Thailand In Style, Prestigious Thailand-based Travel Design Company Chooses the Dhara Dhevi

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The Mandarin Oriental's Dhara Dhevi Hotel and Resort in Chiang Mai joins Thailand's finest collection of boutique hotels and villas with an entry in the 2008 edition of the Thailand in Style Travel Guide and on their website.

The Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai is like no other. This vast recreation of an old 13 Century Lanna city could appear Disney-like at first glance but it isn't in the slightest. Developed with the trademark obsessive authenticity of the Mandarin Oriental group, not an authentic corner is cut.

The Mandarin Oriental's Dhara Dhevi Hotel and Resort in Chiang Mai joins Thailand's finest collection of boutique hotels and villas with an entry in the 2008 edition of the Thailand in Style Travel Guide and on their website.

Miguel Cunat, CEO of Thailand in Style says, "The Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai is like no other. This vast recreation of an old 13 Century Lanna city could appear Disney-like at first glance but it isn't in the slightest. Developed with the trademark obsessive authenticity of the Mandarin Oriental group, not an authentic corner is cut."

On a 52-acre plot just outside Chang Mai, the Mandarin Oriental group recreated an old Lanna city, drawing on architectural inspiration from the 13 Century onwards. Slightly eccentric are the odd colonial-style buildings juxtaposed against a full-scale Lanna temple and amphitheater, as well as farm buildings, rice paddies and lotus ponds. Horse-drawn carriages ferry guests around.

Far from being a fantasy land, the Mandarin Oriental designed and built the Dhara Dhevi, which opened in 2006, as an absolutely authentic reproduction of a Lanna City. Temple designs and carvings were copied exactly from the originals; traditional craftsmen constructed the villas, and museum-quality antiques adorn each room; period antiques that form the Dhara Dhevi's own private collection.

The roof of the Spa, central to the Dhara Dhevi's culture and ethos, depicts the seven steps up to the heavens and took a team of 150 traditional craftsmen over 3 years to complete. It is massively intricate and now an important objet d'art.

"Every skyline has its star. At Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, the Dheva Spa shines the brightest." Virtuoso Travel & Life, USA.

The Dhara Dhevi's villas languish in a carefully landscaped environment designed to accentuate the feeling and impression of being in a very ancient complex. Old city walls, gilded gables protruding from the trees and stunning stone carvings are strategically placed in the private grounds among imported genuine teak rice barns which, like pupae, have been transformed into stunningly beautiful private villas.

The authenticity continues through the Dhara Dhevi's residences and villas with Lanna themed textiles, genuine antiques and an ever relaxing ambiance. Some villas and residences have private pools, all have whirlpools. Some residences host Grand Pianos to be played by residents themselves of one of the Dhara Dhevi's army of pianists for a totally private recital. Catering teams and Butlers can descend on individual villas and residences to prepare gourmet private dining experiences upon request.

And then there is the service for which the Mandarin Oriental is very seldom faulted. Quintessentially associated with the brand; think Mandarin Oriental, think service and the Dhara Dhevi is no exception. Indeed it is becoming a veritable flagship in the Mandarin Oriental's collection.
"The service levels are incredible. Far beyond those of any other hotel I've stayed at." Hampshire, UK.

The Dhara Dhevi, its grounds, architecture and interiors provide a very authentic visual journey through the history of the Lanna region, from the glory of northern Thailand to the influences of neighboring Myanmar, China and Laos and the introduction of colonial architecture. The atmosphere, though very private, slightly exclusive and very discreet, exudes culture and calmness.

Named after the star goddess of the northern skies, the Dhara Devi is a very welcome addition to Thailand In Style's hand-selected collection of boutique hotels and villas in Thailand, enveloping an exceptional experience and an authentic journey all within its perimeters. Indeed the only consistent negative client feedback that Thailand In Style receives from its clients regarding the Dhara Dhevi is that they have to leave.

"If one day a friend of mine asked me to describe what paradise looked like, I would reply 'Go to the Mandarin Dhara Dhevi, for this is paradise'".

Thailand In Style is a Thailand based travel design company that specializes in designing bespoke travel solutions for clients traveling in Thailand and Indochina. Thailand In Style hand-selects Boutique Hotels and Villas in Thailand and offers a comprehensive portfolio of concierge style services drawn from over 10 years of living in Thailand and traveling throughout the region. Our local knowledge and service levels combine to ensure that clients derive maximum satisfaction from their time whilst in Thailand and the region. Thailand In Style supplies interesting alternatives and "out of the box" ideas, providing a conversational currency long after the holiday itself has finished.

For further information refer to http://www.thailandinstyle.com

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