Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $302.74 (THB9,976), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
Rates include an à la carte breakfast in Khu Khao restaurant with Thai and Western options, including fresh bread and pastries, organic eggs, locally-sourced bacon and organic forest coffee.
If you fall for a piece of furniture, artwork or even a plant pot, ask the staff about it – there’s a good chance it was made by a local artisan who could make you something similar.
At the hotel
Spa; gym; tea terrace; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; minibar; tea- and coffee-making kit; free bottled water; Erb bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All three suite categories are the same layout, and have elegant rattan furniture and fabrics by celebrated hotel designer Bill Bensley. Suites on the ground floor have a private plunge pool, but if you can do without, those on the second and third floor have private balconies with daybeds and lofty river views.
There’s an unheated lap pool in the lush gardens, surrounded by tree-shaded sun loungers and daybeds.
Ai Waan spa draws on traditional Lanna healing techniques, putting you in touch with time-honoured traditions that have been handed down over generations. Restore weary muscles with a hot bamboo or Au-Mann massage, a traditional, oil-free treatment that originated in Myanmar. If you’re looking to detox and reinvigorate tired skin, try a treatment in the northern-Thai steam room, where the steam is suffused with herbs combined by a master herbalist from a nearby village. Herbal scrubs, body wraps and facials are available too.
Bring sensible shoes for trekking to remote temples, and something more stylish for city – Chiang Mai’s got its fair share of hip coffee houses and craft cocktail bars.
All the public areas are wheelchair accessible, but there are no specially adapted rooms.
All ages are welcome, but there’s not a huge amount for little Smiths beyond the pool and gardens.