The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang is unlike anywhere else in the country. With stunning scenery and a cafe culture, it’s a hybrid of European influence mixed with the laid-back Lao atmosphere. While you won’t find any huge resorts in Luang Prabang, you will find the quiet luxury of high-end boutique hotels with impeccable service, amenities, and unbelievable views.
My Dream Boutique Resort, Luang Prabang
My Dream Boutique Resort is a paradise across the Nam Khan from Luang Prabang’s old town. While it feels secluded and remote, free bicycles on the property make it easy to head into town across the motorbike bridge. Walking to town across the bamboo bridge is possible in the dry season as well. The resort is a spectacular hideaway. Walk through a bamboo tunnel to get from the street to the resort. Eat incredible food at the restaurant, enjoy an al fresco massage next to the river or sit by the pool. The 21 guest rooms are within small villas throughout the property, ensuring relaxation and privacy.
3 Nagas Luang Prabang
3 Nagas by Sofitel is located in the heart of Luang Prabang’s old town. The three vintage buildings that make up the hotel are designed in Lao and French architecture styles and have UNESCO status. The buildings are over 100 years old and one of them housed the former royal family’s ice cream parlour. Homemade ice cream is served today as an homage to a bygone era.
Kiridara Luang Prabang
Belmond La Résidence is a 5-star resort nestled away in the mountains of Luang Prabang. It’s structured like a castle on a hillside with multiple buildings containing its 24 rooms, giving guests unprecedented views of the jungle and city. Book a 500-candle dinner at the gazebo near the lily pond, or schedule a Lao or western-style spa treatment. Try your hand at archery and petanque or relax by one of two pools.
Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang is a 25-room luxury hotel on a historic estate that was the French Governor’s mansion 100 years ago. Turned into a hotel in 2010, it’s the French-run sister resort to 3 Nagas Hotel in downtown Luang Prabang and was fully restored in 2015. The facilities have traditional Lao architecture as well as French Colonial style. Pet rabbits run through the manicured gardens that also have lily ponds, pools, and an outdoor fire pit.
Azerai opened its doors in March 2017. The 53-room luxury hotel has a bistro with drool-worthy desserts and the beautiful bar with its wooden ceiling has happy hour every night from 5 to 10 pm. The location really can’t be beaten as it is steps away from attractions such as temples and the night market. A beautiful outdoor pool occupies the centre of the courtyard. A yoga studio on the premises hosts classes on Sundays, and the spa offers pampering massages and world-class service.
Satri House Secret Garden Retreats
Satri House is an art lover’s dream come true. The property used to be the house of the Lao royal family and was converted into a five-room guest house in 2002. It has since expanded to include 31 rooms. Situated near downtown Luang Prabang, this luxury resort boasts two swimming pools, lotus ponds, and museum-quality artefacts from all over Asia collected by the Lao-born and French-raised owner.
Kiridara Luang Prabang
Kiridara Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel outside the city. Situated on a hill, it affords magnificent views of Mount Phousi. Each of the 24 rooms is spacious and elegant with feather beds and terraces. Guests can get pampered at the infinity pool with views of the mountain, the fitness centre with a yoga studio, or the Lao spa. Phu Doi Restaurant is open all day, serving Lao and western food.
Le Sen Boutique Hotel
La Sen is a beautiful 20-room hotel with a cosy jungle courtyard and swimming pool. La Sen Restaurant has an al fresco dining area filled with plants and offers happy hour from 4 to 6 pm. daily. The workout facility is open 24 hours a day if you’re inclined to work off the delicious breakfast that’s included in the room rate. Shuttle service to the airport and to the old town area of Luang Prabang makes transportation and sight-seeing a breeze.
Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum
Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum has 20 guest rooms and a beautiful garden where they offer cooking classes for hotel guests and visitors alike. Dine in the open air restaurant, take in a spa treatment, or sit down with a good book by the pool.
Amantaka is an exclusive resort with ample lush gardens for strolling hidden behind high white walls. Sixteen of the 24 suites have private swimming pools in enclosed courtyards. Formerly a hospital, it was renovated into a luxury hotel complete with spa, library, art gallery, and tennis courts.