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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (93.333)
Just outside Chiang Mai proper, with 12 newly opened poolside villas, plus pavilions that look onto rice paddies, the hotel’s resident water buffalo, and the Mae Rim Valley.
Stats: 64 pavilions; 17 residences; 12 pool villas; 4 restaurants; 3 bars.
Rooms to book: Upper Rice Terrace Pavilions have outdoor Thai salas from which you can see the resort’s working rice paddies.
Insider tip: Try your hand at the preparation of noodle soup with chicken or dry spiced curry with pork at the resort’s cooking school.
Cost: Doubles from $465.
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