Upon walking up to The Veranda Resort and Spa, we were met by a speedy little golf cart. This cart carried us to the open-air reception desk, where we checked in. The Veranda was a marvel of modern architecture, yet blended surprisingly well in a tropical forest.
Little golf carts were necessary to drive us from the reception to our room, as everything in the resort was built on steep terraces. This feature provided stunning views over the lush jungle.
Our room was spacious and sleek. We enjoyed fresh fruit and coffee, while watching birds soar right outside our sunny balcony.
After settling in, we went for a swim in Veranda’s gorgeous infinity pool. It sat on top of a building overlooking the valley. I felt as if I could swim directly into the horizon.
Our next activity was a cooking class. Chef Mark was entertaining, funny, and yet dedicated to helping me create a silky Tom Yum Goong with fresh river prawns. Delicious!
The next morning, Khun Mon, the Executive Secretary met us over breakfast. She was gracious and informative. Khun Mon mentioned that their customers’ favorite activities were the cooking class, and the luxurious spa treatments. The hotel also offered guided mountain bike tours, and rice-planting excursions.
We were sorry when it was time to leave the Zen-like surroundings, with the beautiful views. The Veranda was a perfect retreat from Chiang Mai because it felt so far away. However, it was just a 20-minute drive from Canal Road. If you only have one day free, the Veranda offers pool use for 400 baht. Perfect for drinks by the water, in peace and quiet.
For more information, see http://www.verandaresortandspa.com/