Once occupied by the French Governor and his family, the Sofitel Luang Prabang’s structure is a delightful example of colonial architecture.
The hotel retains its original, refined elegance while also flaunting slick modern features within.
Protected by UNESCO, this historic residence evokes a sense of heritage alongside a peaceful ambience, set as it is a little further out of town but still only a ten-minute walk away from Luang Prabang’s vibrant town centre. Meanwhile, the beautifully-kept gardens are home to exotic flora and fauna, from tropical palms to sweet-smelling flowers, which go on to meet the pretty pool area that glistens throughout the day thanks to its glittering amethyst tiles. Here, sofas with plump cushions, daybeds and sun-loungers await on a rich wooden deck with views of the mountains in the distance.
Le SP is also a well-thought-out reflection of this region’s diverse background. Situated in an authentic Lao house, those looking for pampering can climb the steps and enter into a private sanctuary adorned with soft lighting and exposed rafters. Therapies are an eclectic mix of French and Lao influences with many of the ingredients sourced locally; for a particularly decadent afternoon, why not try the Golden Caviar treatment, or a Milk and Honey body wrap?
If you wish to explore further, borrow a bike from the hotel and immerse yourself in local life. No less than 33 temples can be found in this ancient settlement, which was the royal capital for many centuries. Pop into 3 Nagas – Sofitel Luang Prabang’s sister hotel – and savour an evening meal there, before heading to the night market where you will discover all kinds of local arts and crafts, then return to your hotel for an evening drink in the seclusion of your suite’s garden.
The spacious, sumptuous suites at Sofitel Luang Prabang boast large private gardens, and are festooned with contemporary yet colonial-influenced furnishings and beautiful Lao artwork splayed on pristine white walls, combining to create a stylish, relaxing abode to return to each day. Complimentary bottles of water, air-conditioning, a minibar and coffee making facilities add to the luxuries of these charming suites.
The Governors Grill is a canopied, safari-style structure providing a uniquely intimate dining experience. Freshly prepared meat from the grill is cooked to perfection, or alternatively, delicious vegetarian options are also available, as the menu is incredibly versatile. The hotel bar, going by the same name, is an excellent place to sip on a post-dinner cocktail and completely unwind.
An inviting lounge bar punctuated with brown leather armchairs and plenty of books lining the walls, the Library is where to curl up, order a glass of wine or cocktail and snack on finger food while enjoying a good read.
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Delve into Laotian cuisine with a cookery course and create a delectable four-course meal, enjoying the aromas of fragrant herbs and spices wafting through the air as your masterpiece takes shape. You will no doubt be shown how to perfect the art of preparing sticky rice, a staple in Laos. Outside the hotel, a short drive will take you to temples of all shapes and sizes, busy market places and the Royal Palace Museum – a treasure trove of Laotian culture and history.
Regular shuttles and bikes for hire make getting out and about in Luang Prabang extremely easy. Onsite however, a gym, pool and spa will help you feel healthy throughout your stay, while the intimate Library Lounge is an ideal spot to sit with a good book in hand.
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2/12 - Garden Suite at Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos
3/12 - Governors Grill at Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos
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6/12 - Governor Suite at Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos
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8/12 - Governers Signature Residence at Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos
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10/12 - Bar at Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos
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