FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI (link) (instagram)

Photography by ALEX CASTRO MOORE

After the last Four Seasons experience, I thought I was spoiled enough already but I made it out to the Chiang Mai resort and it was just as amazing, just in a different way. This is a mountainside resort located in the lush tropics, only 30 minutes away from the Chiang Mai Airport. To call it a vacationer’s paradise is almost an understatement – the beauty of the decor in conjunction with the green foliage and friendly, attentive service all work together to give you a peace of mind that you are about to embark on a relaxing and fulfilling holiday. The entire property is covered in tree and greenery, making it seem like your own secluded oasis, but if you so choose, there is a free shuttle that will take you to town. The resort also boasts residence villas for sale but they have currently sold out.

It was a nice getaway from the city center and I made sure to plan a schedule to follow loosely so I could experience the different activities available. We took a cooking class where we got to learn how to make authentic Northern Thai food, which focuses more on fragrant curry broths and noodle dishes. There are also amazing spa services if you wish to get a massage or spa treatment. There are different categories of treatments that are based on Thailand’s different pillars of social harmony. It’s an interesting concept that helps give you a further look into Thai culture. I opted for a yoga session to reconnect with the things I learned on my previous yoga trip. You can do yoga together with your friends or have private lessons that take place in their yoga barn.

If you’re looking to chill with friends or family, the accommodations are beautiful and hospitable. Staff are always eager to help and make sure that you have everything you need. And if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, a dip in the tub or hanging out in your private pool will help kill some time before you eat at one of the two restaurants on the resort. Authentic Thai food is available (with some of the best khao soi I’ve ever had) or eat at Terraces, their Italian restaurant with al-fresco dining. Afternoon tea is served from 1-5 p.m., so you can have a snack after your yoga session. Everything is created with local flavors in mind and I couldn’t get enough of the fresh, tropical fruit. Speaking of tropical, the best part of day came at the end, when we saw the sunset at Elephant Bar, an open pavilion style area that served tasty cocktails. Then entire experience was exactly the R&R that I was looking for.

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