A Spiritual Oasis -Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai Thailand

As part of an exciting trip to Bangkok for some shopping, sightseeing and of course, a visit to my favorite tailor, A-Prime, I decided I needed some spiritual rejuvenation.  I was led to the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi resort in one of the largest and most culturally significant cities in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai.  From the moment my driver pulled up to its amazing architectural gates I knew I was in heaven.  The reception areas is located on one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen and the staff was quick to escort me via buggy to my private two story villa.  The villas are built almost entirely of teak and the smell of wood and fresh flowers filled the air.  It was late at night and raining and I was in need of a massage so before I could even unpack, I was whisked away to the spa with its private massage villas.  I’ll never forget how relaxed I felt in that sandalwood-scented room with the rain beating on the tiered roof.  The next morning the breakfast buffet overwhelmed me with its exotic flavors and familiar favorites.  A quick dip in my private full-size pool (no plunge pools here!) afterward, and I was ready to explore the Dhari Dhevi’s other amenities such as private yoga classes and a well-equipped and quiet library.  Although the resort was almost full, I felt alone the entire time.  Ahh, just what I needed!

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