Disclaimer: this review doesn't even do David's Kitchen justice... We arrived for dinner at David's Kitchen the first night in Chiang Mai, after an underwhelming night in Bangkok. David was at the door to greet us (and all guests). We were taken to our seats where there was a place card with (all of) our names on it. David later came up and asked us about our trip and where we were going. He then invited us back in the kitchen to meet the team and head Chef - and get pictures! The experience alone was outstanding and I haven't even gotten to the food. Everything from the preparation, delivery and first bite was heavenly! Mouthwatering, just the right amount of seasoning and flavor for each dish. It was such and experience to learn about David and how his travels brought him to Chiang Mai. Our experience didn't end after leaving the restaurant. The following day we received a note from David thanking us and wishing us the best of time on the remainder of our trip - yes, he recounted where we were going from there and had remembered from our conversation the night before. You don't find that service in the states and rarely find it in general. Hats off to David and his spectacular team. We will be back for dinner again!
The River Resort: "Luxury retreat on the Mekong river."
Lovely peaceful resort style hotel. The location is right on the banks of the Mekong with most rooms looking directly across the river. The rooms are very spacious, clean and very well laid out. The restaurant caters to both western and local cuisines with lots of choices, all very good. The spa is good although our massages were not consistent. There are two nice pools to choose between. The staff were exceptional. The wifi was also good.
"Unfortunately, memory fails of the date of our visit, which was prior to said date, but not of the enchantment of the hotel which persists. After the taxi ride from the airport through the streets of Chang Mai, we were swept into a land of storybook imagination. The creation of an atmosphere of Asian quiet elegance settled softly around us. My fondest memory, and one I would fervently like to repeat, is having a massage on the open air second floor of the pool pavilion. A gentle breeze kissed the curtains and birds sang while I floated away to another dimension. The restaurant is very good, allowing one to remain within the dream. "
Satri House: "Beautiful hotel, Great service"
"We've stayed in a suite room for 4 nights here, and this was the main reason for our happy trip in Luangprabang. Everything is great here, great room, great service, great breakfast. It's a good place to chill and let time stop. The only minor draw back is the hotel quite far to walk from walking street (2-3km) even though hotel has a free bicycle for guests to use. I've tried once and found that cars in Luangprabang driving rather hectic (ps. I'm not a good cycling person either). The better choice is to take tuk tuk which was cost 20,000 KIP (sometimes driver called for 30,000 KIP) for one way. "
Misool: "Snorkellers’ Paradise!"
We spent 9 days at MER and loved it! The Water Cottage was fantastic. Snorkellers are looked after very well with Novi and Nelson guiding and Tahir driving, making sure we saw everything we could. The entire team made our experience unforgettable. Thanks to Sue and Mark, & Sabine for making everything run so smoothly.
We booked for one night as a last minute treat during our stay in Borneo. We were overwhelmed by what we got. We originally booked the cheapest double room, but when we arrived and was shown to our room, even though we were before the check in time, we were flabbergasted that we were given a beach villa over looking the private beach and sea. The room was luxurious, the staff were attentive and our over night stay was romantic. The only problem we encountered was the restaurant staff, who forget to bring us our drinks and the food wasn't that great. Over all a fabulous place for that romantic get away.
misool: "Beyond expectations"
"My husband and I got certified in scuba to come here, and it was worth everything. Facilities were wonderful considering mission of resort. If I had vacation time and money, I would bring my three kids there tomorrow. House reef was such a lovely snorkel opportunity. Food was delicious, as long as one can let go of Western thoughts. I personally found nudibranchs, scorpion fish, and a frog fish (fist bump!) and saw mandarin fish on dusk dive. For the bird addicts, we saw wild sulfur crested cockatoos on the resort island. I will budget to get here again asap with my kids. Dive master took great care of us... (Hugs to Kiikii, despite my great faith that he was Benny). Wait staff was always ready with an eager selamat pagi for early breakfast. Getting here is difficult, but As noted above, I would come back in a heartbeat. Shout out to Mark, Sue and Calvin. I cried when I left... "
World class diving...the staff was friendly, accommodating, and excited to share any knowledge about marine life or surrounding area. The food was fresh and plentiful while offering a nice variety. Beautiful resort with paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, scuba diving, and spa services. Having air condition over the beds at night was comforting and being able to step off your deck to walk, swim or snorkel was lovely. Bring whatever you need with you as this is a remote island. Small refrigerators are in villas. Loved this resort!
Went last night for dinner. Arrived without reservation and got a pool side table. Staff friendly and responsive. Wine good and food excellent. I had steam fish with dill which was tasty. Overall a pleasant experience for first night here
Satri House: "Just as elegant as it’s name suggests"
"Satri house is a quiet and beautiful little hideaway. The entire place has a relaxing and calming vibe, which was nice after travelling around three countries beforehand. The staff are all extremely friendly, helpful and lovely people. This was perfect for a short stay during our honeymoon and I'd definitely recommend Satri House to couple's and families alike. Oh and the restaurant is absolutely amazing! Breakfast was to die for! And we had dinner there one night which was just as mouthwatering! Satri House also provides bicycles to use (free of charge) and it's only a quick 3 minute ride into the main part of town. You will not be disappointed :)"