Chiang Mai, Thailand
Approached via a magical bamboo avenue, the central courtyard of this gorgeous, antique property in old Chiang Mai is presided over by a stately, 200-year-old tamarind tree. Around it, sloping terracotta-tiled roofs are framed by a backdrop of gilded temple finials and leafy tropical tree tops. Pillared verandas lead to the rooms, designed in soothing, modern-minimalist style, with cool white-washed walls offset by rattan screens and vibrant splashes of silk and brocaded cotton. Dine indoors or outdoors at the elegant Ruen Tamarind restaurant, and experience a traditional Thai massage to the strains of Lan Na music playing softly in the background.