We drove up from 4000 Islands and spent 4 nights at this beautiful new hotel, primarily to see Wat Phou, but also used it as a base to get the the plateau, coffeee and tea plantations and various waterfalls. Spent some time in Champasak as well, but also spent some time soaking up the relaxing atmosphere in the pool, spa and the very nice modern room with a great view direct over the river.
Meals served at the restaurant were very good, perhaps a little expensive, and the local food was excellent. They had a chef from Seattle seconded for 6 weeks to add to the Western menu.The Mekong fish meals were among the best fresh water fish meals I have eaten. Beer Lao is a great beer on a hot evening. Mr Kea, who looked after us for much of our time at the hotel, including the restaurant and the river cruise, was constantly smiling and looking for additional ways to make sure we were comfortable without being overbearing. All the staff were wonderful. It is a trait of the Lao people.
Rooms were very comfortable, directly on the river form the room deck where we could see the local fishermen pulling in their catch each morning with the sunrise directly behind them.
Comfortable king beds, with crisp, clean white linen, comfy robes, modern cooling tiled floors and walls, minimalist furnishing, full length deck with glass full view walls from the room, inside and outside showers.
Small library for those in need of a book to read in the evening, fully equipped spa and massage rooms (very good value), and reception desk to organize bikes to ride to town, Tuk Tuk for Wat Phou or cars and drivers to go on longer trips.
Entry from 4000 Islands is by boat up the river from Ban Muang (half hour) or direct from Pakse (45 minutes)
All in all a very relaxing way to finish our trip to Laos in comfort and style
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The River Resort is located on 400 meters of naturally landscaped Mekong River frontage in the south of Laos, close to the renowned Wat Phou UNESCO World Heritage site. The Resort's architecture and decor are contemporary Southeast Asian. 22 of its 28 guest rooms have stunningly beautiful, panoramic views of the Mekong River; and the other 6 have fine views of beautiful evergreen rice paddy, flowering trees and tranquil ponds. Each guest room has an indoor and an outdoor shower and other high-standard amenities. The Resort’s open-air Dining Sala, overlooking the Mekong, includes a restaurant offering Western and Laotian/Thai cuisine, alfresco dining on its Riverfront lawns, a cocktail/juice bar, and a rooftop lounge for private meetings. Two infinity swimming pools and the Resort’s onsite Spa complement a relaxing stay. Its two private Riverboats offer casual journeys on the Mekong and sunset cocktail cruises, including - when the Mekong is at ebb - spectacular sunsets viewed from a soft sand beach on a remarkable uninhabited, sandstone island offshore the Resort. The River Resort is an ecologically and environmentally responsible hotel, committed to the use of replenishable bamboo for most of its furniture, organic and hydroponic "farm to table" gardens, recycling of inorganic waste, composting of other waste, as well as solar heated hot water for its kitchens; and is also committed to the improvement of the education of its local staff and the livelihood of its local community. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The River Resort Laos/Champasak Town