Featured image: Now that’s an entrance. Image: Meliá Chiang Mai
Thailand’s magical, mountainous north is back on our radar thanks to the Meliá Chiang Mai. Slated for a late 2021 opening, this five-star urban hotel will soar over the River Ping and bustling Night Bazaar in the heart of the ancient city of Chiang Mai.
Launched by Spanish-based global brand Meliá Hotels International, the 260-key retreat is just six kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport, on vibrant Charoen Prathet Road. Meaning guests will be well-positioned to explore the city’s many attractions, markets, and historic Buddhist temples.
Encompassing 22 levels, the elegant contemporary design (by leading Thai design firm PIA Interior) pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s fascinating history with a subtle Spanish twist. We have eyes on ‘The Level’ which will offer 38 rooms and six suites plus additional benefits including access to the panoramic views and afternoon tea treats of an executive lounge.
The hotel’s rooftop bar will be the highest in the city and seems bound for Insta stardom. Featuring two bars connected by a glass bridge, the attention-grabbing space will frame spectacular views of the River Ping to the city’s east and famed Doi Suthep Temple on the mountaintop to the west.
And those Spanish flavours? You’ll find them woven through the two dining options and two bars (choose from rooftop or poolside), including the hotel’s signature restaurant on the 21st floor. Think contemporary Northern Thai dishes with Mediterranean influences and tapas-inspired bar snacks.
The clincher is Meliá’s signature YHI Spa — home to seven underwater-themed treatment rooms and a Thai herbal sauna — to cap off a day exploring this culturally rich region.
Where: Meliá Chiang Mai, northern Thailand
While you’re there: Dodge the crowds on an early morning adventure to 600-year-old Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep, poised atop the 1,615-metre Doi Suthep Peak.
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