At the confluence of the Sop Ruak and the Mekong rivers is the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Here, on a wooded ridge with views of all three countries, is the Anantara Resort and Spa, a brand-new spa and hotel complex overlooking the waters of the Mekong.
The contrast between the ageless and unspoiled natural setting and the high-gloss modern hospitality of the resort could hardly be greater. Anantara’s rooms and suites are the height of contemporary luxury, designed in a modern-Eastern style with teak and terrazzo floors and sprawling bathrooms with two-person bathtubs. Facilities include a fitness center complete with squash and tennis courts, swimming pool, two restaurants and the Opium Terrace bar, as well as the spa’s five treatment rooms, offering traditional Thai massage as well as arometherapy and Ayurvedic treatments.
Spa treatments, however luxurious, are far from unique; elephant tours, however, are quite a bit closer — the nearby Thai Elephant Conservation Center offers guests a taste of this most antiquated mode of transport. On the same day you can ride an elephant, travel by oxcart, and take a long-tail boat ride up the Mekong to Laos — and when the tour’s over the ultramodern comforts of Anantara await.
How to get there:
Chiang Rai International Airport is served by several daily flights from Bangkok; from there Anantara is an hour's drive, with limo service available by arrangement with the hotel.
Guests over the age of 12 are considered adults. The "Anantara Suite" room sleeps up to 3 guests. For crib/cot, must book "Deluxe Room" room or larger. For 2 adults + rollaway bed, must book "Deluxe Room" or larger. For 2 adults + 2 kids beyond crib age, must book "Anantara Suite if the kids are small as we can accommodate only 3 people in one room." room or larger. Connecting rooms available. Must be confirmed upon check-in.
Cribs are available for an additional fee of Free of charge. Roll-away beds available for an additional fee of 2,500. Extra charge in addition to crib/roll-away cost id Free of charge
Pool available that allows kids. Babysitting services provided by screened hotel personnel at Bht150 per hour. The restaurant is kid-friendly with high chairs and a kids menu. Room service offers a kids menu. Resort is allowed children can do all hotel activities such as elephant camp activities excursion program cooking class school and etc. And children must escort by parents all the time.
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