18. 137 Pillars House – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Life is laidback in Chiang Mai, with visitors drawn to 137 Pillars House to escape and indulge in a tranquil environment that oozes Oriental elegance. This is a magical place, a painstakingly-restored old house, which remains true to Thai traditions whilst offering guests all the modern services and amenities imaginable. With 30 luxurious suites to choose from, impeccable gardens to explore and a spa, pool and gym to enjoy, you’ll be certain to find peace here.
Set on the Mae Ping River, Chiang Mai is a fascinating city, the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, but a place far less frenetic than the much-busier Bangkok. For those keen to explore, 137 Pillars House is the perfect base, with classic and contemporary cocktails in Jack Bain’s Bar always awaiting those who have spent their days out and about and seeing the spectacular sights.