A touch of España in Chiang Mai

Melia Chiang Mai sets the tone for a relaxed break in the “Rose of the North”.

Melia lobby

Text by Jan Yong
Photography by Jan Yong/
courtesy of Melia Chiang Mai

Spain is famous for its easy-going culture, delicious food and stunning scenery, a trait that it shares with Thailand. The Southern European nation also has a rich tradition in art; many world famous artists and architects are Spaniards – El Greco, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and not forgetting the genius architect Antoni Gaudi. So when leading Spanish hotel Group, Melia decided to come to Thailand, one can expect a wonderful outcome from the fusion of two very similar cultures – yet different and distinct.

And that is embodied in Melia Chiang Mai, where the gentle beauty of Chiang Mai is truly reflected in the service, decor and food; where the blending of two very creative forces – Spanish artistic flair and Thai creativity – have predictably yielded some very inspiring results. With Chiang Mai’s slow pace of life, there is time to savour every moment at the hotel.

A breezy and relaxed ambiance greets you when you enter the lobby. This easy atmosphere, which is underpinned by a touch of elegance, permeates the entire resort. While the decor can be complex in its simplicity- a minimalism that belies deep symbolisms, the genuine warmth of the hotel staff shines through.

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