Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Luang Prabang, Laos
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is a tranquil, colonial and beguiling luxurious retreat located on a hill overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. With simply stunning views of Mount Phousi, it's a truly wonderful place to stay.
At a Glance
La Residence Phou Vao is uniquely positioned outside Luang Prabang, giving it the wonderful feeling of being a lush tropical retreat
The Spa at La Résidence Phou Vao is the first luxury spa in Luang Prabang
Delicious French influenced local cuisine
Large outdoor swimming pool, perfect for relaxing by after a busy day of sightseeing
Enjoy one of their traditional cooking classes, where you can learn to prepare some exotic Laotian dishes
We really recommend experiencing a traditional baci ceremony, an important part of Lao life. A baci ceremony is usually performed at important moments and events and is said to bring good luck. Ask us for more information as we can arrange this for you!Scott Dunn team
It takes two hours to light all the lanterns every evening and they are placed at every single nook and cranny. The effect is truly magical.Scott Dunn team
Even though you're just a short distance from the center of Luang Prabang, when you are lying by the pool overlooking the stunning mountain backdrop you feel like you are in the middle of no-where. The perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing!Victoria Hogg
You must wander down to the spa for an oil massage, You will find yourself on a journey towards ultimate relaxation especially recommended after the plane journey. You can admire the thatched roofs of the beautiful spa.Scott Dunn team
Sampling the delicious Ping Sihn Khai Chicken and White Papaya salad with sticky rice I had prepared and cooked in the Cooking School with 12 different spices, vegetables and herbs from their garden with Jao Bong sauce was very satisfying and fun! Can't wait to try at home.Jules Maury
Set in two acres of lush tropical gardens, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao sits in an outstanding location on a hill above Luang Prabang. This beautiful property, where East blends seamlessly with West, is a peaceful retreat and as it is only 10 minutes from Luang Prabang, it's easily accessible.
Each room and suite has been planned with local design and materials in mind creating an airy elegance; think teak wood floors and furnishings, with private balconies overlooking the surrounding area. The restaurant serves delicious Lao cuisine; beautifully presented in a simply stunning setting this and the chic bar is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif as the sun sets over the amazing view.
The luxury spa at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao has been built with traditional and local materials, including hand woven local silk panelling in keeping with the hotel's philosophy of a calming atmosphere and modern comforts. The indulgent and soothing treatments are based on traditional Laotian herbal remedies, designed to heal and nurture they only use pure botanical ingredients from local organic gardens and farms.
Scenic bicycle rides with hand made gourmet picnics, boat tours, walking tours and even Lao cooking classes can all be enjoyed here - the pace of life is relaxed, the hotel welcoming and the service outstanding.
There are 34 rooms and suites at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, all with wonderful views. The Garden View rooms are on the hotel's ground floor and are surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The Mountain View rooms have dramatic views of Luang Prabang and the Phou Si Temple set on the mountainside. The Pool View rooms look across to the temple but the immediate view is of the hotel's dramatic infinity pool that is beautifully lit at night. The two Garden Suites are on the first floor and have a separate living area and garden views.
Children are welcome at Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao but there is not a great deal of entertainment for them here other than the swimming pool (which please note has no shallow end). Cots, extra beds and children's meals can all be provided and babysitting is also available. Outside the hotel, elephant treks, rafting and cycling should all keep the children entertained.
The restaurant is well known for its wonderful Laotian and French influenced cuisine, barbecues are available at lunchtime, and in the evening enjoy the romantic lantern lit gardens. The bar is great not only for drinks but for afternoon tea too. The Mekong Spa is Luang Prabang's first luxury spa and offers a full range of treatments using only pure botanical ingredients. The stunning 13 meter freshwater infinity swimming pool has views of the lush valleys and glittering golden pagodas below.
The hotel provides a regular complimentary shuttle bus into Luang Prabang or you could explore the surroundings by bicycle and a freshly prepared picnic. Learn to create Laotian meals with a cooking class, or take a boat tour or a walking tour to take in Laung Prabang's charm.
Location & Directions
Luang Prabang, Laos
La Résidence de Phou Vao is located atop the Phou Vao hill, easily accessible from Luang Prabang, Laos. Laos is located in the south-western part of the Indochina peninsula, bordered by Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
When to go
November to April is the best time to visit Laos with dry and warm weather, with March and April being the hottest months. October and May are also good months to visit with only a bit of rain. July to September are the wettest months in Laos.