Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, Chiang Rai

Enclosed in virgin forests and teetering on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos, this laid-back resort and spa occupies a wholly unique location in Northern Thailand. With exceptional attention to detail this luxurious hotel remains soulfully grounded, with every aspect of this luxurious accommodation finely tuned to maximize your enjoyment of the natural surrounds. And in our opinion, there’s nothing quite like catching the sunrise through the crisp mountain mist from this special vantage point…


Well, where do we start, this privileged location in Chiang Rai boasts some friendly four-footed two-ton neighbours…yep, an elephant conservation camp is right on your doorstep. Enjoy an elephant ‘drive’ at sunrise, a longboat ride along the Mekong river, and astounding treks through surrounding bamboo groves and rice paddy. The Anantara is guaranteed to give you a rare glimpse at life in a traditional mahout’s village.

Your room

The luxury of crisp Thai silks and the vintage charm of teakwood floors await in each one of the 63 bedrooms in Anantara. From your sumptuous bed, you can gaze at traditional Thai artworks (that is when you’re tired of the view overlooking three countries form your balcony). After a day trekking, return to your calming suite for a long soak in the terrazzo bath for two. Bliss…

Why we like it

Well, there’s simply not a lot that you couldn’t like about Anantara- occupying an exceptional position on Thailand’s northern borderlands means you are able to absorb the most of this culturally diverse region. The feeling of being totally lost, yet very well taken care-of prevails at this unique secluded spa resort. Tranquillity and spiritual rejuvenation are the order of your stay.