President by AKARYN
Location: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The President by AKARYN really rather lives up to its name and is indeed very presidential in style, and taste. Due to open 1st October 2016 this is the hotel for those who take their ultra-luxury travel very seriously. The hotel is located in Laos, within the city of Vientiane, which is known as the ‘Walled City of Sandalwood’ and it really lives up to its beautifully serene sounding name. Sliding neatly between the House of Parliament, the Presidential Palace and the temple of the Emerald Buddha in Vientiane’s most exclusive neighbourhood, you are surrounded by fascinating architecture before you even begin to explore further afield. Flights from London take around 14 hours and generally include a stopover; the hotel is situated a very convenient 6 miles from the airport.
The architecture is colonial but with a gentle nod to its Laotian surroundings. The mood throughout the hotel is decadent, sophisticated and extremely classy; the hotel resonates with wonderful old school glamour. With refined décor using a subtle colour palate and grand furnishings that fit perfectly in this majestic building; you will literally feel surrounded by luxury. The hotel includes 4 restaurants, a selection of lounges and bars, the Ayurah Wellness Spa and spacious manicured gardens containing a beautiful pool.
There are 30 beautiful high-ceiled rooms in the hotel; are all spacious and rather special in their own way; several feature restful lounge areas, but it’s the two grand presidential suites which include private butler service that really seen to epitomise this hotel; elegant and impeccably interior designed, they exude prestige. All rooms include a private marble bathroom, satellite TV, coffee machine, bathrobe and slippers.
Restaurants & Bars
With a choice of seven dining options, you are rather spoilt for choice. The very fine dining offers a range of both local and international flavours; with a la carte Mediterranean, a la carte Laos, Asian and French inspired tapas, an Oyster bar and a high-end buffet-style brasserie to choose from. Everything really has been thought of, from providing the perfect high tea to a marvellous stately ballroom that can cater to 1000 guests. An exclusive private member’s club offers an excellently stocked cigar lounge and whisky cellar.
Spa & Activities
The Ayurah Wellness Spa combines pampering, where the pursuit of your total relaxation is key, with a wellness philosophy; combining body, mind and spirit in the very purest sense. A large environment at 600sqm, it offers separate areas for each key treatment and includes the exclusive availability of very much sought-after Linda Meredith products.
There is a lot to discover right on your doorstep… The stunning Temple of the Emerald Buddha next door includes a fascinating religious art collection and right opposite, Chou Anouvong Park is well worth a wander, with its beautiful gardens leading right to the banks of the Mekong River. You are only a 10 minute walk from Laos National Museum and less than a mile from the very tempting Talad Sao Shopping Mall. Phou Khao Khouay National Park is also nearby, where elephants, bears, deer and monkeys can be found in this enchanting forest.
The hotel makes an excellent choice for business delegates due to its impressive location, it also offers state-of-the-art business facilities and expert concierge services.
A classical music concert takes place in the gardens every Sunday – an event not to miss.
For an indulgent, calming and ultra-luxurious escape when exploring a fabulous city, it’s going to be very hard to beat the simply rather wonderful – President by AKARYN.
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