If you’re visiting Chiang Mai and want to have an amazing afternoon tea then look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. I spent so many hours trying to find the best place in Chiang Mai for afternoon tea and I chose this magnificent resort.
I wasn’t disappointed. The views, the food and the service were all exceptional.
The trip to the Four Seasons was sandwiched in between our trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and the Chiang Mai A Chef’s Tour Food Tour. All three were amazing and I’d highly recommend these too. Can you tell I really enjoyed Chiang Mai?
The Four Seasons Hotel
You’ll all have seen the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti and the wildlife and phenomenal views from the hotel in Tanzania. You might’ve even been lucky enough to have stayed there and seen the views first hand. I haven’t *sad face*. Well, the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai is no different. It’s surrounded by the most amazing scenery. The hotel is right in the middle of the Mai Rim Valley’s rice fields which make for a stunning view while you’re tucking into your food. The setting is so serene and you can’t help but fall in love with the place.
If you’re looking to stay the five-star luxury Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai then it will set you back anything from around 16,000 baht (£381 / $503) a night. This does go up depending on your room and views. You can go for the absolutely stunning, and incredibly pricey, four bedroom villa with its own spa pool AND live-in butler for roughly 165,000 baht (£3,930 / $5,191) a night. There is a range of options in between too. This hotel is certainly not cheap but you pay for a bit more for the views and the fact it is the world renowned Four Seasons.
How much does it cost?
Don’t worry though, the cost of this Chiang Mai afternoon tea is much more affordable!
The afternoon tea is served between 1pm and 5pm at the KHAO restaurant and there are a few different options to choose from. You can go for a traditional Thai afternoon tea or a more western afternoon tea. Both come with differences in food and drinks but the cost is pretty much the same. There’s also a sparkling option which adds in a glass of prosecco each. We opted for this option coupled with the western food and the total cost came to 2,710 baht (£65 / $85) for both of us.
The price is definitely affordable but it is more expensive than other options in Chiang Mai. It’s more expensive than Chiang Mai food in general where you can get food pretty cheaply. The cost is similar to what you’d pay in most major cities around the world but the scenery and service set this apart.
You can read more about the afternoon tea here.
What was the food like?
One word: Amaaaazing!
The three-tiered tray comes out crammed full of treats. There is a mixture of fresh sandwiches, pies, mini pastries and some Thai food thrown in for good measure. Would an afternoon tea be right without scones? Probably not. The bottom tray is filled with two amazing scones with jam and some cream too.
I managed to finish it all but it’s definitely enough to fill you. You won’t be going home hungry here!
The service was also fantastic when we were there. The waiting staff are very attentive and are keen to make sure you have enough food and drink. You can also have a wander around whilst you wait for your food if you want to take a closer look at the resort if you’re not staying there.
Getting to/from the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
If you’re not staying at the hotel then you have a few options to get from the centre of Chiang Mai to the Four Seasons for your afternoon tea. Firstly, the hotel operates a free shuttle bus from/to the Maya Shopping Centre three times a day. Do check the times before you go but it picks you up just outside the shopping centre. The transport also comes with Wi-Fi. You could also get a Grab taxi there which wouldn’t cost too much and it takes around 30-45 minutes.
Would I recommend it? Yes
If you’re looking for a luxury afternoon tea in Chiang Mai then you have to go to the Four Seasons Resort. The food is lovely and scoffing some scones in the heat of Thailand while looking over the rice fields is just bliss! It’s maybe more expensive than other options in Thailand but the views are worth paying for alone!