Set in a former Lao prince’s childhood villa, this enchantress of a boutique hotel has fine art on its walls, an ornamental pond laced with lilies, a beautiful swimming pool, and the sense you’ve arrived in a place of such calm and comfort you’ll find it very hard to leave.
Hidden down a side-street in a quiet neighbourhood some 10 minutes’ walk from the night-market and Mekong Riverfront, it isn’t ideally placed on the peninsula.
Address: 057 Phothisarath Rd, Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang, Laos.
Style & character
Traditional Lao style finely fused with a distinct nod to colonial Indochine – imagine darkwood furniture, Tuscan orange walls and muted greys and blues; wood-beamed ceilings, whirring chrome fans, leaping Verdigris horses and antique Buddha statuary. Satri House radiates eclectic taste to say the least; thanks to the efforts of its creator, who has handpicked every item over the years and made the place like a little home.
The original house has been lovingly restored and carefully enlarged over the years, so there are now two houses interconnected by a weave of sleek corridors and pathways through butterfly-rioting gardens; your only clue to your bearings being the statue in each square- was it Ganesh or Kali you just passed? The effect is you frequently lose your sense of orientation, but what a magical pace to get lost in.
Service & facilities
There’s a bijou spa centre using organic products made in Thailand, plus a stunning 15m swimming pool (with Panama hats considerately placed on each of the surrounding sun-loungers) and accompanying pool bar shaded by tamarind trees and sunburst palms. There are a number of public places to relax in: the library, with its cut glass decanters, Farrow and Ball grey bookshelves crammed with Taschen pictorials, antique black leather sofa and burnt amber walls, is particularly inviting. Staff are warm and friendly.
- Room service
Cool tile floors, powder-blue walls, bronze Buddha statues, stunning vintage photography and Bakerlite telephones, all conspiring to take you back in time. Beds are huge, carved four posters, with substantial quilts and Hmong bed runners. There are safe boxes in the rooms, and walk in showers in the bathrooms. It’s a big statement, but the rooms here are among the most exquisitely photogenic and imaginatively eclectic in the city.
Food & drink
The restaurant is delightful, with Gustavian faux-panelled walls, tile floors and refined jade crockery that perfectly compliments the lemon coloured interior. but stylish with an Asian fusion menu of dishes like Chicken Provencal and mok pa (steamed fish in banana leaves).
Access for guests with disabilities?
Sadly not, there too many steps.
Give them a ball of rope so they don’t get lost, but the hotel welcomes children and the pool is great for kids.
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