Centered around a pristine pool under chic Chinese lanterns, you will find Villa Maly, a colonial mansion turned boutique hotel, hidden from the hustle of Luang Prabang by its dense green garden of sky high palm trees and vibrant banana plants.
Like a grand mason from the French/Indochinese golden era lost in a lush southeast Asian jungle; Villa Maly blends Laotian hospitality with French flare to create a unique luxury hotel in the centre of Laos’ “golden city.”
Beginning your stay with a “welcome drink,’ of refreshing, chilled watermelon juice, served with traditional local snacks such as fried Mekong seaweed and banana chips; a visit at Villa Maly is as though guests are stepping directly into a 1940s picture-perfect travel poster for Air France or La Indochine; in an expertly matched colour palate of creams, greens and oranges.
Although reminiscent to staying in a jungle villa, the grounds are expertly kept by a dedicated team who, from sunrise to sundown, delicately trim and treat the floral filled gardens which surround the swimming pool, discretely maintaining Villa Maly’s air of perfection.
You know that the team are there, but it’s almost as though they’re not as rogue leaves and empty cocktail glasses are spirited away with only the sound of the hotel’s trickling swimming pool to distract you.
These aforementioned cocktails, are those expertly blended by the talented team in Villa Maly’s Mouhot’s Bar, its namesake Henri Mouhot, the French naturalist who rediscovered the famous Angkor temples before travelling through Luang Prabang; and the bar, the classic kind of out-of-the way watering hole you’d image the explorer drinking in.
As well as Mouhot’s Bar, Villa Maly offers luxury dining at Le Vetiver a perfect alfresco experience, sited on a wooden deck, appointed with a warm rose wood furnishing and sheltered by a canopy.
And on balmier evenings guests have the option of a poolside barbecue: Surrounded by the garden’s tropical frangipanis, ginger, orchids, lilies, gardenias and mango trees, and served next to what has been rates as one of the best pools in Luang Prabang, here Villa Maly’s team will fire up the grill and leave you to cook your selection of tantalizing cuts of well marinated tenderloin, ribs, pork, shrimp and fresh seafood.
The hotel’s wine list complements both the grill and the various delectable local Laos traditional cuisine, which is served all day long.
Breakfast is buffet style – but not as you ma have come to expect from Southeast Asian breakfast buffets – as Villa Maly’s is the best I’ve experienced, with attention to detail and little touches like wooden honey twirlers, individual glass bottles of fresh juice to take to your table, and homemade jam served in miniature jars nestled in an impressive spread of museli, cereals, fresh fruit salads, croissants, pastries, omelettes, cooked breakfast options, stuffed tomatoes, cheese, cold cuts, fresh coffee and fresh tea. Everything for the hungry hearted to the health conscious.
Blankets are strewn over the backs of the chairs too, making that challenging transition from cloud-like comfortable bed to breakfast that little bit easier – another thoughtful touch.
Bedrooms come in two categories and we stayed in a “Superior.”
Superior Rooms (US$ 214-320) at Villa Maly can lay claim to its own distinct appeal, featuring custom arrangements and distinguished artwork. The rooms do share similarities in hardwood floors, vibrant colors, slate-walled bathrooms, flat screen televisions and views of the gardens or pool. Some superior rooms boast a king sized bed; others offer a pair of beds. All promise a very individualized experience. Our Superior rooms have an average of 24 sqm living area.
The Deluxe Rooms (US$ 254-360) were once the residence of Princess Khampieng, Ptince Khaman and their children.
The rooms are bright and well-lit thanks to their three broad French windows, although all afford privacy thanks to its lush garden surroundings, and benefit from sun-dappled green and red light dancing around the room, complementing the wonderfully subdued pastel colour palate in each room.
With attentive staff, stunning rooms, thoughtful extras, great food, lush gardens, killer cocktails and one of the best swimming pools in Luang Prabang, Villa Maly offers a blissful and unique place to stay in Laos’ gorgeous golden city.
75 Oupalath Khamboua Road, PO Box 1148 Ban That Luang Village, Luang Prabang, Lao P.D.R
+856 7125 3903/04, +856 7125 3936 (Sales Office)
+856 7125 4912, +856 7126 0319 (Sales Office)
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