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Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort 4.5

Mae Rim, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

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Pros

  • Beautifully designed property set in the mountains amid lush nature
  • Rooms have giant bathtubs and large terraces
  • Villas have private pools, hot tubs, or steam rooms
  • Two-tiered swimming pool and a jetted pool
  • Panorama Restaurant looks out over the valley and serves free breakfast buffet
  • Panviman Spa is surrounded by ponds, and offers Ayurveda and water therapy treatments, ancient Thai lanna healings, yoga, and meditation 
  • Outdoor game area with archery, pool, giant chess, darts, Thai boxing, petanque, table tennis
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • On-call buggy to chauffeur guests through the grounds

Cons

  • Far from Chiang Mai and sights
  • Some room furnishings and floors look worn
  • Steep hilly grounds can be difficult to traverse

Bottom Line

The Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort is one of the most elegant and picturesque luxury resorts in the Chiang Mai area. It's actually about an hour northwest of Chiang Mai, in the mountains, in a beautiful 12-acre spot surrounded by tropical greenery. While it's far from Chiang Mai's sights, the resort delivers first-class pampering. It has an award-winning spa set amid ponds and gardens, a cascading two-tiered swimming pool, a tiny fitness center, yoga studio, meditation cave, mini-golf course, kids' club, jogging track, a game area with a life-size chess board, petanque, shops, and a restaurant that overlooks the valley. All 43 luxury rooms and villas -- which have large terraces and polished teak wood floors -- sit perched on the hillside, and include minibars, flat-screen TV's, free Wi-Fi, and a sumptuous, free breakfast buffet. Villas have private plunge pools, steam rooms, or hot tubs.

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Scene

A private, elegant, and pampering resort  offering a romantic city escape, with spa and outdoor activities

The spacious, elegant lobby, which provides terrace seating and views of the surrounding mountains

The scene at the Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort, one of the most expensive in the area, is elegant, pampering, and serene. This resort is for romantics and nature lovers looking for a relaxed city escape. Many guests stick to their spacious rooms or villas (villas have pools or hot tubs), while some find their way to the lobby, which offers plenty of terrace seating with spectacular views of the mountains, or the adjoining Panorama Restaurant. Other guests hang out at the somewhat hidden swimming pool, or wander the lush grounds that surround the spa, almost a world unto itself. The grounds are tranquil, and the large steep distances between the various areas ensure a pretty chill experience (private buggies are on call to whisk guests wherever they want to go around the property).

Location

Sits in a gorgeous mountain valley about an hour from Chiang Mai City -- a great nature-lovers' escape 

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The Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort sits nestled in a lovely valley tucked into the mountains, about an hour's drive from Chiang Mai, up mountainous Samoeng Road. For nature lovers and those looking for an escape, the area couldn't be more lovely. The resort lies off the highway and up a steep drive. Guests can park down below, and little buggies are on call to whisk guests up and around the 12-acre property. The resort offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains from its lobby, restaurant, and some of the rooms, and the grounds feature spacious paths and gardens, ponds, and exquisite architecture. 

Rooms

Spacious rooms and villas, with teak wood furnishings, giant bathrooms, and large terraces.

The spacious Valley Deluxe Room features teak wood furnishings, large cabinets, a stocked minibar, and chic Thai style

All 43 rooms and villas at the Panviman Chiang Mai are large and well-furnished, with dark polished teak wood floors, writing desks, large cabinets, and comfortable terraces with sofas and chairs to laze on. Some of the rooms, mostly in the Mountain Deluxe and Villa categories, have mountain views. Valley Deluxe Rooms are not that much smaller than the higher-end Mountain Deluxe Rooms, except they have less living-area space. All rooms come with large flat-screen TVs, minibars, DVD/CD players, umbrellas, scales, large bathtubs (as well as separate rain showers), toiletries, free Wi-Fi, and a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Villas are larger, and have either private plunge pools, hot tubs, or outdoor steam rooms.

Features

Eye-catching spa, romantic restaurant overlooking the valley, two-tiered cascading swimming pool, game area, and extensive recreational activities

The hotel has a lovely, two-tiered pool with hot tub on-site

The Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort offers plenty of extras, including an award-winning teak-filled spa surrounded by ponds and gardens. The spa's theme is "treatments in the treetops," and the treatment rooms are set above the garden. 

The Panorama Restaurant sits above the valley and overlooks the mountains and scenery below. The menu is mostly Thai with some international dishes mixed in. The restaurant has two sides, one for lunch and dinner, and the other for sumptuous inclusive breakfasts. There are also some private corners for intimate dining, along with an overhanging sala (cushioned sitting area) that adjoins the lobby (one couple per night can book the area for a private dinner). 

Other facilities at the resort include a two-tiered cascading swimming pool with a small hot tub, and an outdoor game area that includes archery, ping-pong, darts, pool tables, a giant chess set, a golf putting section, a boxing punching bag, and petanque court. There is also a small kids' club, and an organic garden, whose produce and spices are used in the restaurant's cooking. Cooking classes are available on request, and mountain bikes are available to rent. 

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197/2 Moo 1 Tambol Pongyeang, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai Province 50180, Thailand

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