If luxury, relaxation, and exquisite food are something you are seeking then the elegant Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai will meet all your desires and needs. This Resort is tucked away amidst the jungles of Chiang Mai and sits beneath a surreal landscape of the mountainside. The Four Seasons Resort boasts of 5 star class with excellence across the board. From their outstanding customer service, breathe taking accommodation options, mouth-watering cuisine and first class facilities this resort is a stay everyone needs to experience.
We arrived in the early evening to Chiang Mai airport to be greeted by our personal driver at arrivals and ushered into our Mercedes-Benz for the 40-minute journey to the Four Seasons Resort. Once we were strapped in our driver welcomed each of us and insisted we relax and enjoy the journey to the resort with complimentary in car Wi-Fi, bottled water and refreshment towels.
Once we arrived at the front gates of the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai it was simply stunning driving up the long looping driveway, which mazes around their 32-acre property. We were greeted by hotel staff as we stepped out of the car and before we knew it we were walking into our very own Private Pool Villa. The villa was absolutely stunning as we gazed at each other in utter amazement. As we entered the doors the room just exploded with ‘luxury’ from the enormous living space, spectacular bathroom inclusive of all you would ever need from his and her sinks, a large bath, indoor and outdoor showers to the outdoor pool and spa with your very own outdoor entertainment area. As you gazed in from the rear of the villa you saw its true beauty from the pool through the living space to the extra comfortable bed, which if I were to describe in a few words would simply be what I imagine a cloud to feel like. All amenities you could ever imagine or need were only fingertips away. It was a simply stunning villa, which displayed nothing but privacy and luxury.
We immediately had to test out the pool and might I add it was nothing but amazing set to 30 degrees and large enough to swim laps in the morning. After my swim the indoor and outdoor showers were calling my name. I like nothing more in the world than to wind down under a rain shower, which has the perfect pressure and this villa had just that.
After laying down on cloud nine (bed) we found it a struggle to find the motivation to leave our room as we were just so comfortable! So on that note we decided to order room service and test out what the Four Seasons Resort had to offer. We ordered bruschetta with blue cheese, a club sandwich, pasta with parma ham and a mixed satay. Our order arrived promptly and was set out in our living space. We definetly made a great selection as the food was absolutely delicious.
We awoke early the next morning after a sound sleep to meet at the lobby for the morning alms giving to the monks. This was a surreal experience offering food, fruit and water to the monks in exchange for a blessing of good luck. Soon after we decided to venture about the property and take some photos of the beautiful grounds the Four Seasons Resort calls home. On our morning stroll we discovered a women who is employed to walk the ground of the resort and create these masterpieces using flowers from the gardens. These are truly striking and can be found throughout the grounds. On arrival at the resort be sure to admire her masterpiece placed in the center of the lobby.
As we ventured down to the poolside the beauty of the Four Seasons Resort opened up as their pools look down across their rice paddies up into the mountainside of Chiang Mai. This landscape was the setting for our breakfast at Sala Mae Rim Restaurant where we would indulge in their buffet. The food options were impressive and extensive from cold meats and cheese to freshly made omelets and pastries. I would highly recommend their breakfast option at the Four Seasons Resort.
After our breakfast I decided to have some down time and lay by our pool in the villa while Kelly treated herself to a spa and massage treatment. On her return I could tell she enjoyed every moment. Before lunch we took part in a resort tour where we were taken into the residences of the Four Seasons Resort, which are the largest and most spectacular accommodation options to stay. These options can accommodate up to ten people sleeping and has everything from the villa but bigger. We were taken to view a standard room which are extremely luxurious as well with each room containing their own private balconies which look out across the pond, rice paddies and up into the mountains.
We had lunch at the Sala Mae Rim Restaurant and dined in a traditional Thai style with the food options we chose. Our menu included a soft shell crab dish, Kaow Soi, which is a famous Chiang Mai curried noodle dish, and mango sticky rice, which topped off a delicious meal. The waiting staff and the atmosphere are amazing. Its important to note this restaurant is also famous for their High Tea option, which attracts people from all around the world and from what I could see it looked appealing.
After a short but needed siesta we suited up to experience rice planting with the farmers from the Four Seasons Resort. Kelly and I were provided with traditional clothing to wear and escorted down to the rice fields. Our rice farmer explained the steps of rice farming from planting to harvest and even gave each of us the opportunity to plant our own rice. After completing our planting we were greeted by the resident water buffalo and lead down to the rice barn where we would sit back, relax and enjoy a rice themed cocktail and snack. The rice barn faces back towards the resort on the far corner of the pond and is a spectacular venue to host a romantic dinner. However be sure to book early in your stay as this option is only available for one couple per night and is a must!
Once we had finished our drinks it was time to take a dip in the Four Seasons Resort Pool and watch the farmers parade as they played traditional music whilst strolling through the rice paddies and out around the resort. The landscape view from the pools is truly mesmerizing.
For dinner, we dined at Terraces, the Italian Restaurant found on the ground of the Four Seasons Resort overlooking the pond. We arrived just after sunset and immediately ordered our starters, which included a chicken Caesar salad and bruschetta. Now I have had bruschetta from restaurants on a global scale and I will say compliments to the chef as this starter is mouth watering and makes you just want more. Our mains consisted of a pizza and linguine, which again were sensational. Their menu included all kinds of Italian influenced dishes and the local favorites I honestly found myself struggling to choose what I wanted to eat as there were so many different options that sounded so good! The drink menu is also extensive with cocktails, beers and wine from all around the world. I topped the night off with a whiskey on the rocks and a delicious tiramisu.
The following morning we awoke from our villa, had a refreshing morning swim and spa in our private pool, called for a cart and were driven down to breakfast at Sala Mae Rim once again for our buffet breakfast. After filling up we decided to walk off the food coma and head back to our villa as we would be checking out in a few hours time.
After finding myself falling into the mattress once again I took a moment to appreciate the true beauty of our pool villa room. Everything that you could imagine, want or need can be found within the vicinity of the villa or is a phone call away. It is like your very own get away where you feel just at home where you can decide on utter privacy or to adventure the grounds and the greater Chiang Mai. The resort provided all options for guest tours and will cater to all your needs. As we said our goodbyes and checked out of our villa and were ushered into our private car I honestly felt like the room had left an ever lasting impression on me as everything I could have ever imagined was just there ‘luxury, relaxation and exquisite food’.
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Disclaimer: I was a guest of Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly enjoy.