Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa
Thailand, Northeast, Nakorn Ratchasima, Khao Yai
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On the edge of Khao Yai National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kirimaya is a high-end nature retreat just two hours North from Bangkok and the first boutique resort in the area. Affiliated to Design Hotels, Kirimaya combines the natural beauty of its surroundings with innovative design and understated luxury. Kirimaya also plays host to a unique golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
Accommodation at the resort comprises a choice of rooms, suites, villas and tented villas. The Bodhi Pool Villas boast their own pool, while Kirimaya's unique Tented Villas are luxuriously designed with their own indoor spa pool and sun deck. Kirimaya's dining experience include the contemporary Acala gourmet restaurant, the safari-style T-Grill, overlooking lake and golf course, and the The Mist cocktail bar. The Maya Spa is an oasis of holistic treatments provided in private outdoor and indoor pavilions. There is also a fitness centre, an infinity pool, biking and hiking trails running around the golf course.
Nestling at the foot of the wooded slopes of the Khao Yai mountain range, this scenic course was designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. Stretching between several lakes and rivers amidst lush tropical vegetation, this traditional out and back nine features well separated fairways that make players feel they have the layout for themselves. Golf treats does not come alone in Khao Yai as there is another Jack Nicklaus' course in the area at Mission Hills Golf Club. This other stunning layout winds its way between the steep hills that border Khao Yai, providing a scenic backdrop to the golf course.
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Kirimaya Golf Resort
Luxuriously spacious and with idyllic views, Kirimaya's interiors blend effortlessly a fusion of Modern Asian touches with natural silks, linens and precious woods. Accommodation comprises a choice of rooms, suites, villas and tented villas. The Bodhi Pool Villas boast their own pool, while Kirimaya's unique Tented Villas are luxuriously designed with their own indoor spa pool and sun deck. All the resort's guestrooms have private balconies or terraces with Daybeds and spacious, finely appointed interiors with majestic views of the Khao Yai.
Kirimaya's dining experience include the contemporary Acala restaurant, serving gourmet cuisine and fine wines, the chic safari-style T-Grill, overlooking the lake and golf course, and the intimate cocktail bar The Mist. The Maya Spa is an oasis of pamper bliss, with a full menu of spa and holistic treatments provided in private outdoor and indoor pavilions. There is also a fitness centre, an infinity pool, biking and hiking trails running around the golf course.
Luxury nature and golf retreat, affiliated of Design Hotels
• 30 Plantation View Rooms (Lower level/42 sqm with private balcony)
• 22 Horizon View Rooms (Upper level/42 sqm with private balcony)
• 4 Terrace Suites (84 sqm with terrace)
• 3 Spa Suites (46-83 sqm with terrace)
• 65 Bodhi Pool Villas (200 sqm with private pool of 8x4 m.)
• 4 Tented Villas (180 sqm with spa pool and sun deck)
All rooms feature balcony and daybed with view • Cable flat screen TV & DVD players • IDD phone with voicemail and broadband WiFi • Safe, minibar and Tea/coffee makers • En suite bathrooms with full amenities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer • Turndown service • In-room dining
Laundry/Valet service • Concierge • Bangkok Airport Transfers • Shuttle to local village and winery
T-Grill Restaurant (Safari-style restaurant) • Acala Restaurant (Gourmet cuisine) • The Mist Bar
Maya Spa (Indoor & outdoor spa pavilions, spa pool, outdoor jacuzzi, Spa Gallery) • Kirimaya Fitness Centre • Outdoor infinity pool • Hiking & biking trails
Kirimaya Golf Club
• Championship Course
Jack Nicklaus (2005) 18 holes - 7,115 yds - Par 72
Nestling at the foot of the wooded slopes of the Khao Yai mountain range, this scenic course is described by the Nicklaus design team, to be one of the 3 best in Asia. Stretching between several lakes and rivers amidst lush tropical vegetation, this traditional out and back nine features well separated fairways that make players feel they have the layout for themselves. Nine holes out, and nine holes in, you'll struggle to see another group as the holes weave their way around what well may be the best course design in Thailand. The clever use of bunkers, natural habitat and water hazards provide for a challenging yet enjoyable round. With five sets of tees golfers of all abilities can enjoy the layout at Kirimaya. Critical shot making and strategic course management are required to shoot a good score. Adding to the challenge are many water hazards, waste bunkers, and fast greens.
The area around Khao Yai rises from 400 m. to 1,351 m. above sea level, enjoying temperatures and a humidity considerably lower than Bangkok that provides for excellent playing conditions year round, even during the rain season when shower spells do not last more than a couple of hours.
Golf carts & Caddies mandatory
Driving range + Practice greens
Locker rooms, proshop, restaurant, conference & banqueting facilities:
Two Conference Rooms, one Executive Boardroom & Secretariat, Banqueting Room (120 pax) and broadband WiFi
Khao Yai & Bangkok Golf
KHAO YAI GOLF
Golf treats does not come alone in Khao Yai as there is another Jack Nicklaus' course in the area at Life Privledge Country Club. This other stunning layout winds its way between the steep hills that border Khao Yai, providing a scenic backdrop to the golf course. This has recently been joined by the barnd New Bonanza Golf & Country Club
• Life Privledge Country Club (formerly Mission Hills Khao Yai)
Jack Nicklaus (1993) 18 holes - 7,058 yds - Par 72
Life Privledge Country Club, formerly Mission Hills Khao Yai, golf course is situated between 2 valleys in the mountains of the Khao Yai National Park. The golf course is fairy tough, winding beneath the steep hills that border the park. Life Privilege Country Club is situated on a 450 rai land parcel and was designed by legendary Jack Nicklaus. It is easy to forget about the score, considering the stunning views over the surrounding hills. However, the large bunker arrays including both green side fairway locations, typical for Nicklaus, will bring one back to reality quite soon.
