectable pastries, cakes and chocolates along with a selection of freshly baked breads, croissant, cookies and muffins as well as hot and cold beverages.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Colonial Suites, short walk from the main lobby and Akaligo restaurant with tropical garden views overlooking a large swimming pool. It is 100 sqm in size, spacious, with separate living room, large bathroom with a whirlpool tub and separate shower.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
Lanna Kids Club opens daily with schedule activities from 09.00 – 17.00 hrs. Children from 4 to 12 years of age can enjoy many interesting activities, like painting, clay moulding, learning Thai language and more. An extra bed can be arranged in room for kid at additional charge.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
An inspirational resort where we provide a holistic approach to the rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. It is a place that once experience, you will appreciate!”