Fodor's Expert Review Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao Hotel

Phou Vao Hill 3, Luang Prabang, Louangphabang, Laos Fodor's Choice

Its prime position on Phou Vao (Kite Hill) gives this sumptuous hotel the best views in town. Traditional Lao touches are everywhere, creating a sense of exotic luxury in the rosewood-furnished rooms. In the evening you can relax over cocktails at the Dok Champa Bar and soak in the restful garden surroundings. The restaurant ($$$$) is among Luang Prabang's best, serving authentic Lao food and rich French dishes. Seven different therapies are available at the spa; stay a full week and you can try a different treatment each day. The hotel provides a free shuttle service into town for its guests. At $380 for the lowest-price rooms, the hotel is very expensive during the high season, but substantial discounts are offered during slower periods.

PROS

  • infinity pool
  • excellent restaurant
  • discounts for longer stays

CONS

  • garden rooms do not have great views
  • a bit far to walk to town
  • not the best value

QUICK FACTS

Resort
RomanticViews
Sophisticated
Mountainside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 071-212530
Website: belmond.com

HOTEL DETAILS

34 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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