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Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luang Prabang

La Résidence Phou Vao

5 stars, Boutique hotel, Stylish, Historic, Romantic, Traditional, Lodge, Luxury, Luxuriant nature, City, Cultural activities, Business, Bar, Wellness, Gastronomy, Getaway, Family friendly, Gardens, Swimming pool, Restaurant, Shopping, Spa, Yacht, Zen

The Residence Phou Vao boutique hotel in the suburbs of Luang Prabang, opens onto three hectares of garden from the top of Phou Vao hill, which in Laotian means the “hill of kites”. This prestigious hotel-spa offers guests the unique experience of an intimate retreat at the entrance to Laos’ sacred city. The sober, elegant and comfortable 32 rooms and 2 suites are minimalist in design and cast a veil of serenity over this gentle site. Nestled in a grove of pink bougainvilleas, the spa welcomes weary travellers and proposes a wide variety of natural body treatments using local resources. To continue this gentle journey, the restaurant where the chef serves a deliciously spiced and refined cuisine, is highly recommended.

Luang Prabang

The former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, was not classified a UNESCO world heritage by chance. Those who have been lucky enough to visit this region, return home filled with unforgettable memories. In this primarily Buddhist country, pagodas and monasteries are numerous, and it’s not uncommon to see monks in red robes on the street, heading for one the city’s superb temples. These buildings are a true feast for the eyes and for the spirit. Walking through them offers visitors a true moment of spiritual peace.

Also worth discovering are the old wooden houses on stilts in the heart of the city and the colonial buildings full of charm. Mount Phou Si, the city’s sacred mountain, is an excellent tourist spot as it has a panoramic view of the city as well as the magnificent Wat Chomsi temple with its golden dome. The city’s markets, open day and night, are ideal for immersing oneself in the way of life of the region’s inhabitants and to discover local crafts. Finally, the Kuang Si waterfall is another magnificent site worth visiting. It’s a superb picture postcard décor where one can picnic before dipping into the turquoise water.

One of the pearls of Laos

Located barely two kilometers from the city of Luang Prabang, the Residence Phou Vao is nestled on the hill known as the Cerfs Volants (Kites). This four-star boutique hotel receives its guests in a traditional and particularly relaxing environment. The lotus covered pond and the three-hectare garden create the sensation of calm and serenity, far from the bustling pace of the city. The infinity pool, decorated with emerald blue tiles will delight visitors who want to enjoy a moment of relaxation in the early morning or after a long day of walking through the streets of the historic city.

The Residence Phou Vao’s 32 rooms and 2 suites are all very well equipped and comfortable. The décor of each room is both simple and elegant. The terraces and balconies have a pleasant view of the garden and its numerous bougainvilleas.

The spa, known throughout the region, is the ideal place to re-energize oneself in a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere, thanks to the variety of treatments available, using local medicinal plants such as indigo, sesame and even rice whose curative and regenerating powers will soothe and bring well-being to guests lucky enough to take advantage of them.

The hotel’s restaurant offers a wide choice of French inspired dishes as well typical Laotian food with a fish base or meat, marinated in spices and sauces with an infinite number of tastes. The Chef is also happy to share his secrets with guests during his classes in traditional cuisine.

Like a small island of gentleness on the heights of Laos’ sacred city, the Residence Phou Vao invites you to a journey of relaxation. Far from the crowds and noise of Luang Prabang, its traditional buildings recall the enchantment of the ancient kingdom of a thousand elephants. – Marie-Claire Maison, travel section

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Five stars / Member Orient-Express group / Prestigious Spa hotel / Pagodas / Traditional Laotian style / Gentle living / Relaxation / Romantic / Luang Prabang, UNESCO world heritage / Garden / French-influenced local cuisine / Indoor & outdoor restaurant / Cocktail bar / Open-air Spa / Outdoor infinity pool / Cooking classes / Boat trips & walking tours / Gourmet picnic / Babysitting service / Boutique

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

32 rooms and 2 suites


Double occupancy from 364 euros

Nearest airport:

Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) - Luang Prabang

Hotel details:


3 P.O. Box 50,

Luang Prabang


details about this country

Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 18 hours

Time difference from Paris

+ 5 hours in summer / + 6 hours in winter


Humid tropical climate
Dry season (November to April): clear skies, pleasantly warm in the plains and valleys
Rainy season (May to October): high humidity and oppressive heat
Frequent typhoons September to October

Necessary travel documents for French nationals

Passport valid six months after return
Visa required (purchased either on site or at an embassy)
No vaccinations required


The kip (LAK)

Languages spoken

Lao, official language
French, English
Numerous Laotian dialects very close to Thai

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).