Luang Prabang, Laos
Rosewood Luang Prabang
What it is
A 23 room retreat tucked in a dense hilltop rainforest, with a Laotian spa, oval pool, two lauded restaurants, and its own waterfall.
What it isn't
Phoning it in. Guests can choose from myriad planned excursions and adventures, whether you want to take a guided stroll through the region's ancient temples or a river cruise on the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.
What we think
That you will be treated like a VIP here is evident the moment you step foot in your guest room: each one flanking the rushing waters of the river below, and each one more exquisite than the last—and decked in locally inspired architectural details. Although the starting room category is nothing less than cinematic: Riverside Rooms are huge (517 square feet) and graced with a private balcony overlooking the mountains; rain shower that feels as restorative as a summer squall; and luxe amenities, including Frette linens and Nespresso machines. For honeymooners or anyone who wants a romance-boost, the Hilltop Tent option is a must, thanks to their soaring ceilings adorned with soft, glowing lanterns; deep soaking tubs overlooking the leafy tree canopy; and tricked-out terrace ideal for cocktail hour.
You're here because
Rosewood’s Sense Spas are legendary for good reasons. You love that this one has taken its cues from regional healing traditions; treatments in their tented pavilions include herbal poultices with herbs culled from their own organic gardens, including detoxing butterfly bush and lao coriander.
Sitting at your hand-painted waterside table under the open beams of Elephant Bridge Bar, you almost want to pinch yourself, it’s so paradisiacal. Then your tamarind juice whiskey sour arrives, and you do...you do pinch yourself. And it’s real.
Restaurants & Bars
The Great House - a menu with strong influence from Laotian regional specialties, prepared with ingredients from local farms
Elephant Bridge Bar - classic cocktails and traditional Laotian bar snacks atop a beautiful wooden bridge
A mere 24 minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport. The resort offers gratis loaner bikes to whirl around town, plus free car service transfers anywhere in Luang Prabang.