If this is jungle living, we're going native
Thailand (PRWEB) September 23, 2008
Thailand In Style, the Bangkok-based upmarket travel design company, is very pleased to welcome the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai to its collection of unique boutique hotels and villas in Thailand that exude character and are able to accentuate the overall journey experience enjoyed by their discerning travelers.
"Our objective is to bring the very best of Thailand together in style", says Miguel Cunat, the CEO of Thailand In Style. "We select accommodations for their stunning locations, their attention to detail and service, their eclectic style, their original dining experiences and their design-led interiors and the Four Seasons Tented Camp in the heart of the Golden Triangle near Chiang Rai embraces and surpasses each of these qualities in stylish abundance".
With location being the first of Thailand In Style's criteria it is difficult to fault the Four Seasons Tented Camp. The "campsite" in Thailand's far less-traveled north, and accessed only by river boat, is located in Chiang Rai and the legendary Golden Triangle, where three countries--Thailand, Myanmar and Laos--meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers: "If you were doing a foxtrot and stepped forward you'd be in Burma, sideways you'd be in Laos and backwards you'd end up in Thailand," says Ruby Wax, The Independent, 19 July 2008.
The "tents", strong, almost rigid structures cantilevered off a vertical cliff, hang over a river in the wilds of northern Thailand overlooking Burma and some stunning river views.
Where attention to detail and service is concerned, one would expect a Four Seasons to be of a very high standard but with this their first foray into camping and tents, The Four Seasons have excelled. From the tent's construction, the candle lit elephant walkways and paths, suspension bridges, room facilities, hotel facilities and elephant facilities; the Four Seasons Tented Camp is unrivaled in its attention to detail and service. The concept is unique in Thailand; a very real camping experience which is loosely modeled on Africa's most successful safari lodges:
"We've taken away some of the 'hotely' things. There are no televisions and no room service. Camping is about gathering around the campfire." Jason Friedman, General Manager, Four Seasons Tented Camp Chiang Rai.
With 160 staff looking after the needs of a maximum of 30 guests the experience is personal; "staff members don't just know your name; after only a day they know your favorite cocktail and how you like your eggs", says a previous guest resident.
The tents are equipped with wool throws, air conditioning, central heating, hot water bottles and ankle-length robes. The inclusive mini-bar is stacked with wines, half-bottles of spirits and snacks. Postcards are ready-stamped. Hand-hammered copper baths big enough to fit two, outdoor showers with amazing views and a veranda which is almost as big as the room complete the period aura.
With individually themed tents ('Opium', 'Butterfly', 'Hill tribes' etc) all in soft, clean cream colors, Bill Bensley the camps architect added a design-led approach from the tents themselves with their pyramidal roofs and large, zip-up mosquito-screen 'windows' through to the oversized beds with feather toppers and draped white muslin, the freestanding, hand-hammered bath right down to the toiletries in the bathroom.
As for original dining experiences, Thailand In Style rates the Four Seasons Tented Camp as being one its top contenders as dining is treated as an integral part of the Camp's activities. Dining locations change from day-to-day, meal-to-meal as does the menu. Breakfast may be in the main restaurant, it may be presided over by young elephants. Lunch could be a picnic in the jungle followed by afternoon tea and sundown drinks at the Burma Bar and then comes dinner!
Campfire meals, Barbecues under the stars or even in the elephant camp, five-course formal meals are some of the original dining experiences to be enjoyed at the Four Seasons Tented Camp.
Of the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Travel + Living Magazine commented "If this is jungle living, we're going native" and Jill Hartley of the UK's Observer on Sunday newspaper said, "After 25 years of living in and traveling to the Far East, I'm resolutely unfazed by new-style hotel rooms - but this time I am speechless".
For Thailand in Style, The Four Seasons Tented Camp brings to its discerning clients all the perks of camping and none of the cons. The camp scores top marks in each of Thailand in Style's selection criteria; stunning locations, attention to detail and service, eclectic style, original dining experiences and design-led interiors. Add to that authenticity and the Four Seasons Tented Camp becomes an exceptional offering in Thailand in Style's collection of Boutique Hotels and Villas in Thailand.
About Thailand In Style
Thailand In Style is a Thailand based travel design company that specializes in offering travel consultation and services for clients visiting Thailand and Indochina. Thailand In Style hand-selects Boutique Hotels and Villas in Thailand and offers a full portfolio of concierge style services including chauffeured cars, expert guides and a wealth of local travel advise all designed to ensure that guests can sit back and derive maximum satisfaction from their time whilst in Thailand. Thailand In Style provides interesting alternatives and "out of the box" ideas which provide a conversational currency long after the holiday itself has finished.
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