The Place Located about a 10 minutes tuk-tuk ride away from the main district at Luang Prabang or just a 15mins drive from the airport, Sofitel Luang Prabang sits in the midst of the Ban Mano residential vicinity of the city. A sanctuary of sorts away from the hustle and bustle of the otherwise touristy UNESCO World Heritage city center, the oasis here gives you a very relaxing break whenever you return from your day of exploring the city.
Greeting you at the entrance is a traditional Laotian structure, which was painstakingly moved from Northern Laos to the hotel premise. The 3 buildings on stilt each housed the hotel lobby, Sofitel’s Le Spa and Fitness Centre, and with the last playing host to meeting rooms and a cooking school.
Heading down the stairway, you will be greeted by lush greenery set amidst the century old colonial mansions. On both sides of the square, the 2 structures were once home of the French-colonial Governors, with similar architecturally-inspired structures constructed during the hotel’s restoration phase from 2010 to 2015. Even a walk down the colonial corridor can be so therapeutic.
The Rooms Four distinct types of suites are available in the property, from the Garden Suite to the luxe Signature Governor’s Residence Suite.
The Garden Suite already starts at 46sqm, and vacationers get to enjoy their own private garden set with an outdoor bathtub. This is in addition to the indoor tub, separate shower and other toilet essentials. Décor comes in a simple white walls with Laotian furnitures, complete in a 5 meters high ceilings and wooden windows and doors.
The Governor’s Residence Suite, aptly named after the very building the French Governor resided, is 120sqm and only 2 such suites are available here. Entering the suite via the bedroom itself, you will be greeted by a spacious poster bed, and yes the JBL speakers streaming traditional Laotian music from the Apple Ipod playlist. A walk through of the entire suite will take you a couple of minutes, from the relaxing lounge and it’s dining table centerpiece to the large living room, which will lead you on to the private garden and again an outdoor bathtub.
The attached toilet competes in size with the bedroom itself, and has two parts to it, first being the dual bathroom vanity and separate showers, and the bronze-metallic walled room with the luxe indoor bathtub resting in the middle of the room. The vibe of the suite remains very subtle, taking on the local culture and with it’s walls arranged with Laos silk works – which can be purchased as well. To bring the guests closer to the life in Luang Prabang, photos of Laotian captured in their daily routines are framed and hanged up around the room. And if we have not mention, the beds here are Multispires® mattress and we definitely did have some of our best (more than 8 hours) sleep here!
The Facilities Even the best rooms have to be matched with some of the best facilities to complete the whole experience. With only 26 suites, the Sofitel Luang Prabang guests will be pampered by undivided attention and lots of private space in this quiet property. The 25 meters long swimming pool has enough sunbeds for all guests, and you hardly will meet another fellow traveller in the water. If it is a swimming goggle, or sunblock lotion you are missing, the hotel has it all standby for you. The attentive staff will also head over to you with iced water and fresh tropical fruits once you take your pick on the sunbed of your day.
Le Spa is located at the front of the hotel, just make your booking with the hotel staff and you will be enjoying your therapies in the traditional Laos wooden home. The prices here are amongst the more affordable treatments we have seen amongst luxury hotels in the region, and kudos to the staff here, not any less indulging.
If you need your daily dose of gym like us, the gym is located in the same building as Le Spa. Otherwise, there are many other cosy spots within the resort to chill your day away.
The Restaurant The Governor’s Grill may be the only restaurant in the hotel, but it is also the only steakhouse in the city. The restaurant prides itself in serving authentic Laos cuisine with an added refinement inspired from Western influence. Premium cuts of the local Buffalo meats and other grill selections are available here. We strongly recommend you to go for the Buffalo Tasting Menu here, which will have you enjoying the meat done in various ways – skewer, local Laap (minced meat mixed with vegetables), Bourguignon (stirred-fried), in plain simple rib steak and our favourite, Buffalo Carpaccio. Otherwise, this is also where you have your daily breakfast, which has a decent mix of International and local cuisine options.
The City Of course, Luang Prabang has much to offer to visitors to this UNESCO city as well. From Kuang Si Waterfall to just strolling down the streets of the Old Town, you can refer to our article on “Things to Do and See in Luang Prabang”.
Furthermore, Sofitel Luang Prabang has a sister property right in the midst of the Old Town, 3Nagas Luang Prabang MGallery by Sofitel. Free shuttles between the 2 properties are available in the evening, or a short tuk-tuk ride between the 2 properties can be easily arranged by the hotel staff for just 10,000kip (S$1.70) per pax. 3Nagas also housed their namesake restaurant, and if you are looking for authentic Laotian meal, please do make a reservation here ahead of time to avoid disappointment in this often booked-out establishment.
The Group Sofitel Luang Prabang is the luxury hotels collection of the Accor group. Sofitel illustrates an artful blend of local culture and the French soul, with MGallery by Sofitel taking on the branding for charming boutique hotels in the world. Do make sure you sign up for Accor’s loyalty programme, Le Club AccorHotels, and you can start accumulating points from your stay and enjoy exclusive rates and promotions throughout the year.
Getting Here There are a couple of options, with direct flights between Singapore and Luang Prabang operated by Silkair and various connecting flights from Vientiane via Lao Airlines, Bangkok via Bangkok Airways, and Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia. From the airport, easy access to the various hotels are available at affordable rates, and can be booked upon arrival at the airport’s arrival hall. Trips between the airport to the city centre will take you just under 20 minutes, and slightly shorter for your trip to Sofitel Luang Prabang.
Sofitel Luang Prabang
Ban Mano, Luang Prabang
Democratic Republic of Laos
Tel: +856 71 260 777