by Allen J. Sheinman | April 03, 2018
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, the brand's second resort in Southeast Asia and its first property to feature tented villas. Designed by Bill Bensley, the ultra-luxury hotel is nestled within a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a nearly untouched forested environment centered around a natural waterfall and river in the north-central part of the country.  
Property highlights include 23 guest rooms, villas, suites and tented accommodations that have views of the river and waterfall, private swimming pools, oversized balconies and outdoor wooden bathtubs. Six luxury tented villas are found on a secluded hillside, each one designed to evoke a specific Laotian hill tribe that still inhabits the surrounding mountains. Three tented spa villas offering traditional and holistic wellness programs, special Laotian healing practices and authentic therapies performed by a native healer.
A forest-enveloped swimming pool is adjacent to a natural waterfall and nearby lush gardens where guests can enjoy games of pétanque or croquet. Dining options at the property include a Laotian farm-to-table restaurant called the Great House and a relaxing river-view spot named the Elephant Bridge Bar for light bites and beverages.
Guests at the resort can immerse themselves in the rich Lao culture in many forms. They can uncover the traditional crafts and way of life of diverse ethnic hill-tribes and rural farming communities; explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang with a guided walk through the atmospheric mix of historic mansions, Laotian architecture and ancient temples; or enjoy a multitude of experiences of the Mekong river life that has sustained the local peoples for centuries.  
Adventures include trekking through the forest to forage for medicinal and edible flora and fauna, before settling down in a village for a meal made with the found ingredients; guided mountain-bike explorations through a rich tapestry of remote landscapes; weaving traditional textiles or creating ceramics in traditional hill-tribe villages known for these crafts; harvesting seasonal produce using traditional farming methods among beautiful agricultural surroundings, and relaxing on a leisurely day cruise along the Mekong River in an elegant Laotian river boat.
"Our property sets a new dimension for guests to discover the poetry of Luang Prabang -- its natural beauty, spirituality and way of life," said Elias Pertoft, managing director of Rosewood Luang Prabang. "We are dedicated to hosting our guests in highly personalized fashion, to help them experience all Luang Prabang has to offer, both on- and off-property."