To be fair, Thailand’s shape — long, skinny and dotted with islands — does give it a reasonably high beach-to-inland ratio. But that’s no excuse. By far the greatest bulk of the country’s land mass is in the mountainous north. And while the simple pleasures of the beach certainly do beckon, there’s magic in them there hills, and a hotel like Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa, in the scenic northern province of Chiang Rai, makes for quite a forceful reminder.
It is difficult to find a valuable hotel on the top of the mountains in Mae Chan as this area are not quite famous for tourism as it is supposed to be, but this hotel has the perfect location there. The view from the hotel is great. It’s a must for anyone who plan to stay overnight in Mae Chan.
Katiliya’s hilltop location means sprawling panoramic views of the surrounding forested hillsides, and the all-suite construction means the interior spaces do some sprawling of their own. In style they’re residential, contemporary enough but with endless expanses of indigenous wood, and the bathrooms meet the current luxury standard, with twin basins and separate baths and showers. All come with oversized king beds and private balconies offering impressive views.
The Spa On The Lake is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it’s a tough proposition to turn down — the treatment rooms’ private terraces and the spa’s outdoor Jacuzzi look out over the surrounding mountainscape. So, too, does the Terrace restaurant. In fact the views are just about inescapable, and many a guest has left Katiliya converted to Thailand’s inland pleasures.
The below are the top positives and negatives based on guest reviews.
- Surrounded by beautiful forest within the mist-shrouded hills which are hard to find these days
- Big rooms, comfortable bed, amazing view, extraordinary bathroom. All rooms have a balcony overlooking the mountains
- Three polls – for children, adult pool and warm pool
- Staff are pleasant and helpful
- The area is quite remote. Do not expect any activities in its surroundings, only the resort to enjoy.
- Pools are not well-maintained. Water in the pools is not clear, it rather looks greenish. There have been a lot of complaints from the guests about the pools.
- Breakfast selection is limited compared to other hotels with the same standard
53 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Your bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with single sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies where you can take in lake and garden views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 40-inch LCD televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature double sinks and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Hotel Amenities and Services
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour gym
- Babysitting (on request)
- Business center
- Central air conditioning
- Free parking
- Free Hi speed wi-fi
- Luggage storage
- No pets allowed
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Room service
- Wake-up service
- Wine Cellar
- Wood burning fireplace
From ฿15,000 (approx. $478) a night
- The Katiliya Suite would be a good room for those who looking for a privacy and to relax
When you stay at Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa in Mae Chan, you’ll be in the mountains and within the vicinity of Doi Tung Royal Villa.
How to get there:
Address: 388/1 Moo. 4 Tambol. Pra Sang, Amphur Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa is located in Chiang Rai, the northern-most province of Thailand. The resort is a 30-40 minute drive from the Chiang Rai International Airport. Tel : +66 53 603000
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