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Another Cool Boutique Hotel in Laos: Villa Maly

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  Site Where: PO Box 158, Luang Prabang, Laos
September 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (4)

Luang Prabang in north-central Laos is a town we keep saying is really a place to visit, and now they're even getting yet another boutique hotel. The Villa Maly is due to open on October 1.

Since Luang Prabang is the old royal capital of Laos, then it's not so unusual to create a hotel out of the ex-residence of a local prince, which is what's happened with the Villa Maly. They've created 33 rooms spread across five buildings and it's all a mix of Laotian architecture and French and British colonial influences. Five of the rooms are deluxe and have their own balconies and views over the gardens and pool.

Villa Maly is modern enough, we're pleased to say, to include stuff like WiFi, rain showers and air-conditioning in every room. But until the opening is upon us, we can't seem to get info on how much each room will set us back so stay tuned.

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The Newest Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang

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  Site Where: 3 Post Office Box 50, Luang Prabang, Laos
November 5, 2007 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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· Check In, Check Out La Résidence Phou Vao [NY Times]