Need to know
Twenty-three, including four suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $532.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast, which includes many ingredients sourced from local farms. Choose from the Continental, full, Laotian or healthy menus, or mix and match individual items like French toast or shirred eggs.
If you find yourself falling in love with the Lao cuisine, book onto the hotel’s royal Laotian cooking class. Culinary director Sebastian Rubis will accompany you to the organic farm and local market, where you’ll seek out the best ingredients for your dishes.
At the hotel
Gardens; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: Tivoli speaker; minibar; Nespresso machine; tea-making kit; free bottled water; Bottega bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Nestled among the trees above the hotel, the hilltop tents have the best of the views. They’re a short walk away from the main buildings, ensuring plenty peace and privacy, but those who like to have everything within arms reach may prefer a villa or suite closer to the heart of the resort. Riverside villas are within earshot of the gurgling water; waterfall villas have large sun decks and private pools.
The oval pool is in the gardens at the centre of the resort, overlooking a natural waterfall on the Nam Dong River. There are stone benches beneath the surface on one side, where you can sip cocktails while staying cool. There are loungers, parasols and tented cabanas on the surrounding lawns.
Sense spa is made up of several tents nestled in the trees, bringing you close to the lush greenery and burbling streams that meander down the mountainside. The treatments draw on traditional Laotian medicine and folk culture, using organic plants, herbs and fruits from the hotel’s own garden. Try a traditional Lao herbal poultice, a gauze pouch of steamed camphor, crinum lily, Vietnamese coriander and white butterfly bush that was used by farmers to banish back pain after long day working the fields. If you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture, try a Hmong treatment with the hotel’s native healer, Mr Xong, who’s been tending to the local community for more than 25 years.
Bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet. There are several waterfalls within a short drive, some with pools that you can jump and swim in.
The hotel’s on hilly ground and many buildings have stairs at the entrance, making it unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Pets up to seven kilos can stay for free. They’ll get a dog bed, bowls and a menu of savoury snacks. Dogs aren’t allowed in the pool area or restaurant, and must be kept on a leash while on the grounds. See more pet-friendly hotels in Luang Prabang.
All ages are welcome, and the hotel has plenty to keep children occupied, including fishing in the river, bamboo dancing and weaving classes. Some rooms can be connected and babysitting is available from US$12 an hour; a day’s notice is needed.