Hotel Highlights

  • Central riverside location, just five minutes' walk from the famous Night Bazaar
  • Sleekly seductive modern design, incorporating colonial heritage
  • Strong spa and appealing activities, from culinary tours to river cruises and elephant treks


Hardcore shoppers and contemporary design and architecture fanatics will find common ground at Anantara Chiang Mai hotel. It’s location is just a short hop away from Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar and the high, bamboo-clad walls of the exterior hide a sleek, modern, luxury resort, with river-view rooms, a stunning pool, invigorating spa and fine-dining in the former British consulate-turned-restaurant.

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For BlackSmiths, a 20-minute foot massage; for SilverSmiths, a bottle of wine; for GoldSmiths, a bottle of sparkling wine

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Need To Know


84, including 32 suites.


12pm, or until 4pm for a half-day rate. Check-in 2pm, or earlier subject to availability.


Double rooms from $247.61 (THB8,004), excluding tax at 18.5 per cent.

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Teak doors lead into the minimalist Anantara Spa, where the signature treatment is the Jade massage, a dynamic deep-muscle kneeding by two therapists working in sync. Afterwards, chill out on the rooftop deck. Yoga devotees can get their fix here, too.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, bikes, CD/DVD library, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, free broadband, minibar and local Soap-n-Scent toiletries. The Kasara Suites also have coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

We'd be content in any of the chic, wood-clad Deluxe Rooms, which offer a private courtyard entrance, king-size bed, spacious red-tiled bathroom with tub and rainshower, and lovely balcony with double day-bed (floor-to-ceiling glass windows make the most of those river and garden vistas). If you want twice the space, book a Kasara Suite, which boasts a larger open-plan bathroom, an indoor day-bed and dining zone, and separate changing area. Aim high for the best views.


It's all about riverfront views at the 34-metre-long, streamlined outdoor pool, a stroll from the water's edge. Flanked by chargoal-grey modern loungers, white sun umbrellas, lily ponds and manicured reeds, it's a chill-out oasis.

Packing tips

Bring an extra fold-away bag for bearing home all your treasures from the Night Bazaar. If you're planning on going elephant trekking in the nearby jungle, shorts or trousers will preserve your modesty.


Smoking is allowed in the Lobby Lounge and Terrace Bar & Cigar Lounge only. Pets are not permitted.


Welcome: baby cots are free and extra beds for older children can be supplied for THB3,500. Babysitting with staff is available with 24-hours notice for THB400 an hour, plus a THB100 charge after 10pm.

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Cuisine ticks all the eco boxes, and is locally sourced, seasonal and organic where possible. The hotel is also a committed recycler.


This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Occupying a restored colonial British Consulate building, the second-floor Restaurant and its tree-shaded deck bring a smart update to the hotel's heritage heart. Australian chef Chris Patzold (formerly of Ku De Ta, Bali) whips up Thai, Indian, Korean and global dishes including some intriguing east-west fusions. Sink into a cane seat on the veranda for afternoon high tea, an English spread with Asian twists (scones with oolong green tea, anyone?) Delicious watermelon sorbets are the perfect cool-me-down. Tapas are served from 6pm on the riverside terrace.

Hotel Bar

Perfect for pre-dinner drinks, the Bar, on the ground floor of the original colonial building, works a romantic retro look, with lashings of dark wood, earth tones and comfy high stools. It mixes a fine mojito should you fancy a Cuban moment. Indulge those Havana fantasies further in the Terrace Bar & Cigar Lounge, adjoining the second-floor Restaurant, where you can enjoy a tipple or puff of the good stuff out on the airy balcony. You can also order lime sodas or cocktails in the chic Lobby Lounge overlooking a calming pool.

Last orders

Dinner at the Restaurant is served from 6pm to 10.30pm; the bar keeps ticking over from 5pm until 1am.

