Immersive Experience: With great food, incredible scenery, and rejuvenating spa treatments, the absence of television only heightens the experience, engendering a chance at full mental relaxation.
Story: This family-owned resort originated from the inspiration of leading Thai interior designer M.L. Sudavdee Kriangkrai, who wanted to produce a holiday haven for weary urban dwellers. The result of her efforts is a truly one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.
Scenery: The lush valleys and misty mountains of Northern Thailand create a dreamlike landscape perfect for those wanting to get away, and the resort complements the beauty of its natural surroundings with its comfortable terraces and indulgent spa.
Offering 30 to 45 square meters worth of space, the bamboo cottages seamlessly blend in with their surrounding environment. These rooms showcase the natural aesthetic beauty of bamboo, as they are built with large amounts of the material and feature a variety of locally produced bamboo furnishings that range from tables and chairs to intricate door handles and light fixtures. Rooms are designed with sleep in mind. This means no television and no electronic alarm clocks, but certain modern amenities such as air-conditioning, a direct dial phone, and a hair dryer are included. The room can be appointed with a double bed or a pair of twins, and there is an attached covered terrace, perfect for enjoying a cup of complimentary coffee or tea in the morning.
Constructed with red clay and bamboo, the eight Mountain Cottage rooms are imbued with a touch of rustic charm. Covering 30 to 45 square meters and topped with thatched Teak Tree leaves, these tranquil accommodations are located on the lower-tier levels of the resort. The comfortable bedroom is appointed with a double bed or two twins. A sofa day bed and desk are provided as well, along with such other modern amenities as a direct dial phone, hair dryer, and air-conditioning. The Mountain Cottage’s bathroom is also fitted with a bathtub. In addition, the cozy room opens up to a private covered terrace that offers wonderful views of the natural world beyond.
Located on the top two levels of the individual guest room buildings are the Upper Mountain Cottages, which cover 45 to 75 square meters. While these are similar to the Mountain Cottage rooms in construction, they offer more space to move about and more wide-open views of the valley from their spacious private terraces, which are built with luxurious, vaulted bamboo ceilings. This accommodation’s bedroom is appointed with a double bed or two twins, and the bathroom features a private bathtub.
Covering 85 square meters and able to accommodate up to four, the Family Cottage is ideal for families on vacation. The cottage consists of one master bedroom with a king-size bed and an en-suite, one twin bedroom with a pair of twin beds and its own attached bathroom, a living room, and a private terrace. Both the living room and terrace offer comfortable furnishings, and the view of the valley from the terrace is exceptional.
Tucked away on the mountainside, the Private Pool Cottages boast an indulgent open-air terrace with private plunge pools. There is also a day bed for lounging in the private outdoor sitting area and a large outdoor bathtub and shower. Covering 55 to 110 square meters, these accommodations are located on the edge of the resort property and are accessed by a pathway that meanders through gardens. Beneath the bedroom's high, vaulted bamboo ceiling rests a king-size bed, and drinks are kept chilled in a private bar fridge. Surrounded by forest and garden scenery, this accommodation ensures privacy while also boasting some sprawling views of its own.
The resort's on-site cooking school holds classes for guests who wish to learn Thai culinary techniques. The school is located in a spacious structure and is very well stocked with all manner of locally sourced ingredients.
A small shop selling boutiques and souvenirs is located on-site. It is stocked with a carefully curated selection of keepsakes, such as clothes, pottery, and bags. Guests can also buy such produce and products from the resort's farms and orchards as seasonal fruits and homemade jam.
The resort's main swimming pool is carved into the hillside and offers stunning views of the lush valley below. Black mosaic tiles instill the sleek pool with a modern flair, and it is surrounded by a sundeck lined with comfortable loungers. Guests can have drinks from the pool bar delivered directly to them as they relax by the water.
Staffed by expert, caring professionals, the Phu Chaisai's on-site spa features treatments based on ancient techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. In an open-aired treatment room or Thai massage sala, massages are performed with high-quality natural aromatic oils that smooth and caress the senses. Other treatments, such as a floral bath and having volcanic lava stones placed on key energy points, aim to rejuvenate and relax.
The pool bar services guests at the resort’s infinity pool with a selection of beverages.
The resort's sole restaurant is an open-air affair complete with a koi fish pond, panoramic views of Doi Mae Salong, and an ample menu of both local and international dishes. Ingredients are sourced from nearby organic farms, fruit orchards, and meat suppliers. Water is supplied from local reservoirs, tea leaves come from the resort's own tea plantation, and local Arabica coffee is custom-roasted for the resort by a local, family-owned business. Such fresh ingredients are then used to prepare everything from Akha regional cuisine to western vegetarian dishes. Comfort foods like fresh-baked breads and pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning brick oven, are available. But guests may discover a new favorite at the restaurant, such as Sai Oua, a type of northern Thai sausage that is prepared fresh daily.