Client Spot March 2018
Introducing our featured clients this month.
A graduate of France’s famed Le Cordon Bleu Institute, former pastry chef de partie and his former student are lifting the standards of Chiang Mai’s pastries to another level. With care, passion and deliberation in serving authentic sensations to customers. The patisserie imports every key ingredient from France and serves up flamboyant delicacies such as tarte bourdaloue, a classic French pear and almond tart that could be dated back to the 19th century and clafoutis, a traditional baked French dessert of cherry and lemon madeleine, shell shaped with a sponge cake texture that was served in the royal palace and wedding. Temptingly displayed on the shelves are also crowd favourites like cinnamon rolls, which are made with high quality ingredients like wild honey, and the perfect layered croissant that can be paired with Indian masala tea or order the croissant ham cheese for a slightly heavier bite. Once you step inside this French homey style café furnished with antique furniture, the aroma of fresh baked pastries will just be irresistible…you’ve been warned!
Open 9am – 5.30pm (Closed Wednesdays)
118/5 Moo 3, Old Sankhampeng Road, Sanklang
094 663 8855
Fah Lanna Spa
Since its opening in 2011, Fah Lanna Spa has quickly established itself as one of the leading day spas in Chiang Mai. The beautifully designed spa has received a number of awards in recognition of excellence in the Spa and Wellness industry over the years with the ‘Thailand Tourism Award of Excellence’ in 2017 by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as the highest possible award for businesses in the Tourism Industry in Thailand.
The spa can be found in the heart of the old city of Chiang Mai, and has 25 private individually designed and decorated treatment rooms and villas set around lush tropical gardens with koi ponds, water wheels, ferns and palm trees. It is a green oasis in the heart of the city, lending every guest a sense of escape and serenity as soon as they step over the wooden bridge leading to the open air reception.
The spa also houses Fahtara Coffee, a coffee shop and restaurant that also sells their own range of locally produced natural spa products as well as other locally produced handicrafts and artisanal souvenirs. Customers are also able to enjoy a complimentary pick up and drop off service within Chiang Mai city.
Coffee fans the city over will know the Likoffee brand, serving up some exquisite coffees from our local area in cafes and shops around town. Recently, they opened up their first hostel too, specifically designed with coffee lovers in mind. Tucked into a small Nimmanhaemin soi, the Likoffee Hostel has a number of room types for anyone wanting to stay in the nation’s coffee capital. Two rooms of four beds can be booked as a whole for families or shared between people who are travelling independently. They also have a number of private rooms that can be connected with a door to open up and make a family suite, each room supporting a huge king sized bed. The décor is modern but follows the organic hues of coffee and other natural delights, with nods to traditional Lanna design in-between.
In the lobby of the hostel is another one of their famous coffee shops that serves up organic coffee certified by the French Organic Certificate Ecocert. They also have organic breakfasts and organic breads freshly baked in house. Their fruit juices are also freshly squeezed to order so expect only the best regardless of if you are staying in the hostel or just popping in to sample their famous coffee brand.
Café open 8am – 8pm
36 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 11
087 178 9499
Relaxing Emotions Spa
This is Chiang Mai’s first and only salt cave and flotation pool spa, with eerily lit room, clad in salt from top to bottom and pods that take you out of reality as you float calm and sill in another part of spacetime…or that’s how it feels anyway.
Relaxing Emotions is a labour of love by its Italian-Thai owners who have created a traditional Thai Spa, with a very exciting twist; the addition of salt therapies (Salt Caves and Epsom Salt Floating/Sensory Deprivation tubs). This is a great opportunity to try three rare if not unique services here in Chiang Mai, all of them involving salt therapy, which has a long established healing pedigree, and despite the high quality USA floating standards and spa quality, the prices are a good 50% cheaper too!
The dry salt aerosol, best breathed in for up to an hour each session, does wonders for the respiratory system, penetrating deep into the airway passages and lungs. The salt particles are anti-bacterial agents and help to dislodge pollutants in the respiratory tract. The salt also heals your skin as you lie there in a mist of pure sodium chloride. If dry salt isn’t your thing, then check into one of the two floatation rooms (also called sensory deprivation rooms) which mimic the Dead Sea in salt concentration, leaving you floating in a pod with dim lighting and music piped in, helping you relax every inch of your body.
Open 11.30am – 10.30pm
Tha Pae Road, Soi 6
(Just behind Imm Hotel opposite Tha Pae Gate)
053 271 162 / 094 754 0178