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Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge

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Ban Xieng Muark, Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
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#1 of 193 Specialty lodging in Luang Prabang
Location
4.5
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4.6
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4.8
Value
4.6
The peaceful Hillside Lodge is idyllically nestled in the Lao countryside. A charming, family friendly and laid-back nature retreat, only 12 km from Luang Prabang, surrounded by protected area with primary forest, with scenic mountain views and beautiful waterfalls nearby. It's a family run place offering authentic bungalows with a twist of style for 20 guests. The Hillside is set amidst a lush tropical garden and has a swimming pool. An organic garden provides fresh vegetables for the restaurant. The Hillside Lodge is an ideal place for outdoor activities off the beaten track. Amazing waterfalls and ethnic villages wait to be explored. Guided and self-guided hikes are available. Mountain bikes are available for rent. The Hillside's mission is based on ecologically and socially sustainable principles.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Shuttle bus service
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Posey wrote a review Jan 2022
9 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a unique spot just outside Luang Prabang. Very clean, private rooms, and eco-friendly. Lovely herbal sauna and pool, a fire to gather around at night and great food. Very happy with our relaxed stay and could return to take advantage of the many hikes available.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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winnie1107 wrote a review Jun 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom28 contributions27 helpful votes
If I could avoid giving stars I would. The manager took our money prior to our visit, well aware lockdown due to Covid19 was about to happen. Unfortunately we had to return to the UK from Thailand as Laos shutdown. When I contacted the manager on our return to get our money back, he made every excuse possible. His excuses were purely delaying tactics. He refused to pay the full refund and in fact charged his bank charges to me. Eventually I got back some of what was owed to me. We have travelled extensively for years, and to be honest I have never come across a more dishonest, unscrupulous and downright unpleasant person. The manager is somewhat lacking in dealing with people and sadly lacks managerial skills. Avoid dealing with him if you can!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Ong Schneck, Owner at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Responded Nov 12, 2020
Hello, i am not surprised to find your review here, so you announced to write a review on every plattform possible, especially after the OTA you have been booking with didn't accept your review. Anyways, you have booked a non-refundable offer. In this case it is usual the the property withdraw the money before arrival time, especially to avoid credit card fraud which happens unfortunately reguarly. From the beginning i made it clear that i will refund you, btw a lot of hotels here in this area didn't for non-refundable bookings. But this was in the middle of the lockdown and i have asked for patience, because things were very chaotic and difficult. Right from the beginning you were not willing to cooperate. When i have asked for Swift code, i have just received threats like the one above. So i have tried to transfer full amount but it was rejected by your bank, not mine. Finally after this failed transaction, because you didn't provide full bank details, you descended to provide Swift and BIC code. I transferred again but deducting the fees of the first failed transaction you are responsible for, that's the real and whole story. Hillside, in opposite to many other hotels during lockdown refunded every single guest. You had been the only one making aggressive trouble right from the beginning. You make it sound like i have earned money with you but in my accounts concerning your booking the same amount came in and went out. Best regards and best wishes for your future travels, which hopefully will start soon in this crazy times
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LukasvanS wrote a review May 2020
Luang Prabang, Laos1 contribution
The best place to go for a nature retreat. There is some treks and gardens to see which you can walk with the dogs of the Lodge! Food is partially homegrown and makes delicious dishes. It's out in nature so you can expect some geckos, but all in all its clean.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JKPnewcastle4 wrote a review Jan 2020
Newcastle, United Kingdom20 contributions37 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay. We love the ethos of Hillside. The food is delicious. The wee houses are fabulous. The atmosphere is great. There were lovely opportunities to talk to other guests from all over the world. We enjoyed a walk down to Nahm Dong park- it is a truly beautiful place to spend a few hours exploring. Well worth spending a few nights here 👍
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Roman O wrote a review Jan 2020
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We stayed for 3 nights and this place is amazing, one of the best places we have been. Quiet, super clean, friendly staff, amazing food (we tried almost all dies on the menu and every single one was delicious)! Small paradise, highly recommended:)
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Helen T wrote a review Jan 2020
Eynesbury, Australia9 contributions3 helpful votes
Visited Hillside Eco Lodge with family of three (10yr old). Truly an eco lodge with sustainable mindset. Room was beautiful. Food spectacular. Service outstanding. Highly recommend if you’re wanting a really quiet & chilled out experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from HillsideNatureLodge, General Manager at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Responded Jan 4, 2020
