Whether looking for a traditional Lanna (an ancient kingdom in what is now Northern Thailand) or European-style wedding ceremony, two tiers of package are offered by Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai which can be completely tailored to the wishes of the bridal party, working closely with the on-site wedding planner.
More an experience than simply a hotel, this fantastical property represents extravagant Thai luxury at its finest. A wedding here reflects the grandeur and attention to detail shown throughout the estate, which was conceived as an ancient Lanna city complete with winding paths, social hubs like the craft village where local women teach crafts like bamboo weaving and working paddy fields ploughed by water buffalo. This incredible ‘city’ nestles among 60 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical grounds. And makes for a uniquely show-stopping poetic backdrop.
The on-site wedding planner has a black book of the very best local suppliers, from photographers and wedding favour vendors, to bridal studios, and The Dhara Devi’s wedding parties enjoy privileged treatment from all. The colourful and spiritual Buddhist Lanna weddings are flower strewn, and options include a traditional wrist binding ceremony, live Lanna music, horse carriages or the opportunity to arrive at the ceremony on an elephant and make an offering to an auspicious order of 9 monks.
For those who would like a European-style ceremony in an awe-inspiring setting, the elegant yet exotic flower arrangements are bespoke to complement the bridal party and vows are celebrated in a fragrant shower of flower petals.
Wedding breakfasts can be as formal or as informal as the couple and occasion demands. Le Grand Lanna is renowned as one of the finest restaurants in Thailand, serving Northern Thai or Lanna dishes in an exquisite setting amongst centuries-old rain and fire trees in raised wooden pavilions housing a collection of precious Lanna artifacts; the Victorian Style tea salon, the Dhara Dhevi Cake Shop, serves decadent treats for sweethearts with a sweet tooth; Japanese dishes at the light and airy Ren; Chinese at Fujian, housed in a two story Sino-Portuguese style mansion; French at Farang Ses and contemporary international cuisine at the Akaligo, which offers views through wall to ceiling windows.
The resort and accommodation
Enjoying a picturesque and secluded setting in the countryside in the North, The Dhara Dhevi’s location on the outskirts of historic Chiang Mai, a walled ancient city known for its rich history of art and culture, is reflected throughout the resort. The spectacular accommodation was built in keeping with traditional Lanna and colonial style architecture, set among lush paddy fields. 69 traditional Thai villas each boast a private swimming, or plunge pools, Jacuzzi tubs and separate showers. 54 Colonial Suites featuring separate living and bedroom areas with private terraces overlook the pool, lake or stunning verdant gardens. Wedding package options include a night in a Grand Deluxe Villa with Pool, inclusive of breakfast.
Wedding packages start from £2540
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