Aman resorts are renowned for the wonderful attention to detail but it is the incredible service that truly makes Amantaka the most exclusive place to stay in Luang Prabang.
The Maison Souvannaphoum is an elegant accommodation option in Luang Prabang, set in lush tropical gardens and situated just outside the UNESCO zone for easy exploration of the area's temples, markets and riverfront dining options. The property has a large outdoor pool and charming, well-appointed rooms that tastefully combine Laotian and French designs, featuring classic colonial interiors, large windows with wooden shutters and Laotian textiles. The 19th century mansion once belonged to Prince Souvanna Phouma, who was Laos' prime minister for several different terms between 1951 and 1975. Now a comfortable hotel, the building has been carefully renovated to balance colonial charm with modern conveniences and a polished service.
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Each of the rooms accommodate up to two guests. Rooms in the newer Garden Wing section feature balconies with garden or pool views. A number of rooms are housed in the historic La Residence Wing, which was part of the original mansion. The three suite options offer further space and luxury. These include the Champa room or 'Princess Room', which has a separate lounge area and a luxurious bathroom featuring scented candles, a salt scrub and tropical flower petals; the Laos room or 'Queen room', which overlooks the garden and pool and has a walk-in closet; and the spacious Maison room, where Prince Souvannaphoum himself once lived. All rooms include air conditioning, king sized or twin beds, electronic safes and free Wi-Fi access.
Maison Souvannaphoum is situated right next to Luang Prabang old town in a prime location, only a five minute walk from the river and the town's many restaurant options. A market is held each night only a short distance from the hotel. Although the entrance is on a main street, the hotel itself is set back from the road to offer a quiet stay in close proximity to many of the area's major sights. Luang Prabang International Airport is around a 15 minute drive away.
Food and Drink
Guests can dine in the on site restaurant, Elephant Blanc, which offers seating in the air conditioned dining room or al fresco by the pool. It serves French, Laotian and Indo-Chinese dishes in a pleasant garden setting, with the ten course 'Feast of the Prince' tasting menu being a highlight for those wishing to try delicious local cuisine. Champagne, breakfast and other dishes are also available through room service, and the property offers an extensive drinks list that includes wines, spirits and cocktails.
Some of the rooms in the Garden Wing can interconnect to accommodate families.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel has a relaxing spa offering a wide range of treatments, and bicycle hire is available should you wish to explore the local area at your own pace. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day, and there's a souvenir shop on site.
We liked the regal ambience at Maison Souvannaphoum; its excellent standard of service will make you feel like royalty.
Luang Prabang itinerary suggestions
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located on the banks of the Khan river, the Apsara Rive Droite is one of the newest additions to Luang Prabang's hotels.
This is one of our favourite hotels in Luang Prabang - very stylish and with a wonderful infinity swimming pool overlooking the gardens. It has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Le Sen is an extremely popular option located in close proximity to Luang Prabang's UNESCO zone. Its focal point is its charming courtyard and pool, which is surrounded by three villas housing the hotel's rooms.
A 15 minute walk from the main town, this is a charming small hotel with quaint, large lotus ponds covered in stunning greenery.
This charming boutique hotel dates back to the turn of the twentieth century when it was the royal residence of Prince Souphanouvong.
Only 20 minutes drive from the international airport Villa Maly is situated in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the main historical attractions and places of interest.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Each morning at dawn in Luang Prabang the local Buddhist monks form a procession around the streets of this charming town, collecting alms of rice and vegetables from the local population.
The Baci ceremony is a mix of Animism and Buddhism. These ceremonies are common to Laos. Their purpose is to call back your own spirits to your body because they sometimes escape.
Kuang Si Falls are thirty kilometres from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang in the morning and heads towards Ban Ou by boat.
This is a great opportunity to experience the hard life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities, such as working with Suzuki the water buffalo, in knee-deep muddy rice paddies. Enjoyable and very educational, you will learn about the 13 steps and various methods involved in planting, growing, harvesting and cooking rice.
The day is spent with your guide discovering the magical temples and ancient crafts practised in this beautiful city in the mountains. Exactly what you choose to do on this day is up to you and can be discussed with your guide.
The Ou River is a tributary of the Mekong and its valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Laos. You will take longtail motor boats to cover the distance through the valley back to Luang Prabang, stopping en-route to visit some of the local hill tribe villages and the holy Pak Ou Caves.