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La Residence Phou Vao Belmond Swimming Infinity Pool with Loungers Laos


High on Kite Hill, under a mile southeast of the capital’s historic center, La Résidence Phou Vao supplies wonderful views and deep relaxation in equal measures.

The 34 rooms and suites—in what was a summer house for the Lao royal family—are ensconced in stunning gardens with ornamental lily ponds and a statement infinity pool.

All of the spacious, rosewood accented rooms deliver views of the tranquil grounds, and a private terrace is ideal for warming in the sun with a book before a swim in the pool. If you’d rather stay inside, choose between your king-sized bed or sumptuous sofa for a relaxing perch.   

Beyond the room, the Mountain Bar delivers wonderful aperitifs in enveloping armchairs angled towards yet another outrageously colorful Laos sunset.

The Mountain Terrace restaurant persists wisely with the resort’s theme of ‘wonderful with a view’, in this case, sacred Mount Phousi. Its French Lao fusion cuisine is fragrant and delicious.


Its selection of experiences really allows you to get under the skin of Lao culture. From the Mystery Dine Around where you are tuk-tukked to Luang Prabang’s finest restaurants, to dipping into the country’s spiritual side with local Baci blessings while poolside.

Immerse yourself further in Lao culture through the lemongrass-fragranced oils and traditional remedies used in the Mekong spa.