Stay in the Land of a Million Rice Fields

Set in the Four Season’s eight-hectare resort which has a rice paddy basin as its focal point, The Lanna Thai Villa sits outside Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai. This city’s rich history as former capital of the 13th to 18th-century kingdom of Lanna is visible in every corner and you are bound to fall in love with its temples’ striking architecture marked by steep roofs and intricate woodcarvings.

Lanna Thai Villa sits on the upper floors of an attractive three-storey house with a private outdoor seating and dining area on a raised platform. The villa’s rooms have sumptuous dark wood furniture, with huge beds and marble bathrooms. and the Villa also caters for larger families and private parties with a beautiful penthouse as well as the possibility of hiring the Balinese suite along with the Chinese suite and enjoying the sitting room area that separates one from the other. The Penthouse suite at Lanna Thai Villa offers an opulent view of the magnificent landscape set in an alluring blend of contemporary and antique, with a large private terrace and a terrazzo bath.

Guests of The Lanna Thai Villa enjoy full access to the adjacent Four Seasons Resort facilities, including the 20-meter infinity edge swimming pool and Jacuzzi which overlook the rice paddies, croquet lawn, tennis courts, a full-service health club, the Lanna Spa as well as the exclusive experiences offered at the resort, including the Thai cooking school. In this extraordinary and authentic experience, master chefs teach guests the art of Thai cuisine.

There a plethora of authentic lifestyle experiences to choose from including yoga training in jaw-dropping pavilions overlooking the resort’s lake, learning the art of rice planting in a traditional «morhom» costume, Thai language and cooking classes, Muay Thai kickboxing and tennis lessons from local Thai pros or hiring a private meditation teacher.

A short stroll left and right from the Villa there are two swimming pools, the resident’s pool and the infinity pool overlooking the rice fields next to the Ratree Bar. Both have jacuzzis and a distinct personal touch with the resident’s pool being a cozier option for families seeking a more secluded setting. Next to the resident’s pool one can find the resort’s Lanna spa (indeed one of the best in the world) in a beautiful building which boasts a dragon-inspired roof and is known as one of the best in Asia.

The service in the resort is sublime, and when you are greeted with warm smiles and flower garlands by well-coiffed staff. At the swimming pool, for example, you are treated, upon arrival, to a glass of ice cold water, a refreshing frozen cotton hand towel and a refreshing drink of watermelon juice with Thai basil.

Waking up at The Lanna Thai Villa is unforgettable, as one walks out into the sofas on the terrace overlooking a field dotted with lush tropical flowers where a rich healthy breakfast is served including dragon fruit, papaya, pineapple, guava or orange juice and freshly made croissants to name but a few of the options.

This world-class resort is home to two resident water buffalo, one of which is albino and responds to the name of Tong and another who goes by the name of Tone. They are nearly always visible from the main infinity pool with a serene backdrop of misty emerald-green mountains.

Khun Nui is the butler at Lanna Thai Villa and he adds a unique personal touch to your stay not only because he is unfailingly prompt and polite but because he is charmingly friendly and takes a genuine interest in making sure you enjoy your stay. Lanna Thai Villa is the perfect destination for families travelling with children or teenagers as well as couples seeking a romantic escape to South East Asia.

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