Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
Set on the palm-frilled fringes of Luang Prabang in Laos, with Buddhist temples in the vicinity, the Rosewood Luang Prabang is the most heavenly of hideaways in South East Asia.
Rosewood Luang Prabang is a forgotten 19th century hill station brought back to life as a 23 room resort telling the story of a bygone era. Once the estate of a French colonialist, the crumbling estate was transformed into the first luxury villa and tent resort within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang.
Nestling in the jungle canopy are six safari-style tents, with zip-up walls, open-plan bathrooms and balconies with glorious mountain and valley views. Equally delightful are the hotel’s pool villas. Interiors have been designed in colonial-chic style – jewel tones, lashings of teak, decorative suitcases, silk lanterns and antiques.
Rosewood Luang Prabang’s restaurant, The Great House, features gastronomic Laotian flavors and seasonally sourced farm-to-table ingredients, all in peaceful and mystical surrounds. A perfect place to relax is the Elephant Bridge Bar which hovers over the river which elephants used to cross back in the days.
There’s an oval-shaped swimming pool in the gardens and a wonderful little spa upstream, with three treatment rooms featuring glass panel floors, allowing you to gaze at the river while enjoying a massage.
The Rosewood Luang Prabang is only a 10-minute drive from Luang Prabang; a charming Laos town bursting with culture and history.