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Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao enjoys a unique location as the only hotel in Luang Prabang built on Phou Vao Hill, which translates as the hill of the kites. This vantage point affords panoramic views looking out over the countryside.
Stay at the Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, and you can easily visit the old town of Luang Prabang – the beautifully-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring traditional Laotian architecture and European colonial buildings – just two kilometres away. The hotel is the perfect retreat: rooms are furnished simply and elegantly with emphasis on local styles and materials. Rosewood furniture shimmers in contrast to rich cotton fabrics, whilst bathrooms feature freeform marble tubs.
For a taste of local flavour, the hotel’s team of talented chefs at Phou Savanh restaurant create delectable traditional Laotian and French cuisine. For cool cocktails after a day out sightseeing, the Doc Champa bar offers a comfortable indoor lounge where relaxation is king, as well as outdoor seating with fabulous views over the swimming pool and beyond – it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset. If you’re tempted to try your hand at cooking regional dishes for yourself, lessons can be arranged.
If you want to unwind, the tropical gardens filled with palms, bougainvillaea and fragrant frangipani shrubs provide a tranquil backdrop. The centrepiece is the hotel’s stunning infinity-edge swimming pool which allows for uninterrupted views of the sacred mountains, lush valley and glimmering gold pagodas below as you do a few laps.
Opt for a treatment at The Mekong Spa, the first luxury spa in Luang Prabang. Spa pavilions are decorated in a contemporary style with Laotian accents including elegant silk wall panels, while the scent of lemongrass fills the air. A full range of face and body treatments are available, including facials, massages, body scrubs, body wraps and packages for individuals and couples. Therapies incorporate pure botanical ingredients from local organic gardens which aim to heal and nurture the body, mind and soul.
How to get here
10 minutes by road from Luang Prabang International Airport