Why Serviced Suites are your best option for long-term travel

In February, Emir and I visited Chiang Mai to attend Nomad Summit. We had spent an entire month in the city last year so we were both very much looking forward to our trip. It felt like coming back home.

For our stay in Chiang Mai, we chose to stay at Anantara Serviced Suites. Since we do not have a home anymore, and travel full-time we usually like to rent or book spacious accommodation that will make us feel at home.

Many times we’ve spent time in Airbnb’s or have rented locally, but our stay at Antantara Serviced Suites reminded us how much comfort, luxury and convenience serviced appartments provided.

In fact, Anantara’s Serviced Suites specifically caters to families and groups traveling for either short or longer periods of time. We’ve seen many families opt for 2 and 3 bedroom suites and stay for weeks on end to enjoy the city while being pampered to the fullest during their stay.

Location

Following our short flight from Bangkok, we ordered an Uber from the airport and made our way to the serviced suites.

Anantara Serviced Suites is located right accross Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and is linked with an overhead bridge that can be accessed 24/7.

The boutiqe apartments are also very conveniently located in the heart of the city, edging Chiang Mai’s famous Mae Ping river. In other words, the boutiques, bars and restaurants on the riverside can all be accessed very easily from the hotel.

Another strong suit of the location is that it as a short walking distance from the Night Bazaar and the old moated city where traditional attractions are to be found.

Checking in

Checking in a hotel can be somewhat of an unpleasent experience, if you have to wait in line with your lugguages following a long flight. This was certainly not the case here. The staff, welcomed us warmly and offered us a seat at the lobby where were given butterfly pea water.

All the check-in procedure was completed while we comfortably sat on our seats, making the experience a very soothing one.

As part of our welcome amenities, we received a bowl of fresh fruits, and a selection of cookies and snacks!

The Serviced Suite

We stayed in a 60 square meters one bedroom suite. From the moment we stepped foot in, I knew we were going to have a very comfortable and relaxing stay.

The suite was very well decorated. It had both contemporary and traditional touches that made the space look very inviting and homely.

The living room featured a flatscreen TV, a comfortable couch and a desk that came in very handy when we wanted to catch up on work.

The space also had a fully functioning kitchen with a filled fridge, induction stoves, a microwave and teapot with ample tea selections among other things which made Emir’s day. He’s a big English Brekfast Tea fan 🙂

The dining area on the other hand featured a dining table, which we ended up using almost every evening as Anantara’s restaurant “The Service 1921” delivered delicious dishes to our suite.

In addition to these amenities, the suite also had washer & dryer, which we loved. In hotels, usually you’d have to schedule these sort of things. Having a washer at home, made things a lot easier.

The bedroom on the other featured king sized bed which happened to be extremely comfortable. So much so that we almost the breakfast on our first day.

The bathroom was very well equipped too. Every single thing was thought of. Rain shower? Check! Bathtub? Check! Wide variety of soaps and creams? Check! Makeup table? Check! I could go on and on 🙂

The breakfast

The breakfast was served every morning from 9 to 10.30 AM at Anantara Resort Chiang Mai. We walked from the bridge located on the 5th floor of the Serviced Suites to access the resort, which was located right across the street.

I was actually very happy to hear that the breakfast was served at Anantara resort, as its restaurant had a magnificent view over the Mae Ping river. The serene setting of the restaurant made breakfast very enjoyable.

As expected the breakfast selection was to die for. It had many various stations where you could try different cuisines. The buffet featured a wide variety of fresh juices and sweet & savory treats.

The breakfast buffet was so exceptional that it pretty much became the highlight of our stay.

It also became a running joke, as every evening Emir and I would tell each other we couldn’t wait for the next day’s breakfast session.

The rooftop pool

Rooftop pools are the best. Anantara Serviced Suites happened to have one, so we were in for a treat. The infinity rooftop pool had a beautiful view over the Mae Ping river and the city.

The pool’s refreshment bar made you want to stay there all day sipping on drinks!

Overall, we absolutely loved our stay, and I would certainly recommend it to couples or families traveling to Chiang Mai. I think the concept of serviced suites makes it ideal for people who want to live in the comfort of a home while being provided with 5-star amenities throughout their stay.

Special thanks to Anantara Serviced Suites for hosting our stay – as always, all opinions are my own.

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