Koktail Insider: First Look at Melia Chiang Mai

All you need to know about the newest addition to Melia’s family in Thailand

Located 15 minutes away from Chiang Mai International Airport by car, Melia Chiang Mai is the perfect accommodation for a sightseeing trip in the fascinating city. The hotel pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s delightful history and culture while also incorporating contemporary flair. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a delicious passion fruit drink and warm towel at the lobby where modern interpretations of religious landmarks as well as the floating lanterns of Chiang Mai's Loy Krathong Festival can be spotted by the observant eye. 

The 22-storey hotel has been designed to give guests the feeling of entering into a coccon of tranquillity. The Meliá Room is 30sqm of delightful space with options of one king bed or double beds. The room has all the amenities to make being a recluse comfortable: Chromecast, a minibar, bathrobes, slippers, and more. For extra comfort and space, bigger rooms of up to 54sqm, plus five suits and one presidential suite, are available. Guests can upgrade their stay to the “Level” category, which includes privileges such as access to The Level Lounge on the 21st floor, private breakfast service, afternoon tea, cocktails and canapés, and all-day snacks as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

With multiple quality F&B outlets across the property, one of our favorites of Meliá Chiang Mai is Laan Na Kitchen, which, contrary to what it sounds, highlights Mediterranean fare. For lighter meals, opt for Ruen Kaew Lounge, which caters to coffee hankerings and also serves a wellness-inspired afternoon tea set, and a menu of healthy, small bites created by Meliá's My Balance health concept.

Mai Restaurant and Bar is the hotel’s signature restaurant where guests can explore the piquant flavours and textures of Thai cuisine served in an intimate atmosphere. The menu is composed of dishes that showcase contemporary Lanna cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Mai Restaurant is situated on the 21st floor and grants breathtaking views of the city. As the only high-rise in Chiang Mai commanding vistas over both the River Ping and Doi Suthep, Meliá's Mai The Sky Bar on the 22nd floor is another Instagrammable and unmissable spot to hit, to indulge in the fabulous drinks, house-made tapas, and pinchos.

To increase its self-sufficiency and sustainability, Meliá Chiang Mai has its own farm in San Sai District, where it harvests organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs as ingredients for its dining outlets. The hotel works closely with local farmers to improve efficiency, encourage ethical production, and help the farming community.

In addition, Meliá has a 360° cuisine concept, to inform guests about where their food comes from and to transform the overall food system and its related communities to be more resilient. Executive chef Suksant Chutinthratip has crafted recipes that incorporate produce from the hotel’s organic farm and use as many parts of each ingredient as possible, before turning the rest into compost.

For offers and bookings, visit melia.com