Chiang Mai has always dazzled us with its captivating contrasts — think ancient temples, lush gardens, and royal palaces amidst ultra-modern art museums. In this vibrant city, X2 Resorts is about to open X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, a unique fusion of traditional Lanna style and contemporary comforts on the banks of the Ping River. This peaceful oasis will open its doors to welcome guests from 1 November 2017.
From the moment you step onto the grounds, prepare to be whisked away to a stylish sanctuary of peaceful nature. The luxury boutique resort offers 30 elegant suites, each one adorned with pale hardwood décor and bright pops of colour. Inspired by the leafy, 100-year-old tamarind trees within the resort’s courtyard, the Tamarind and Riverfront Suites’ colour palette consists of mimosa orange and sleek slate grey. While the spacious suites offer private balconies with river vistas, the two exclusive, deluxe pool suites give you your very own private pool deck with comfy sunbeds set amid lush greenery. Fusing the beauty of Mother Nature and modern comforts, each of the suites are elegantly designed with subtle touches of vibrant hues.
Although X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is nestled on the quiet Ping River — the largest northern tributaries of Chao Phraya River — the resort still provides easy access to exceptional cultural discoveries that tap into the city’s local charms. Here, you can unearth the nearby Mae Ping River; check out ancient temples, such as Wat Chiang Man Wat Gatekaram; and hop over to Wat Ket Karam Museum to find out what old Chiang Mai was like from photographs and artefacts.
While Chiang Mai is a lovely city with abundant nature and cultural activities, X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort gives you plenty of opportunities to recharge and relax. Aside from luxurious spa treatments and fitness facilities, the resort boasts a stunning infinity pool that overlooks the river. When the sun sinks into the horizon, enjoy fine dining at the Oxygen Dining Room, which combines sophisticated French cuisine with traditional Thai flavours under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Isnard. At the Ozone Rooftop Bar, meanwhile, you can savour stylish sundowners, small canapes and impressive views of the river and Suthep Mountains. For those who’d like to immerse in nature and indulge in decadent desserts, head over to H2O Water Bar and Tea Lounge. Offering a selection of tea-infused ice creams and sweet confections, the lounge is a lovely spot to unwind.
Part of Bespoke Hospitality, X2 Resorts is now spread across seven distinctive locations in Thailand. With almost a dozen brand-new properties in the pipeline, the management company tells us that this is just the beginning of their vast expansion plan. Those who love to stay at luxury boutique resorts for their exclusivity better stay tuned.
X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, 3 69/1 Charoenraj Road, Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, +66 53 931 999