Villa Mahabhirom, the latest luxury hotel in Chiang Mai

With 14 houses in total, Villa Mahabhirom is Chiang Mai’s smallest luxury hotel; but what it lacks in size, it offers in personality instead. The villas are over 100 years old, originally from the central region of Thailand, and have been elegantly transformed into plush bedrooms with comfortable seating areas, and large marble bathrooms with free standing bathtubs. The gabled rooftops of the villas have been redesigned to showcase traditional Thai roofs, and the clay tiles resemble those on the Buddhist Naga (snakes) statues found at many temples in Thailand. In the early morning these tiles illuminate as the sun’s morning rays fall through the gaps and wake each villa up gently.

Just as in ancient times, the upper part of the Thai villa was designed for sleeping, while the ground floor (which tends to be cooler in the daytime) is a space for living. Under each Thai villa is a cool, spacious open air room with sofas and art pieces from the owner’s private collection. The living rooms, as well as the public areas and the library, all offer a relaxed atmosphere that makes guests want to open up an interior design book rather than go outside sightseeing.