With over 60 world class golf courses in the immediate vicinity of the capital, Bangkok is the gateway to Kirimaya and well worth a stay on your arrival/departure in Thailand. Clubs are usually open to visitors but with restrictions on weekends and bank holidays - previous booking is higly recommended. Worth a special mention are the following facilities, all ranked amongst Asia’s top golf courses.
• Alpine Golf Club
Ron Garl (1996) venue of the Asian Game 1998 + Johnnie Walker Classic
One of Asia’s top rated course, it is not difficult to fall under the charms of this superb parkland layout with all manner of trees, bushes and shrubs, including a wonderful variety of palms, mahoganies and cork trees. Created from totally flat rice paddy fields, the golf course presents now significant elevation changes and a wonderfully rolling undulating design - Its "alpine" earthmounding is quite an extravagance for the usualy flat Bangkok course. Water is also still much in evidence, often with water-protected greens along with beach-style bunkering. This is not a course for the faint-hearted - Some of the drives you'll need to make are as tight as driving through the streets of downtown Bangkok!
• Amata Springs Country Club
Lee E. Schmidt (2005) Asian & European PGA Tours
Meaning “eternal spring”, Amata Spring is one of Thailand's most exclusive courses, strictly only opened to its members and their guests. Sitll, it is well worth the effort of looking for an invitation to play one of the most exciting new layouts and aesthetically rewarding courses in the country. Laid out on on naturally contoured land that slopes gently away from two large lakes, which come into play on several holes, not least the signature island-green 17th, that literally floats in one of the lakes - there is just the green to aim at and a small boat will take you out to the green to putt out, or chip from the island's drop-zone. Apart from its water features, the The bunkering is top-class, with sizeable bunkers threatening every tee shot and approach shot. The well protected, fast and often undulating greens, are complemented by smooth sloping run-off areas, which will test your chipping skills. Unfortunately, the surroundings don’t quite match the beauty of the course, with a mix of light industry and real estate and a small range of ills in the background.
• Navatanee Golf Course
Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1973) venue of the 1975 World Cup
Built specifically for the 1975 World Cup of Golf, Robert Trent Jones Jr. turn what were then rice paddy fields into a testing parkland layout and Thailand's first international standard championship venue. Upgraded by Jones himself in 1999, the current layout extends over relatively flat terrain and doesn't include overly pronounced mounding or fairway contouring, but is still full of classic Trent Jones bunkering. Approach shots will require lifted shots to the green, several of them partuclarly well protected by deep bunkers, while fairway bunkers are as menacing as those. Navatanee has much less water than the average Bangkok course, quite surprising given its paddy field origins.
• Thai Country Club
Denis Griffiths (1996) Asian Tour
With its immaculate presentation and conditioning, coupled with a very strong and classic parkland layout, Thai Country Club is regularly voted as Thailand's best course, and a Top 5 course in Asia. A lot of earht moving and shaping was involved in building the course and it is hard to imagine the terrain here was once totally flat when looking at the sweeping mounded, contoured fairways and elevated greens. This rolling layout is enhanced wiith attractive palm trees lending definition to the holes and plenty of small lakes and ponds very much in play. Fairway and greenside bunkering is superb and any wayward shot from the tee will land in clinging semi-rough, making it easy to spot but difficult to recover. The remarkable clubhouse was awarded the “Best Clubhouse in Asia 2000 - 2005” by Asian Golf Monthly magazine.
Khao Yai National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s oldest life preserve. Covering over 2,000 sq km, Khao Yai incorporates one of the largest intact rain forests remaining in Asia, the reason behing its designation as a Unesco World Heritage site. The second largest and Thailand's first national Park, Khao Yai offers a range of activities to nature lovers such as Elephant trekking or a visit to its spectacular waterfalls, made famous by the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio.
The Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest UNESCO Complex spans 230 km between Ta Phraya National Park on the Cambodian border in the east, and Khao Yai National Park in the west. The site is home to more than 800 species of fauna. It is internationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangered mammal, bird and reptile species. The area contains substantial and important tropical forest ecosystems, which can provide a viable habitat for the long-term survival of these species.
Phimai & Phanom Rung Historical Park - To be a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Phimai historical park is one of the most important Khmer temples of Thailand and marks one end of the ancient Khmer Highway from Angkor Vat, in neighbouring Cambodia. Phimai must have been an important city in the Khmer empire and most buildings are from the 11th-12th century, built in Angkor Wat style.
Another temple on the ancient Khmer Highway is Phanom Rung Historical Park, the largest and most beautiful Khmer site in Thailand. In a stunning location, crowning the summit of a spent volcano, this sanctuary sits high above the flat paddy fields below. The Hindu temple of Phanom Rung historical was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to Shiva.
Address & Contact
Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa
1/3 Moo 6, Thanarat Road
Nakorn Ratchasima 30130
Khao Yai National Park, 2 hrs drive NE of Bangkok
Bangkok International Airport (BKK)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical with seasonal monsoons. Rain Season (June to October) and Dry Season (November to February)