Situated in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town, yet in its own secluded area, this stunning boutique property is built around a 200-year-old Tamarind tree from which the hotel takes its name. This magnificent tree stands proudly in the middle of a lawned courtyard, flanked by a low-rise collection of white painted buildings outlined with dark wooden doors, windows and staircases all connected by traditional red brick paths and hugged by tropical plants. Our plans to explore the town further quickly evaporated as we were led to our room – a spa villa, a generous suite, complete with outside shower and indoor bath. We felt instantly at home, a feeling reinforced by the fact that all the staff greeted us by name each time we passed them in the hotel. They were also eager to impart useful insider information on the surrounding area and beyond. Our evenings were mostly spent enjoying the comfortable tranquillity of the hotel. The property’s restaurant, the Ruen Tamarind, was to die for – Northern Thai cooking couldn’t get any better. And when we finally retired to our room, we were greeted by an awesome sight – our terrace, lovingly decorated with candles.