It’s difficult to imagine a more serene location in Thailand than the lush and verdant valley of Maetaman where the new Rawee Waree Resort and Spa is situated. Only a forty minute drive from downtown Chiang Mai, through to Mae Taeng, and into a blissful pocket of nature you will find a place where elephants and buffalo roam the quiet streets. Afforded the benefits of pristine geography, hardly touched by man’s hand, you can still be pampered in a sophisticated resort where your every need is taken care of.
Rawee Waree, meaning ‘sun’ and ‘river’, was designed under the theme of community, and their motto is to give their customers not only their privacy, but also make them feel a certain community spirit while staying at the resort. Most of the elegant bungalows have their own little garden which gives the customer the feeling they have not just a room, but a plot of land. A stream also runs through the resort, flanked by boulders and rock gardens, while the natural flora that was here before the resort is still as pervasive as it was; many species of plants, trees and flowers can be seen at every turn.
There are three types of villas: Superior, Deluxe, Executive. Each of the villas is equipped with all modern conveniences, including flat screen TV, fridge, air-con and an array of lighting choices to suit your moods. The style is Lanna contemporary, with some of the fittings made locally, while each room also boasts some fine local Thai paintings depicting the Lanna culture and the majesty of elephants. Perhaps most impressive about the rooms is the spacious bathroom, that has brought nature inside the villa, making the bathtub a place you might want to stay for days on end.
Facilities include a fully equipped spa, fitness gym, coffee shop, pool, Jacuzzi, conference room and more. It is imperative we mention the pool, which is a remarkable piece of architecture that will surely surprise even the most well travelled of people.
Possibly the largest pool in Thailand, says the resort manager, whose claim will no doubt be difficult to dispute. You could be mistaken for thinking that the pool is actually a river or a lake. Designed to look like a natural body of water, it winds around part of the resort, with smaller pools within the main pool, situated on three different levels; you may also cross its bridges or have a flowery cocktail in the pool side bar. This larger than one rai pool will certainly be fun for those who enjoy spending time in the water.
The resort has its own organic farm where produce is used as ingredients in the restaurant, to make both Thai and western fare. The farm is open to visitors and guests can witness Thai farming first hand or even try a bit of organic farming for themselves. Rawee Waree wants to give back to the community, not pollute it, and so concentrates on synergy and harmony with nature. Not only is food locally grown but their coffee shop sells coffee grown in their own nearby coffee plantation. As an environmentally conscious resort they will not allow cars into the resort, electric buggies are the only vehicles allowed inside. Even though the actual living space is just a few rai, the size of the entire resort is 50 rai, so much of the land has been spared of any kind of development.
For the adventurous who want to seek out what the surrounding area offers you can use one of resort’s bicycles, and if you choose to go for a stroll, within a few minutes you can be at Mae Tang Elephant Camp, or a picturesque local village.
If you want to experience the zenith of Thai natural beauty while comforted by formidable Thai hospitality in the finest accommodation available at five stars, then Rawee Waree won’t disappoint.
Rawee Waree Spa & Resort
108 Moo 2 Tambon Keudchang, Amphur Mae Taeng
Tel: 053 317 539-40, 081 980 9070-4