The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, free drinks from the minibar, a fruit basket and a welcome drink on arrival and a turndown service with local delicacies
Sabai, a library with plump leather armchairs, doubles as a snazzy cocktail bar come sundown
A genuinely friendly staff
The history: It’s a former prison with award-winning modern architecture
What To Know
Room service is available from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Guestrooms are modern and minimalist
It’s a 5-minute ride into town
In order to coordinate airport transfers, guests must inform the property of flight times prior to arrival
Parking on site
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Prison-turned-spa-centric sleep in Luang Prabang with a pool, restaurant and cooking school
Once a prison, the property has been lovingly transformed into the Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, a chic retreat with a cool, minimalist vibe. The watchtowers of the prison remain and provide an exciting dose of intrigue, as well as plenty of privacy. Black-and-white photos of monks and the local area adorn the walls of the public spaces; the suites are all arranged around a courtyard, which has a 25-meter swimming pool and a reflecting pool edged by shaded loungers and a landscaped rose- and frangipani-scented garden.
Bed and Bath
Bangkok-based architect and designer Duangrit Bunnag has injected a low-key dose of Laotian cool into the 23 suites, which come with private walled ivy-clad gardens or small pools. All come with cool, modernist leather sofas and muslin-draped beds, and they have walls decorated in candy cane rainbow stripes to add color. The large bathrooms have tubs with a unique indoor/outdoor design (just make sure you light an anti-mosquito coil first), meaning you can bathe alfresco; they also come with rainfall showers. Two suites have direct access to the watchtowers — a perfect location for private dining with a view.
Kaipen, the all-day restaurant, is a good place to try local dishes such as thick beef curry cooked in coconut milk and lotus seed, or Mekong river fish, grilled buffalo and fresh zingy salads. Want to fine-tune your skills in the kitchen? Sign up for one of the cooking classes at the on-site Ka-Toke Cooking School. Be sure to carve out some time to relax by the swimming pool or pamper yourself at Spa Indochine. Set in a replica Lao village at the back of the complex, with freestanding wooden stilt houses, this is a spa fit for royalty; it offers a full range of holistic treatments, such as Lao coffee scrubs and traditional Lao massages. And if you’re looking for something a bit more active, you can borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles and explore the area.
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 southern end of the market. Book custom tours 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.