Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Looking for the ultimate escape? Then pack your bags folks, we’re headed to Chiang Rai, the sleepy little town in Northern Thailand that has recently undergone a fascinating transformation from backwater borough to flourishing art community. There’s tons to do and plenty to see, and now is the perfect time to visit.
But where to stay? The answer is simple. Le Meredien Chiang Rai is a world-class resort with a human touch. Large and opulent, Le Meredien offers all the amenities and then some, but with a smile, and impressive attention to detail, now led by friendly new Australian General Manager Stephen Morahan. On the banks of the lovely Kok River, the resort sits in the shade of two magnificent, century-old rain trees, one festooned with paper lanterns that grows right out of the deck. Rooms are spacious and lush, with rain showers, televisions, balconies and some of the comfiest beds we’ve found in Thailand.
Below, a triple-tiered infinity pool beckons beside the fully stocked free standing Chill Bar and cosy lounge chairs from which you can soak up the big orange Chiang Rai sun. Steps away sits the luxurious Parvati Spa, where you can get soaked and exfoliated and massaged into bliss in one of their breathtaking riverside treatment rooms, with special oils, lotions and scrubs made from natural and locally-derived ingredients.
Hungry? You’ve got options. If it’s morning, you cannot miss the lavish breakfast buffet spread, which features everything from fresh fruit smoothie shots to veal sausages to about ten different types of toast (green tea bread, anyone?) to fresh omelettes made to order. And if it’s Sunday, loosen your belt because Le Meredien just so happens to serve up one of the best Sunday brunches in the north (two words: chocolate fountain)! For lunch and dinner, the resort’s fabulous in-house restaurants will satisfy any craving. Latest Recipe serves a variety of delicious Asian and international cuisine, while La Favola, which sits just beside the river, offers up the best authentic Italian nosh in town, along with a wide selection of wines. Still full from brunch? Just grab some cocktails and tapas at the stylish Latitude 19 lounge.
Follow your feasting with a stroll around the resort, where tree-lined paths give way to a romantic footbridge over the reservoir. Get some work done or curl up with a book in the well-equipped library, break a sweat in the 24-hour fitness centre, or shop around in one of their in-house stores, where you’ll find a selection of high-end Thai souvenirs.
When you’re ready to explore all the exciting sights and sounds of downtown Chiang Rai, it’s easy! Le Meredien’s complimentary shuttle service takes guests in and out of town every two hours. Another option is to take Le Meredien’s private boat on a romantic cruise down the Kok, stopping at one of several lovely parks and cafes along the shore.
At Le Meredien, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to enjoy Chiang Rai at your own pace. So sit back and relax, because satisfaction is guaranteed.
221/2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Rd, T. Robwieng, A. Muang, Chiang RaiCategory Bar, Boutique, Hotels, Luxury, Restaurant, Wine Bar Venue Type Restaurant Cuisine Thai Entertainment Type Bar, Wine Bar Hotel Type Boutique Hotels, Luxury, Romance