502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road Chiang Mai

Terraced rice fields, mountains and the occasional waterfall are all you see at you at this unbelievably scenic working rice farm (yes, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai produces 2000 kgs of rice annually). Grab a traditional farmer’s garb and partake in planting rice, including working the saplings in mud. Don’t like dirt? Just get junior to do it – he can officially scoop out dirt and it makes for amazing pictures. Or simply skip the planting and chill out with Mr. Tong and Mr.Tone, the resort’s resident water buffalos. Either way you look at it, you just landed yourself a super-luxe (and super kid-friendly) piece of heaven in Chiang Mai.

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Essentials:
  • Baby cot
  • Bottle sterilizer
  • Baby bathtub
  • Highchair
  • Child menu
  • Child toiletries
  • Pram/stroller
  • Doctor on call
  • Villas and residences cater to larger families
  • Babysitting services (THB 400/child/hr; additional charges after 9 pm).

kid-friendly bathrooms at Hotel Four Seasons Chiang Mai Thailand

Family Favourites:
  • A family-friendly activity (or just for the kids if you don’t enjoy wading through mud) I had never tried before was rice planting, that too in the hotel’s private paddy fields. We donned traditional farmer clothing and also learnt about the lifecycle of rice. The kids loved the fact that they are officially allowed to wade through mud and plant saplings. This private activity is priced at THB 800/person.
  • Bikes for the entire family, including adult bikes with child seats for toddlers and child-friendly bikes with side pedals for slightly older kids.
  • Everyday at breakfast, local artisans taught the kids how to make local folk toys from coconut leaf, banana leaf, pandan leaf and bamboo leaf. If they just wanted the toy (without the learning), that was fine too!
  • Turndown amenity for kids at bedtime includes apple juice, homemade cookies and a wooden singing frog for kids to play with (in my experience, you might have to remind room service to have this sent to your room).
  • The spa offers a wide array of kid-friendly treatments using organic and chemical free products.
  • Head down with the family to the cooking school’s Chef’s Table dinner where the little ones can gawk at Thai masterpieces being prepared (to their sheer delight, mine were taught how to make purple coloured spicy chicken dumplings) while you tuck into 10 delicious dishes.
  • Grab a pair of binoculars and a bird book and set off with the family discovering the many kinds of birds that call this resort home.
  • We hopped on to bikes with the kids firmly strapped onto the kids’ seat and wandered aimlessly through the adjoining Mae Rim village, visiting beautiful temples, local shops and some of the most popular family stops in Chiang Mai including Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park.
  • Swish around the resort in buggies, always a treat for little kids.
  • Private residences at this resort range from 1-4 bedrooms and are perfect for large families. Each of the residences comes with a kitchen and housekeeper, in addition to a butler service. Needless to say, there is a hefty price tag attached.
  • Gecko Kids’ Club (9 am – 6 pm) is a cheerful space with art and craft supplies, toys, games, puzzles, a play kitchenette and a big play house make it easy for kids to be left there for a few hours under the staff’s supervision. A reading corner with a variety of books adds to the fun. Older kids will love the ‘tech’ room set up with a TV, children’s DVDs and Play Station 3. Some of the fun activities on offer at the Gecko Kids’ Club are kite making, garden tours, garland making, stone painting and insect hunts.

paddy fields at kid-friendly Hotel Four Seasons Chiang Mai Thailand

Parent’s Perks:
  • This resort is not very close to the city centre. However, it does provide a complimentary shuttle service (30 minute drive) into town throughout the day for those who want to catch a little bit of city life or the famous Chiang Mai Night Market.
  • Daddies missing the club and tee will be happy to learn of the picturesque Summit Green Valley Country Club’s 18-hole course, a five-minute drive from the resort.
  • An adult-only pool and whirlpool, both over looking the rice paddies.
  • Muay Thai (Thai boxing) classes for adults.
  • Couples can enjoy a private romantic dinner or even breakfast at the resort’s rice barn, nestled on the rice paddy fields, on the edge of a lake. Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe the backdrop!

pool at kid friendly Hotel Four Seasons Chiang Mai Thailand

The Resort:
  • International airport – 20 km
  • Travel to city centre takes 30 minutes (complimentary shuttle service throughout the day).
  • 98 Pavilions, villas & residences
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • 2 Swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Tennis courts

room balconies at kid friendly Hotel Four Seasons Chiang Mai Thailand
Mandy’s Tip: For families that want to experience the rice planting activity and save the fee of THB 800 per person, there is a complimentary one hour class every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.

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