Dhara Dhevi Hotel
Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Thailand
At a Glance
Breathtaking architecture designed to echo an ancient Lanna kingdom
Suites and villas suitable for couples and families of all ages
Excellent kids club
Six wonderful restaurants and bars
Impressive spa with a huge range of treatments
Huge range of complimentary activities
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October and April. The monsoon season traditionally begins in May and lasts through to October, with July to September usually being the time of heaviest rain. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can hit the 40s. The cooler months of November to January will be a good time to travel if you don't like the heat, with the average day temperature slightly below 30°C.
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The Dhara Devi Hotel is a luxury 5 star oasis of tranquillity, set in 60 acres of rice paddies and plantation farmland. It has been designed to recreate the elegance of an ancient Lanna Kingdom Palace, hence guests are treated like kings.
The Dhara Dhevi Hotel is an intricately designed retreat with architectural influences borrowed from the Lanna Kingdom, colonial mansions and traditional wooden rice barns. It is hard to believe that it was only built in 2005 as it looks so historical. Not only is it a wonderfully designed hotel with fabulous food, service and accommodation, but if offers a vast array of cultural, adventurous and relaxing activities and there is something to suit everyone.
123 opulent suites and villas are adorned with Thai silks and teak wood furnishings. Views over the meticulously landscaped gardens or verdant rice terraces are simply stunning and the wonderful staff completes the overwhelming decadence felt while staying here.
There is plenty of choice for dining here, with four restaurants serving a range of cuisines from regional Thai dishes to French fare, as well as a patisserie and the option for private dining.
The indulgent Ayurvedic spa offers complex treatments and wellness and exercise programmes including dedicated yoga programmes. The culinary academy is a fantastic way to learn about Northern Thai cuisine and afterwards enjoy your own creations. The cultural centre focuses on understanding the history and traditions of the region and your children can also learn about Northern Thailand in the Lanna Kids Club while experiencing new and exciting adventures and activities. There are also two fabulous pools for you to enjoy.
The 54 one and two bedroom colonial suites at the Dhara Dhevi are housed in a beautiful two-storey building with views over the pool and landscaped gardens. Each suite has high ceilings and rich décor of marble, golden teak and Thai Silks. The 64 individual Villas each have a living room complete with piano on the lower floor and a bedroom upstairs. Some villas have a private plunge or swimming pool overlooking the rice terraces. There are also five opulent Residences for parties of up to 12.
Situated within the Spa Residence, two steps from the Dheva Spa you are always close to the soul of the resort. Many guests stay here to enjoy the extensive menu of spa treatments and the in depth Ayurvedic regimes. Some suites offer close up views of the intricately carved roofs, created as seven steps up to the heavens, the carvings took a 150 strong team of artisans over 3 years to create. All suites are decorated with an elegant formality and oriental influence. Each has a separate bedroom and living room, spa area and verandah.
Each has a living room decorated in style featuring beautifully tiled floors, glass chandeliers and Victorian lantern desk lamps. The large bathrooms have a whirlpool tub and separate shower. Floor to ceiling terrace doors lead through to your verandah overlooking a lake and gardens. The soft whirr of ceiling fans and fine sheer keep the rooms cool. Select a king or twin bedded suite.
Approximately 88 m2 in size.
|Deluxe Colonial Suite||
The Deluxe Suites are larger than the Colonial suites with a wide entrance hall leading into a spacious sitting room. Low white panelling is matched with ochre walls, giving a fresh and elegant ambience, typical of the era. Enjoy the views of the landscaped gardens from your chaise longue or retire to the verandah. In the bedrooms the high ceilings amplify the spaciousness and in turn they lead onto your generously proportioned bathroom which includes a walk-in closet and dressing area. Approximately 107 m2 in size.
|Grand Deluxe Colonial Suite||
The Grand Deluxe suite has its own stately grandeur reflecting the high ambition of the colonial era. The verandah overlooks the blue and white tiled pool, a colonialist recreation of 1920s Riviera elegance. A private kitchen allows the staff to prepare high style private dining for you. The large bathroom is a cool retreat with slatted shutters, white marble surfaces, wood finished walls and Victorian freestanding bath. The style is evocative of a period when people were accustomed to true luxury. Approximately 148 m2 in size.
