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Why we like it
- Historic Relais and Chateaux boutique hotel
- Former villa of a Laotian prince
- Authentic Laos delicacies at the Satri House restaurant
The Indochina massage for two is a supremely relaxing experience.
In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.
- AF, London
AccommodationSatri House is achingly stylish. Housed in a stunning old villa built at theturn of century as a royal residence, the hotel was refurbished in 2002 andconverted into one of Luang Prabang's most sophisticated and uniqueproperties. It is a perfect fusion of traditional and contemporary Lao design,the whole building has been painstakingly renovated to ensure the hotelretains its traditional character and grandeur, yet it has been given a fresh,contemporary feel thanks to luxurious silks and linens. The rooms and suites afford hand-crafted wooden furniture and local artwork, as well as spacious bathrooms and large balconies.
The restaurant overlooks the lush garden and features local Lao delicaciesand a fusion menu of inspired western and Asian creations. There is alsoa pleasant garden bar, a library, and two swimming pools. The excellent spaat Satri House houses a large Romanesque Jacuzzi, a cool plunge pool anda herbal steam room for complimentary use, as well as offering treatmentsand massages by appointment.
Best time to be there
The cooler part of the dry season, November to February is when Laos is at its best, avoiding the torrential rains of the summer months, and the sweltering heat of April and May.
Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok
13 hours via Bangkok
GMT + 7 hours
Issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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Suggested itineraries in Laos
Highlights of Laos
Nights: 7 | from £2,155pp
Laos is like Southeast Asia in slow motion – in the best possible way. It is an alluring, laidback mix of timeless tem-ples and traditions, good food, wonderful river journeys and warmly welcoming people. It’s also easy to combine with neighbouring countries for a deeper exploration of Indochi-na.
Life along the Mekong
Nights: 15 | from £6,427pp
A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into local life in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam
Nights: 23 | from £5,965pp
A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air.
Nights: 8 | from £2,729pp
Serene and spellbinding, warm and welcoming, Laos offers all the colour and culture you’d expect from Southeast Asia, but at a delightfully mellow pace. In just over a week you can explore its magnificent temples, meet its friendly people and sail part of its mightiest river.