Chiang Mai + The North

Hotels in Chiang Mai + The North

Leafy palm trees, powdery white sand beaches, and the cerulean waters of the Gulf of Thailand provide the backdrop for this tropical getaway in a quaint coastal town. Spa Alila products are organic and made by hand in Bali from fine raw materials by local company Sensatia Botanicals.

Formerly The Chedi.

The property rests on the banks of the mighty Mekong River at the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The Zen-luxe retreat, near the Thai town of Chiang Saen, unabashedly makes the most of its location.

The compound of 23 low-slung stone-and-wood bungalows are designed by Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag.

Twenty minutes outside Chiang Mai proper, with 12 poolside villas, plus pavilions that look onto rice paddies, the hotel’s two resident water buffalo, and the Mae Rim Valley.  Head to the timber-hewn cooking school for a day-long dive into traditional Thai cuisine.

A miniature Thai kingdom with 123 Lanna-inspired suites and villas on 60 acres that's the setting for a Buddhist prayer house, a 33,000-square-foot spa, and an arts-and-crafts village.

Opened by clothing designer, Yingluck Chareonying, in 1997, the whimsical 12-room property was inspired by two domelike islands that sit just offshore, and is set in a lush garden on a secluded beach.

131-room hotel with tongue-in-cheek touches (the staff performs a chorus line during the afternoon shift switch), located next to the night bazaar.