Sometimes we all crave a little excitement when it comes to our luxury travel destinations. So, a luxurious holiday in an exotic location might just be the right way to add a little “zing” into your life. Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a rare opportunity to experience the authentic Indochine charm, while basking in luxury. Traditional temples are intermixed with colonial architecture, reminiscent of the French influence on the country, while high-end restaurants line the main streets of the city, inviting the gourmand visitors to sample delectable Southeast Asian cuisine. And to ensure you remember that you are not in an eclectic part of New York or London, all this is encased by soaring mountains and rampant greenery.
The city is nestled between two flowing rivers and is sheltered by a hill. It boasts its own international airport, serviced by most Southeast Asian airlines. Many nationalities can get a visa on arrival, ensuring minimal planning from the visitors. Alternatively, Hanoi in Vietnam can also serve as a start of a road trip to Luang Prabang.
Everything about the Villa Maly Boutique Hotel evokes memories of its illustrious past. Once a royal residence, the property combines French colonial architecture with traditional Laotian designs. Set in a quiet road, far from the commotion of the town, this former nobility residence is surrounded by plush tropical garden. Nevertheless, you are never too far from the historic Main street and can always stroll to the market or even grab a “tuk tuk” to experience the flavour of local life. The bespoke hotel boasts its own restaurant, bar, spa and swimming pool, in addition to 30 well-appointed rooms.
Deluxe Rooms are spacious and light-filled affairs, with king-sized beds and hand-crafted furniture. Lay your head, where princes did (literally), as some of the Deluxe Rooms actually occupy former royal quarters. Superior Rooms are smaller in size but many have king-sized beds nevertheless, and the views of the swimming pool and surrounding gardens are worth your time on their own. Rest under a billowing white canopy while you peruse your flat screen TV or simply take in the tropical flora and fauna outside. All rooms are equipped with tea & coffee facilities, flat-screen TV’s, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and mini-bars. Room Tip: Pick room 5 or 11 for their excellent pool views.
The buffet breakfast is a lavish affair and boasts a selection of fruits, pastries, and more as well as eggs cooked just to your liking and more. For dining throughout the day, the all-day deck restaurant, “Le Vetiver” is available to tease your senses with international dishes and local specialities. And for those seeking a more exotic al fresco dining experience, the staff can even set up a Lao Barbeque, complete with marinated meats and seafood to be cooked as you wish. If you fancy a tipple, Mouhot’s Bar serves some wonderful wines and cocktails, perfect as a nightcap.
The boutique has its own spa, where you can indulge your senses with a relaxing massage, be it a traditional Swedish technique or a local Laos spa treatments.
Things to do
Should you wish to explore the city, why not take a quick “tuk tuk” ride to the bustling nightlife of Luang Prabang? Enjoy your dinner and drink at one of the restaurants overlooking the river. If you fancy experiencing some lively nightlife, then check out Mount Phousi and Nam Khong for some great local entertainment. For nature lovers, the Elephant Sanctuary lies a little outside the city and welcomes visitors to learn basic elephant commands and possibly even enjoy a ride. And for culture enthusiasts, there is the opportunity to observe the alms ceremony, performed by the monks at the break of dawn each day.
Laos has never been easier to visit and if you book with Villa Maly, you are guaranteed to have a luxurious experience of a lifetime.
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