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Apsara Rive Droite

Luang Prabang, Laos

The Apsara Rive Droite is a chic and sophisticated boutique hotel that sits across the Nam Khan River, away from Luang Prabang's hustle and bustle. With just nine rooms, a sleek pool and a highly regarded restaurant, it works well as a couples' retreat.

At a Glance

  • Located across the Nam Khan river means Apsara Rive Droite is away from the hustle and bustle of Luang Prabang. Good if you want a more peaceful location

  • Beautifully decorated and spacious rooms. You get a little more space for your money this side of the river

  • Serene gardens with a sleek pool that's perfect for an afternoon relaxing

  • Good quality food with both Laoitian and Western options

  • We love the range of ways to get into the center of Luang Prabang - by boat, bicycle or tuk tuk

Couples, Culture, History, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Don't be put off by the location across the Nam Khan River as cycling or catching the boat to the busier parts of town is so quick and easy, and also fun. The location also means the hotel feels peaceful and secluded, ideal if you enjoy an afternoon around the pool and a good night's sleep.

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Insider's View

If you really want to integrate with the locals then why not try our petanque experience in Luang Prabang so that you can try your hand at this social sport played throughout Laos.

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Insider's View

A great place for honeymooners to stay as no children are allowed!

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Description

Colorful and contemporary, Apsara Rive Droite is one of Luang Prabang's hippest and most intimate boutique hotels with a wonderful restaurant. The easiest way to arrive at the hotel after a day's sightseeing is by the hotel's wooden boat that ferries you from one river bank to the other. After a short climb up some bamboo stairs you arrive at the serene and tranquil property that's brimming with style. Its location, sitting peacefully at the water's edge, a short boat ride away from the temples and restaurants of Luang Prabang, ensures a quiet and laid back ambiance. We feel it's more suited to couples than families.

The nine room hotel looks more similar to a villa than a hotel; the property is encased by gardens with a small, cool pool at its center. The bedrooms are all roomy and very comfortable with fantastic designer touches. Think polished wooden floors, shuttered French windows and crisp white sheets. They all enjoy either a balcony or a terrace and are adorned with black and white photographs, silk hangings, and lanterns.

All meals can be eaten at the hotel, perfect if you fancy a day relaxing around the pool. The small restaurant spills out into the garden and serves French inspired breakfasts and both Western and Asian inspired meals for the rest of the day.

Getting to and from the main part of town is simple; you can catch the short boat ride to the busier banks of the Nam Khan River, use the hotel's bicycles to make your way across the bridge or you can catch a lift with hotel's very own tuk-tuk. We love all of the options and found they really added to the experience.

Apsara Rive Droite is a delightful and good value option in Luang Prabang that's perfectly suited to couples or families with older children, wanting some peace and quiet after a busy day exploring.

Accommodation

All 9 rooms internally are identical with wooden floors, airy bathrooms, king-size beds and air-conditioning. They are all very spacious, stylish and incredibly comfortable with modern Indochinese inspired artifacts and art, giving them a glamorous feel. The Garden View Deluxe rooms are on the ground floor (direct access out to the gardens and pool) whereas the River View Deluxe rooms are upstairs and have a slightly more private terrace (some have view partial views of the river as well).

Childcare

Families are very welcome at Apsara Rive Droite although there are no specific facilities for them. We feel it's a better option for teenagers rather than young children.

Facilities

There are limited facilities as there are only nine rooms. However, the property does boast a lovely pool, a highly regarded restaurant, free WiFi, in room massages (on request), beautiful gardens and complimentary use of bicycles and transfers by tuk-tuk.

Location & Directions

Luang Prabang, Laos

The hotel is located outside of the historic part of Luang Prabang, just over the Nam Khan river. It's just a 2 minute boat hop across the river to the temples and restaurants, or a bicycle ride across the bridge.

When to go

Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.

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