Our 3 night stay at Ban E-Tu Waterfall resort was a highlight of our time in Laos during May 2013.
From when the accommodating and generous owner Khambay picked us up from Pakse airport and took us for a superb local breakfast until he left us down at Don Khong Island after a big day trip and dinner a few days later, we enjoyed wonderful hospitality and feel we experienced a wonderful cross section of what the south of Laos offer in food, sights and culture.
The resorts tour program allowed us to visit many special local eateries, amazing waterfalls, tour through the Bolaven plateau and visited the Champasak area, benefiting from being with a Laos speaking returned resident who has a deep appreciation of his region of birth and the traditional cultures and developing cottage industries.
Our room was a lovely bungalow set above the waterfall with lush plants all around. The grounds require a gardener, but this will be addressed in due time and the atmosphere is very natural.The room was very clean and nicely furnished with the fluffiest, whitest towels of all the accommodation we stayed in during our 5 weeks in Asia. It was very comfortable with a large balcony, beautiful timber floors, 2 walls of windows, one side being screened so that you could sleep with the windows open. No air conditioning required due to the altitude and although a very hot time of the year when we stayed the ceiling fan and open window were adequate, which was a lovely change. The relaxing sounds of the waterfall were all you heard at night.
The breakfasts were a little hit and miss, but we appreciated that it is fairly isolated and the resort staff are still being trained. The dinners there are fine and all this will continue to be fine tuned.
Annette, the resorts 'jill of all trades' is doing a fantastic job of raising the housekeeping and laundry standards and training the young local staff to take pride in their work and to meet the owner's ideals of what the resort can offer. There are many exciting plans in the pipeline to enhance the experience for day guests to the waterfall as well as those staying at the resort.
We welcomed the open and friendly interactions with our hosts and learnt so much more than you otherwise would as independent tourists.
We loved our second visit to Laos, but our first to the south, and our stay at Ban E-Tu facilitated us making the most of our time there. I highly recommend the resort and would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to "Baan E-Tu Waterfall Resort" where waterfalls are at your backyard! After renovation in May 2014, we are now ready for full service with hospitality. Be relax and enjoy in the nature where fauna and flora are carefully preserved. You can hear birds and cricket sing along with the chant of waterfalls that happen to be just in your backyard while fragrance of herb and spice drift through the air from our kitchen "Jong Kum" restaurant that wait to serve you with fine local clean and tasty cuisine under concept "Farm to table" Coffee, one of the main quality products of south Lao , is also ready to served in our cozy open air restaurant or at your balcony. Imagine sipping Lao coffee in the ambient forest of green..breathing fresh air..what more you can ask for!! We encourage you to learn local culture as well! Touring coffee garden, visit organic farm, trekking , elephant bathing watch and visiting temple is available upon your request. Clean and comfortable room is provided for your good night sleep.Wi-Fi and hot water is provided in our resort. Our friendly staffs are more than happy to assist and service you. Come and visit us soon!! We are looking forward to seeing you. -Baan E-Tu Waterfall Resort Team ... more less
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