These authentic Northern Thai rice barns were actually imported complete from the countryside. They encircle a delightful Thai cottage garden to recreate the true atmosphere of rural village life. Set over two storeys the ground floor living area is a creative blend of rustic textures; bamboos, silks and hill tribe textiles. Upstairs the atmosphere is full of character, with crafted wooden beams fixed with dovetail joints and old style sliding shutters. The bedroom has a king size bed and inviting bathroom with polished teak surrounding the peanut shaped spa bath. From 75 - 150 m2 in size.
In your private Thai house you have a downstairs living area off which is a powder room. Upstairs the high-ceiling bedrooms offer king or twin beds. White muslin draped over canopies sweeps onto the polished teak floors. If you remove your shoes as traditional in Thailand you will find the natural wood soft under the bare soles of your feet. The design of the villas draws you outside, be it onto the terrace, to the deck, the massage area or sala. These typical Thai seating areas are perched up high with tranquil views over the tropical gardens or the nearby rice fields. Cushion covers in vintage Lao textiles add to the beauty of the setting. From 185 - 250 m2 in size.
|Deluxe Villa with Outdoor Jacuzzi||
Enjoying the feel of a luxurious private home, accommodation is spread over two levels and furnished with a selection of antiques and modern pieces including a piano. Relaxation is the soul of these Deluxe Villas. Each has its private outdoor Jacuzzi. From your terrace enjoy serene green views over the garden or the paddy fields or dissolve muscle stress with a private treatment in your outdoor massage area. Furnished with a king bed, the upstairs bedroom lies adjacent to a large bathroom complete with whirlpool bathtub, indoor rain shower and outdoor shower. 185 - 235 m2 in size.
|Grand Deluxe Villa with Plunge Pool||
This ultra luxurious two-storey teak wood villa is facing the rice paddy fields. The ground floor’s additional features are a dining room, steam shower, massage area and your very own private plunge pool with a sun deck. The spacious bedroom upstairs comes with high ceiling and a king bed. There is a separate study room and the usual bathroom luxurious features such as the whirlpool tub. Approximately 200 m2 in size.
|Grand Deluxe Villa with Pool||
Self contained splendour; the finest of all the villas especially favoured by honeymoon couples. These stunning two storey villas feature wood floors throughout. There is a vast living space on the ground floor incorporating indoor and outdoor living and dining areas. Upstairs a large bedroom boasts high ceilings and a king bed. Entered via a large entrance hall, there is also an outdoor balcony and large bathroom with rain shower and raised Jacuzzi. Take a plunge in your pool then indulge in a private spa ritual. Your private study, includes wireless internet and cordless phones.
Approximately 244 m2 in size.
|Grand Deluxe 2-Bedroom Villa||
Perfect for a small group of people or family, the two separate double-storey teak wood Deluxe Villas are located together in the same compound. One unit features a twin sized bedroom and the other unit features a king sized bedroom on the upper floor. Each of these units has its own separate living room on the ground floor. Shared is the massage area and there is a deck for sun bathing with a covered Sala, a Thai pavilion. The approximate living space is 350 m2.
|Grand Deluxe 2-Bedroom Villa with Pool||
Identical to the Deluxe Two-Bedroom Villa but with the additional luxury of a large private pool located within the grounds of the two Villas. Each villa is spread over two levels with large ground-floor rooms offering living and dining areas, serviced by private kitchens. Approximately 350 m2 in size.
|Grand Deluxe 2-Bedroom Colonial Suite||
These suites are ideal for families or a group of four travelling together in high style. The ante room leads to a black and white marble entrance hall which in turn introduces you to a stately living room. An interesting feature of the room is an ornately carved enclosed Chinese bed. The terrace overlooks the tropical gardens and elegant blue and white tiled pool. There are two bedrooms. The twin bedroom has a remarkably large en suite bathroom that includes a black marble sunken bath. With its own private lift the master bedroom is simply extravagant in size with a no less astoundingly spacious bathroom. The wrap around balcony gives 180 degree views of the resort with a beautiful perspective of the tiered roofs of the spa stepping up to nirvana. Accommodation also includes a generous kitchen for staff or should you wish us to create one of our renowned private dinners. Approximately 252 m2, the veranda is 50 m2.
