The Newest Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
Who would have ever thought that Laos would one day be a part of the boutique hotel scene? The La Résidence Phou Vao is the newest luxury boutique hotel near the capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. The 32-room hotel got rave reviews from the NYT yesterday:
The hotel resembles a sprawling French colonial mansion, with bleached white walls, burnt sienna tile roofs, and spacious shuttered verandas. Narrow footpaths wind past crumbling Buddhist stupas and nearly overgrown gardens, leading to the hotel's spa. Service is fast and attentive without the over-the-top obsequiousness that sometimes becomes uncomfortable at luxury hotels in Asia.
And that's just some of the kind words the Grey Lady had for the resort. The reviewer, Joshua Kurlantzick, gave props to the wooden bed with "extremely soft sheets." And despite the mosquito netting, there were no bugs to be found. Holla'!
Strong water pressure, a therapeutic massage, wireless internet and an expansive room service menu also got rave reviews.
The town of Luang Prabang is about a mile walk yet the hotel can rent you a bicycle or shuttle you over there, should you want to avoid walking in the heat.
But the distance from town gives it the seclusion and surrounding fauna to make one feel less guilty about foregoing a cultural experience for at least a few days of the trip and lounging by the pool. Guests can hear morning chanting of monks and glimpse temples in the distance. Doubles start at $145 in low season.
· Check In, Check Out La Résidence Phou Vao [NY Times]