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
The natural beauty of this resort which is tastefully set among the woods while providing the ultimate in luxury in each suite cannot be matched. The smiles and service are second to non and the outdoor bathtubs, and plunge pools are wonderful and a welcome break from the heat of the day. Come and plan on spending some time here. The service team is welcoming and they bring a smile to every encounter.
We spent 4 nights at the Rosewood as a part of our honeymoon and loved every minute of it. The hotel is outside of the main town, which we actually liked because the surroundings were so beautiful/serene. The hotel offered a car into the town as well as pickup (they give you a local phone to use) whenever needed and it only takes about 10 minutes so not inconvenient at all.
The staff were incredible, so thoughtful and extremely helpful with any questions we had about where to go and what to do. The service is definitely 5 star and each interaction was personal.
We stayed in a hilltop tent which was very beautiful, with a great design and very nice views. We highly recommend but only if you are willing/able to make the trek up to the room (roughly 5 stories up). Breakfast was delicious with many options - the Laos options were very good! The hotel offers many excursions/trips that are very nice but also a lot more expensive than other private tour companies. However the hotel will help you book trips with other operators if you would like which was a nice service. We did the hike to Kuang Si falls with the hotel, and loved it - It was nice to see the rice fields on the way up. Somai was a great guide and taught us a lot about Laos - he also took us to a wonderful non touristy spot for a yummy lunch.
Overall we couldn’t recommend The Rosewood more - we can’t wait to come back! Thank you all for making our honeymoon so special.
My entire family treasured their time at the Rosewood Luang Prabang. From the moment we arrived to the moment we said farewell, we received world class attention, care and hospitality. Every member of staff warmly used our names, remembered our itinerary, how we liked our coffee in the morning and had a plethora of ideas for entertaining our 2 year old son. Going fishing in the stream was a highlight, especially as an off-book activity, that our son continues to excitedly tell everyone about. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone staying in Luang Prabang. The staff are world class. The property is beautiful. And the experience will inspire day dreams even after you leave.