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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Once the residence of Prince Souphanavong and now a UNESCO-protected Heritage House, the antique-filled rooms, dark wood furniture, Bakerlite telephones and fragrant gardens of Satri House create an ideal haven infused with old-world charm.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
As the former childhood villa of Prince Souphanavong, Satri House conjures up old colonial charm and feels more like a home than a boutique hotel. While the original building has been expanded with new additions, linked by covered walkways and lily ponds, the expansion has been within keeping of the general architectural style and the overall effect is a great example of Lao colonial style. The interiors are full of muted blue, grey and burnt orange, which complement the dark woods, antiques and Bakerlite telephones, while the butterfly-filled gardens with their shimmering pools and comfortable loungers invite you to sit down and relax. For anyone looking for a chance to experience the lifestyle of a bygone era, we think Satri House would make a great choice. The staff are warm and friendly, the vibe is calm and relaxed and the night markets of Luang Prabang are just a 10-minute walk away. The hotel is a UNESCO-protected Heritage House and is a 25-minute drive from Luang Prabang airport.
With just 31 rooms and suites there is a personal feel to Satri House. The 14 Deluxe Rooms are decorated in muted colours, with antique rugs, original artefacts, wooden shutters, silk cushions, ceiling fan, air-conditioning, vintage photography, Wi-Fi, walk-in shower, oversized balconies or terraces and flat-screen TV is available on request. For extra space the 14 Junior Suites can accommodate an extra bed for families and also include a bathtub. There are also three Satri House Suites located in the original building for a touch of royal comfort. The Satri House restaurant serves both Asian and French cuisine and guests can dine both indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. For drinks and snacks, the Satri Bar can be found in the gardens alongside the main swimming pool.
Guests have the choice of two refreshing swiming pools. The main pool is shaded by the original house, while the smaller pool is located by the Satri Spa. Loungers come with panama hats for added shade (and style) and the spa offers holistic treatments, massage, steam room and Jacuzzi. Satri House is positioned on the path of the morning alms-giving procession and is only a 10-minute walk from the attractions of Luang Prabang. We think this hotel offers the ultimate in colonial comfort and would make a relaxing base for those looking to explore this UNESCO-listed region of Laos.
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
Mandalao Elephant Conservation Experience
Enjoy time with adult 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
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Siem Reap & Khao Lak
This diverse itinerary is ideal for couples looking for a flavour of Thailand and Indochina, taking in iconic sites, with plenty of culture and adventure along the way, staying at some of the region's most charming boutique properties.