The Luang Say Residence
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes à la carte breakfast
- Luxe suites feel like private residences
- A friendly, well-trained staff
- The infinity pool and canopy lounge chairs take the sting out of the midday heat
- Afternoon tea is served daily at the 1861 bar from 4 to 5 p.m.
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Not for party people; better for those looking for a quiet escape
- WiFi is free but can be spotty; high-speed cable Internet is also available for free
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
To step into the Luang Say Residence is to step back in time. This boutique retreat pays homage to the 19th-century French explorers who first settled in Luang Prabang and captures the Old World magnificence of this magical city. The property is made up of a main residence (which houses the restaurant, bar and library) and five detached villas, and the ornate interiors feature dark wood furnishings and antiques such as weapons and butterfly collections.
Bed and Bath
The 20 Pioneer Suites are more like condos than hotel rooms, with sitting areas, sofas and writing desks. The open terraces have views of the surrounding flora, including banana and foxtail palms. Once the heat and humidity of the city have driven you back to the resort, revel in your air-conditioned suite, hiding under the bed’s mosquito netting and surfing the many channels on the flat-screen TV.
A typical day here includes digging into the enormous breakfast of tropical fruit, fresh-baked muffins, omelets and more, then heading out to see the sights. La Belle Epoque serves a daily menu of fresh local favorites, including plenty of options for vegetarians. After a sumptuous meal, settle down for a drink and a cigar at the bar, which has its own fumoir and a fierce selection of scotches.
In the Area
In the predawn darkness, kneel along the route traveled by monks each morning accepting alms. Be sure to buy fruit, crackers or other food offerings the night before, then immerse yourself in this ancient tradition. Visit some of the 32 ancient Buddhist temples that are packed into the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Browse the handicrafts night market, which sets up each evening along Sisavangvong Road in the old city. Be sure to check out the amazing array of street food in one of the side alleys near the south end of the market. The Luang Say Residence can arrange custom tours for guests to visit gorgeous local waterfalls, ride through the jungle on the back of an elephant or learn the art of Hmong batik and weaving, among other adventures (for an extra fee).
How to Get There
Luang Say Residence is a beautiful example of French Colonial style. I elected the very reasonable airport pick up which was seamless and welcoming. The large rooms are housed four to each separate building and the whole complex was quiet throughout my stay. Rooms included comfy beds with luxe linens, a refrigerated minibar, and a refreshing rain shower in the marble bath. A/C was ice cold in the June heat. Free shuttle service to town was easy and readily available every time I wanted it. Nothing better on return from town than a cold G&T in the bar served by the friendly, personable Mr. Touy. The food at La Belle Epoche was good although I would have preferred more traditional Lao selections. I already miss the spring rolls. Thanks to the friendly helpful front desk staff, including Pop, Santi, Bounn, and Ark. The GM, Francis Fernandes, frequently checked in to see how my stay was going and was an excellent resource. I'm ready to go back!
We had an amazing stay at the hotel. The Luang Say Residence made our experience in Luang Prabang all the more memorable
The hotel staff (including the GM Mr Fernandez and the staff like Mr Santi and others) are warm, helpful and engaging without being intrusive.
The rooms are nicely appointed and well kept. The grounds are beautiful.
We had breakfast and tea at the hotel. The food was excellent and made to order. We loved the sandwiches!
We are looking for to a return trip and would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends!
Some tips: the hotel is a 15 min walk from the center but they have an hourly shuttle in the evenings. In June we were able to get a private shuttle to town pretty much anytime of the day.
Fabulous stay with an outstanding service led by the GM Francis Fernandes. The grounds & suites are like being catapulted into the Raffles Hotel Singapore. Suites are very comfortable & well appointed with a generous layout. There are only 24 suites in several stand alone 2 storey villas set amongst lush manicured grounds formerly owned by Laotian royalty.
The breakfast is a must, where both western & Asian meals are prepared ala minute to perfection. The offer is extensive where you must give yourself a full one hour to enjoy. It’s not your regular buffet found in larger hotels.
The hotel location is good, a mere 5 to 10 mins drive to the centre of town. A shuttle is provided.
I look forward to my next stay and already have a hand full of friends who plan to stay at The Luang Say Residence very soon.
TripAdvisor Level 6
Spoil yourself, you deserve it. This quiet, beautiful place is central enough to cycle to your favorite spots, but serene enough to think you are far away from the busy world. Offering fresh vegetables from their own garden, the softest bedding, pretty garden views and even local gifts in support of the local community, I would recommend you stay nowhere else. The price was certainly worth it.
We loved this hotel. We stayed over Easter time with our 3 kids. The rooms were lovely and big (not interconnecting which may pose issues for families) and the grounds were beautiful. It's a quiet hotel 5 minute drive in their shuttle bus (and they do have bikes although quite hair raising to cycle on those roads) to the centre. The staff are fantastic. Highly recommend the hotel if you don't want to be right in centre of the town. Everything is close by and easy to get to and they organise everything for you. Would not recommend this time of you though as the haze was pretty bad from the burning in the farms and i think this is annual at this time.