The immediate thing that most travellers do upon arriving at a destination is to check into the hotel. And sometimes the accommodation can make or break a trip. If you’re planning a holiday to Luang Prabang in Laos, I can assure you that the Rosewood Luang Prabang will make your trip indeed…a luxurious and indulgent one.
Located just ten minutes’ drive from Laos’ romantic colonial town, the Rosewood Luang Prabang offers a luxurious escape, if not, a tranquil ambience set amid tropical forest with 24 spacious rooms, suites, private villas for guests to choose from – all centred around a flowing river and a cascading waterfall. Additionally, the Rosewood has luxury tents perched on a hilltop among forest foliage – a nod to the area’s indigenous hill tribes that still dwell in the surrounding mountains.
Upon arrival at the Rosewood, I was ushered into the imposing La Grande Maison (or The Great House) – a white French colonial structure that houses the reception and dining area, overlooking the resort’s swimming pool situated in the centre, adjacent to the surrounding gardens and the waterfall. As I rested comfortably on the large daybed filling in the arrival form, enjoying my welcome drink and chatting with the Managing Director, Mr. Elias Pertoft, I could hear the roaring sounds of the waterfall!
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As soon as the necessary paperwork was completed, I was escorted to my temporary abode for four nights – the waterfall pool villa. Dedicated to 20th century French explorers from French Indochina colonial history, these special villas have a king-sized bed and a large daybed, double vanities, rain shower and an outdoor wooden bathtub, beautiful French-Lao antique, portraits and paintings of the explorers and their expeditions, a balcony that is furnished with a table and sofas, a fully-stocked bar and a Nespresso coffee machine, and to top it all, my own private swimming pool 😊
As the name of the villa suggests, my room was situated quite close to the waterfall and though it is not as large as the famed Kuangsi Falls of Laos, I could hear it pounding down the rocks – loud and clear – from the balcony and the pool.
Since the Rosewood Luang Prabang is a luxurious resort, the décor and services provided in the villa are undoubtedly, impeccable. The attention to detail is exquisite – from the books on Laos and Luang Prabang for our reading pleasure to ‘midnight treats’ such as chocolate cookies and traditional coconut -flavoured biscuits laid temptingly on the bedside table during the evening turndown service.
The one thing that I was most pleased about was the eco-friendly wrapping/packaging of toiletries – handmade soaps wrapped in natural fiber with a message stating the charity organisation that the resort supports which in this case is Give Children a Choice, an NGO that builds preschools for children in rural Laos; and toothbrush and toothpaste in a cloth package and other items kept in a small cloth purse inspired by traditional Laos design.
Breakfast is served at the dining area of La Grande Maison – the menu offers four types of breakfast (Continental, Full, Healthy and Laotian) for guests to choose from, and I have tasted three – Continental, Healthy and Laotian. You may hanker for toast and eggs but I would like to recommend that you try the Laotian breakfast of khao soi, a soup rice noodle dish of which the broth is absolutely delicious…and satisfying! Another observation I have made about their breakfast is that the portion served was just right which I personally believe that’s a good thing, ensuring that no food goes to waste.
Other interesting amenities at the Rosewood Luang Prabang include the wooden Elephant Bridge Bar that straddles over the running river stream and Sense Spa where its spa tents are situated on a hillside giving guests an elevated view of the resort’s overall natural landscape. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to have a drink at the Elephant Bridge Bar or experience the spa treatment at Sense for I was on a tight schedule as part of a media trip by Luang Prabang Tourism.
Guests will not have to worry about transport to and from Luang Prabang as the complimentary car service is available any time of the day. Should you wish to cycle to town, bicycles are offered as well. If you would like to go on a guided heritage walk, sign up for a cooking class or have a bespoke itinerary in mind, the resort will be able to assist you. Given that the experience at the Rosewood Luang Prabang is all about your having the best, this luxurious resort will be able to see that your needs are taken care of.
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Location and Contact:
Rosewood Luang Prabang,
Nauea Village, Luang Prabang, Laos PDR
Tel: +856 7121 1155
*Thank you to Rosewood Luang Prabang for the complimentary stay. My trip to Luang Prabang was sponsored by Luang Prabang Tourism, Destination Mekong and Mekong Tourism. All opinions shared in this post are my own.
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