Room service

In-room dining is available 24 hours a day, with a menu of treats spanning pad thai, tandoori lamb, tapas and juicy burgers. You can also order breakfast in bed, anything off the restaurant menu, children's meals and drinks.

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Dress code

Simple yet sophisticated. Anantara's cool clash of contemporary and colonial design invites edgy, vintage or niche label threads.

Top table

Flaunting panoramic Mae Ping River views, the balmy balcony of the second-floor Terrace Bar & Cigar Lounge is hard to beat. Day-beds beckon for a champagne session. Come evening, the poolside lawn below is lit by torches.

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

It's hard to tear yourself away from Anantara's tempting food scene, but if you fancy eating out Tengoku (+66 (0)53 851 133) has a rep for the best Japanese restaurant in town, and is not far from the hotel. Find this small eatery opposite the Mandarin Oriental, at 55, Soi 8 Wat Buakrokluang Moo 1, off Sankampaeng Road. Local hipsters are flocking to Mix Restaurant & Bar at Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Road, an old wooden abode with an outdoor terrace funked up with chandeliers, pink Chinese sculptures and blue mood-lit tables. Adventurous dishes span Thai, Chinese and western. If Italian pasta, soups and salads float your boat, make for the Pasta Café at 21 Soi 5 Nimmanhaemin Road (+66 (0)53 357 310;, set in an elegant wooden house down a quiet laneway, with a garden terrace for breezy dining. At 15–17 Loi Kroh Road, Chez Marco Restaurant & Bar (+66 (0)53 207 032) is another hot spot for Mediterranean cuisine, running the gamut from French to Italian, Spanish and Basque delights.

Local bars

On the other side of the Ping River, The Riverside Bar & Restaurant at 9–11 Charoenrat Road (+66 (0)5 324 3239; is popular with locals and travellers, attracting a buzzy crowd for cocktails, draft beer and regular gigs (think cover bands), with a pretty riverside terrace outside serving Thai and western cuisine.

Local cafés

Combine a glam shopping trip with coffee, cake or cocktails at The House, a stylish lifestyle store at 199 Moonmuang Road selling fashion, homewares and art, where you'll also find Ginger & Kafe café (+66 (0)53 419 011; Recline on velvet, cushion-flocked sofas, admire the jaunty toile wallpaper, browse a magazine or take advantage of the free WiFi. If you're peckish, this hip Chiang Mai social hub also whips up Eurasian fusion snacks, tasting platters and fuller meals with fine wines at its restaurant. Bring an oversized shopping bag, as the niche local labels and limited-edition pieces make for chic souvenirs.

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Anantara Chiang Mai

123 Charoen Prathet Road T.Changklan, A Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Thailand 50100

Anantara is located in central Chiang Mai, on the banks of the Mae Ping River, just east of the old town walls.


Fly into Chiang Mai International Airport, a 90-minute hop from capital Bangkok, which also receives domestic flights from Phuket in Thailand, and regional flights from Singapore, Hong Kong and Luang Prabang, among others.


Numerous daily trains ( wend their way north from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train Station, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The train journey from the capital takes 10 to 12 hours, but is super-scenic, with private two-berth sleeper cabins.


If you're driving, free parking is available at the hotel. Traffic is less congested in Chiang Mai than in Bangkok. Nearest big town Chiang Rai is a four-hour drive away.


Tuk-tuks are on hand if you're arriving from elsewhere in town.


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Anonymous review

by Henrietta Thompson , Design scribe at Wallpaper*

Promising modernist architecture with a bamboo façade and teak interiors, Anantara Chiang Mai’s entry on the Smith website speaks of streamlined balconies and infinity pools, overlooking the scenic Mae Ping River. Not being Julie Andrews with a troop of children to entertain in wartime, I can happily count all of the above as a few of my favourite things. Expectations are high.

