One of my favorite places to stay in Thailand is the Lana Thai Villa in Chiang Mai. The guesthouse was originally apart of the Four Seasons Residences resort. However, this specific part of the property is now privately owned and the rooms are rented out at a third of the price you would be paying at the Four Seasons.
Also, because you are still adjoined to the Four Seasons property, there is an arrangement in which you have access to all the same amenities as the Four Seasons guests. While Lana Thai Villa is expensive for Thai standards (we splurged for our honeymoon) it is not that much more than your average downtown city hotel here in the United States. Prices range from $160 in the low season to $480 in the high season. What you get though, is so much more.
There were many reasons to adore this hotel and the surrounding grounds, but my favorite was the yoga barn. I have practiced yoga in many a serene locations but this one takes the cake.
Imagine…it’s 7am, you wake up well rested to fresh local guava juice served with breakfast outside on the “sala”. Then, take a short stroll through the palm trees down to the old rice barn, which sits softly on a lily pond, overlooking terraced rice fields and the Suthep mountain range.
This is where you will practice yoga this morning. If that doesn’t sound relaxing enough, there are two friendly water buffalo grazing peacefully nearby.
The yoga class offered by Four Seasons was a bit pricey – around $30 – but nothing to break the bank. In my opinion, for a special occasion, that 75 minutes of serenity was worth every penny.