While much of the Thai capitalâ€™s historic architecture is being razed, the owners of Ariyasom Villa are using their 1940s peaked-roof house as a centerpiece. Built during WWII, replete with an underground bunker, the property has been extended to include a meditation hall, library, and 25 spacious guest rooms. Thai furnishings throughout show exquisite craftsmanship, from the recycled teak floors to the silk drapes and dainty hand-painted murals. Complementing this are yards of rare fabrics, Pakistani carpets, and Burmese lacquerware collected by the propertyâ€™s British owner, David Lees. Despite the central location, the gardens here are lush and tranquil; so hushed, in fact, that Thai monks use them for meditation retreats (65 Sukhumvit Soi 1; 66-2/2548-8803; ariyasom.com; doubles from US$110).
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