The 9 Best Luxury Hotels
At Butterfield & Robinson, our hotels aren’t prosaic—they’re pure poetry.
From castles and riads to ryokans and monasteries, we source lodgings that aren’t just places to crash, but one-of-a-kind spots as intimate, authentic and sublime as the rest of your journey—and packed with personal touches from our hotelier friends.
Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best luxury hotels in Laos, where you can do so much more than simply rest your head.
But be warned: there may be tears when it’s time to say goodbye!
The isolated La Folie Lodge sits on Don Daeng, an island slumbering in the Mekong. Sitting on a secluded beach facing the Khmer templates of Wat Phu, the lodge is surrounded with exceptional natural beauty and unspoilt charm.
Cool off in the Lodge’s swimming pool or dine in the restaurant outside restaurant.
Built upon a UNESCO site, this former Governor’s mansion is a beautifully redesigned oasis of calm.
Centrally located, this boutique hotel offers tastefully designed suites in addition to a spa and pool, blending classic colonial design and contemporary Asian style. This is serenity and magic in the heart of Luang Prabang.
The Grand Hotel d’Angkor is the area’s finest colonial landmark and provides the perfect base for our temple visits.
At the end of each day’s explorations, your elegant guestroom awaits you—not to mention the historic Elephant Bar, fine restaurants, a beautiful pool and spa. The Grand is tastefully appointed with Art Deco-style furnishings and Khmer art objects.
A sanctuary amidst the hubbub of Phnom Penh, the Raffles name is synonymous with unabashed luxury. Blending Khmer, French colonial and Art Deco designs, this landmark hotel has since the 1920s provided flawless service and superior accommodations.
Indulge an aromatic massage, dine on traditional French and Cambodian dishes, and rediscover the true meaning of tranquility.
At 62.4 metres (205 feet) the Aqua Mekong was designed by Saigon based Noor Design and embodies the aesthetic of a sophisticated five-star hotel.
Local sustainable materials and artisanal touches of the Mekong’s multifaceted cultures round out these generous interior spaces. Take in the spectacular views of the Mekong and life on the river from the luxury of the dip-pools on board.
This luxurious retreat is located in the peaceful countryside, yet still just 4 km (2 mi) from the centre of Hué.
You’ll come to appreciate this after learning that the Vietnamese love to make use of the horns on their mopeds early in the morning! The rooms reflect the Vietnamese taste for simple, elegant luxury.
Neighbouring Ninh Binh’s Van Long Nature Reserve, the lush grounds of Emeralda offer breathtaking views of the surrounding tropical forest and mountain range.
The resort supports its local roots, designed with traditional Vietnamese materials and offering fresh local produce at all three restaurants.
The perfect combination of old-world charm, culinary splendour and modern-day luxury.
Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this central oasis offers world-class facilities, the finest rooms, exquisite food and tranquil tropical gardens. It sits close by to the renowned 12th-century ruins of Angkor Wat.
In the heart of bustling Vientiane stands a remarkable hotel.
Built in the early part of the last century, circa 1932, and painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory, the Settha Palace Hotel serves as a testament to the long lost era of classical elegance, gracious service and French colonial charm.