The spa suite is a unique concept and design and is inspired by a royal palace at the Mandalay court. The most special feature is the private spa boasting a luxurious treatment room and exercise room, from which to enjoy the exclusive spa services in complete privacy. Additional features include a living room, a dining room with a pantry and king-sized bedroom. Approximately 373 m2 in size.
|Deluxe Residence with Pool||
The ancient palace style suite features a king bed and the bathroom offers a whirlpool tub separate from the shower stall. A walkway connects from the master bedroom to a private pool and Jacuzzi, to provide many options to relax and recharge; there is also a separate living and dining room area with a pantry. Approximately 125 m2 in size.
|Deluxe Two Bedroom Residence with Pool||
Similar to the single room residence but offering 2 rooms, one king and one twin bedded, they can accommodate up to 4 people. This Mandalay style suite is spacious and sumptuous offering a private pool, connected through walkway from both bedrooms. There is a living and dining area featuring grand piano with a pantry and marvellous views of the nearby rice paddy fields. A spiral stairway leading from living area up to above den for relaxation. Sizes vary from 208 - 302 m2.
|Royal Residence (6-Bedrooms)||
A stay in the Royal Villa is the experience of a lifetime, exclusively situated, this private retreat is perfect for a special stay for those who like to indulge in style. The ancient, palace style architecture epitomizes a grandeur and opulence of a bygone age, whilst offering every modern convenience. It features a spacious and elegant living room, a dining room and a pantry, six bedrooms; three with a king bed and three with twin beds; and large, opulent bathrooms. Each room is connected by a walkway and there is also a choice of 3 private pools and 3 Jacuzzis. The size is approximately 644 m2.
The Dhara Dhevi Hotel wholeheartedly welcomes children and is a great hotel for families. The recommended Lanna Kids Club encourages children to discover Thai Culture with adventures and activities such as umbrella and fan painting, learning to write their names in Thai, riding water buffalo and planting rice. There is also children's yoga, a library with books, toys and games and babysitting is available.
The Dhara Dhevi Hotel has four restaurants in stunning settings with cuisine ranging from French to Chinese, Thai to Mediterranean. There are also two poolside bars for lunch and drinks, a tea and cake shop, and a cocktail bar. Private dining is also available. The extensive Dheva spa with a huge range of luxurious treatments is not to be missed and other facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, two tennis courts, cooking school, Lanna Kids Club, library, boutiques and a cultural centre.
The Dhara Dhevi Hotel offers yoga, cooking classes, cycling, off-site golf (20-45 minutes) elephant experiences, and cultural excursions. There is a cultural centre where there are a variety of daily activities involving crafts and ceremonies where guests can experience the Lanna culture.
Louise Canton (Staff)
A completely unique hotel that covers a vast area and follows the theme of bringing back the past. Based on the old kingdom of Lanna the 60 acres of grounds are home to beautifully designed suites and villas in a historical style. Your stay here will be one to remember with incredible design, very good service and excellent facilities
Katie Kennard (Staff)
A magical place with everything you could ever ask for on offer. The buffet breakfast was hugely elaborate and the Thai dancers performance during dinner is a perfect way to entertain your children. The Lanna Kids club offers painting, games and all kinds of cultural experiences for them to get immersed into. The paddy fields are beautiful and the architecture unique!
Jules Maury (Staff)
Leaving my beautiful pool Villa and passing the Dhara Dhevi Spa lit by torches which was modelled in the 19th Century Mandalay Palace, passing through the incredible temples and statues that comprise this beautiful resort made me marvel at the Indian, Burmese, Thai and British colonial mixtures that all feature in the unique Lanna style of this hotel. This is a beautiful resort that lacks for nothing and the architectural sights alone will keep you and your camera busy for days.
