Let me start with the good stuff because we really did enjoy our stay at the Paradise Resort. As it was the hot season in Lao, we wanted somewhere with a nice pool to return to each day. It gets full marks for the size of the pool, which is immaculately maintained, and the surrounds. There are pavilions and shaded lounging areas where you can sit back and read your holiday book while the kids splash happily away.
The staff are super friendly and helpful in a laid-back way. What they may lack in five-star hotel polish, they more than make up for in their desire to help you have a good time. Their authenticity and warmth was a memorable part of our trip to Luang Prabang.
Breakfast was adequate and kept us going for the morning but the buffet was very basic. I did, however, enjoy my custom-made omelette each day.
We stayed in the large family suite which has two air-conditioned bedrooms. The remainder of the space is not air-conditioned but we did not find that a problem in the evenings when the temperature falls. This suite could do with a really good refurb, with special attention paid to the bathroom and the curtains in all rooms. Mosquitoes lurk in the evenings but we resolved this by using insect spray and the netting over the beds.
The cost of having laundry done was outrageous. Take your bag into town and have it done somewhere there rather than using the hotel service. And here's a Tip for management: fence off the shabby car park area to the left of reception as you enter ... it really detracts from what are otherwise quite pleasant grounds.
Summary: good value place to stay if you don't want to be in central in Luang Prabang and would like somewhere with a lovely pool to relax by.
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