Relaxing riverside retreat in the heart of the city
For more than a decade The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa has been providing travelers to Chiang Rai with an idyllic oasis that’s so calm and peaceful it’s sometimes hard to believe just how centrally located it really is. The resort was designed to merge harmoniously with its riverside surroundings, and guests will find the 12 rai property to be a shady landscape of tropical trees and fragrant flowers, interspersed with a network of lotus ponds, ornate bridges, and winding pathways.
The accommodations consist of 78 nicely appointed studios and villas, offering king size or queen/single beds, in addition to all the other high-end amenities you’d expect—beautiful linens, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, safety box, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, and more—including other nice touches such as screened doors and room fans (since the evenings are lovely and mild throughout much of the year). Inside is a soothing mix of natural wood, terracotta brick, white hand-plastered walls, and polished cement flooring. It feels casual yet chic at the same time.
The 52 sq.m Superior and Deluxe Studio units offer stunning views of the lush gardens as well as an open-sala living area, semi-outdoor bathroom, and day bed. The 63 sq.m Grand Deluxe Studios offer all of the above plus a double size bathtub featuring a relaxing jet massage, while the much larger one- and two-bedroom Pool Villas add to this list an extensive outdoor living area—each with an 11 sq.m swimming pool and private terrace.
Of course, if your unit doesn’t have a private pool, you can use the resort’s beautiful free-form infinity pool, which also provides panoramic river views. There’s a shallow end for kids and a slightly deeper side for the adults, and poolside bar and food service is readily available. Right beside the pool sits the Chiang Saen Spa, which provides natural herbal steam saunas, plus individual massage treatments indoors or in one of the shaded outdoor salas overlooking the river. Or if you prefer to unwind with a workout, there a fully equipped fitness room also located near the pool (right beside the resort’s tranquil reading room and internet station) which is open from 6am till 10pm.
Finally, diners are well-taken care of here, as the riverside Sala Rim Nam open-air, all-day restaurant serves delicious breakfasts as well as traditional Thai favourites and international delights (the spicy red curry duck with pineapple, and the deep fried vegetable spring rolls were two stand outs). For a different vibe the resort’s Wine Casa Bar & Italian Restaurant serves up top-notch Italian cuisine (the wood-fire oven pizzas are terrific) from 5pm till midnight, with either indoor or open-air terrace seating. However, I was most charmed by the Chainam Garden, a 40 seat outdoor eating area right on the banks of the river, where tall shade trees stand amidst a mix of table and bench-sofa seating. It’s a picture perfect chill out spot.
The Legend Chiang Rai
124/15 Kohloy Rd. | Tel: 053 910 400