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Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos

Our rating: Deluxe

Located on a hill within the heritage zone of Luang Prabang, Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is one of the most established and comfortable hotels in Laos. All 34 suites at this Belmond (formerly Orient Express) property have huge corner bathtubs and balconies with wonderful views over the surrounding rural countryside. Belmond La Residence Phou Vao has a large, infinity edge swimming pool and the restaurant offers excellent Laotian and international cuisine. The adjacent terrace has spectacular views over rice paddies and the mountains and the spa pavilions set in tranquil gardens are hard to resist. As well as being environmentally conscious, the hotel is also a strong supporter of local charities and has a number of initiatives in place to help the local community.

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