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Zen Namkhan Resort

Xieng Lom Village, Luang Prabang, Laos

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In a place with Luang Prabang’s historical pedigree, preservation is essential to eco-tourism — the local culture and architecture are every bit as much a part of the environment as the flora and fauna are. With its groundbreaking chemical-free swimming pool and dedication to setting aside a portion of its income to promote local culture, Zen Namkhan has a solid claim on the true spirit of sustainability. Still, the measure of a small resort like this is obviously its rooms, and the ten cottages of Zen Namkhan deliver peace and tranquility in an effortlessly stylish setting.

Each room has a large terrace, of course — the lush forest on the outskirts of Luang Prabang is best enjoyed up close. The sizable doors can (and probably should) stay wide open to move air through the interiors, which are fairly spacious and lined with dark wood. The décor is lightly sprinkled with southeast Asian touches, but nothing that makes the room feel like a museum. It’s mostly just well-executed modern design that opts for rustic charm over anything too sleek.

The restaurant is devoted to herbs and vegetables grown in on-site gardens, and the cuisine, while legitimately healthy, is far from joyless. The twenty-minute drive into Luang Prabang proper is easily arranged by the hotel — a place with “Zen” in its name can’t be located too close to the hustle and bustle, right? — but if relaxation and recharging are what you’re after, it’s probably not necessary to leave the hotel grounds.

Please note: There is construction underway on the road leading to Zen Namkhan Resort. During the dry season, the journey from the Luang Prabang airport (and center of town) is approximately 20 minutes by car. The construction is projected for completion by the end of 2013. Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

How to get there:

Zen Namkhan Resort is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Luang Prabang - 13 km via the Namkhan River road or 18 km via Route 13 - in the direction of Vientiane. The resort is accessible by car or tuk tuk. A shuttle service is offered to and from the airport as well as organized trips to visit Luang Prabang and surrounding areas. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance with transfers.

  • 10 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet
  • Zen Namkhan Resort
  • Xieng Lom Village
  • Luang Prabang, Laos

Hotel amenities and services

  • 24 hour concierge
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Yoga

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