The ancient capital of Luang Prabang in Laos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and like many of its kind, visitors can expect breathtaking scenery and phenomenal sights like no other. Naturally, a highlight of a vacation in the Asian city is also catching some of these views from the comfort of your abode, so in collaboration with SilkAir, we’ve rounded up the best hotels overlooking everything from the Mekong and Khan River to ancient Indochinese houses and the majestic Luang Prabang Mountain Range.
Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Positioned atop a hill and gazing across the verdant mountains, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao possesses a tranquil ambiance that echoes the sleepy city spread out below. The luxurious hotel is perhaps the most serene and elegant in all of Luang Prabang, designed in a traditional style and boasting a gorgeous water lily pool, three-acre tropical garden, and an open-air spa – ideal for looking out into the country while enjoying a relaxing, peaceful massage. And did we mention the 13-metre infinity swimming pool perched dramatically on the cliff edge?
Rates start from: US$380 per night
Mekong Riverview Hotel
As its name suggests, the Mekong Riverview Hotel offers brilliant views of the confluence of the great Mekong River and Nam Khan River across all rooms, spread across five buildings from Deluxe Rooms to Junior Suites. Situated at the very end of the old town, this hotel is as quiet as it gets. Plus, you’ll have the beautiful former royal temple Wat Xienthong as your neighbour. There is also an alfresco cafe-restaurant that looks out into the river, so you can enjoy a scenic meal of Laotian staples with palm trees as your shelter.
Rates start from: US$130 (off-peak) and US$160 (peak season) per night
A quick three-minute walk from the historical centre, with the night market, royal palace, and historical temples easily accessible, Maison Dalabua is a charming oasis all on its own. Surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds, an expansive tropical garden, and an outdoor pool, chill out at its much-lauded Mandai de Laos restaurant during sunset as you take in the secret view of Mount Phousi over a romantic dinner. Rooms at this boutique hotel – decked out in Lao contemporary design – offers views of the ponds, gardens, and beyond.
Rates start from: US$64 per night
The Luang Say Residence
A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Luang Say Residence is located a mere ten minutes from Luang Prabang airport, with accommodations spread over five pavilions. Whether it’s elephant trekking, cruising the Mekong river, or a visit to the neighbouring waterfalls, you’ll be able to overlook them all from this hilltop hotel – from the first floor suites, outdoor pool, the colonial 1861 Bar, and its French restaurant La Belle Epoque, which incidentally features produce from an on-site organic garden.
Rates start from: US$141 per night
Victoria Xiengthong Palace
Victoria Xiengthong Palace was originally the last residence of the Lao Royal Family, and now it’s been lovingly restored to its former glory with 26 elegant rooms and suites. The suites in particular, and well as The Kitchen by the Mekong, offers views of traditional long boats cruising by, while the superb Ayu Spa on the upper floor of the palace building has a spacious terrace that faces the Mekong River and surrounding mountains. For a different type of scenery, the hotel screens a 1925 film nightly about the relationship between villagers in Northern Thailand and elephants and other animals in the area.
Rates start from: USD$150 per night
Kiridara Luang Prabang
Right on the bank of the Nahm Khan river is Kiridara, a lush boutique hotel with a spacious courtyard and expansive views of Luang Prabang and the mountains beyond. Its tastefully-appointed Kiridara Mountain View Suites, nestled along the tropical banks, each boast magical views of Luang Prabang, including Mount Phousi and sweet-scented Champa trees – watch them from the privacy of your balcony or while a bath in the decadent handcrafted terrazzo bathtubs.
Rates start from: USD$120 per night
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