The Luxe List 2011, Thailand: Howie’s Homestay, Chiang Mai

American Howard Feldman and his Thai wife Jerri so enjoyed hosting VIP dinners in their lush, landscaped gardens for guests of the neighboring Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai that they decided to convert one wing of their Bill Bensley–designed, Thai-Burmese dream home—featured in Architectural Digest—into a high-end, one-suite homestay.

The high-ceilinged teak pavilion features 500-thread-count sheets and a comfy, pillow-top bed. Floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a private garden boasting fishponds and fountains plus an outdoor bathroom with a sunken bath. Guests are in good hands off the property as well, with Howard and Jerri more than happy to show them their favorite antique dealers and roadside dives. Other perks of the all-inclusive package feature daily massages, round-the-clock car and driver, laundry, minibar, and elephant rides.

75/1 Moo 1, Ban Mai Mae Ram; 66-81/882-8345;; doubles from US$800

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