Hillside Haven

Ten minutes' drive from Chiang Mai International Airport, in the well- trodden hills of northern Thailand, a Baan Saen Doi (House of a Hundred Thousand Hills) has somehow eluded the platinum-card-carrying class. Featuring classic[an error occurred while processing this directive] Lanna architecture without, and authentic hill-tribe craftsmanship within, this two-year-old hidden gem comprises just seven suites and four rooms, making it feel less like a hotel and more like the sumptuous home of its Thai owner Wanphen Sakdatorn and her husband, German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen.

Tennis courts, a spa, private balconies (taking in palm-fringed mountain views), bathtubs built for...

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