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The ancient city of Luang Prabang is one of Laos’ cultural gems. Famed for the dozens of exquisite buddhist temples that call it home, the city sits peacefully at the junction of the Mekong and Kong rivers in a setting that is both tranquil and romantic. Overlooking Mount Phousi (which is not so much a mountain as a 100 metre hill) is the Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel, a luxe little getaway perfectly situated for exploring the vibrant surroundings.
Once upon a time, the hotel served as housing quarters for French officers, a history which is evidenced by the building’s pretty, colonial-style façade. Within, 53 rooms are oases of comfort and calm. Warm, wooden floors and furnishings, creamy fabrics and elegantly simple pieces of artwork create spaces that feel invitingly zen. All rooms have terraces or balconies; some overlook the pool, while others face outwards. Bathrooms lack tubs, unfortunately, but are pretty and well-lit.
Start the day with a buffet breakfast buffet before venturing out to explore. You needn’t return for a midday meal; food at the hotel’s bistro-style Main Street Bar and Grill is good, but not life-changing. You’d be better off saving yourself the trip and eating instead at one of the many fabulous stalls and restaurants in town. Do, however, pop back in the evening; the Main Street Bar is a chic spot to sip on a cocktail while gazing out at the lively night market. There’s also a coffee spot (called The Coffee Club) which stays open well into the evening.
Swimmers will be pleased to know that Avani+ is one of the only hotels in the city that boasts a pool. It’s an elegant affair, with plenty of loungers and a pool bar close at hand. There’s a fitness centre as well and a small (but lovely) little spa. Jogging or cycling around town is another way to keep fit while visiting, and the hotel encourages guests to take advantage of the lawn and yoga pavilion.
There’s plenty to do nearby, from exploring the numerous temples to watching local artisans spin silk. Visit the majestic Kuang Si waterfalls, climb Mount Phousi to watch the sunset or float down the Mekong on a dinner cruise. At least once, be sure to witness almsgiving – the peaceful procession of Monks in saffron robes who file by the hotel at dawn.
How to get here
10 minutes from Luang Prabang International Airport