Rosewood Luang Prabang
What We Love
- Complimentary car service
- Designer Bill Bensley dedicated each room here to a famous traveler from the early 20th century
- Bottega toiletries in all guest bathrooms
- Traditional Laotian hot compress massages at the hilltop spa
What To Know
- The grounds include an organic garden, which supplies the fruits, vegetables, and herbs for the resort’s restaurant—a hat-tip to Laos’s foraging culture
- Traditional local cuisine served family-style at the hotel’s Great House
- Bamboo dancing, river fishing, and weaving classes are available for younger guests
- The oval pool here overlooks a natural waterfall
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Choose between a riverside suite, waterfall villa, or hilltop tent at this safari-chic retreat in northern Laos from luxe resort designer Bill Bensley
This rainforest hideaway, sprawled on the outskirts of Luang Prabang, promises French Colonial grandeur, tropical trimmings, and best of all, total seclusion. With just 23 rooms scattered across a gushing Nam Dong river, the imaginative interiors here are positively Kipling-esque. Carved wall panels, silk lanterns, claw-foot bathtubs, and teak are everywhere you look, while elegant accents (like French flea market-sourced antiques and framed copies of turn-of-the-century newspapers) lend it an Instagrammable je ne sais quoi. Local culture abounds in the form of Hmong treatments at the tented spa, and the copious use of indigo, a color favored by the area’s hill tribes. Hints of its indigenous roots are also detectable at the resort’s farm-to-table restaurant, The Great House, which serves Royal Laotian fare such as sticky rice and grilled river fish with eggplant and kefir leaves in a lavish, manor-inspired space. It’s the after-hours cocktail bar, a former working bridge, that really steals the scene, where guests sip on vintage Negronis in the company of 210 hand-carved elephant statues.
In the Area
Despite its far-flung feel, the resort is just ten minutes from Luang Prabang’s dynamic historic district (the airport is about half an hour away). If the property’s on-site facilities seem light, it’s intentional. The Rosewood prides itself on an extensive menu of bespoke local excursions, ranging from meditation sessions with Buddhist monks to guided walks to the working farms of neighboring Nadueay. The concierge is happy to arrange a visit to the pottery village of Ban Jarn, where you can try your hand at vase making before hauling your ceramic creations back home.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at the Rosewood Luang Prabang in a Riverside Suite for 2 nights at the start of our honeymoon. We spent 3 weeks traveling throughout Asia and our stay here was far and away the best hotel of our trip. The grounds were gorgeous, with the river flowing straight through the property and lush greenery all around. Our room (the Henri Mouhot suite) and common areas were beautifully and uniquely designed. But the real highlight was the staff. Everyone, from the general manager to the wait staff to the drivers, was so warm and hospitable, greeting us by name and doing whatever they could to elevate our stay. Some other highlights:
- The car used for the airport transfer had cold water, snacks,and wifi.
- It was our honeymoon, so they provided a note congratulating us, a bottle of champagne, and had printed and framed a picture from our wedding website to welcome us.
- While the hotel is a little bit outside of town (10 minute or so drive), there was always a car and driver available to take us into town, and they provide a cell phone to call the hotel when you'd like to be picked up.
- The food is delicious! The head chef stopped by our table on our first day and made personal suggestions of some Laotian dishes to try.
- The welcome tea is one of the best things I've ever sipped, and the complimentary potato chips in the room were amazing - I wish I could've taken a bag home.
We've raved about this hotel to all of our friends and family and if we ever make it back to Luang Prabang, we will 100% stay here again. It is truly a special place.
Relaxing environment in nature, definitely a good place to relax your mind. Jungle and waterfall surroundings are stunning, simply amazing and peaceful.
We were welcomed by the friendly staffs, welcome drinks and cold towel upon our arrival. Staff were on-hand to collect our luggage straight to our room. One staff escorted us to the room. The staffs was extremely attentive and quick respond to our question and request.
Thank you to all the staffs. They are helpful and always ready to assist us whatever we need. Rosewood Hotel definitely a nice place for stress relaxation.
Our final destination after a month in ASIA was complete with the best experience and wonderful people associated with the ROSEWOOD LUANG PRABANG! The room had a wonderful setting on the river with a deck/pool and room complete with everything you could need. The restaurant and SPA were world class and the staff was exceptional! A truly well managed and detail oriented group. We spent four nights and could have stayed for a month. We have stayed at other ROSEWOOD properties but we must admit, this was our favorite!
Thank you Rosewood, we had a incredible three-night experience with you. Truly a full sensory overload.
Every detail has been thought about yet you feel you are on your own fun journey of discovery.
It’s impossible not to be fully absorbed in the local culture, the food was delicious, the service was exceptional - including first name terms with all guests, which with a full house is no mean feat!
Timeless and world class in every sense. Thank you.
A piece of heaven cut from the cloth of forest and mountains in 3 years.
Peace and tranquility in the most captivating setting. Villas on the river bed and mountainside. We were in the beautiful Villa 3 and stepped outside each morning to the river rolling from the waterfalls under our terrace. From our butler to the most gentle welcoming young Laotian staff to the exquisite mountain spa and team of therapists there was not a flaw.
Inviting bars overlooking the river (abundant with fish should you wish to cast a line) and dining where and whenever at your call. When wife took ill for a day there was immediate and caring assistance. For those on the Golden Triangle journey, the wonderful city of Luang Prabang and particularly this Rosewood creation should be considered a destination spot. Many thanks to Elias and the gentle people of Luang Prabang.