The Luang Prabang edition of luxury hotel group Rosewood is a beautiful, boutique property set in the jungle region just outside the town. Designed by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, its well-crafted French-Indochine style is redolent of Luang Prabang’s rich cultural heritage. The UNESCO protected centre is just a ten-minute drive away, but here you feel immersed in nature: the property is built on a lush hilltop, has a river running through it and even its waterfall. This is something different, ideal for people who would like to experience the town by day and retreat to nature by night.
It is small and intimate, with 23 guestrooms, villas and suites and a good-sized pool, though certain rooms have their private pools as well. What makes the hotel unique, however, is the addition of luxury hilltop tents with glorious views over the surrounding area. These are very comfortable, and there is nothing else like it in the nearby area.
The Elephant Bridge Bar is the perfect place for a relaxing evening drink - the bar specialises in classic cocktails with a tropical twist. There is also a lovely restaurant that serves farm-to-table Laotian cuisine with a fresh seasonal menu - though you are close enough to the town to pop in for dinner if you prefer.
One thing to bear in mind is that since the property is built on a hillside, there are quite a few steps to the rooms. While this makes for a lovely aesthetic, it might not be convenient for everyone.
Overall this is a gorgeous, characterful hotel that would no doubt enrich a stay in charming Luang Prabang.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
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