Sofitel Luang Prabang adds French luxury to Laos


Sofitel Luang Prabang has been restored to its full grandeur and majestic grace, complementing the timelessness and elegance of Luang Prabang, in northern Laos.

The century-old former governor’s mansion has been fully restored in Sofitel’s signature style, combining an authentic blend of local culture and classic French elegance, offering guests a gallery featuring Indochinese art, a wine cellar and a library boasting one of the town’s largest collections of books.

Just a twenty-minute drive from Luang Prabang International airport and five minutes from the old town centre, the hotel is situated at Ban Mano Luang Prabang.  Home to historic temples and French provincial architecture, Luang Prabang is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site where locals enjoy a slower pace.

Surrounded by a lush tropical garden, the hotel features 25 suites, each complete with its own private garden featuring an oversized bathtub or private pool. Old-world nostalgia is evoked through the shuttered windows, hand-carved poster bed frames and Lao artefacts, while modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and the signature Sofitel MyBed provide modern comfort.

“What guests will find most captivating at Sofitel Luang Prabang is the fusion that occurs on so many levels – heritage is married with modern comfort and the enduring tranquility, both within the verdant gardens and just outside in the serene residential quarter, will appeal to guests in search of refuge in this age of sensory overload,” says Sofitel Luang Prabang general manager, Pablo Barruti.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Governor’s Grill, offers a fusion of fine western gastronomy and traditional Lao cuisine which can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors underneath a colonial-style tent overlooking the garden, while private candle-lit dinners can also be arranged for guests seeking an extra memorable evening.

There are also plenty of experiences to be enjoyed outside the hotel, and the Leisure Concierge is able to arrange a variety of immersive and enriching excursions, offering guests the opportunity to learn about and experience the local culture and history of the town and Laos. Embark on a culinary journey through local markets, watch saffron-robed monks receive alms from the locals, visit the elephant conservation camp, take a culinary or craft class, and cruise or kayak the Mekong River.

Back at the hotel, relax and unwind at LE SPA, where treatments and therapies combine ancient Lao healing techniques with local organic products and the latest in skin care.

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