Laos is an excellent choice if you’re looking to unplug in a rural location; the slow pace perfectly suited to self-care. Whether you’re looking for an at-one-with-nature escape or a calming spa break with a traditional Lao massage, there are enough wellness retreats in Laos to meet your needs. Take the stress out of looking for the best, they’re all listed below – and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.
Tmark Resort Vang Vieng, the largest luxury resort in an otherwise tiny town, is a comfortable jumping-off point for the peace-inducing river, caves and countryside of this beautiful corner of Laos. The hotel rooms and suites are spacious and modern, and when it’s time to relax, provide easy access to the lagoon-like hotel pool or the in-house spa.
Souphattra Hotel is perched at the edge of the historic buildings, temples and palaces of the Unesco-recognised town of Luang Prabang. Taking the form of a French-colonial shophouse, this hotel is made up of 37 stylish rooms, decked in whites and greys, fronting a long, inviting pool. An in-house spa specialises in local-style treatments, and the hotel can organise golf excursions.
The Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel, located in the eponymous town in Laos, recreates a peaceful village atmosphere. Linking 53 rooms and suites in a French colonial-style building, the hotel offers a convenient, luxurious base for exploring one of the more charming Southeast Asian towns. Once you’re back from your adventures, book a signature massage at the in-house spa or stretch out your stresses in the yoga-pilates pavilion.
Located just across the tiny Khan River in Luang Prabang is The Apsara Rive Droite; a boat shuttle connecting you to the hotel, which resembles a rambling French colonial-era mansion. Rooms are outfitted with handsome wood furniture, light curtains filter the abundant natural light, and local design touches bring colour to your stay. An in-house mindfulness therapist and inviting pool are where you’re likely to spend your downtime.
Poised a brief walk from the Unesco-protected historical centre of Luang Prabang is Maison Dalabua. The village-like compound has a lotus pond as its centrepiece, and the airy, timeless rooms provide access to a swimming pool. An in-house spa, located across two antique structures, is your base for a variety of wellness treatments from manicures to signature massages with reflexology and acupuncture.
It’s almost too easy to mistake the Sanctuary Hotel in Luang Prabang for one of the ancient Buddhist temples in the city. Protected by a whitewashed wall, and bearing a footprint that also spans a garden and pool, the vibe is serene and peaceful. Rooms are subtle and handsome, with access to an in-house spa where you can book traditional Lao massages and natural herbal foot soaks.
The Kingfisher Ecolodge sits in the Laos section of the Emerald Triangle in the southernmost province of Champasak. It’s immersed in wildlife, situated between the Xe Pian Natural Protected Area and the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands. Wellness here is all about reconnecting with nature. Go jungle trekking or mountain biking before an evening of stargazing from the porch of your bungalow. In the morning, head to the thatch-roofed, open-air studio overlooking the wetlands for meditation and private yoga classes.
If you find yourself in Xieng Khouang province (presumably visiting the Plain of Jars), it would be remiss to ignore the local hot mineral springs. Stay at the Hot Springs Resort – owned and operated by the Lao government – where you can bathe in the water piped in from the springs. The rustic resort has bungalows and electricity at night. Another spring can be found in Ban Xang, where you can bathe in the river where hot and cool waters meet.
Regina Beach contributed additional reporting to this article.
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