“Rachamankha, an architetectural gem designed by Thai architect Khun Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, National Artist of Thailand, boasts the kind of understated style you’d expect from a man renowned for his formidable grasp of the aesthetic. This wonderfully civilized establishment looks to Chinese and Lanna design influences for inspiration, its maze-like compound of low buildings and manicured outdoor spaces recalling a bygone era of long, lazy days and exquisite taste. From the thick, white-washed walls and heavy teak doors to the careful symmetry of its open spaces, it’s a subtle, serene hotel that places beauty at the heart of its offering.
A small bar leads to an outdoor courtyard that offers an elegant spot for supper. Local musicians strum on a stage while guests dine on a regional-focused menu that draws inspiration from the staffs’ mothers and grandmothers. For those seeking solitude as night falls, the library houses hundreds of books from the owner’s personal collection, as well as a decanter of cognac thoughtfully laid out to enhance reading pleasure. The swimming pool is large and peaceful; a massage spa located above offers the usual treats.”
Written by Pip Usher