by Andrea Doyle | March 28, 2018
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has opened a new property in Laos, marking the second Southeast Asia resort for the brand. The Rosewood Luang Prabang is located in Luang Prabang, the 14th-century capital of ancient Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Set at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang offers a unique vibe cultivated by the French colonial architecture and Indochinese villas, monk communities, gilded temples, and French and Laotian cuisines.

"Rosewood Luang Prabang is exotic, intimate, and deeply respectful of the destination's culture, history, and natural setting," said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. "This unique property is not only a wondrous expression of our brand's A Sense of Place philosophy but also marks a key milestone for our group and its Southeast Asia expansion."

The property features 23 assorted accommodations -- guestrooms, villas, suites, and tented lodgings -- surrounding a waterfall in the dense tropical Laotian Forest. The accommodations include their own private swimming pools, oversized balconies, and outdoor wooden bathtubs.

The resort's luxury tented villas, set on a secluded hillside, were built to meld with the environment and bring guests closer to nature. Each of the tents is dedicated to a specific Laotian hill tribe, which still inhabit the surrounding mountains, with distinctive ethnic patterns adorning individual tent canopies and curated colors, motifs, and textiles in the interior.

Dining at Rosewood Luang features Laos's rich food culture, with chefs placing utmost importance on locally sourced and seasonal foods. The Great House offers indoor seating and an open-air terrace where guests can experience farm-to-table dining, and authentic local specialties. The Elephant Bridge Bar overlooks a river and offers light snacks, simple and healthy fare, and hand-crafted cocktails and beverages.

Sense, a Rosewood spa, combines Laotian healing remedies and Western techniques, performed in three individual tented villas overlooking the river.

"Our property sets a new dimension for guests to discover the poetry of Luang Prabang, its natural beauty, spirituality, and way of life," says Elias Pertoft, managing director of Rosewood Luang Prabang. "We are dedicated to hosting our guests in highly personalized fashion, to help them experience all Luang Prabang has to offer, both on and off-property."

Bespoke experiences are also available at the resort. Guests can uncover the traditional crafts and way of life of diverse ethnic hill tribes and rural farming communities; explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang with a guided walk through the atmospheric mix of historic mansions, Laotian architecture, and ancient temples; or enjoy a experiences of the Mekong river life. More outdoorsy adventures include trekking through the forest to forage for medicinal and edible flora and fauna; a guided mountain bike exploration through a rich tapestry of remote landscapes; weaving traditional textiles or creating ceramics in traditional hill tribe villages; harvesting seasonal produce using traditional farming methods in agricultural surroundings; and a cruise along the Mekong River in a Laotian river boat.

Rosewood Luang Prabang is also the site of the first hospitality school in Laos, a philanthropic project providing students with professional hospitality training.