La Résidence Phou Vao
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is a tranquil boutique resort tucked away in a quiet hillside neighborhood, a 20-minute walk from the heart of Luang Prabang. It's spread out across three acres of lush grounds, complete with a beautiful infinity pool and an elegant spa offering all sorts of massages, facials, and traditional Lao herbal steam baths. The hotel is particularly beautiful at night, when the grounds are illuminated with lanterns, and when it's not raining, guests can dine alfresco on Franco-Laotian fusion cuisine. Those looking for something extra romantic also have the option of booking a private dining experience in a secluded gazebo in the hotel's garden set to the backdrop of 500 illuminated candles. And while the facilities are undeniably fantastic, the 34 guest rooms here certainly aren’t too shabby themselves. All integrate locally sourced materials, including low wooden tables and beautiful Laotian pottery and basketry, and have huge balconies with views out on the gardens or toward the city center below.
By Margot Bigg, AFAR Contributor
Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 71 212 534