Welcome to Stylish Stays, the latest feature added to Haute Culture’s fashionable credentials, where I will select only the crème de la crème of culturally inspired accommodation in the countries and cities I travel through. The emphasis here is to seek unique environments that place pride on their traditional heritage through artistic craftsmanship and character.
We start our journey into the divine with the pretty perfect Panviman Spa Resort perched high in the mountains of Chiang Mai, North Thailand. (Scroll down for the quick review)
Let me start and finish by saying the Panviman is absolute paradise. No expense has been spared on the traditional Lanna Thai architecture, contemporary natural interior decor and the luscious landscape gardening in the resort. It is clear to me that the owner is a culture, nature, art and design enthusiast with high standards and impeccable taste. A 1 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai the Panviman is a 4 plus star resort secluded high up in the Mae Rim Valley. Surrounded by sublime botanics the grounds are flooded with teak and palm trees, blooming with flowers, and buzzing with bees and butterflies. The word Panviman in Thai means “As if you are in heaven” and it doesn’t stop there.
If you’re not bowled over by the natural surroundings and impressive exterior wait until you get inside. From the moment you arrive you are greeted and treated like a celebratory member of an executive club. The second detail you notice is how kind and courteous all the staff are. This is a credit to the general manager Charles Sittichai, whose calm nature and life long experience working in the luxury hotel industry has left him with a wealth of knowledge and some interesting stories to tell. He has literally been there and fixed it all.
Rooms with a View
The resort has options from mid to luxe price ranges such as a hotel, 7 steam room and jacuzzi villas and 4 bungalows with private pools. All acomodation options overlook the outstanding floral and include full access to the never-ending list of facilities ( here ). After a golf buggy escort of the grounds I finally reached my private jacuzzi bungalow. Emotions ran high, almost into hysterical disbelief which one can only truly get a idea of how impressed I was through the beauty of this video!
Swim and Spa
If you can tear yourself away from the room the resort grounds have a plethora of indulgences to lose yourself amongst. They have 3 swimming pools and a award winning world-class spa service where you will be pampered to death by the conscientious staff. I had a 90 minute detoxifying aroma oil massage in the executive spa room where I felt I was an extra in avatar. By the time they finished I smelt and felt good enough to eat. After my treatment they served me with home grown flower tea (they have their own organic farm on site) and carried my bag to the golf car which then drove me back to my bungalow. It door to door service and I was being spoilt the whole way.
Modern luxury in traditional Thai style with wood furniture against clean crisp white. Warm and welcoming lighting.
Outstanding natural landscape and attention to detail.
Customer service 9/10
Really friendly attentive helpful staff.
What ever you want to do, they’ve got it covered.
I could eat my dinner off the floor here.
Fantastic food and service but the basic decor in the restaurant doesn’t meet the design standards of the rest of the resort. 30% of all produce is grown on the Panviman organic farm.
There is staff everywhere so it feels very safe and at night they light the streets with gorgeous lattice lanterns. Golf buggies pick you up door to door within 5 minutes of calling reception.
Haute Culture Rating: Paradise
I can’t recommend this place enough, whether you want a long weekend away from the city, somewhere to spoil yourself rotten for the day or a resort to while away your life in for a week, the Panviman Chiang Mai bends over backwards to make their resort the prettiest and most pleasurable stay in Northern Thailand.
Have you stayed at the Panviman Resort? What was your experience? If you have any futher question about my time at the Panviman Resort Chiang Mai please ask me in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.
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My stay was hosted by the Panviman group who invited me to stay at their resort in exchange for a review by Haute Culture. All the words are my own and are genuinely based on my personal experience of the resort.
They offer a minibus collection service twice a day leaving Panviman at 11am and 4pm taking 1 hour each way. You can give them your hotel address in Chiang Mai and they will pick you up.
You can contact the Panivman here with any further questions about your stay.