If you could close your eyes and picture the most beautiful and luxurious resort nestled in the lush jungles of Chiang Mai, than you may have a slight idea about how unbelievable the Four Seasons Resort truly is. I wish I was exaggerating because I sound ridiculous, but this place truly blew us away. We were very fortunate to spend two nights at the Four Seasons and explore the grounds.
From the very beginning, there was an over powering sense of luxury and sophistication. When we walked out of the airport, we were picked up by our driver in a Mercedes with refreshing cold towels, water bottles and in-car wifi waiting for us. We drove 45 minutes to arrive at the resort, only to be greeted with a flower necklace, delicious juice and UNBELIEVABLE view. The reception and concierge looks out over the Resort grounds and has an interrupted view of the mountains.
After checking in, we were whisked away in our own cart to our pool villa. I really had no idea what to expect, but I knew it wouldn’t fall short of any of my wildest dreams. Annnnnd it delivered. We walked through the first door, opening up into an office area, overlooking the bed and living room. The lights were dimmed and gave a serious romantic vibe. It only took me about three seconds to realise that the giant sliding glass door at the end of the room opened up into a private jacuzzi and pool. My jaw hit the floor.
We walked out to the “backyard” which included a deck with a swinging chair, a sala (aka outdoor eating area), sun chairs, a jacuzzi and a pool. This was all backed up into a mini jungle with complete privacy. Lastly, we were shown the bathroom, which consisted of his and hers vanities, a rain shower, two outdoor showers, and jacuzzi bath and large closet area. We were over the moon. The entire room exuded luxury, cleanliness and relaxation. Nothing was too overbearing, yet it wasn’t understated.
We immediately decided to test out the pool, take a hot shower and get into our robes. It was a pretty quick decision after one lie down in the most comfortable bed in the world that we weren’t going to make it out for dinner. Room service was the obvious choice. We ordered bruschetta, goat cheese, chicken satay, Parma Ham Pasta and a club sandwich. After three straight months of authentic Thai food, it was such a luxury to eat real cheese! The staff came into our room and set up our dinner for us in our living room, and when we were finished came and picked up the plates. After a delicious meal, a warm and comfy bed was calling our name and we hit the hay.
The next morning, we woke up at 6:30 am to give food and water to the monks as they pass by the resort. Then we ate breakfast at Sala Mae Rim, which offered a buffet. The staff were so attentive and helpful, offering water, coffee, tea, juices, etc. The food, as always, was cooked perfectly, and there was a wide variety of fruits, meats and cheeses to choose from. After breakfast, we went back to the room to relax before I went off to my spa treatment!
I was picked up at our villa and whisked away to the spa to receive their traditional Royal Samunprai Treatment. The spa is a romantic, relaxing venue coloured with hues of browns and reds, and immediately puts your minds at ease. I was offered lemongrass tea and a cold cloth, and I was asked about my health, any pressure points to work on and how deep or soft I like to be massaged. It seemed to be so personal and fit just for me. The treatment started off with a foot scrub, and an explanation as to what oils and herbs they would use throughout.
For the next 90 minutes, I was in complete heaven. With different tools and temperatures and cloths and pressures, I was in sensory overload but it all intertwined together so nicely. I think the most perfect touch was that there was a pot of roses sitting right in the center of the floor beneath where my head was placed on the massage bed. Whenever I opened my eyes, I was looking at a beautiful scene. It just goes to show that the Four Seasons truly thinks of everything.
After the spa treatment, we were given a tour of the grounds, featuring the Residence Villas, Thai Cooking Classes, Rice Barns and much more. We ended at Sala Mae Rim, where we had breakfast earlier, and enjoyed a few authentic northern Thailand dishes. Our favourite was Khao Soi, a noodle dish famous in Chiang Mai.
The next, and probably the most interesting, thing we did that day was participate in Rice Planting classes. The Four Seasons Resort actually has their own rice paddies on the grounds. We were given the traditional farmer’s outfits to wear, and put on our boots to get down and dirty. We were taught the method behind the planting, and were put to work straight away! While I had a bit of trouble planting, Sam seemed to be quite the natural! After the planting lessons, we enjoyed rice-themed cocktails and canapés at the very romantic Rice Barn overlooking the property. You can rent the Rice Barn for a private dinner, which at night is lit up by tea lights and is very lovely.
Our favourite bit of the Resort has got to be the pools. The Four Seasons has two infinity pools looking out over the pond and mountains. They are absolutely stunning, and have giant sun beds where you can lounge all day. We spent a good portion of the afternoon playing in the pool like kids and enjoying the juice the waiter brought out for us.
Finally, after a long day of exploring, we went back to our room to relax and take in the beauty of our own private pool, before we had to head off to dinner at Terraces, the Italian restaurant on-site. Terraces is a beautiful restaurant that overlooks the pond and the mountain. We were greeted by the chef and our waiters and were told a bit about the food and wine we had ordered. Everything tasted as good as it looked, and the service was impeccable. I am still dreaming of the bruschetta!
Sam enjoyed a nice whiskey, while I sipped on white wine – two luxuries we had missed since being in Thailand! At the end of the meal, we said goodbye to the chef and went back to our rooms for our last night in paradise.
We were going to go hang out at the large infinity pool the next day before we left, but we decided to enjoy our private pool one last time. I read a book in the jacuzzi and thought to myself that this was truly heaven on earth! When it was time to go, a staff member picked us and our luggage up to take us to our Mercedes that was driving us to our apartment in the city. We were definitely sad to leave!
The resort also has an amazing health club, kid’s center, tennis courts, yoga class and Thai Cooking Lessons. There is a never ending amount of activities, restaurants and view points at the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai, but at the same time, you never feel rushed, overwhelmed or over crowded. Even on a busier weekend, we felt as if we were the only ones on the whole 32 acre property.
The staff were the ones that truly made the experience incredible. Every staff member knew our names, always greeted us with a Wai and were helpful in every way possible.
I couldn’t recommend this resort any more highly. If luxury and relaxation is what you’re after, then this is the place to go in Chiang Mai!
For more information on Four Seasons Resort, check out their website – here.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Four Seasons Resort in exchange for this review. As always, I would never endorse or recommend a service or product that I didn’t honestly love 🙂