Escape the ennui of the everyday with a dose of the extraordinary at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai. Perched in the jungle hills of northern Thailand, the hotel boasts gorgeous views of the Mekong River, Myanmar and Laos, and an elephant camp on its doorstep.
Style Northern Thai splendour
Setting Three-country crossroads
Why this week? As the glitter of the New Year gives way to the daily grind, it’s an ideal time to jet off to the jungle for relaxation and exploration. Plus, if you book a stay at Anantara Golden Triangle between now and 30 November, you can take advantage of Smith’s exclusive hotel offer, the Family Getaway Package. Reserve a three-night Anantara Suite stay for two and receive an extra Deluxe Three Country View Room for one adult and two children. Perfect for adventurers and chill-out addicts alike, the all-inclusive offer covers daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids; as well as lunch and dinner, a visit to the Opium Museum, and one activity a day (choose from a spa treatment, elephant camp experience, three-country tour or cooking class) for two Anantara Suite guests.
Our favourite bits Anantara’s enchanting rustic setting and neighbouring elephant camp sets the resort apart. A northern extension of the Thai government’s Elephant Conservation Centre, the camp is sponsored by the hotel, which has devised a range of experiences, suitable for all ages, to let you get to know these gentle giants. Go on an ‘elephant drive’ at sunrise, bathe elephants in the river or trek atop a powerful pachyderm through bamboo groves with skilled local mahouts (trainers). Other activities span longtail boat trips along the Mekong, jungle hikes, picnics in rice paddies, pampering spa sessions and Thai cooking classes.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: ‘Opt for private Dining By Design to eat in romantic settings such as the gardens, rice paddies, by the pool or Mekong River, or on a hilltop. The sunset dinner with baby elephants is really special. Then settle in for the evening at Anantara’s Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace, where dark teak, low-slung chairs, whirring ceiling fans and faux animal-hide lamps create a grandly colonial yet cosy mood. Order a signature Anantara Magic cocktail inside or out on the terrace, and watch out for impromptu big-eared visitors wanting to join in the fun.’
*Copy compiled by Sophie Young