Need To Know
12pm, but flexible subject to availabilty (after 3pm there's a half-night charge; after 6pm, you'll need to pay for a full extra night). Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $420.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include à la carte breakfast and afternoon tea and selected complimentary minibar treats.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, spa, yoga pavilion, cooking school, boutique, library, bikes for guests' use. In rooms: flatscreen TV, preloaded iPod, minibar, toiletries, free bottled water.
Set around a central courtyard, the spacious suites are a seamless blend of restored Unesco-listed colonial buildings, in trad Lao architectural style, and newer additional spaces. All offer fabulous high ceilings, dreamy net-draped beds, drenching rain showers and sinuous baths, plus private gardens. We adore the four corner Pool Suites, which include your own lap pool and a bath and shower that open up to the outdoors. Two (suites 9 and 22) even feature dramatic watchtowers for romantic dining while taking in eye-popping mountain views.
A 25-metre outdoor swimming pool graces the spacious sun-trap of a central courtyard, fringed by guest suites so you can dive straight in. Contemporary wooden day-beds and two handy alfresco showers line the surrounding terrace.
Bring cool and stretchy kit to make the most of the yoga pavilion – monk-packed, mountain-backed Luang Prabang is enough to bring out the spiritual in anyone. Active types should also pack clobber for mountain biking, trekking or kayaking.
Smoking is permitted but only in dedicated areas.
Welcome: baby cots are provided for free and extra beds for older children cost US$36 a night. Babysitting is available with staff from US$5 to US$12 an hour, with a day's notice.
Food here is local, seasonal and organic where possible, and the hotel is committed to recycling and avoiding using plastic toiletry bottles. Guests can make use of free bicycles and donate to local schools through the hotel's charity programme.