- The Mandarin Oriental (Bangkok; tel. 02659-9000): The Mandarin Oriental houses more celebrities per square inch than a tabloid magazine. The hotel's elegant colonial style has made it the paragon of luxury for more than 130 years. Today, two resort-style swimming pools with private salas, the refurbished Sala Rim Nam and Verandah restaurants, the remodeled China House, and a stylish Ayurvedic Penthouse, put the final touches on this Thai hallmark of impeccable hospitality.
- The Peninsula, Bangkok (Bangkok; tel. 800/2828-3888 or 02861-2888): This is a shining example of modern high-rise luxury. Expect all the courtesy and efficiency of a Thai five-star hotel with no pretentiousness. Great dining in a delightfully relaxed atmosphere is accompanied by dazzling riverside views of Bangkok, made memorable by flawless service. Built in a 1900s-style colonial villa, the spa tops off the facilities of this superb hotel.
- The Chedi (Chiang Mai; tel. 05325-3333): The rare combination of colonial and minimalism works exceptionally well for this recent addition to the northern capital. Stark, contemporary rooms complement the historic two-story colonial villa that now houses the hotel's colorful restaurants and terrace, the latter of which offers a terrific high tea. Expect charming service and fantastic views of the river.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.