Alila Luang Prabang a Design Hotel Opens in Laos

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Design Hotels has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Asia with a new member in Laos, the Alila Luang Prabang.

The all-suite resort is located in the UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Architect Bunnag Duangrit created the new contemporary hotel, while conserving the sites architectural heritage. The hotels design is also of historical interest, as the building was originally built as a governors mansion and then was used for a time as a political detention center.

The resorts existing colonial buildings, built between 1910 and 1920, blend with new structures that have been designed to reflect and complement the Lao architecture.

The 23 suites, including two Governor Suites, four Pool Suites, two Heritage Suites and 15 Garden Suites, open onto a private garden with either a pool or an outdoor pavilion. With an area up to 1,500 square feet (140 square meters) and extensive gardens, the larger Heritage and Governor Suites offer generous living spaces. Two corner Pool Suites provide exclusive access to a tower. With its panoramic views across the township towards the mountains, it is the perfect place for a candlelight dinner.

In Luang Prabang, guests can partake in alms giving to young monks, experience the art of preparing traditional Laotian cuisine at the hotels cooking school, or simply pamper themselves with holistic spa treatments using natural, local ingredients. The hotels courtyards are a tropical haven of pools, landscaped gardens and a sandpit fireplace.

Traditional Laotian dishes made with organic ingredients are served in the restaurant and the hotels library and spa offer nourishment for mind and body.

Alila CEO Mark Edleson said, "Alila Luang Prabang is very special to me. I taught English in Luang Prabang for six months in 1971 when I was backpacking through Asia. I fell in love with the people, the food and the old world charm of the town. The addition of Alila Luang Prabang will further add to the beauty and desirability of the destination."

As part of Alila Hotels and Resorts commitment to local social responsibility, the resort has introduced a Gift-to-Share program. Guests can also participate by donating to support the school program the resort has initiated. Needy pre-schools in Luang Prabang will be provided with teacher training and new school materials.

Alila Luang Prabang is nestled in a quiet residential area of Luang Prabang, just five minutes from the town center and ten minutes from the airport. Rates range from US$ 170 to US$ 550.

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