Another major hotel construction is on the way. The
Meritus Chiang Mai Pavilion and Spa Resort is under construction and
expected to be opened in 2006. This resort project, costing 700 million
baht, is being managed by the Singapore Meritus International Hotels Pte.,
Ltd. It is expected to have its official opening in early 2006.
Meritus Chiang Mai has been established to capitalize on
the bright future for Chiang Mai City that is being developed as the City of
Life and Prosperity, following the Thai government’s policy launched by
the Thaksin administration. (PM Thaksin Shinawatra was born in Chiang Mai.)
artist’s rendering of the new Meritus Chiang Mai
Meritus Chiang Mai is a resort project to be rated as a
four-five star accommodation, right up to world-class standards. The
architecture and interior d้cor is designed to reflect that unique
Lanna heritage and culture, resulting in a boutique distinctive themed
This project uses a new creative concept by bringing in
the images of the Ping River from the past, when it was the major river
transportation and communication route used in foreigner trading, and where
it was the center of community life for all the northern peoples including
minority groups such as Thai Lue and Thai Kern.
This concept can be seen in the design and interior
decor. This resort will use teakwood, floated down the Ping River as in the
past. The teak logs are used on site to be fashioned into the materials used
for the interior decoration, and the even the fabrication will be done in
the original way, with traditional wooden pegs, rather than nails and
This method of construction will be passed on to the
young generation of artisans, to show them just why teakwood is such a
legendary material. The visitors too will be able to see and feel the
ancient traditions and culture of Chiang Mai City. These will be tangible
selling points of the resort.
Meritus Chiang Mai is located in the heart of Chiang Mai
City close to the Ping River, comprising 77 rooms (58 deluxe, 18 suites, and
one penthouse), with spa, fitness center, art museum, gallery, restaurant,
and conference room.
Access to the rooms can be by waterway, cruising along
the Ping River from the resort’s boat landing, so that guests can get in
touch with the one-of-a-kind ambience of river transportation.
Meritus Chiang Mai is run by the Riverside Pavilion and Spa Resort Co.,
Ltd, owned by managing director and mayor of Chiang Mai City, Boonlert