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“Perfection”
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Villa Maly
Ranked #10 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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“Perfection”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Absolute perfection in every respect. Beautiful tranquil surroundings amongst well kept gardens. Charming friendly staff always ready to provide information on where to go in Luang Probang. Learnt from receptionist of the handicraft village over the river by bamboo bridge and 25 minute walk which was lovely for early morning before it got too hot. At which stage the cool pool was always a delight, as was the gin and tonic! Thank you to all the staff for making this our best stay of several whilst touring SE Asia.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

My wife and I were on a 3 week trip through Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos with another couple. This was our last stop and we loved it. Beautiful property, great staff, and a wonderful place to realax at the end of the day. Treat yourself to a relaxing treat in the middle of Luang Prabang.

Room Tip: The only down side was the lighting in the room was a a bit dim. Restaurant was better than what th...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

We spent 2 nights in Villa Maly in February 2014 and enjoyed the combination of warm welcome, personal attention, very comfortable high ceiling accommodation with four poster bed overlooking the front and side gardens and quite location with a definite taste of French colonial life.

Room Tip: #1 overlooking front would be a good choice.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Alberta
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We stayed at Villa Maly for 3 nights at the end of January during our trip through Laos and Cambodia and before cruising from Singapore to Hong Kong. We had visited Vientiane and were meeting friends in Luang Prabang. Our friends had chosen the Villa Maly and made the booking on our behalf. A few nights before leaving Vientiane I looked up Villa Maly on Trip Advisor and was somewhat concerned by a review that had been written by an English visitor who had written a somewhat uncomplementary review.
I can only say that our experience of the Villa May was wonderful in every respect.
The hotel is set in a "tropical garden" which someone else has mentioned gave it a touch of rain forest. We were welcomed by charming and efficient staff with a fruit drink as we checked in to the hotel, which set the tone for the high service we would receive throughout our stay. We had a great room which was well appointed and nicely furnished, and had the extra refinement of having the toilet seperate from the shower room which was seperate from the wash hand basin. The separation was only by a "half wall" which was about 6 feet high, but it was very convenient, as those who have spent time in hotel rooms with toilet, shower and hand basin all in one room will understand.
The hotel offers free wifi in the rooms and public areas, which again has been the subject of some negative comment because of its performance. We found that the wifi worked well but it helps to change networks as you move to different locations around the hotel as the range of reach of each network was limited. WIth that minor adjustment I had no trouble at all using wifi.
We found the breakfast, which was buffet style and mostly self serve, to be excellent. My wife particularly enjoyed the range of fruit, while I am a more traditional egs and bacon man. The dining room was out doors although covered by a roof to keep off the elements. The staff were charming and friendly and service was excellent. It helps to realise that culturally the young staff are much more reserved than westerners are used to, and are sometimes reticent to intrude on diners. This is easily overcome by a smile and a friendly word of encouragement when you first meet them. If you ask their name so much the better.
We did notice the roosters near the hotel, that have been the subject of some adverse comment, but we found it to be charming and it did not bother us in the slightest.
The hotel is located about 15 minutes reasonably brisk walk from the night market and local hot spots such as restaurants and bars. This suited us perfectly as the walk was easy and gave us some exercise, and also meant that when we retired at night things were peaceful and quiet. It is very easy to get a tuk-tuk back and fore for a few dollars if the walk does not suit you.
All in all we loved our stay at Villa Maly, and if we were to go back to Luang Prabang we would almost certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: We found the upstairs rooms with balcony next to the dining area and overlooking the pool to be perf...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Villa Maly was our destination after two days going down the Mekong river and we welcomed it as an oasis of refinement and refreshment! From the first second we were received by the nicest and most helpful personnel ever. The rooms are furnished and decorated with a lot of taste, the breakfast is full of fresh produce and just delicious, the setting is quiet and the garden as green as it can get. The pool is of course the icing on the cake of this lovely place that has not stopped charming us! We could also enjoy the offer of cocktails and our only regret is that we did not try the Lao bbq that we saw other guests try:it looked just gorgeous! Definitely a great place that we would highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Fantastic hotel in Luang Prabang, beautiful setting, great rooms, fantastic breakfast, and great location. Staff was 5 stars!!! Can't say enough about the great service and friendly staff.
Can't wait to come back!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Villa Maly, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
Dear bennettag23,
Sunny greetings from Luang Prabang...
Many thanks for your kind review and we all are delighted to read that you had a good time with us...
We look forward to welcoming you again in a near future, and in the meantime I wish you a very good day.
Warm regards
A. de Boynes
General Manager
Appletree Hospitality Laos: Villa Maly, Nava Mekong, Kamu Lodge
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Suva, Fiji
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

My first visit to Laos and did not expect a lot. Villa Maly provided an unexpected surprise. A beautiful villa with a touch of a rain forest. Old colonial but spacious rooms. A modern pool coupled with amazing breakfast and friendly staff make it a surprise. Really enjoyed my two days. Villa and the heritage city got lot to offer than one would expect. Definitely my next family vacation.

Room Tip: Room no. 1 to 5 offers a greater colonial experiance
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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VillaMaly, General Manager at Villa Maly, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
Dear Nouzab F,
Sunny greetings from Luang Prabang...
Many thanks for your kind comments about your stay. I am sure that the employees here will be very happy to hear that you had a good time with us.
Definitely, we will be delighted to welcome you back with your family.
Thanking you again, I wish you a fantastic day.
Warm regards,
A. de Boynes
General Manager
Appletree Hospitality Laos: Villa Maly, Kamu Lodge, Nava Mekong
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Property: Villa Maly
Address: 75 Oupalath Khamboua Road | Ban That Luang Village, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Luang Prabang
#9 Family Hotel in Luang Prabang
#16 Romantic Hotel in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Maly 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the home of Lao royalty, today Villa Maly is an exquisite boutique hotel, surrounded by luscious tropical gardens. Its rooms evoke the subdued elegance and creative touches of a bygone time. The hotel's 33 guest rooms are each subtly created to incorporate time-honored Laotian architecture with an essence of the Colonial past. ... more   less 
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