I spent almost a week in the Mekong Estate over New Year with my girlfriend.
The suites are fabulous with amazing balcony views over the Mekong. The location is much better and, in some cases, better value for money, than places like 3 Nagas in the town centre. The owner, Mr Khampagne, is a very nice man who took both of us separately to and from the airport for our flights.
I wandered onto his back lawn unannounced in search of rooms and found myself joining him and his friends for Jim Bean, Lao whisky and Beer Lao!
You get a nice breakfast delivered to your room and maid service. There is a great 25m pool. It's possibly the coldest I've ever been into but it was still lovely once you were in the water. There were also free bikes to get into town.
I would thoroughly recommend the Mekong Estate. The only things to be aware of are that as a former private residence it is surrounded by local farms and the roosters are pretty vocal from 5am onwards. The hot water was also a bit hit and miss in our suite. Neither of these minor issues detracted from a wonderful holiday here.
I also recommend the lychee cocktails at Aspara Hotel - amazing - and the food at L'Elephant, although it is pricey. The restaurant at 3 Nagas was very poor - indifferent food and near non-existent service when we visited. The restaurants that double up as Laos cooking schools are a very good, cheaper option and the pastries at JoMa patisserie are delicious. Also enjoyed the elephant riding tour we went on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mekong Estate lives up to its name with five stately Lao-colonial style villas, all with a stunning vista of the majestic Mekong River and mountains. Each of the property's 10 well-appointed rooms and suites has a river view, private terrace and kitchen, and is designed to be your home away from home. Founded in 2005 as the first residence service in Luang Prabang, guests get to discover a local atmosphere and home-style comfort, an experience unparalleled to staying at a hotel in town. The rooms boast ample space, light, character and charm. Spacious living extends to the outdoors with verandas, immaculate tropical gardens, a 25m long swimming pool and of course, the property's namesake river. Quite simply, we have the best view of the Mekong in Luang Prabang; watch the world drift by and let time stand still. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mekong Estate Luang Prabang