Luang Prabang has quickly become associated with high-end hotels and tailored luxury as an increasing number of top quality choices have emanated to accommodate the endless arrival of erudite tourists, desperate to indulge in this exuberant epicentre of spirituality and culture. The city's 5 star options tend to be a little smaller than their counterparts in other regional cities, but more than make up for it with the personalised luxury and ebullient services provided, set in the mists of this awe-inspiring former royal residences.
The prime attraction of Luang Prabang’s high-end hotels are exquisitely converted French architecture, which usually parades all the trademark chic of French colonialism: whitewash walls, balconies and Parisian shuttered windows. Many of these beautiful residencies belonged to local royalty and officials, and have since been intricately restored to their former glory, with a subtle addition of local Lao furniture and décor, maintaining a sense of location. The authentic antiquity of the hotels is enhanced by the inclusion of modern facilities and amenities, such as swimming pools, impressive spa facilities, internet access and high end dining options, which cater to a plethora of palates. Hotels like Luang Say Residence offer the ultimate fusion of classic and contemporary, and also provide a comfortable base for trips to the region’s celebrated temples, museums and stunning bucolic wonders.
Thanks to the intimacy of the city and the scenic banks of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang has rightfully gained a reputation as one of Asia’s most idyllic destinations. Opulent riverside and hillside properties blend beautiful environs with nearby ancient sights and attractions. Five star lodgings usually organise excursions, with personal drivers and vintage cars, which add to the nostalgic notion. River trips to tranquil waterfalls, clandestine caves and bustling local markets are extremely popular amongst visitors eager for a culture fix. Local tourist guides can also assist in providing an insight into local life and heritage.
Faultless staff cater to guests every need, synthesising exceptional cordiality with unique and impeccable service. No holds are barred when it comes to recent renovations, combining exquisitely decorated rooms with the best in current features, taking tourists on a trip through time, while allowing them the creature comforts that sophisticated guests have come to expect. Four poster beds, silk adorned sofas and striking wooden staircases are but a few of the characteristic design features found in the charismatic hotels and resorts.
But good taste extends even further than the fancy interiors found in Luang Prabang’s high-end accommodation options. The city has an ever expanding status as a nucleus of fine food, and drawing on the French influence, accompanied by many local and Asian flavours it is easy to see why. The delightful dishes can be washed down with an endless array of fine wines, completing the culinary quest and topping off one of Asia’s most memorable holiday experiences.