Mekong Riverview Hotel
Quiet and unassuming, from the outside Mekong Riverview Hotel fits in perfectly with the many temples and sites that await you in the ancient parts of Luang Prabang Peninsula.
This particular boutique Laos property is actually the brainchild of a Swedish immigrant and has clearly been a labour of love, with his commitment to showcasing local culture evident throughout. In fact, he is so passionate about the hotel and surrounding UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang that you are likely to see him for a casual chat or shared glass of wine during your stay, such is the relaxed atmosphere here. As a result, Mekong Riverview is a wonderful fusion of east-meets-west hospitality, with that unbeatable waterfront location impossible to ignore too.
The hotel’s pretty gardens and riverside vistas actually attract visitors from far and wide, not only paying guests, as winding paths meander through alluring floral scents and tropical trees; an excellent backdrop when taking time to absorb the tranquillity of the area, and countryside beyond. The same can also be said of the excellent Viewpoint Restaurant at Mekong Riverside, one of the best in the region where much of a locally-inspired menu is sourced directly from the hotel’s ongoing organic garden project. Located just across the water and accessible by boat, you really can enjoy a garden to table experience here as the project goes from strength to strength, with cookery classes also available; a great use of the fragrant herbs that greet you as you disembark!
Then, with a huge variety of activities and excursions in the local vicinity too, whether dipping into the Laos’s history at the National Museum, or taking a tour of the holy Pak Ou Caves to witness a jaw-dropping collection of Buddha icons, visiting the highlights of Luang Prabang Peninsula while staying at Mekong Riverview Hotel is also easily done. And if a full body massage or relaxing aromatherapy treatment is your idea of heaven while away, their small spa or in-room services should do the trick.
Finally, as evening falls, head back to Viewpoint Restaurant and feast on that fiesta of flavours or, for a taste of local culture, visit the nearby night market where you’ll find all sorts of treasures and keepsakes to take home with you, street food and family-run eateries aplenty.