Monday 15 Nov 2010


Exotic Retreat in Ancient Town

Design HotelsTM announces its new member in Laos: the Alila Luang Prabang which opened on 1 October 2010. The all-suite resort is located in the UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Architect Bunnag Duangrit created a contemporary hotel, while conserving the site's architectural heritage. The hotel's design is also of historical interest, as the building was originally built as a governor's mansion and then was used for a time as a political detention centre.

The resort's existing colonial buildings, built between 1910 and 1920, blend with new structures that have been designed to reflect and complement the Lao architecture. The interior design is a fusion of French colonial charm with contemporary and modern elements. Each suite is designed to create harmony between the indoor and the exterior area. The signature fabric pattern in the room reflects the colours of the city and thus gives it an urban feel.

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 metres 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.

Alila CEO Mark Edleson says: "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" programme. 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 centre and ten minutes from the airport.

Bunnag Duangrit