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Laos’ first full luxury spa hotel, La Residence Phou Vao has a peaceful location just outside the city of Luang Prabang.
The spacious rooms and suites with private terraces or balconies and views of the forest canopy and distant mountains dotted with pagodas and stupas.
The large bathrooms are well stocked and have marble baths, and elsewhere the hotel is simply furnished and very elegant, with the emphasis on local styles and materials.
There is a large infinity pool, spa offering Laotian herbal steam therapies and massages, and a delicious restaurant.
Activities include cooking classes and local guided cycling tours.
The hotel was renovated in 2002 from a previous hotel group's ownership, and most bedrooms were knocked through to create two where one once was.
Frances, Original Traveller