While recently in Luang Prabang I was in search of a good spot for a massage and pedicure. I tried several places including the Xiengthong Palace. While the hotel is one the most beautiful in Luang Prabang (and with the most attentive staff), I was sorely disappointed in my massage and pedicure. The massage was just 'ok' - not great and not horrible. I didn't get the sense that the therapist had any formal training - which may be the case in Laos as compared with Thailand. She was very nice, kind but spoke very little English (which made it a bit difficult to communicate but this was the case with all the places I went for a massage so not unusual). The pedicure did not include any callus removal, even buffing - which I thought unusual. Polish choices were only five bottles of limited colors. Certainly for safety reasons (sterilization of instruments) I felt more comfortable going to a higher end spa. On the positive side, the facility was lovely - very clean, calming and beautiful. However, for the price (probably the highest in town), I did not feel this was a good value for either of the services.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples is Victoria Xiengthong Palace, the last residence of the Laos Royal Family. This beautiful boutique property has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and once more sits proudly on the banks of the Mekong River. The 26 elegantly appointed rooms and suites capture the essence of Laos’ unique culture and style, with local materials and fabrics used throughout. Look out upon the majestic Wat Xiengthong – the town’s most famous temple, or simply sit back and soak up the ambience of this UNESCO protected palace, the perfect place to discover the wonder and charm of Luang Prabang – the Jewel of Indochina. ... more less
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