Beautifully back to basics.
For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Azalea Village Wellness Resort (053-456-168) might just do the trick.
Located in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, known for its spectacular mountain scenery, the resort comprises 21 adorably old-school cottages, including four very spacious, two-bedroom suites, all designed to reflect the local way of life through the use of natural materials and Thai-style handicrafts.
Room rates start at B1,695/night, including breakfast from the on-site restaurant that focuses on traditional Northern food, using only organic ingredients sourced locally. Seasonal fruits are plucked straight from the farm here and also made available for guests throughout their stay.
On-site massages are priced at only B350-400 and an outdoor onsen and herbal steam bath are available upon advanced reservation, while holistic detox programs are under development.
The rest of the village is still under construction, but it will soon be home to contemporary Lanna-style residences and a retirement village, both of which will focus on a healthy life far from the city. The resort is also a short drive from Wat Tham Chiang Dao and Doi Luang Chiang Dao.