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
- 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 brings one back in time and gives one a true flavour of colonial Laos.
Charming separate buildings surrounded by green lush peaceful gardens with pool cabana and restaurant.
The service is warm and hospitable...the food delicious...room spacious well appointed with great amenities.
I felt immediately relieved from the hustle and bustle of Asian mega-cities. The residence has a lot of old times charm and space. Our room was huge with fantastic terrace and I felt totally at peace. The staff was very polite, friendly and attentive. Food was fresh and delicious. My daughter did not want to leave and we will definitely be back to this gorgeous property.
The Residence is a beautiful facility. The rooms are suite size with wonderful amenities. The pool has a magnificent setting, but the most impressive thing about the hotel is the staff. The hotel is clean and green and the staff is always ready to step in and help. We have never been treated better. If you are looking for an oasis this is it. Not a lot of activity but the area is welcoming.
When you embark on a two week journey covering Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar; well, the hotels can become a quick fading memory as part of that journey. They get lost among the tours, the temples, the Pagodas, and the waterfalls. The experience can appear rushed and place the mind on memory overload. It is at that moment during your trip that you unforgettably discover an oasis, one that each night from your tour of the countryside you look forward to your return. That oasis in Laos for us was The Luang Say Residence.
For those with movie trivia knowledge, "they had us at hello" (Jerry McGuire), and didn't stop to impress with their impeccable service and quality during the duration of our stay.
One is immediately impressed as you enter the circular drive to the beautiful front entrance and immaculately maintained grounds. A large overhang to the entrance protects one from the elements should it be required, and is actually the large front balcony to their primary suite of their residence. An amazing and humbling part of the experience that we soon realized, is that for the most part we were traveling in the "off season" for our five country experience. As such, being hard to place into words or even conceptualize, we were being thanked for our visit, and I dare say treated as royalty and appreciated as honored guests.
We arrived for check in, and as is my practice, I generally try to address our own luggage, because in an odd manner we simply don't wish to put anyone out of their way on our behalf. I soon realized, my thinking at times can be just the opposite, so our belongings were taken to our room for us..................which I was now grateful since we were on the second floor and there was no elevator and we had quite a bit of luggage for our five country adventure.
At check in, we were promptly informed with a, "I hope you don't mind, but we took the liberty of upgrading your accommodations with no additional charge." We were then handed a key, with a key chain so large, but beautiful and decorative, it reminded me of one normally large enough it is associated with the bathroom at a local U.S. gas station. I chuckled upon receipt, and the kind lady behind the counter informed me with a smile, "no worries, no need to carry it with you, you may leave it with us each morning." Which is exactly what we did on our daily trips.
We arrived at our room and as the door was being unlocked, I quickly realized which room we had been provided, and smiled warmly as we walked in and I walked straight to the large balcony overlooking the entrance we had just passed through. Again, overwhelmed by the gracious service being bestowed upon us.
Large room, canopy king bed, immense dual vanity bath with tub and open shower stall. Plenty of closet space, that it allowed us to unpack and "reorganize" or our trip. However, that was only the start of our experience. There is a sweet and subtle elegance about Luang Say, and the grounds grow even more beautiful as you venture and explore. The pool side dining and bar area overlooking the infinity pool onto the immaculate and lush tropical background could be a painting of imagination.
That first night we partook in appetizers and beverages at this outdoor escape and just smiled looking at each other in a "can you believe this look". We remarked how much so many in the world are missing without finding the time to experience the beauty and joy of southeast Asia, and then we simply looked around at our setting and knew this was one part of our journey we would never forget.
Dinner AND the service was so exquisite, that we chose to dine here twice during our stay, We look back upon our multiple accommodations throughout our two week travels, and by far, our stay at The Luang Say Residence was easily the most enjoyable and memorable.
We now remember it every day, as we have a wine cabinet that hangs glasses, storage for bottles, and a display shelf. Sitting prominently is this small hand carved wooden elephant, a gift that was placed in our room with a small note. We left a donation and kept the elephant as requested, and now it reminds us of the joy, the service and our experience at The Luang Say Residence.
A quality stay, we may never return, but we shall never forget, as Laos perhaps was a once in a lifetime visit.
The Luang Say Residence is a smart combination of boutique luxury accomodation set in perfectly manicured grounds. The service levels are exceptional throughout the property. We stayed in a suite for 5 nights, very large room with several external balconies overlooking the tranquil gardens, oversized bathroom. Breakfast each morning was probably the best we have enjoyed in SE Asia for many years. If your planning a stay in Luang Prabang this property comes extremely highly recommended, not to be missed.