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  • Melanie Beard

Overlooking the Hills of Luang Prabang

The small and charming city of Luang Prabang in Laos is a portal to the past. Here, spectacular temples that represent a myriad of architectural traditions coexist with the aroma of chocolate and bread that emanates from tender French coffees, vestiges of the colonial era. UNESCO declared the whole picturesque city of Luang Prabang a World Heritage Site; its past, its culture, and its traditions are still alive and thriving, giving this magical destination a unique charm.

From the beautiful and elegant Belmond La Residence Phou Vao we discovered the most sophisticated face of Laos, where luxury, comfort and traditions are mixed to create a unique space. Located on top of a hill, overlooking through sacred mountains, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao is an unforgettable place to stay. Designed in a traditional style, this intimate hotel is adorned with teak, silk, and fresh cotton details.

The hotel’s restaurant Phou Savanh is known as one of the best restaurants in Luang Prabang. Its magnificent culinary team awakens and enchants our palate with an innovative fusion of flavors of the French cuisine with typical touches of Laos. Its spectacular ambience offers stunning views of Mount Phousi and at night the romantic candlelight and hanging lanterns illuminate the hotel's beautiful gardens.

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is also home to a magnificent spa, which harmoniously unites modern techniques with a deep understanding of relaxation, derived from local traditions. Unique in the city, the spa has been awarded many recognitions; its delicious amenities, serene location and excellent therapists have given it the reputation of being one of the best in Asia.

This is how all the magnificent hotels of the prestigious Belmond Hotel Group are; pioneers and excellent, with unique and authentic touches that make them stand out, expressing the true soul of the destinations where they are, making us fall in love with their most intimate secrets.

The lovely country of Laos is still outside the typical tourist routes of Southeast Asia. This small nation is unique in the region and has its own magic. One could say that it has been frozen in time, and it is here that we can imagine that we are in the Asia of the last century, experiencing with Belmond all the pomp and elegance of its golden past.

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