When you are sick of spending time in the divine Dhevi Spa - one of Thailand's largest and most indulgent pampering palaces - you can head to the equally indulgent library at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai. Take your time and browse around the 5,000 plus volumes on the wooden bookshelves. The pagodas and spires of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi hotel drawing design inspiration from of the traditional Lanna structures in this northern part of Thailand. On a recent visit The Luxury Travel Bible felt it looked more like a temple complex than a hotel. Nevertheless it is a hotel and a very plush one at that. So grab your chosen tome and sit and read on the terrace of your suite, occasionally glancing up at the 60 acres or so of serene rice paddies and plantations that surround the hotel. The views are so stunning we challenge you to finish the book.
The Jum Sri Hall library's polished floors and hushed atmosphere.