An exquisite mishmash of influences, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi is designed to replicate an ancient city.

The result is heavenly. Set in 60 acres of lush grounds, only a 15-minute drive from the airport, this magical resort lies on the edge of Chiang Mai, with its 300 temples.

The resort's 124 suites, villas and residences include 54 colonial suites furnished with antiques.

Head into Chiang Mai and sightsee in a tuk-tuk, find enlightenment at Wat Chiang Mai temple, haggle for a bargain at the Night Bazaar, then eat Pad Thai from a street stall. But for the decadent Thai experience, don't miss the hotel's Le Grand Lanna Thai restaurant.

Wow factor: A Tok Sen massage at the Dheva Spa is an absolute must-do.

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