Hi Helen! Thanks so much for your nice review! Really happy to read that you recommend us :-) It was great having you 3 here and we will definitely let you know when we come you way! Best wishes, Maddie
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ditsywitsy wrote a review Dec 2019
Torquay, United Kingdom521 contributions157 helpful votes
Quiet, relaxing and friendly comfort. Just what the doctor ordered before I threw myself into a couple of months of hectic rural work in Cambodia and Burma. Made all the arrangements online and was met by a driver at the airport and welcomed to the Lodge by owner Holger. Was not expecting the rather bumpy ride to the hotel – was going to have enough of that over the next couple of months - so was not tempted to visit some old haunts in Luang Prabang. However, there was plenty to occupy my time, excellent food from fresh ingredients, cool filtered water, excellent coffee and long quiet walks in the company of Buddy, the amazing lodge guide dog. Maddie, the manager arrived a couple of days into my stay and took over from Holger who had been a most considerate mine host. All too soon it was time to leave and even though I knew I would be driving through rice fields and forests many times during the next two months, the rice fields and teak forests of these few days of chilled leisure were somehow very different.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from HillsideNatureLodge, General Manager at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Responded Dec 23, 2019
Dear ditsywitsy, Thanks so much for your nice review! It was a pleasure hosting you and we hope you'll think of us every time you see a rice field! All the best and good luck, Maddie
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sugarcube247 wrote a review Nov 2019
High Wycombe, United Kingdom12 contributions3 helpful votes
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This gem of a hotel is the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days, away from the madding crowd. It’s homely, comfortable, spotless and very friendly. Maddie, the manager, and Holger the owner, together with their local village staff will give you a royal welcome. The food was delicious - a mix of local and western food - with ingredients freshly grown in the kitchen garden. The hibiscus mojito was yummy! If you are looking for peace and quiet, with friendly chit chat with other guests in the evenings and a massage overlooking the pool, then you've come to the right place. Holger and Maddie have a thorough knowledge of the area and can recommend walks to local waterfalls, farms and other sites of interest. I just wanted to read and sleep and it was so blissfully quiet that I left feeling thoroughly recharged. The room was spotless with a mossie net, antique furniture, tea and coffee and a hot shower with a beautiful tiled floor. The hotel is up a long, windy, bumpy road so once you're up here you won't really want to pop down to town again. So I'd recommend spending a couple of nights in town to do the sightseeing first, then come up here for a few days of bliss. If you come here first, you won't want to ever leave!! Thank you guys for a wonderful holiday - all too brief, but I will return.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from HillsideNatureLodge, General Manager at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Responded Dec 23, 2019
Thanks so much for your nice review! The road is bumpy indeed (but like we always say.. we're in Laos and therefore we're happy there's a road at all!) and it's good that you recommend people to spend a few nights in Luang Prabang town as well. So much to see and do both here and in town! We hope to see you again one day! All the best, Maddie
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Jackie S wrote a review Nov 2019
18 contributions1 helpful vote
I can't rave enough about this place. The surroundings the property, food & staff are amazing. If it's peace & tranquillity you are after then this is the place for you. Just outside Luang Prabang they will pick you up & take you to the property. Maddy & Sonia are great hosts & arranged a trip to the nearby waterfall on our last day. I would highly recommend this place & would definitely stay here again if I am in the area. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from HillsideNatureLodge, General Manager at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Responded Dec 27, 2019
Hi Jackie, Thank you so much for your nice review! Next time you visit Maddy you guys should come back here :D All the best, Maddie
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Jackie S wrote a review Nov 2019
Banbury, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
I love this little spot in the nearby hills of Luang Prabang. The surroundings, property, food & staff are all top notch. It was just a shame we weren't staying longer. Maddie even organised a trip on our last day with a local driver to the waterfalls. If I am ever in the area again I would definetely stay here again.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Responded Dec 27, 2019
Hi Jackie, Thank you so much for your nice review! Next time you visit Maddy you guys should come back here :D All the best, Maddie
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$46 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
LaosLuang Prabang ProvinceLuang Prabang
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Nearby attractions include MandaLao Elephant Conservation (4.9 miles), Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre (3.8 miles), and Old Quarter Luang Prabang (4.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Yuni Yupoun Restaurant, La Belle Epoque at The Luang Say Residence, and 525 Cocktails & Tapas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wat Manorom (4.1 miles) and Wat Tat Luang (4.1 miles).
Does Hillside - Nature Lifestyle Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.