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Anantara Chiang Mai

Anonymous review by Henrietta Thompson, Design scribe

Promising modernist architecture with a bamboo façade and teak interiors, Anantara Chiang Mai’s entry on the Smith website speaks of streamlined balconies and infinity pools, overlooking the scenic Mae Ping River. Not being Julie Andrews with a troop of children to entertain in wartime, I can happily count all of the above as a few of my favourite things. Expectations are high.

Chiang Mai is my last stop on a four-week trip to Thailand, beginning with a work stint in Bangkok, followed by a yoga retreat on Koh Samui. I have four days in town: two for elephants (the sanctuaries here are one of Chiang Mai’s great attractions) and two for relaxing poolside and shopping (the city’s other great distraction). Anantara promises lashings of five-star luxury that will hopefully prove a pampering end to an epic trip.

Just one reservation: I’ve stayed in a few hotels during my month here, and in almost every one I met a cockroach. Or two. Or entire swarms of them, usually in the bathroom. Cockroaches in Thailand are massive. Huge, in some cases. I had learned to live with them – the palm-size monster that resided in my room in Samui even had a name (Colin), but it had definitely taken the edge off my trip a little. When I’d bothered to complain, staff would resignedly spray detergent, but to no avail. In Samui, when I told them about Colin, they actually laughed and said he wanted to keep me company. And that’s when I gave up, bracing myself for long nights lying awake paranoid and the tell-tale sound of scuttling…

First impressions of the hotel blow me away. I’m stunned that it’s far grander than I’d expected. Four storeys high, it incorporates three buildings, joined with walkways or paths that provide compelling perspectives and geometries. Understated elegance gives way to jaw-droppingly well framed vistas at every turn, and each space seems deliberately angled to allow the natural light to make stunning shadow plays.

Having snaffled a Kasara Suite, I’m met on arrival by the manager in the Club Lounge, before being shown to my room. The suite is heavenly – a vast all-teak affair with considerate detailing, some exotic local fruit in a bowl (complete with explanation) and a free minibar with three gorgeous glass bottles labelled simply ‘G’ ‘V’ and ‘W’. For someone just off a seven-day fast and two-week detox, this is a little alarming, but ‘good alarming’, and I get over it pretty quickly.

My mission in Chiang Mai is simple: elephants. While the gentle giants can be found all over Thailand, here you can ride bareback, mahout-style, through some of the region’s most beautiful countryside. Choose the right school and you can be trained to care for, wash and feed them without the indignity of having to watch them play the harmonica for you, all while helping to rehabilitate the animals after a hard career in the logging industry. Aware that elephant encounters will be taking up my next two days, I decide to hit the spa straight away.

It’s no secret that Thais have an extraordinary talent for massage, and I had tested this ridiculously frequently during my stay. The massage I have at the hotel's spa is one of the loveliest of the trip, and the manicure and pedicure without a doubt the best. In retrospect, it mightn’t have been the most sensible decision to have my nails done before a two-day elephant safari, but never mind.

My nails last long enough to look fantastic holding my first proper drink in weeks in the Club Lounge bar a few hours later. Our martinis are mixed at our table, and the bar ‘snacks’ almost sufficient to spoil dinner. A second, unsolicited martini is swiftly brought over when the first dwindles, worrying anywhere else but apparently it’s all complimentary as this is Happy Hour, when suite residents drink for free. It’s a term that seems unsuited to this graceful teak-lined bar, but I’m still very happy. For what must have been longer than an hour, too.

The restaurant replicates the excellent service offered in the bar, and every breakfast, lunch, tea and bar snack I try is expertly prepared. The chef is willing to go off-menu to accommodate my weird post-yoga week dietary requests, and does so with flair and poised presentation.

My time in Chiang Mai is undoubtedly much better for staying here – not only is the advice on elephants, night markets and walks all refreshingly unbiased, but the setting and service makes for an intensely relaxing and easy stay in the city. Most importantly of all, I have two blissfully uninterrupted nights’ sleep: Colin’s cousins are nowhere to be seen.

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