137 Pillars House
Built in the 19th century as the headquarters of the Borneo Company Limited – a colonial-era trading firm – this Lanna-style teak-wood building was transformed into a hotel in 2011. Amid the neatly manicured lawns and towering coconut trees, they’ve tried to make this peaceful retreat as sustainable as possible: live plant walls by the pool to cool it down naturally; locally sourced, seasonal food, some grown on-site; energy-efficient lighting. Yet throughout the 30 palatial suites, with their high ceilings, large windows and expansive super-king beds, a sense of luxury pervades. Elsewhere, a well-stocked library, a full-service spa and a slew of history-focused tours ups the indulgence further still.