Luang Prabang, Laos
Housed in a former royal residence, this charming boutique hotel in central Luang Prabang provides a suave, serene haven within easy walking distance of the temples and night market. Rooms are offered in the original portion of the building (‘La Résidence’) or more modern, but no less luxurious ‘Garden’ wing. Varnished wood, stone-floored bathrooms and limewashed walls create a soothing feel, enhanced by French windows opening on to small balustraded balconies. Shady loungers line the pretty outdoor pool, and there’s a quality restaurant specializing in Indochinese cuisine, where traditional music and dance performances are staged in the evenings.