Rich history and opulent living at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao
Perched upon a hillside overlooking the former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, is an exceptionally friendly hotel that stays true to the traditional style it was designed in. Gazing upon the sacred Laos Mountains, guests find a sense of inner peace whilst staying here.
Lodging at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is nothing short of luxurious. Guests choose from two levels of suites: Junior Suites and Phou Vao Garden Suites. The Junior Suites are an intimate one hundred and eighty square feet. Guests can choose one of three views to enjoy during their stay in a Junior Suite: Garden View, Mountain View, or Mountain and Pool View. In comparison, the Phou Vao Garden Suites are a more spacious two hundred and thirteen square feet. These suites have a double bedroom and a first floor view of the luscious garden. Both the Junior Suites and Phou Vao Garden Suites are furnished with glistening rosewood and natural textile furnishings, a strong emphasis being placed on local styles and materials. Amenities for these rooms include a private terrace, free-form terrazzo bathtub, and espresso machine. In addition, guests can enjoy fresh cut flowers and a complementary fruit basket in their room.
Laos is a country with a rich but often overlooked history. The staff at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao wants to help guests discover the greatness of their country. They do this by offering both tours and full cultural immersion experiences.
There are many water based tours for guests to choose from. In these, visitors embark upon a traditional Laos boat, setting sail to nearby villages, natural wonders, and religious sites. Another option is to stay closer to Belmond La Residence Phou Vao by visiting the tranquil town of Luang Prabang. Seemingly forgotten, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has many temples, restaurants, and shops to visit.
For guests who want more than just a taste of Laos, the hotel has arranged some interesting adventures that allow guests to fully appreciate this vibrant culture. For instance, every morning, guests are welcomed to join hotel staff for tak bat. This is a silent and spiritually heavy tradition in which alms such as food and incense are placed into the bowls of local monks. Another enlightening experience is working on a Laotian farm for a day. Guests are able to better understand the humble life of a Laotian farmer after plowing a field with a buffalo or sowing seeds by hand. One literal taste of Lao comes from the Cookery Classes offered by Belmond La Residence Phou Vao. Expert chefs are happy to teach guests the secrets of traditional Laos cooking through the creation of a delightful three course meal.
Relax in Laos
Guests can take a break after all of these Laotian adventures by visiting the Mekong Spa. This award winning facility incorporates only pure, natural ingredients into the healing treatments offered to guests. There are a range of facials, massages, body wraps, and body scrubs to choose from. The experts at Mekong Spa happily create tailor made packages for each guest.