Luang Prabang has some of the best luxury accommodations, restaurants and places to get a massage or spa treatment in Laos. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Lao massage or an all-day spa treatment, check out these top massage parlors and spas in Luang Prabang.
Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum has 20 guest rooms and a beautiful garden where they offer cooking classes for guests and visitors alike. Dine in the open-air restaurant, enjoy a spa treatment or sit down with a good book by the pool. The Angsana Spa uses native flowers and fruits in its aromatherapy. Therapists have all been trained in Thailand or Indonesia. The spa takes its name from the tropical Angsana Tree which blooms unexpectedly with golden, fragrant flowers.
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AvaniSpa is located at the newly acquired Avani+ hotel in downtown Luang Prabang, which was rebranded in March 2018 at the property that was formerly Azerai. AvaniFit focuses on lifestyle elements that promote healthy bodies and minds including gym sessions and daily yoga classes in the on-site studio. There is a 275-ft. swimming pool and pool bar. The spa offers two single and two double treatment rooms with a communal relaxation lobby. Services range from massages to mani/pedis
Belmond La Résidence is a luxury hotel fusing traditional Laos-style architecture with French-influenced style. The Belmond is famed for local cuisine and an open-air spa beside a water lily pool. The spa has single and couples retreat rooms and offers a variety of services, including the detoxifying Sip Sen Lao massage formerly reserved for royalty and private meditation sessions on a boat in the Mekong.
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.
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 artifacts from all over Asia collected by the Lao-born and French-raised owner. The spa offers Lao and oil massage, a cold plunge pool, reflexology, nail care and facials.
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 Naga Hotel in downtown Luang Prabang and was fully restored in 2015. The facilities have traditional Lao architecture, as well as French Colonial. Pet rabbits run through the manicured gardens that also have lily ponds, pools and an outdoor fire pit. The spa is housed in a traditional Lao building on stilts which lets in natural light while you’re pampered with a massage or treatment.
The Sanakeo Boutique is a 33-room hotel with a large swimming pool, gym, and daily yoga classes for those looking for lots of activity. A sauna, and spa offer a variety of massages and spa services. The rooms are spacious with balconies overlooking the courtyard and pool. Breakfast is included and happy hour is 5-7 p.m. The staff offers impeccable service and Sanakeo is wheelchair accessible, a rarity in Laos.
Kiridara Hotel is a purple-themed 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. An infinity pool with mountain view, fitness center with yoga studio and Lao spa pamper guests. Choose from a variety of services ranging from facials and baths to steam rooms, massages and body treatments. Spa products are locally sourced adding to Kiridara’s sustainability efforts while supporting local businesses. Phu Doi Restaurant is open all day serving Lao and western food.
Amantaka is an exclusive resort with ample lush gardens hidden behind high white walls. Sixteen of the 24 suites have private swimming pools in a private enclosed courtyard. Formerly a hospital, it was renovated into a luxury hotel complete with spa, library, art gallery and tennis courts. The wellness center offers traditional Lao Baci ceremonies, Lao massage, herbal treatments, organic facials, scrubs and wraps.