Sofitel Luang Prabang is a small luxury hotel set within a former French fort, incorporating the site’s pre-existing French colonial buildings, including the grand main entrance, with new structures added in the style of traditional Laotian architecture. The main courtyard, an idyllic realm of charming gardens and pools, is the resort’s exotic centerpiece.
Each clay-roofed suite features a modern, understated aesthetic, embellished with touches of Asian ornament. Room facilities include rain showers, bathtubs, flat-screen TVs, DVDplayers and iPod docking stations. Every suite is adjoined by an exquisite garden, and the four corner suites each have a private pool. The two Governor Suites offer larger living spaces and more extensive gardens. Two of the Pool Suites have exclusive access to the hotel’s four towers, which date back to the early 1900’s and are the Sofitel's most emblematic architectural feature.
The hotel’s spa and the cooking school overlook a second courtyard, with indigenous trees. The hotel’s Grill restaurant occupies a traditional two-storey Laotian house with views of the courtyard. A classic cocktail bar designed in colonial style includes an inviting fireplace, and comfortable lounge seating, as well as the hotel’s library.
• 23 suites
• Hotel opened: October 2010 (formerly Alila Hotel and Hotel de la Paix)
• Architecture: Duangrit Bunnag
• Interiors: Marisa Noeypatimanond