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Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Luang Prabang, Laos
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
Where Eastern grace and serenity meets Western comfort and luxury, the former royal summer house, Belmond Phou Vau enjoys a spectacular hilltop location overlooking the UNESCO Heritage region of Luang Prabang.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Located at the top of the Phou Vao hill, this one-time royal summer house sits in beautiful gardens full of frangipani, hibiscus, mango and sunburst palms, with wonderful views of Mount Phousi and Luang Prabang. Infused with the soothing calm and tranquillity synonymous with Eastern culture, the Belmond Phou Vao seamlessly blends this ambience with the best of modern Western amenities, making this lush tropical retreat one of Luang Prabang’s premier hotels. The traditional Lao-style buildings sit in beautiful gardens dotted with ornamental lily ponds and a glorious infinity pool, both of which are lit by thousands of candles every night. This is a relaxing place to stay and guests can look forward to a warm welcome and outstanding levels of service. It is just a five-minute ride into town either by tuk-tuk, or the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service and Luang Prabang airport is just four-kilometres away.
There are 34 suites which are all spacious, elegantly furnished and full of natural light. Teak wooden floors and furnishings are offset by white walls and linens, private balconies come with daybeds and there is a choice of view: garden, pool or mountain. Amenities include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, Satellite TV, minibar, safe, large bathroom with free-standing terrazzo bathtub and shower and guests will love the supply of fresh flowers and fruits. The Phou Savanh restaurant serves both French-influenced Lao and Western favourites and there are wonderful views from the Doc Champa Bar, an ideal location for drinks or afternoon tea.
The 13-metre infinity pool is surrounded by comfortable loungers and is dramatically and romantically-lit at night by thousands of candles. There is also a small plunge pool in the Mekong Spa, which was the first luxury spa in Luang Prabang, offering a range of holistic massage and beauty treatments. This is a lovely area to explore on bike and the hotel offers gourmet picnics to take along with you and those with a culinary-interest may wish to sign up for one of the hotel’s traditional cooking classes. While the Belmond Phou Vao may not have the convenience of being in the centre of town, we think the amazing views and overall experience of staying here more than makes up for this.
When to go
November to April is the best time to visit Laos with dry and warm weather, with March and April being the hottest months. October and May are also good months to visit with only a bit of rain. July to September are the wettest months in Laos.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
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Mandalao Elephant Conservation Experience
Enjoy time with adult and baby elephants in this wonderful half day morning experience, located about 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. This is a small and shared educational experience that is a fantastic way to learn about these incredible creatures.
Private Sunset Cruise
Take a private cruise along the Mekong at sunset. Enjoy drinks and snacks and watch the colours change as the sun sinks towards the horizon, and take in the beautiful scenery around you.
Tak Bat; Morning Alms
Rise early and travel to the roads outside one of Luang Prabang’s monasteries. Here you can witness the monks emerging at dawn to collect their alms for the day, with their saffron robes creating a bright contrast against the soft morning light.
This evening you will have the chance to take part in The Baci, one of the oldest traditions in Laos. This ceremony is believed to balance the spirits in the body, and to bring good luck and health to participants.
Visit the Phathok Cave
Accompanied by a guide, explore the historical Phathok cave, a fascinating and poignant reminder of the impact of war upon this region.
Half Day Cycling Tour of Luang Prabang
Take to two wheels to explore the delightful Luang Prabang. Explore cultural highlights including the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Royal Palace and two of town’s most impressive temples; Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong.
Full Day Trek to Hat Sao and Boat Cruise
A full day trek to through the picturesque scenery and rural villages surrounding Nong Khiaw, including a leisurely scenic boat cruise up the Nam Ou River.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Venture out of Luang Prabang to visit the picturesque Kuang Si Waterfalls. Trek to the top, swim in the pools, or simply sit back and soak up the beautiful surroundings. You can also visit the Free the Bears Sanctuary and Kuang Si Butterfly Park.
Luang Prabang Full Day City Tour
Accompanied by a private guide, spend the day exploring the charming UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, taking in the Royal Palace, glittering temples, fascinating Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre and panoramic views from Mount Phousi.
Pak Ou Caves
Enjoy a private two-hour cruise up the Mekong by longtail boat to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. The caves conceal thousands of Buddha statues, varying in shape, size and design.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
This wonderful itinerary combines luxury and adventure. From the lush countryside of northern Thailand head off the beaten track and venture into northern Laos where you can explore incredible scenery, diverse hilltribe cultures and charming towns.