Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Why go: For some R&R in palatial surroundings. Hold court on the balcony facing the spa pool - it's the epitome of atmospheric. Alternatively, turn the romance dial up to maximum, with dinner in the private pavilion.
What's the story: An amble from the old town and built as a residence for a branch of the Lao royal family in the 1900s, Satri House was once the childhood home of Prince Souphanouvong. After an extensive renovation project, it is once again fit for aristocracy: the original house somehow manages to be intimate yet striking and grand all at once. This boutique tribute to a bygone era provides a scene-stealing base from which to explore French colonial Luang Prabang.
The rooms: 25, including seven Junior Suites and three Satri House Suites. Rooms all have four-poster beds, retro phones and wooden furnishings, but room 222 has an inviting terrace with views over the garden and pool. Shell out a little more for secluded Satri House Suite 422's spacious antique-strewn lounge.
Rates: Doubles from £115, including breakfast.