Conceptual designer Rachen Intawong – or ‘Tam’ as he is best known – played a pivotal part in the construction of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai beginning with its inception in 2001. He sees the resort as a working museum, a place where traditional Lanna culture and Asian colonial splendour have been carefully brought together in masterful harmony.
Chiang Mai was the capital of the historical Lanna Thai Kingdom (Kingdom of One Million Rice Fields), which is the first independent Thai kingdom within the fabled Golden Triangle.
The luxury Thai hotels design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Lanna Kingdom that influenced the region for 300 years from the end of the 13th century. Facilities include the 3,100 square metre The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre; an amphitheatre for cultural events and shows; two large swimming pools; seven restaurants and lounge bars; cooking school; extensive health club; library and recreational facilities; kids’ club; arts and crafts village; grand ballroom and private meeting areas; and a boutique shopping village styled on a traditional village market.
Offering some of the world’s most spacious and exclusive accommodation, the 123 luxurious villas, colonial suites and signature residences have been lovingly handcrafted in keeping with traditional Lanna architecture and feature extensive museum-quality artefacts and antiques. The villas open onto spacious terraces, some of which feature private plunge pools or swimming pools. Exquisitely designed interiors and Mandarin Oriental’s signature technology contribute to an overall atmosphere of luxury and serenity.
Chiang Mai International Airport is only a 15-minute drive from the luxury Thai resort.