Who DESIGNED & DEVELOPED the Anantara Condominium?
When it comes to out and out luxury coupled with tip-top guest relations, few names in the hospitality game can match that of Anantara. With 41 hotels and resorts in more than a dozen countries around the globe, the brand cannily diversified into the housing arena with their second such A-list residential project in Thailand, Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites.
A joint venture between the Bangkok-headquartered Minor International and Natural Park (now U City) developer groups, Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites was first heralded in Hong Kong during October 2014 and officially opened its doors in the same month two years later. But not before triumphing with the honour of ‘Highly Commended’ at the distinguished Asia Pacific Property Awards.
The low-rise, modern architected condominium faultlessly fuses an understated yet exquisite twist of old-fashioned Lanna [Northern Thai] loveliness with contemporary urban sensibilities and delivers truly pampered, resort-style living at a coveted address.
LOCATION (Is it the best in Chiang Mai?)
Albeit blissfully cocooned from the surrounding bustle, Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites occupies a to-die-for downtown position with a legion of the city’s natural, man-made and cultural highlights right at residents’ fingertips.
Facing Anantara Chiang Mai Residences on Sridonchai Road is L’Opera French Bakery for a compelling selection of freshly made crusty baguettes and continental patisserie. While a 60 second tootle from the condo along Charoen Prathet Road lies the evening ‘Food and Walking Street’ of Anusarn Market. Not moments onward and the venue for the fortnightly Breakfast Club of the Chiang Mai Expats Club is The River Market restaurant rendering a wide choice and reliable quality of classic Thai cuisine plus a Japanese sushi/sashimi bar.
From there, Anantara inhabitants need only detour across the iconic Iron Bridge to hit up the flagship (Nawarat) store of Chiang Mai’s homegrown Rimping Supermarket for a pick of top-end groceries and imported foodstuffs. Or else continue up Charoen Prathet Road for a handful more minutes to reach ‘Halal Street’; home not just to eateries serving up arguably the most bona fide version of the North’s trademark dish, khao soi, but every Friday morning, the setting for Kad Ban Ho – a market unlike any other in Chiang Mai where local Chin Haw [Chinese Muslims] and Tai Yai [Burmese Shan] folk convene to sell their own -often very distinctive- produce.
After emerging on Chang Klan Road, it’s a mere hop, skip and jump to one of the most vaunted and vivacious after-dark retail, dining and entertainment spots in the entirety of Thailand, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar; featuring an almost head-spinning spread of cosmopolitan restaurants, food courts, purpose-built shopping pavilions, travel agencies, massage parlours, pubs and roadside vendors flogging practically every kind of wares conceivable. Yet in just a quarter of an hour flat from the Night Bazaar, the eastern gate (Pratu Tha Phae) of the moated and always enthralling ‘Old City’.
ON-SITE FACILITIES, That are worth checking out!
Walled on all sides, the one and only entryway to Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites is guarded round the clock by a succession of uniformed security professionals. As additional precautionary measures, video surveillance cameras are tactically placed throughout common areas of the premises and an electronic keycard system controls admission both to the building interior and, fronted with a digital door lock, to each condo unit.
Claimed on a first come, first served basis, covered parking enough for 29 cars is available on the ground floor. Staffed by multilingual, service-oriented personnel at resident’s beck and call no matter the time of day or night, the handsomely proportioned and no less equally presented communal lobby offers a bright and eminently welcoming space purposefully fashioned to produce a “clear and calming separation between the streetscape and the home”.
Engineered for unreserved relaxation and sheer extravagance, Anantara Chiang Mai condo boasts predictably stellar leisure amenities. Starting with the king-sized fitness room provisioned with top-of-the-line and state-of-the-art hardware. Or take either of the two lifts [elevators] to the rooftop to avail of the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Balinese-tiled infinity pool looking out over the gently meandering Mae Ping River, the east bank of the city and the dramatic Khun Tan mountain range beyond. Lounge in the finest style on one of the day or sun beds then rock up at the fully stocked bar to order a cheeky liquid refreshment or two before adjourning to the cocktail terrace which, come sundown, is spectacularly illuminated.
Except it doesn’t end there! Residents at Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites also enjoy privileged access to nearly all of the five-star facilities at the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort directly opposite with safe passage across Charoen Prathet Road courtesy of the private pedestrian footbridge. Save for use of the Resort’s riverside swimming pool, take drinks at The Service 1921 colonial style bar, relish Peruvian gastronomic delicacies at The Restaurant or revel in any number of signature treatments at the Anantara Spa to name a scant few of the indulgences to be had!
Check out the ROOM TYPES, LAYOUTS & SPECIFICATIONS
The seven storied condo building of Anantara Chiang Mai Residences incorporates a boutique collection of just 44 super luxe, ultra-modern suites. Inside, every single facet has been conscientiously considered and caringly crafted to conjure a cultivated, enticingly homey ambience. As well as starring floor-to-ceiling windows, a full length attached private balcony and complimentary internet, each unit comes wholly furnished, opulently appointed and uncompromisingly equipped with just about every home comfort and convenience not least hi-tech ambient lighting control and ducted air-conditioning.
Laid out as an open-plan living/dining/kitchen set-up with living quarters doubling as a work or study environment, suites are by any standards downright commodious: 60 or 66.74 sq m of useable space in 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom units; 87.08 to 93.55 sq m 2 bed, 2 bath units whilst 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom suites complete with two tubs and both a fully fitted western kitchen and a separate Thai pantry weigh in at 149.50 to 161.39 sq m.
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