In the lush foothills of Thailand’s mountainous north, old and new converge in the historic city of Chiang Mai. Soaring over the River Ping in the heart of the vibrant CBD, Meliá Chiang Mai is one of the latest urban retreats to dot the skyline — with temples, markets, and restaurants on its doorstep and a feast of five-star luxuries inside.
The interior design’s elegant modern aesthetic draws from both Meliá’s Spanish heritage and the cultural charms of the Chiang Mai locale. Also on the menu: a pioneering ‘360° Cuisine’ concept that puts the focus on sustainability within a deliciously sophisticated setting. The 22-floor property also boasts the highest rooftop bar in town, giving you a supreme vantage point to toast an exquisite Chiang Mai honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Meliá Chiang Mai offers the ideal starting point for the experiential traveller to see it all. Only six kilometres from the airport, you’ll discover an urban oasis with the city’s most famous tourist attractions within easy reach, including the famous Night Bazaar just steps away and the Old Town within walking distance. From Meliá’s foodie delights to the 100+ temples in Chiang Mai waiting to be discovered, you might find it hard to leave the immediate area. But we highly recommend venturing out to explore the natural beauty that encircles the city.
Traverse the hiking trails of Doi Inthanon National Park (home to Thailand’s highest mountain) or visit one of Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temples, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which enjoys a prime position atop Doi Suthep mountain. Tackle the 306 steps to the top (watch out for the sea serpents who guard the path) for incredible views that stretch to downtown Chiang Mai.
Food & drink:
At the heart of Meliá Chiang Mai is their ‘360° Cuisine’ concept, with a creative team of culinary magicians working closely with carbon-zero farm, Ori9in. Located around 40 minutes from the hotel in the beautiful Mai Rim Valley, the organic farm was created by double-Michelin-starred chef James Noble and supplies the hotel’s five outlets.
The 360° Cuisine concept goes beyond ‘farm-to-table’. Not only does the produce only travel a short distance, but the team commits to using every possible part of each ingredient. Any food waste is then returned to the farm as fertiliser, completing the cycle. Fingers crossed we’ll see more genuinely sustainable culinary models (that still deliver an outstanding and varied dining experience) like this one in our travels.
Headed by chef Suksant Chutinthratip (or Billy), the five lovely dining options include Laan Na Kitchen for all-day dining and Mediterranean cuisine, fuelled by Meliá’s Spanish roots. Pop in for a meal before seeing the sights or once you return from your adventures. The Tien Pool Bar also offers a refreshing place to unwind with a cocktail and selection of succulent Spanish-style snacks.
If you’re chasing views, Mai Restaurant & Bar is located on the 21st floor: an intimate contemporary setting to showcase the fresh flavours of Thailand. Take in the glorious vistas alongside heavenly northern Thai Lanna-style cuisine which brims with herbs, spices, and fruit.
One floor above, Mai The Sky Bar (actually two bars connected by a glass bridge) serves up some of the best views in the city, perfect for a couple’s tête-à-tête. Arrive for sunset cocktails — on a clear day you can see to Doi Suthep temple in the west — or drop by for a nightcap and drink in the panorama beyond the River Ping to the east.
A gourmet treat you don’t want to miss is the Spanish Afternoon Tea at Ruen Kaew Lounge, next to Laan Na Kitchen. You can usually visit the lounge for a quick snack but their Med twist on traditional high tea is a real highlight. Think fine teas and fresh coffee alongside Andalusian mini sandwiches with Serrano ham, fresh churros with warm chocolate dipping sauce, Basque-style cheesecake and even sangria ice popsicles! We recommend a light lunch beforehand because you’ll want to enjoy every mouthful.
Best room for two:
Meliá Chiang Mai comprises 260 rooms and suites, with nine different categories. Even an entry-level room in this gorgeous property will delight couples looking for chic Chiang Mai accommodation — but if you’re ready to splurge, Meliá’s premium offering The Level is superb.
The Level’s 38 rooms and six suites offer private check-in and check-out services, an executive lounge with an upgraded breakfast, and complimentary snacks all day. Guests also enjoy fresh fruit on arrival, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and unlimited access to the lounge. Plus, a 10% discount at the Meliá’s sublime YHI Spa!
Want to go higher? Book The Level Presidential Suite, a spacious and ultra-luxe haven on the top floor for the ultimate honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Couples will love:
Although it’s one of Thailand’s biggest cities, Chiang Mai still carries a peaceful vibe that’s perfect for couples wanting to relax and indulge or sightsee at their leisure. The YHI Spa offers fabulous pampering for two while delicious dining experiences are elevated further by the 360° Cuisine concept. Oh, and those views from Mai The Sky Bar are almost reason enough to check in! And thanks to its central location, Meliá Chiang Mai makes it easy to explore without compromising on luxury.
Find out more about Meliá Chiang Mai here.
Phone: +66 52 090 699