08 Jun Tamarind Village: The Perfect Retreat in Chiang Mai
TAMARIND VILLAGE HOTEL IN CHIANG MAI
When I was looking for a hotel in Chiang Mai, it had to meet a few requirements. Number one, the hotel needed to be in the heart of Chiang Mai — near all the main attractions such as the night market and the beautifully embellished temples. Two, I wanted to stay in a boutique hotel to get a unique and intimate experience. It also had to be relatively close to the airport and preferably within the “square” of Chiang Mai. Lastly, I wanted to make sure I was getting an authentic Thailand experience by staying at a hotel with design inspired by the rich local history and culture.
I came across the Tamarind Village Hotel on Instagram and immediately fell in love with it. “This is it”, I thought to myself. I did some extra research on their site and Tamarind Village ticked all the boxes on the list. Without hesitation, I contacted Tamarind Village Hotel. They were so good with responding, especially when my email was “bouncing back”. They even went out of their way to find another email to contact me.
The great thing about the Tamarind Village Hotel is that they provide free roundtrip airport pick-up and drop off. I always find that comforting — one less thing to worry about. But in order to make that happen, you just need to notify Tamarind Village so they can prepare their services. I was a bit worried that it would be difficult to find them at the airport, especially since I don’t have a local cellphone number. However, after claiming our luggage and getting past customs, the first thing we saw after exiting was a sign with my name written in chalk, ‘Ms. Sanga’.
I’ve always seen people holding these type of signs at the airport and assumed they were meant for “big shots” who had limousines waiting out front for them. Seeing this sign with my name on it made me feel like one of those people for a few minutes.
Rex and I approached the driver with the sign and he greeted us with a big smile. He welcomed us to the city of Chiang Mai and walked us over to the minivan. The minivan was quite impressive. It was roomy, clean, and had the AC on full blast. It was extremely humid in Chiang Mai — I was parched and sweating bullets. Luckily, as soon as we were seated, our driver offered us ice cold bottled water with a cool lemon-scented moist towelette to pat our faces with. We were immediately refreshed.
The ride from the airport to Tamarind Village was only a quick 15-minute scenic drive. As we pulled up to the hotel, we went through a tunnel of bamboo trees that stretched across the driveway. It was such a refreshing sight, especially after coming back from Patong Beach — a touristy and commercialized side of Thailand.
As soon as we got off the van, more employees of Tamarind Village approached us to fetch our luggage. We were then lead into the lobby and seated poolside in their stunning courtyard. It doesn’t stop there. Homemade iced tea was served as we met a few more friendly and welcoming staff. I cannot stress enough how nice the people of Tamarind Village were. They were genuine and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable.
The hotel itself was full of charm. There were historical artwork down the halls along with a few contemporary decor. The hotel was simple, yet beautiful and reflected the local Lanna culture. In the middle of the courtyard, there was a tremendous tree that was said to be about 200 years old! Being surrounded by nature made the hotel such a peaceful and quiet place to stay.
LANNA DELUXE ROOM
Upon entering our room, there was a cool breeze from the air-conditioning and got a whiff of jasmine flowers along with it. We stayed in a spacious Lanna Deluxe Room on the second floor. It was a cozy, yet stylish room — I fell in love with the interior design. My favorite part was the large balcony that overlooked the lush courtyard garden, you could have your breakfast right out there. The room was complete with a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, two closets, a king-sized bed, air-conditioning, hair dryer, wi-fi, coffee/tea maker, a desk, and toiletries just to name a few. I just loved how everything at the Tamarind Village smelled of jasmine flowers — the room, bathroom, soaps, shampoos, etc.
There were nice thoughtful touches to the room. There was a letter waiting for me on the bed with a small bouquet of jasmine flowers (they smelled wonderful). They even put in a basket of fruits, bottled waters, bathrobes, slippers, and umbrellas. I mean, what more could you ask for?
Sleeping in the Lanna Deluxe Room was heavenly. I’ve always had a thing for high ceilings, it opens up the room and makes it more tranquil. I loved how you could control the air-conditioning with a remote — we literally could not get up from the bed after laying down. You could say we slept like babies throughout the night (mind you I had food poisoning from eating street food that night, but I still slept well).
- 24-hour front desk
- Gift shops
- Tour assistance
- Airport pick-up and drop off
- Babysitting (surcharge)
- Laundry facilities
- Dry cleaning/laundry services
- Free Village Walk Tour
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee/tea maker
- Daily housekeeping
- Bottled water
We were told there would be some renovation going on until about June 30th. To be honest, we barely noticed. The only complaint I have about the hotel is that I had a hard time connecting to their wifi. I’m sure if I had asked for assistance, they would’ve helped instantly, but I didn’t even bother. It just wasn’t a big deal for me since all I wanted to do was relax and enjoy our cozy room.
The Tamarind Village Hotel was truly the perfect place for a retreat. They had nothing but great hospitality, I would definitely be coming back next time I’m in town. It was in the perfect spot, within the “square” of Chiang Mai. It was close to many attractions including the weekend night market and was surrounded by numerous lovely temples. If you’re looking for a hotel in Chiang Mai, look no further, and book a room in this charming and stylish boutique hotel.
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