Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos
In the ancient capital of Laos is a resort of extraordinary brilliance—Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is shrouded in leafy wonderment high atop the Hill of Kites in Luang Prabang. With views of colliding rivers, soaring mountains, and ancient temples, this luxury resort embraces its Asian history and French influences. The collection of rooms and suites are exquisitely appointed eschewing ornate embellishments and opting for cleaner and more calming motifs. Terrazo baths, rich organic cottons, spacious surroundings and plush textiles are just a few of the unexpected pleasures concealed behind closed doors. Large picture windows frame seemingly airbrushed views of the breathtaking landscape.
Dining at La Résidence is an explosion of exotic flavors that marry Laotian cuisine with traditional European tastes. Illuminated by a fleet of lanterns, Phou Savanh Restaurant's setting is as appetizing as the menu. French and Laotian cuisine complements one another for lunch and dinner. The Five Hundred Candle Dinner is an amazing culinary experience and one to surely ignite romance. A table for two is positioned on the resort's hilltop where 500 flickering candles set the stage for an elegant dinner and live music accompaniment. End the evening on a high note at the Doc Champa Bar, an open-air lounge that also serves a delightful afternoon tea. Home to the nation's first luxury spa, Mekong Spa is superb sanctuary featuring an array of treatments, steam room and a refreshing infinity-edge pool. Take a two-wheel trek and enjoy a scenic bike ride stopping only to enjoy a gourmet, chef-prepared picnic of regional specialties.
Location of Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
3 PO Box 50, Luang Prabang, Laos
Nearest Airport: LPQ
Amenities for Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
- General Information
- 34 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Steam Room
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephones
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Satellite Television
- Bottled Water
- Cooking Classes
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Room
- Historic Sites
- Food & Wine
Reviews for Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
We experienced an extremely relaxing two nights at this refined small hotel gracing an elevated sight in the former capital of Laos. We were greeted enthusiastically at the front desk where their meals, spa opportunities, boutique, business center and pool area were all meticulously presented to us, while we sipped on a welcoming drink. We were given the chance to select handmade fragranced bars of soap with a choice of three specially formulated scents. That was a unique and pleasant opportunity, Then we were escorted to our mountain view room which was expansive and ever so comfortable, beautiful, and impeccably attended to. We enjoyed the informative books provided and loved turning their pages while lounging out on our balcony, facing Phouxi - the sacred mountain topped by a famous stupa on the other side of the Mekong River. We also lounged at the beautiful infinity pool - which looks exactly like its picture, and refreshed ourselves with intermittent dips and swims. The massages we had in their free-standing spa were excellent and done with great care and in a very pleasant and immaculate environment. We had two delicious breakfasts, choosing from a variety of goodies on their extensive buffet. Had we wanted to, we could have taken advantage of individually ordered eggs or Asian soup preparations. In the evenings, after sightseeing, we enjoyed two al fresco dinners, overlooking the pool and Mt. Phouxi. The menu included both continental and Asian selections and each night we were pleased with the preparation and taste of our meals. During our meals, we enjoyed talking with several of the wait staff and were happy to have the chance to learn more about life in Laos. The service and attention from all members of the staff, from the moment we arrived until we reached the end of our vacation, couldn't have been better. It was a true pleasure to have been guests at the Belmond La Residence Phou Vao!
Abbey041 - Denver, Colorado
The place is beautyful, but the service at reception is really poor. We got there and they didn't really know which rooms were for who, but they pretended like they did, so my 89 year old grandmother had to go up and down and up and down and up and down, all the stars the cover the pathways. The director didn't have the professional level expected at such resort. Or the english level expected. On the other hand the bartender was a great guy.
We spent 5 days at the Belmond with the intention of having a very relaxing stay in Luang Prabang. We were not disappointed. We had a very nice room which looked onto the garden and spent lots of time at the lovely pool. The breakfasts were excellent with special stands with ladies cooking eggs on one and noodle soup on the other. I was much inspired and they showed me how to make the soup and I have successfully cooked it on returning home. A few folk thought the restaurant was expensive but there was excellent service, an amuse bouche and lovely cooked bread with several spreads. Our favourite was the green curry and The Gardener dish. We ate there 4 of our 5 nights which is a great recommendation. There is a small bar with an excellent bar manager. Watching him make the Dagon Bubble cocktail with chilli and ginger was an experience. We stuck to more conventional cocktails and the excellent Beerlao. We walked into town one day and used the complimentary bikes on another occasion. However there is a shuttle from the hotel into town throughout the day which is a great asset. So from our perspective a lovely location, great hotel and fantastic service.
T Roy S
I can only agree with all the five star reviews, this is an exceptional place. We spent 5 nights in a beautiful suite with mountain view which turned out to be a special treat. The service is impeccable, the staff very helpful and friendly. The breakfasts at the pool were delicious. The only draw back is the cost of food and drinks. As a number of guests who we talked to during our stay pointed out that these are New York prices. The quality of their food is very good and they have to import a lot of the ingredients but this is still not enough of a reason for the steep prices.
HazelVienna_Austria - Vienna, Austria
We stayed at this hotel for my birthday last year and overall enjoyed the experience. The highlight was the town itself as it is really pretty and peaceful and a real gem of Asia. The hotel is on the outskirts of town, which gives it a nice quiet ambience away from noise and dust. It has beautiful landscaped gardens and a very romantic view over mount Phousi. As we were jet legged from our long flight, we were lucky to get up in the very early morning to experience a very beautiful breakfast view just around sun rise. It was still a little steamy from morning fog and looked absolutely magical. The breakfast buffet had a decent choice of food and a friendly service. One of the mornings we had an excursion booked and did not have enough time to finish breakfast and the staff were kind enough to package a few things to take away. Rooms had a traditional Asian style, but somewhat too simple in my view given the high rate. We also had a little balcony, but could not really enjoy too much time outside as the mozzies were always around. I believe they do considerable fogging, which helps, but still you do get bitten occasionally. Food was generally good. Housekeeping also provided a good service as well as the reception staff. The hotel has shuttle buses running regularly into town and they would accommodate pick ups in town too, if requested. It was a relaxing stay overall (apart from a stomach poisoning that I got from Aman hotel, which was beyond unbelievable, definitely not going to Aman hotel) and will consider coming back to Belmond La Residence Phou Vao when next time in Luang Prabang.
Bobik - London