Don't wait till winter to return North.
Located not too far from Wat U Mong (Tunnel Temple), the hipster outdoor cafe No. 39 and Baan Kang Wat Community Mall, Villa Mahabhirom (www.villamahabhirom.com) is Chiang Mai's most beautiful hotel opening in a long time.
The property is made up of beautiful antique Thai houses that are over 100 years old, many of which come with a view of the swimming pool or of Doi Suthep.
Each teakwood villa consists of a bedroom suite, a study area, a spacious marble bathroom and an open-air balcony. Two to three villas can be reserved together to form a "terrace villa" or "private pool villa" that each come with private saltwater plunge pool and garden courtyard.
The signature restaurant serves up home-cooked Thai dishes using ingredients from the Royal Projects, with the Mahabhirom Dining Room also available for intimate gatherings.
Through Oct 31, a two-night stay for two will cost you B18,000, inclusive of daily breakfast, a 60-minute spa session for two, transport from the airport, a 20-percent discount on food and drinks and 10-percent discount on afternoon tea at The Mahabhirom Tea Room, which spotlights locally sourced organic tea. Otherwise, room rates start at B12,355/night for the Villa Duplex.