Clare Barratt (Staff)
A stay here is very unique given the fascinating architecture of the hotel, it resembles a Thai palace of sorts. I was stunned to hear that it was in fact only 9 years old as it has been cleverly designed to look historical with every detail though out the spa took 7 years to build! The lovely grounds set around padi fields can only enhance your stay but I would say that (besides the architecture) what makes this resort stand out from others in the area is its extensive list of daily activities for adults and children alike, enjoy anything from assisting with the rice crop to early morning yoga. The majority of the activities are complimentary!
Sarah Baxter (Staff)
This is easily the most impressive hotel entrance I have ever seen. It has the grandeur of a Thai Palace, resplendid with old world charm, and an extravagant, intricate design. The resort is vast and a visual feast; every part of it captivating and telling a story. It is unbelievable that it has only been in existence for 9 years; a place that Princess Diana visited and a regular stop-over for Thai royalty. It looks like an ancient palace, well preserved and steeped in history. The facilities are endless and exploring them, I felt like I had been transported into another world. The design was based on The Kingdom of Lanna. The spa building took 200 people 3 years to make and has subsequently been voted among the top 10 spas in Asia. The three restaurants are beautifully designed. The Thai restaurant, a personal favourite, provides entertainment while you dine on delicious northern delicacies. Choose from the Colonial Suites with their European influence or the Villas with their traditional Thai style, all with slightly individual dcor.
Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)
After a full day in the office, overnight flight to Bangkok and a connecting flight up to Chiang Mai, we arrived at the Mandarin Oriental in the early evening and it is an arrival that I will never forget. Every single nook and cranny was filled with lanterns and candles and with the amazing, almost Disney-like architecture of the resort creating the perfect backdrop I truly felt as though I had walked into another world. I remember thinking how incredible it would be to be a child at the moment, I was delighted enough at the age of 27 and it really is a feast for your eyes. There are ornate palace-like buildings, teak-wood villas surrounding lush rice paddy fields and pools enclosed by tropical bursts of colourful flowers making this one of the most picturesque hotels I have ever seen.
A Morning with the Monks
Explore the spiritual side of Northern Thailand, visiting some of Chiang Mai's most sacred sites. Witness the daily alms giving for the monks, take in the views from Wat Doi Suthep and venture into the mysterious tunnels beneath Wat Umong.
Chiang Mai City Temples
This half day tour takes in Chiang Mai's best known and most impressive temples. Accompanied by your own English-speaking guide, learn more about the history of Chiang Mai and northern Thai culture and craftsmanship.
Chiang Mai Night Street Food
No trip to Thailand is complete without sampling some of the country's mouth-watering cuisine. Spend a lively evening in the vibrant Chiang Mai street food market, enjoying the wonderful array of traditional dishes and local delicacies on offer.
Chiang Mai Segway Experience
Enjoy a segway experience and explore the city in a different way! Drive your own personal vehicle and head to the main cultural sights of Chiangmai.
Cycling Wiang Khum Kham to Ban Tawai
Venture out into the beautiful Chiang Mai countryside on a bicycle to explore ancient ruins, local villages and the lush landscape. This route offers a lovely way to learn more about northern Thai history, culture and rural lifestyle.
Doi Inthanon Waterfalls Walk
Head out of the city into the lush green countryside for a day of adventure in Doi Inthanon National Park. During this experience you will have the opportunity to meet local hilltribes, try and spot wildlife, and of course take in the beautiful scenery.
Elephant Discovery Camp
Spend the day with three female elephants, learning about the species' behaviour and their relationship with the northern Thai people.
Floating Market at Khlong Lat Mayom
Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.
Pantawan Cooking Class in Thai Teakwood House
Partake in a Thai cooking class based in a traditional teak house in a beautiful garden and organic farm on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Here at Pantawan discover the wonders behind Thai food and just how much thought and creativity is used to make it.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun, or rather the White Temple as it is better known as amongst foreigners, is located between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and is a rather spectacular temple, very different from the many others in the area.
Location & directions
Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Thailand
Spread over 60 acres of landscaped gardens and rice paddy fields, The Dhara Dhevi hotel is located 10 Km from the centre of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport, followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Chiang Mai International Airport. The Dhara Dhevi hotel is 15-minutes from the airport.
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