Best for Cultural Initiation LAOS
LA RÉSIDENCE PHOU VAO
Perched near the famous golden temple atop Mount Phousi, the La Résidence Phou Vao is a sanctuary with stunning surrounds. The hotel resembles a sprawling French colonial mansion with its bleached white walls and spacious shuttered verandas. Each of the hotel’s 32 spacious rooms and two suites are crafted in a joyful harmony of rosewood, cotton, and silks, adding to the charm. Narrow footpaths wind past beatific Buddhist stupas here, leading to the hotel’s spa, renowned for its chiropractic Lao massage. Surround yourself in the verdant gardens of rich bougainvillea, palms, and frangipani here.
It is perfect for those wanting to get away from the bustle of daily life to soak up some culture.
The exotic Dok Champa Bar has elaborate paintings of guardian divinities. It also leads to the restaurant, where French cuisine is served with exotic eastern touches.
La Résidence Phou Vao, Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos; tel: +071 212 530; www.residencephouvao.com