Mandarin Oriental Moving Out Of Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai
It seems not a week goes by at the moment without us writing about hotels changing management companies, whether more or less amicably due to ‘different strategic visions’ for the property or openly hostile, with middle-of-the-night takeovers and changing of the locks. Earlier this week, we talked about Ritz-Carlton losing Rose Hall in Jamaica (having previously reported on both Ireland and Palm Beach). Today it’s Mandarin Oriental, which will cease management of its Dhara Dhevi resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the end of August.
From the official statement:
“…the Owner and Mandarin Oriental have different aspirations for its management and long-term development. As such, we have mutually agreed that Dhara Dhevi Hotel Company Limited will resume the management of the property with effect from close of business on 31st August 2013. The hotel will be named The Dhara Dhevi hotel.”
Mandarin Oriental managed the property since 2005, winning numerous awards in its eight-year run. TripAdvisor reviews – while always to be taken with a grain of salt – lean heavily towards excellent, with 484 out of 540 reviewers rating it so. We can’t say we’ve been to the hotel, but we’ve previously referred to the above photo of its terrace as giving us a serious urge to pack our bags and check it out.
We think it’s a bold move to leave an internationally recognized name like Mandarin Oriental behind and continue as an independent hotel. Rates during the last weekend of Mandarin Oriental management start at THB21,799 (about $700) a night excluding taxes for a 946 square foot Colonial Suite, with a number of packages available as well. We can’t locate a website for the hotel in its future incarnation quite yet, so we will have to wait and see what rates will do going forward.
[Photos: Mandarin Oriental]