The Legend Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai is a fantastic getaway for those of us wanting to escape the city and pamper ourselves silly. The resort sits on a quiet stretch of Chiang Rai’s Kok River, offering tranquil views, so try to book a river-facing room if you can. Rooms themselves are generously spacious, with comfy beds and billowing pillows, a great daybed to lounge back in with a good novel, massive bathrooms with rain showers and private balconies with a swing-sofa to while away the hours…each room even has a backgammon table to keep you entertained.
Wander around the resort’s prettily landscaped gardens, take a dip in the Kok-facing ultramarine blue pool which comes with a faux-beach so you can lie back in the water and continue to read that novel, or if you prefer, you can get bubbly in the Jacuzzi zone. And since you are there, why not check into the spa which has masseuses with seriously talented hands.
As the sun sets, head to the riverside restaurant where fantastic Thai, Italian and international food is served in a candle-flickeringly romantic setting before walking up the path for a nightcap, or two, at their in-house wine bar, Wine Casa.
The owner, Max Tammaraks is a certified sommelier, and is unpretentiously passionate about his wines. If you are lucky and catch him in residence, he loves nothing more than to talk wine with you and choose something not only to suit your palates, but your pockets. Wines range from the very reasonable 1000 baht per bottle to dizzying heights for those with serious budgets and tastes. Wine Casa is one of the only venues in the north where you will find Thailand’s best wine, Grand Monte, a deliciously crisp chenin blanc from Khao Yai, at 1,250 baht. If you are looking for a seriously big boy, grab a bottle of Chateau Neuf du Pape, a powerful Syrah/Grenache, for 4,500 baht and spoil yourself even more rotten. This sophisticated little wine bar has both indoors and outdoors seating areas, perfect for a tete a tete or a party night with friends.
Over indulged? Well, wake up and head to the fully equipped gym before you dig into the sumptuous breakfast buffet.
There are all sorts of things to do in Chiang Rai, but frankly, if you are just in need for a luxurious getaway, what’s the point, just stay in the resort…