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Avani Luang PrabangLuang Prabang, Laos

If Laos is the hidden gem of South East Asia, Avani Luang Prabang, the former royal capital's newest boutique hotel, is its sparkling centrepiece. And when we tell you this dreamy abode is situated in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, we're not exaggerating. Set to open in March 2018, the 53-room hotel is just a five-minute stroll from the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, colourful cafes and restaurants dotted along the Mekong's shores, and opposite the city's famous night market, meaning you'll quite literally be in the thick of the action.

This prime spot is imbued with vestiges of its storied history – the hotel building dates back to 1914 and was once the quarters of French officers – with the design emulating the classic French neo-classical architecture that can be seen around the city. Inside, there are open-plan rooms and suites to choose from, furnished with plush bedding and modern amenities, and louvered wooden doors that open out onto a terrace or balcony. Beyond, you'll find a gym, swimming pool and day spa to stretch out and relax at after a full day of exploring.

Take advantage of your proximity to everything with a cheeky sleep in or, if you're an early riser, sneak out of bed in the cool glow of dawn to watch monks make their pilgrimage. Once you're up, you'll be spoilt for choice. Set out on a hike up Mount Phousi, embark on a sunset cruise along the Mekong or shop for handicrafts like intricate Hmong batik fabrics, silver jewellery and vibrant lamps in the night market. Whatever you choose, your luxurious abode is just moments away.

  • King or twin beds
  • Rain shower
  • Coffee machine
  • Minibar
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free wifi
  • Private terrace or balcony
  • Daybed

Rooms start from US$165 per night.

Avani Hotels & Resorts
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COMING SOON: Avani Luang Prabang opens in March 2018.

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