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.
See the full list of the T+L 500 | 2010.