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
I’m finally getting around to writing a review for the Rosewood Luang Prabang. We stayed here back in August and were really taken by the resort’s harmony with nature. August is still monsoon season so the river was raging everyday and provided an amazing background “soundtrack” for rest and relaxation. The property is quite small and the main pavilion where you have breakfast is really the centerpiece. However, we spent most afternoons relaxing on our outdoor patio or in our plunge pool. We found the chef quite talented and enjoyed his Laotian creations everyday. It was also a pleasure speaking with the manager, Elias, as he made the rounds talking to all patrons. An engaging GM is always a plus.
We agreed that the magic of Luang Prabang was exploring the local industry, religion, etc. so each day we tried to do one of the hotel’s excursions. One of the guides was formerly a monk and was an incredible entry point into the local experience. We went to a monastery and meditated with monks one evening, which I’ll never forget! We also hiked around the outskirts of the city and witnessed the paper and textile industries in action. Everyone we encountered was lovely!
We might recommend a couple activities around the hotel such as yoga or a nature walk, a tour of the amazing gardens and flowers, etc. as there is much to see and learn. We wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Rosewood for a second time. Thanks again to the staff for a memorable stay.
Otherworldly. If I could give this property 10 stars I would. The location just a bit out of town is just perfect. Unlike the competitors who are right in middle of town this property sets just a bit out of town will very easily accessible both by took took and by complimentary car provided by the hotel. The grounds at this property are amazing. I don't want to use the term impeccable because it's not completely accurate. Instead of having perfect cookie cutter landscaping the make use of the local environment creating a beautiful oasis in middle of a relatively poor country. The service i.e. hotel staff at this hotel leave nothing to be desired. I believe this comes from a combination of excellent management and a very friendly local culture. Truly an unbelievable experience.
This hotel, its staff, its style and its location has made for the most memorable,relaxing vacation I have ever taken.
The hotel is so beautiful, so peaceful, so elegant and welcoming, that I booked 3 nights and stayed 5. I changed my flight, because the thought of leaving was unbearable.
I stayed in the Hill Top Tents. Theres Simply nothing like it.
Its out of this World.
Breathtaking views , unsurpassed peace and cool winds to make every night an occassion. The tent experience was so much fun. So relaxing to be part of the nature
The Manager, Elias and his team are the right kind of laid back, hands on that you need in such a small high end resort. It wasnt pretentious, it was perfection.
Luang Prabang is the most beautiful city in Asia I have ever been to. Its a small tiny town full of really elegant shopping, eating and sightseeing. I loved wandering around, completely utterly secure marvelling at the architecture.
Restaurant Manda De Laos was the best food ive had in Asia, and ive lived here a long time. It was so beautiful, I went twice.
I also went to secret pizza, super good laid back local place, with Naples Pizza chef/owner.
What you cant tell about Rosewood Luang Prabang is this
- Its floral fragrance of flowers fill the air. As you walk around its magical
- Every evening they have a fire pit set, with marshmellows and toasting sticks. I sat there each evening enjoy this!
- Frette Linen really is the best. The beds are so comfortable, you are in heaven
- Breakfast is all alacarte. Sebastien the chef is on hand and the noodle soup was the best ive had.
- a car will take you, for free, into the town or restaurant and take you back
-the snacks in the room are otherwordly. The hand cooked Cumin potato chips were even better than you could ever buy. I enjoyed them every day because they were so good
- the scenery around is just pure entertainment. The mountains. Staying in town, youd lose any sense of the geography.
It will be impossible to beat Rosewood Luang Prabang.
This is a beautiful property located about a 10 minute drive from the center of the city. That is ok, though, as it is a beautiful retreat to look forward to after a long day. The great house, where dining, check in and pool are located is visually stunning. The food was excellent and the best we had in Luang Prabang. The breakfasts were fresh, pastries flaky, strong Laotian coffee delicious. The dinner was filled with fresh spices and delicious as well. Our room was absolutely an exotic masterpiece. Beautifully decorated, spacious and comfortable. Also, I should mention, the staff were excellent as well and made our stay very comfortable. My only criticisms of this property and of our room would be 1) pump soap/shampoo dispensers - I am not a fan anyway, but these dispensers were very slow and did not pump well and 2) there seemed to be a slight mildew smell in our room and 3) the A/C was hard to operate and it was either too warm or cold. But, these minor things should not detract, as overall, this is a beautiful hotel, and true exotic luxury retreat.
Luang Prabang is one of the hottest destinations in the world this year, according to Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure and CNN.
The Rosewood there is the most beautiful property I've seen this year. Or any year, for that matter.
It's built about 10 minutes outside of the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a natural waterfall and mountainside.
Everything is pristine and perfect - from the bridge bar (very cool), to the pool (sleek), pool villas (my favorites) and gorgeous tents modeled for hilltop tribes (drop-dead gorgeous). The tents require a steep hike up, so are not for unfit people, but they have more accessible rooms. The spa is amazing.
The restaurant is fantastic. The chef, Sebastian, is French and has worked in Laos and SE Asia for many years, so creates amazing fare. The staff are can-do and lovely. Elias, the Swedish General Manager, besides being drop-dead gorgeous, is approachable and nice. He started his career as a diving instructor and is very young.
I love this property. It's uber-expensive, but worth every penny for those who can afford it. Highly recommended!