- Wake up to ethereal Luang Prabang views on a misty morning
- The restaurant is a Lao culinary immersion of rare refinement
- Realise reincarnation is a reality at the fab Spa
A beguiling blend of East meets West, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is an intimate tropical resort with one of the most magical views in, well, pretty much anywhere. A reflective pond extends from the lobby into the horizon, the infinity pool plunges into the jungle and the beautifully proportioned rooms, finished in rosewood, put the luxe into Laos.
At the hotel
Restaurant, bar, pool, spa, library, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, balconies with day-beds, minibar, free bottled water, air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms 501 through 504 have spectacular vistas across the infinity pool and the lush valley beyond. For instant immersion in the swimming pool, rooms 101 and 102, just a leap away from the loungers, are the beds of choice. Large bathrooms boast tempting terrazzo tubs if you’d prefer to cool off in your bower.
The inviting 13-metre infinity pool overlooks the shimmering spires of the old town and the mist-shrouded mountains. Plus, it’s within a whisker of the bar/restaurant should waterside drinks be desired. There’s also a plunge pool in the soothing Mekong Spa complex.
Stash the nattiest swimming costume you own in your Samsonite. A winter warmer may sound a tad OTT for the sub-tropics, but it won’t look as silly as an acrylic pullover from the local market when the mountain air gets nippy.
All guests are welcomed with a drink in the Doc Champa Bar, but you’ll find your gaze wandering to the infinity pool and those expansive, attention-demanding views. Smoking rooms can be requested.
Welcome. Baby cots are free, but extra beds for older kids will set you back US$60 a night. A babysitter is on tap for US$10 an hour
Phou Savanh Restaurant, open throughout the day, has a dramatic location perched above Luang Prabang. The Lao food is sumptuously presented and infused with secret spices, and the French dishes are beyond magnifique.