Unesco-listed lily ponds, lush gardens, lap pools and luxe spas are just some of the treats in store at these boutique offerings in Luang Prabang, a must-see city in Laos.
Steeped in history, spirituality and natural beauty, the Unesco-listed ancient city of Luang Prabang is Laos’ top tourist attraction – and it’s easy to see why. Culture buffs will have a field day exploring its Buddhist temples and age-old heritage buildings; nature lovers can check out the many national parks, cascading waterfalls and caves; foodies can tuck into traditional dishes and street-food snacks, such as mpoka (steamed fish) and or lam (spicy meat stew). As for where to stay, we’ve got you covered with our pick of the best boutique hotels in Luang Prabang.
Tranquil retreat Jing Land Hotel is situated on the slopes of Phousi Mountain, meaning spectacular views any stay at this chic spot. Rooms are spacious and feature king-sized beds, rain showers and polished teak floors. Dine-in at one of the three restaurants, offering everything from Cantonese cuisine to homey Lao delicacies, ideal to fuel up before heading out to explore the nearby Royal Palace and Night Market.
Set on lush gardens, this leafy, tropical-fringed hideaway is ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in nature. The spacious rooms come with high ceilings and decor that blends traditional textiles and rustic dark-wood furnishings with modern rainfall showers. Some even have balconies that look out on one of the hotel’s three Unesco-guarded lily ponds. Besides taking a dip in the pool or indulging in spa treatments, guests can enjoy fine-dining Lao cuisine at popular restaurant Manda de Laos – whose ceiling is atmospherically trailed by the aerial roots of a Banyan tree.
This is a great option for those looking for the ultimate wellness experience. Aside from a spa where you can pamper yourself with traditional relaxation treatments, the hotel also includes a sauna, yoga studio, fitness centre and swimming pool. The 33 spacious rooms are kitted out in teak-wood furniture, with some opening out directly to either the pool or garden area. You can opt to rent a bicycle to explore the surroundings or head further afield on a hotel-organised tour to the Pak Ou Caves or Kuang Si Falls.
Situated on the outskirts of the city centre, Muang Thong Hotel offers a cosy retreat that isn’t too far away from the action. Rooms are minimally finished with comfortable beds and are decorated with bold and vibrant traditional fabrics. The hotel’s centrepiece is its central outdoor pool surrounded by a clutch of deck chairs. It’s a perfect spot to relax with a book or sip on a few cocktails as you soak up the afternoon sun. Popular sights such as the Royal Palace and Phousi Mountain are a 10-minute walk away.
The stately colonial property was first opened in 2002 and underwent a major refurb in 2009. Today, it consists of 27 rooms and suites festooned with old-school design touches: think traditional fabrics, antique objects and dark-wood furniture. The sprawling grounds house many green spaces, as well as a spa with a Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool and steam room. The on-site restaurant is known for its delicious Lao cuisine, such as fried whole Mekong River fish with tamarind sauce and salad.
Situated near the riverside, this luxury hotel is set in a traditional French-style property. Take your pick from a range of spacious rooms that feature teak flooring, high ceilings and traditional Lao art and textiles throughout the space. For a memorable way to unwind at the end of the day, visit the hotel’s terrace restaurant, where you can feast on classic Lao dishes and fine wines as you take in the picturesque river views.
This charming boutique hotel is located just outside the city centre. It offers a range of amenities, including a large central pool surrounded by towering trees and a fitness centre. Rooms are large and come furnished with contemporary touches, while suites and villas include a bathtub with Jacuzzi jets. The hotel is located near the popular Buddhist temple and monastery Wat Manorom and guests can also hop on a shuttle service to the Night Market, which takes place each evening on Sisavangvong Road.
For a rustic boutique retreat with gorgeous river views, look no further than The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel. It’s situated right on the shores of the Mekong River and has a mix of rooms and suites: some with plush four-poster beds, others with private balconies that overlook the serene waterway. Guests also have access to the hotel’s very own riverfront garden, where you can grab evening cocktails, cooled by the breeze.
Centrally located within walking distance of the Mekong River, Royal Palace, Nam Khan River and Night Market, this bolthole provides a quiet oasis in the middle of the action. It offers 15 rooms and suites decorated with teak wood furnishings and traditional textiles. Suites have a separate seating area, as well as an expansive shaded private terrace that’s perfect for relaxing with a drink in the evening. Afterwards, head to the restaurant to feast on Lao cuisine as folk music plays.
Known for its impeccable hospitality and tranquil environment, this hotel is located in a quiet spot where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. Its 24 rooms are spread out over five buildings constructed in the classic wood-heavy Luang Prabang style, some offering views of the river. You can choose to book a Mekong River cruise, pamper yourself with a treatment at the spa or go for a swim in the saltwater pool – heated during the slightly cooler winter months.
Backed by the majestic Phousi Mountain and surrounded by sweet-smelling Champa trees, Kindara Luang Prabang offers a mix of bright rooms with large windows. Be sure to check out the standout infinity pool that gazes out to the hills. You’ll also find a spa, restaurant and bar – the latter a prime spot to enjoy signature Asian-inspired cocktails and catch the sunset.
Elegance reigns at this hotel set in a colonial-era mansion. Rooms, suites and public areas all feature a mix of Lao and French design elements, such as rattan furniture, traditional handicrafts, antiques and opulent chandeliers. The hotel’s crowning jewel is its swimming pool, surrounded by shaded pavilions and palms. Should you wish to do some exploring, popular sites – including the Night Market, National Museum and numerous Buddhist temples – are a quick car ride away.
This boutique property takes being eco-friendly very seriously indeed. Situated along the banks of the Nam Khan river, it prides itself on being a place where guests can commune with nature as they disconnect from the daily grind. Rooms are decked out in plenty of colourful art and rustic wooden furnishings whilst there are a range of suites, villas and even tents for fans of glamping. Activities include outdoor yoga classes, spa and massage services, cooking tutorials and horse-riding excursions.