My final stop during my latest trip to Chang Mai, Thailand was at the Raya Heritage Hotel. Raya Heritage is located about 15 minutes north of the city center, along the Ping River. The hotel is part of the same company that owns Tamarind Village also in Chiang Mai and Rayavadee in Krabi. After experiencing both of the other resorts in the group previously, and enjoying them a lot, I was excited to finally arrive at this property. Raya Heritage is a bit more modern and stylish in today’s sense compared to the others which are more classical luxury. I do like the variety of the three properties very much.
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Raya Heritage is a bit outside of the city which gives it a very peaceful atmosphere. The lazy river makes it so you can’t help but be calm which creates the perfect atmosphere to recharge the batteries and connect with nature. Although it is outside of the city it’s not super disconnected from local shops.
I arrived in the mid-afternoon with a private transfer provided by the hotel. Immediately, I was impressed with the lobby that felt more like a relaxing spa than a hotel. By that, I mean that it was like stepping into a gorgeous oasis. There was a water feature in the middle of the lobby and then two large trees just beyond. The ceilings are very grand in the lobby which is outdoor indoor. The staff brought me to the Baan Ta Lounge for a welcome drink and a smooth check-in process.
Before I get into the details of my accommodation. I just want to share some of the beauty of this property. Everywhere you turn there is something gorgeous to see. The architecture paired with the glorious nature creates something truly special!
Kramm Pool Suite
For my two night stay, I acquired a Kramm Pool Suite. This was located on the ground floor just across from the main pool of Raya Heritage. When I first opened the front gate I was very delighted to see the private pool. The private pool was surrounded by a hedge, and various other objects that disrupt the view, but do not completely block it from other guests, so don’t be too risky. Wink. There was a seating area next to the pool which included two lounge chairs and a large daybed. All in all, it’s a great entrance and beautiful place to relax just in front of the suite.
To get inside the actual living quarters, there were two large sliding glass doors which open up to a very grandiose and luxurious accommodation. Inside the main living area was king size bed, very comfortable seating area with large pillows, working desk, and lots of convenient switches and power outlets, including USB charging ports. The entire suite was decorated delightfully. There were many different textures and high quality materials used. For a while I just sat in comfort and appreciated such a gorgeous space!
Just behind the main living area was the bathroom which also could be separated by sliding doors. Inside the bathroom was a dual sink vanity, standalone bathtub, shower stall, and a toilet stall. I love the fact that they used high quality towels! Having a fluffy towel really makes the difference when it comes to the luxury feeling.
Just beyond the bathroom was the large walk-in closet and tea/coffee facilities. Raya Heritage goes above and beyond offering customizable tea which was a unique feature I’ve never witnessed before. There was also pour-over coffee.
It was really nice to have the private pool in my Kramm Pool Suite but I also enjoyed swimming in the main pool of the property. This main pool sits just along the river and is quite large. The water was so warm and was great for swimming laps. Next to it there was comfortable lounge chairs and a shower.
Raya Heritage does have a fitness center just above the lobby. Inside there was a treadmill, stair stepper, recumbent bike, free weights, exercise balls, and yoga mats. During my stay, I was the only one working out there which was nice to have it all to myself. The equipment was of very high quality. It didn’t have absolutely everything but enough to keep me happy.
Raya Heritage features multiple food and beverage outlets but only one restaurant. Khu Khao refers to the baskets used by northern Thai rice farmers in the past, a number of which are incorporated into the décor of the restaurant’s interior. These make a strong impression but sitting outside with the river view was where I preferred. During my stay I had a chance to enjoy breakfast and dinner at Khu Khao.
Breakfast was served à la carte, and there was a lot to choose from. I went for several items to get a good overview of the restaurant. The food was fairly good, and the options leaned a bit on the healthier side. That being said, it was nothing out of the ordinary for breakfast. That being said, the service was very good and the setting was beautiful with the forementioned river view.
My final evening at Raya Heritage I had dinner at Khu Khao where I got to try several dishes, including both Thai and Western items. I must say I was really impressed with the quality of the food. Nearly everything I ordered blew my mind. The ambience of the riverside was even more magical in the evening as the sunset.
My stay at Raya Heritage in Chang Mai, Thailand was legendary. The property was seriously gorgeous, the staff were warm and friendly, and the food was tasty. I really enjoyed staying out of the city to see the nature of Chiang Mai. It was such a peaceful setting. If you’re into luxury and stylish surroundings, look no further than the Raya Heritage Hotel.
157 Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 301 1861