Top Luxury Hotel with Best Location in Luang Prabang
Arguably the most famous destination in all of Laos, Luang Prabang is a beautiful and historic city with tons to offer the curious traveler. A longstanding French occupation has left the city with a rich cultural heritage and an abundance of lovely guesthouses and hotels. While many options offer visitors the opportunity for a comfortable stay, AVANI+ Luang Prabang stands out as the city’s premier luxury hotel.
We arrived to AVANI+ Luang Prabang in the evening time. Looking around, we saw tons of street venders beginning to set up their tents for the night market. We quickly realized we were walking into the city’s most centrally located hotel!
We were met by smiling staff members and an overwhelmingly delicious homemade iced tea. They helped us with our bags, we signed a paper or two and were checked-in before we knew it. A staff member escorted us to our room, and we were seriously in awe of the property’s beauty.
We couldn’t stop our jaws from hitting the floor; the room was stunning. When we opened the door, we noticed gorgeous chiffon curtains that divided the room in two. We turned our heads from left to right and found not one, but TWO bathroom sinks. Yes, we had our very own sinks on opposite sides of the room. This was definitely a first in our travels so far. (It’s so funny how you get so excited about the little things when being away from home for so long.) Each sink had a door next to it, one containing the toilet and the other the gorgeous shower. We had only seen the bathroom of this studio room so far, and we were already wildly impressed.
We each entered the bedroom through the curtain at the sides of our respective sinks. A desk and comfortable workspace lines one side of the room, while the other comes equipped with a chair and coffee table. In the middle of the room lies the bed in all of its glory. Little did we know, but we would spend many hours in that beautiful bed binging on Netflix after an epic night out in town.
Next came the enormous balcony. It was so peaceful that we ended up having hour-long morning tea/coffee out there every day. It had so much space with both a table and chairs as well as a sofa! There was also a gorgeous view in the distance, so some outside relaxation time was definitely in order.
We had previously been following AVANI+ Luang Prabang on Instagram before our arrival. All Marla could talk about for weeks beforehand was this one picture they posted of their Egg’s Benedict. Needless to say, we were both eagerly awaiting our first breakfast experience - and needless to say, the Egg’s Benedict tasted even better than it looked online.AVANI+ Luang Prabang’s breakfast selections are not for the faint of heart. There’s a full buffet along with an A La Carte menu too. Guess who got food from both? (If you guessed us, you guessed right). We can vouch that their almond croissants are probably the best that we’ve had since we went to Italy about 3 years ago, and their homemade juices are the most refreshing way to start your day. Do we need to keep going? As you could probably guess, we highly suggest booking room package with complimentary breakfast. You will NOT be disappointed!
Facilities: Pool, Fitness Center, Spa
At the heart of AVANI+ Luang Prabang’s property lies the incredible swimming pool. Surrounded by what seems like endless lounge chairs and comfy cushions, you are definitely in for some serious pool days. In general, the hotel staff are amazing, but especially our man Mo who works out by the pool. Refilling our glasses with ice cold water every chance he could and occasionally getting us the next beer, the staff by the pool really make your experience out there a blissful one. We spent hours just lounging and relaxing our day away and don’t regret it for a single second!
We are exercise freaks; there’s no doubt about it. We are for sure those people who talk about getting a high from long runs and like the feeling of our muscles burning. Out here on the road, it’s super hard to stick to a work out routine. However, whenever we get the opportunity to utilize a work out facility as awesome as AVANI+ Luang Prabang’s, we don’t hesitate for a second. Free weights, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, weight lifting machines… and the list goes on! We were in heaven. It’s open from 9am-9pm, but they were so kind to keep it open a little late when we wanted to squeeze in a late workout one evening. For us it’s often the little things that make a difference and this absolutely stood out for us.
As soon as you walk into AVANISPA’s reception area, you are greeted with the most incredible smells of citrus and lemongrass. Think of walking through a citrus orchard in heaven while holding a bundle of fresh lemongrass plants - yeah it’s that good. Plus, the girls who work at the spa are so sweet and will help you figure out the best treatment for you! We unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to treat ourselves, but man, do we regret it. We would definitely recommend checking out all the services AVANISPA has to offer!
After spending an amazing few days there, we can easily crown AVANI+ Luang Prabang as Luang Prabang’s top luxury hotel. Combing its location, its facilities, its design and decor, its bedrooms and let’s not forget about its breakfast, we think it goes without saying that we definitely lucked out with our stay. We cannot give enough praise to AVANI+ Luang Prabang and all of its amazing staff. Go experience it for yourself; we promise it won’t let you down! To go ahead and book your room, check out their website here.
Yours in Adventure,
Joel & Marla