Launched in 2005 by a husband-and-wife team, Villa Maydou is a luxurious but pleasantly low-key boutique hotel straddling the banks of the Nam Khan river, about a mile from the Luang Prabang night market. The property's 29 rooms are spread across five traditional Laotian villas, two of which date to 1925 and 1936 and have been restored with the guidance of UNESCO's office in Luang Prabang (the whole town is a World Heritage site). All rooms feature elegant furniture and decor integrating a mix of locally sourced furnishings and traditional embroidered linens. The villas are surrounded by quiet gardens with lots of tropical flora and a lovely pool at the center. An open-air restaurant offers a varied breakfast buffet along with continental classics and a smattering of local specialties. Free loaner bicycles for guests make getting around town a breeze.