Best for Cul­tural Ini­ti­a­tion LAOS


Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR ESCAPE - By Juhi Baveja

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.res­i­den­cephou­

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