Wednesday, May 7, 2014

DHARA DHEVI HOTEL IN CHIANGMAI IS THAILAND'S JEWEL OF THE NORTH AS THE ENTIRE HOTEL COMPLEX WAS BUILT FROM SCRATCH TO RESEMBLE AN ANCIENT LANNAI KINGDOM!

KEE@FSWMAG.COM
Indeed any King from the Lanna kingdom of ancient days can walk into the incredible Dhara Dhevi hotel complex covering several hundred acres and feel at home! But the hotel complex covers only 60 acres which is large enough to work out a sweat walking from one restaurant to one of 3 pools or Spa! Bicycles and buggies are on call 24/7. The spa alone occupies 3,100 sq metres and boasts 18 treatment suites.

















There is a huge banquet hall, 5 restaurants, home theatre system in each villa, plunge pool in every villa and even a shopping village near the entrance so locals and non-guests can still come and shop!


Dhara Dhevi is the most detailed and authentic recreation of an old Lanna kingdom that flourished here till it joined Siam in the 19th century.


I went there twice when it was managed by Mandarin Oriental and was called Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. This trip with Princess Dr Becky Leogardo who sponsored everything as usual was last March 2013. Then in August 2014 Mandarin Oriental stopped managing the hotel and the name is now Dhara Dhevi.


The parting was due to disagreements between the owner and Mandarin Oriental about the way the hotel should operate. Still, I am sure Dhara Dhevi will continue its run as the world's most exquisite hotel as I have never seen anything on this spectacular scale with lavish decor to match.


Just before Mandarin Oriental left, the lowest rate was RM 2,000 but now it is RM 1,800 but I saw a rate ass low as RM 1,200 in off season. This is for the Oriental Suite which has 2 storeys mind you! There are no rooms in Dhara Dhevi---only suites!


My favourite is the Villa series as each freestanding villa overlooks a real padi field! Dhara Dhevi is the only 5 star hotel in the world that comes with its own rice fields which are actually harvested! Sometimes children of guests are allowed to join in the harvesting, winnowing and packing of the rice! The hotel also boasts its own fruit orchards, fish ponds, vegetable patches and flower gardens! So everything is as frseh as can be! 


Each villa costs slightly more than a colonial suite so I recommend a Garden Villa.


The last word in luxury is the Royal Suite which consists of 3 pavilions and can accommodate a minimum of 6 guests with 2 per villa. There are 2 swimming pools and open air jacuzzis and best of all, the entire complex is surrounded by walls and gates so no other guests can see what is happening inside the compound! 


It costs a hefty RM 26,000 per night but if you share it among six persons, it is only RM 4,333 per person but if there are 10  guests, it's only RM 2,600 per head! And you can boast about it for the rest of your cotton-pickin' life you once stayed here!



Michael Mantz and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo at the staircase leading to heaven on earth
Michael Mantz and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Michael Mantz and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Kee Hua Chee and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi presented a pretty posy to Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Kee Hua Chee, the GM of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Princess Dr Becky Leogardo and MIchael mantz
Same same
The facade of the most exquisite new hotel on earth
A vision in brick and mortar
Entrance
Grand entrance


Pagoda pavilion


Just the ticket to while away an hour or two
So surreal


Unreal!


Looks unreal but is real


Nice


Exotic


Personal swing on balcony


Fit for Princess Dr Becky Leogardo


Nice
This is the way to bath


Look at the wall decor



Porcelain stool shaped as woman exercising!
The main pool; there are 3
Can you believe these 3 coconut trees are shaped this way?
This life sized figure adds interest
Overlooking rice fields




Pavilion by pool
Serene
Lovely


Kee Hua Chee and Michael Mantz


Kee Hua Chee and MIchael Mantz


Craftswomen at work
This species of tree sprouts long, dangling roots
Exotic tree
Library
Library
Library
2 storey villa by padi field
Luxuriant and lush
Pretty pathway
Scenic
Your private entrance


Princess Dr Becky Leogardo brought her own umbrella girl
Princess Dr Becky Leogardo inside living room
Nice
Michael plays the piano
This is the life
Afternoon here is a dream come true
What a verdant view
What a good life
Private plunge pool
Lookout pavilion
Sedate
Nice
A real rice field
Lush
Bird's eye view from this platform
Relaxing
Cool
Wow!
Amazing
Stunning
Kee Hua Chee with his Anya Hindmarch bag with photo of him and Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Viewing pavilion
Back to the 19th century
Lux
Lux
Luxurious
Kee Hua Chee wears matching clothes
Bathroom
Huge bathroom
Nice tub


His and Hers basins
Slouching here is great
Living
Garden with fish pool
Relaxing
The 3,100 sq metre Spa!
Looks like palace
Royal life for Princess Dr Becky Leogardo
Luxurious




Cool


This is where I sleep


I like the lamp in middle of mirror!
Nice tub


Real padi field
Old style pavilion


Scenic
Nice view
Nice
Grand
Ornate
Ornate
Private pool inside grand villa
Imposing
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Kee Hua Chee
The world's most palatial spa!
Welcome to the spa!
Majestic
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Spa
Bo tree
Sacred Bo tree
Bo tree
Out building
Pristine forest
Function room
Grand walkway
Imposing
Majestic
Grand
Cafe
Afternoon tea
Ideal for afternoon tea
Picturesque
Scenic
Lush
Purple rain protectors
Nice
Shopping village
Only Dhara Dhevi has its own shopping village
All 5 star hotels have shopping arcade but only Dhara Dhevi has its own shopping village!
This is living
Nice
This is the way to shop


Looks like temple garden
Grand
Golden view
Golden eye
So golden
Grandly golden
I love the yellow blooms
Function hall
Naga
Naga protector
Artistic


What a view
Part of the hotel


Very de nice
Grand
Welcome
Village hall
I love this plant
This is the seed!
Exotic flowers
Looks like dried orchids!
Serene
Main hotel
Main hotel entrance
This is the way to welcome guests
Grand
I love the human golden faces! So amusing!
Cute!
Original!
Adorable
Grand
Charmed!
View from top of staircase
Lobby pavilion
Pavilion
Lobby
Lobby
Garden
Typical structure
Imposing 
Nice
Everything on grand scale
Nice
Bridge
White in white
Lanna style building
Suspended bridge


Lanna style 
Semi openair deck
Flowers inside a bird
So pretty!
I love this
Sedate




Laze away!
Laze away here
Majestic
Majestic
Stately
Colonial suite 
Colonial suite
Pool at colonial suites
Back to luxury
Grand
Looks like Raffles Singapore
Grand
Kee Hua Chee so serene
Ornate
Stunning


Naga steps
Naga staircase

1 comment:

Mark Brown said...

The resource that you mentioned here is something that I have been looking from quite a time. And finally it ended with such a nice blog post. Don’t have words to thank you.Restaurants in delhi