Need to know
24, including two suites.
Check-out, noon; check-in, 2pm, but both flexible subject to availability. Late check-outs up to 6pm are charged.
Double rooms from $167.56 (THB5,506), excluding tax at 18.5 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast and selected minibar drinks and snacks.
Rachamankha is the personal project of interior designer and owner Rooj Changtrakul and his step-father, the award-winning Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandu. The main inspiration for the hotel is 15th-century Lanna architecture, although it also reflects the symmetry of Chinese design. The owner’s collection of art and antiquities is on display throughout the hotel and in the upstairs gallery.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, book and DVD library, art and antiques gallery, massage pavilion, gardens, boutique. In rooms: LCD TV with satellite, DVD player, minibar, air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
The Two-bedroom Suites may have the space of an apartment – along with private access to the pool – but our pick would be a romantic Deluxe Room with silk-draped canopy bed.
A delectable 20-metre turquoise-tiled pool with terracotta surrounds, day-beds under umbrellas and a massage pavilion for the ultimate in relaxation.
The hotel offers knot-kneading massages upstairs in a pavilion by the pool, as well as in-room treatments
Relaxed and chic, Chiang Mai is a city built for exploring. Flat shoes for shopping, maxi-dresses for evenings out and something suitable for elephant trekking should all be in your case.
Smoking is allowed in outdoor areas only. There is a compulsory five-course Christmas Eve Dinner on 24 December costing THB3,500 a person (drinks included) and a compulsory New Year's Eve party on 31 December with unlimited drinks (THB5,500 a person).
Rachamankha is for reserved just for grown ups.
As it is inspired by ancient, vernacular design, Rachamankha is a cool, energy-efficient building. Solar-powered lighting is used and, with the exception of the GM, all staff members are local. The hotel sponsors community temples and schools.