Hidden in the forests surrounding Lao's most beautiful city, Rosewood Luang Prabang surpasses all expectations. A picturesque river runs through the core of this jungle hideaway, drawing birdsong - the soundtrack for days on end. Structures reflect the French-Lao architecture for which the city is famous, while interiors evoke the style of ancient temples with lashings of gold ombre, a nod to the colonial era. While the atmosphere invokes a sense of seclusion, temples, shops and local villages are only minutes away. Head out on forest treks led by Buddhist monks who also conduct private meditation sessions. Other highlights include nature trails to waterfalls, Mekong river cruises and visits to Luang Prabang at dawn to see the ritual of saffron-robed novice monks in their hundreds collecting their alms.
Lodgings are made up of guest rooms, suites and riverside villas as well as six safari-style tented suites loitering in the treetops. Situated around a pristine waterfall you’re lulled to sleep by the sound of cascading water. From the photogenic tents, views extend over the rolling hills and Luang Prabang’s red tiled roofs. In all cases, the design is exceptional with geometric patterns fused with dark teak wood, locally sourced antiques and richly regal-coloured furnishings while outdoor plunge pools encourage you to soak for hours.
Jungle trails meander to the open-air restaurant serving heritage Lao dishes such as grilled fish wrapped in banana leaf, and a bar whipping up three types of negroni. Other amenities include an oval-shaped swimming pool and small spa with all the essential therapies, just the trick to revive from outdoor adventure.
Couples and romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Unwind after a day exploring the city with a cooling dip in the pool
Indulge in a soothing massage treatment in the one of the hillside spa tents
Round off the day with a cocktail at the Elephant Bridge Bar
Enjoy a private dining experience on the terrace looking out to the waterfall
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Take advantage of the complimentary bicycles to discover the attractions of Luang Prabang on two wheels
Embark upon a Mekong river cruise at sunset
Source ingredients from the nearby forests and return to the kitchen for a Laotian cookery class
Hike to the Kuang Si waterfalls or the Pak Ou caves
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