Muthi Maya – A Beautiful Illusion

Muthi Maya Pool VillaVast lush greenery surrounded by mountains, and a luxurious pool villa in the midst of all that – Muthi Maya is easiest described this way. Just a short drive from Bangkok, it is located a stone’s throw away from a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khao Yai National Park.

Thailand is known for gorgeous beaches but its rainforests are just as beautiful. Khao Yai is in Nakhorn Ratchasima province (North-East region of Thailand), about 3 hours by road from Bangkok and offers various adventurous activities and attractions such as trekking, night safari, ATVs, waterfalls, markets, farms, vineyards and more.

The drive into the property itself makes you feel like you’re off to the middle of nowhere. Once checked-in and refreshed with a cold towel and welcome drink, you’re driven to your villa on a golf cart. The service has always felt prompt, warm and efficient.

The lobby Welcome drink & cold towel

In an area of over 100 acres of forest, the villas are romantic and possess all the comforts, facilities and luxuries of a 5-star establishment. The most impressive feature is definitely the private infinity pool overlooking all shades of green.

Private infinity poolThere is a spacious living and dining area, a guest bathroom, one bedroom that also opens up to the pool and an en-suite bathroom with a large Jacuzzi in the center.

Dining and living areasThe cozy living areaBedroom at night Bedroom by day

So stunning and with everything you need; you don’t even feel like leaving the villa. Most of the time, I just oscillate between pool-dipping-drink-sipping and room-service-pajama-donning modes.

My good friend, the Nespresso MachineLarge Jacuzzi and stylish bathroomFavorite poolside activityAnother view of the fab pool

You can also drink and dine at the resort restaurant and bar, Myth. And if you get tired of all the swimming, eating, lazing around (life is really tough there), you can get a relaxing massage and other treatments at Maya Spa.

'Hanging' around the Myth RestaurantLooking down at the main pool from MythMuthi Maya's picturesque main swimming poolThe resort also boasts a top-notch 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Muthi Maya is an enhanced and pool-villa version of Kirimaya Resort & Spa, 3 kms away and under the same owner.

The 18th hole of the golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus Birds of Paradise - one of the variety of flowers found there

I was told that Muthi Maya meant ‘out of this world’ or lost; the exact meanings – Liberation (Muthi) + Illusion (Maya) – liberated from illusion and this world, and getting lost in nature. Appropriate, as it’s an accurate explanation of how I feel when I’m there.

However, like almost everywhere, to say you can completely disconnect would be untrue because they have free in-villa wifi, i.e., all social media junkies can still get a fix of cyber oxygen if you feel short of breath!

Muthi Maya is one of my favorite places in Thailand for a mini-break or short holiday. When I think of peace, serenity and tranquility, I picture myself in this oasis, lazing in my private pool, looking out at the soothing green, breathing in the fresh air, listening to the sounds of crickets, birds singing and leaves rustling. It is truly a sanctuary. How could one not fall in love with this place?

Some more pictures to feed your eyes and feed your soul:

Our ride to the villas A section in the lobby for bibliophiles

En route to my villa Almost there!Morning view At duskA delicious lunch at the nearby Kirimaya So yum! Who doesn't love this?Kirimaya lunch sceneA room service sessionIn-villa decor  Main pool, with the villas in the backdropThe drive there Oh you, I'll be back!

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