Spectacle: With huge, beautifully-landscaped grounds that span over 60 acres, the Dhara Dhevi is an opulent world unto itself, incorporating green rice paddies, pavilions and glittering Buddhist prayer rooms
Pool: Swim in its large outdoor pool with horizontal palm trees.
Decor: Stay in its gorgeous, two-story colonial style suites with private pools and sumptuous Thai décor.
A successful truck dealer with a taste for art, Suchet Suwanmongkol underwrote the $75-million dream of a young, unknown architect to build an ancient Asian city within the confines of Chiang Mai. The resulting 60-acre confection from the now-famous Rachen Intawong includes 142 suites decorated in a colonial mansion style, and individual villas built in various Thai vernaculars. At the heart of the resort is the sumptuous Dheva Spa, a multi-tiered Xanadu with 18 treatment rooms and five residences. Throughout, the bedrooms are huge: 16-foot ceilings are the norm in the colonial wing, as are private verandas and adjoining living rooms, all lavishly fitted with silk-covered chaise lounges and hill-tribe textiles. Superlatives extend to the two pools (enormous) and library (more than 5,000 books and 1,500 DVDs). Kids can also plant rice.
Luxurious suites, villas and residences combine stunning Lanna-style architecture with elegant colonial design, evoking memories of old Chiang Mai, amidst a modern, opulent setting.
The Deluxe Villas are located in spacious teak villas, overlooking the tropical gardens and rice paddies below. Spread over two floors, the luxury properties have indoor and outdoor living space for sleeping, dining and relaxing. The large, high-ceilinged bedrooms house either a king-size bed or twin beds, and connect to a private outdoor terrace and gazebo, and the roomy en-suite bathrooms have their own whirlpool bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. Downstairs rooms feature a combined living and dining space, a powder room and an outdoor balcony stocked with a couple of sun loungers.
The Grand Deluxe 2 Bedroom Pool Villa is ideal for families or groups. The luxury property comprises two one bedroomed pavilions with a shared private area and pool. Spread over two floors, each villa has an open plan living and dining room and a private kitchen. The upstairs rooms of the villas house either double or twin beds and a connecting en-suite bathroom with bath, shower, large mirrors and spacious dressing area. The villas have wooden floors, high-ceilings and are decorated with antiques. Guests may request a butler service with this villa.
The Dhara Devi’s Royal Residence is the most luxurious, extravagant room in the entire resort. Shielded behind high walls, the Royal Residence is a 6,900-square-foot complex comprising of six pavilions, built combining traditional northern Thai Lanna and Royal Thai styles of architecture. Half of the sleeping pavilions feature king-size beds, while the other half have sizable twin beds. The private pavilions have their own living, sleeping and dining quarters and are connected to the other pavilions and shared living areas with redbrick pathways. The communal areas of the Royal Residence boast sumptuous sitting and dining rooms, open-air salas, private Jacuzzis and saunas, as well as a private lounge with bar and grand piano. The complex is surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens, reminiscent of an imperial oriental palace, featuring three swimming pools, a lotus pond, stone elephants, and fragrant frangipani trees.
An outstanding spa, designed to reflect the ancient palaces of Mandalay, provides the start to guests’ journey of rejuvenation. A high end fitness center, as well as yoga and fitness classes, and jogging and hiking areas, continue the wellness journey. A culinary school and Kids’ Club supply cultural experiences for the whole family.
The hotel also has plenty of room for events, conferences, parties and meetings, including eight designated areas including an amphitheater, lotus pond and a lawn with a Buddhist style prayer room suitable for weddings and other special occasions. Additionally, the hotel offers bespoke packages for events such as weddings and anniversaries.
The Dhara Dhevi possesses a well-equipped fitness center, with workout machines, free weights, and complimentary yoga and fitness classes. In addition, there are 6 acres of beautifully landscaped space for jogging; this area is best enjoyed in the morning and early evening, before the heat of the midday sun.
Featuring a series of themed activities, from Northern Thai-style paper collages to painting the four-legged residents of Dhara Dhevi (water buffaloes and elephants) with clay, the Kids' Club allows children to explore the expansive reaches of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.
The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi boasts an Ayurvedic center and spa with 25 private treatment rooms. The spa’s design is modeled on an ancient Burmese palace, and comprises a large, teakwood structure covered by a seven-tiered roof designed to emulate the seven steps to nirvana. The spa offers traditional, regional Lanna and Royal Thai massages, Ingham-style Egyptian reflexology, a range of Ayurvedic therapies, and a number of beauty services.
From fine French cuisine at Farang Ses, to classic and Northern Thai dining at Le Grand Lanna, the Dhara Dhevi provides an archipelago of flavours amongst its various restaurants, to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes. Set amongst a stunning backdrop of intricate architecture, and well-groomed grounds, the dining experience is second-to-none.
European and international food in an alfresco setting over looking the gardens, in the evenings look out for the live jazz band. Menu highlights include grilled lemon rock lobster, whole baked snapper in salt crust and white wine sauce and warm chocolate soufflé.
The pool bar serves light snacks and a variety of drinks, cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, fruit juices and teas. Guests may relax at the shaded tables or lounge back on the comfy sunbeds.
Farang Ses serves fine French cuisine alongside a large wine list. Menu highlights include duck terrine with white Porto wine jelly and warm brioche, slow braised wagyu beef “Burgundy styke” and warm apple tart tatin with double vanilla ice cream.
Fujian has the cinematic feel of dining in a 1930s Shanghai mansion. The restaurant serves a variety of Chinese delicacies from Peking duck and wok sautéed prawns Szechuan style to pan fried beef Hong Kong style and Yang Chow fried rice.
For a drink with drama, head to the theatrical Horn Bar. Decked in animal horns, Burmese masks and mythological artwork the Horn Bar comes alive in the evenings and serves a selection of high-quality liquor, signature cocktails and tasty nibbles.
Situated in a series of wooden northern Thai style buildings, Le Grand Lanna serves classic and northern Thai style dishes in an authentic atmospheric setting. Expect to find red curried crab, spicy papaya salad and grilled yellow fin tuna fish with lemongrass and Thai organic herbs.
Loy Kham Bar serves drinks and snacks in a beautiful wooden building next to the infinity pool, overlooking the lush green rice paddy fields of the resort.
The Dhara Dhevi Shop is decorated in a colonial Victorian tea house style with white walls and wicker furniture. Pay a visit for afternoon tea and sweet treats such as melt-in-your-mouth macaroons that come in Champagne, Uganda chocolate, Apple and wasabi, Jasmine and Black truffle flavors and savories such as smoked salmon finger sandwiches.