The Apsara

The Apsara, Luang Prabang, Laos

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If you’ve managed to make the long journey by land or sea to Luang Prabang, Laos, chances are you don’t want to spend all your time in an air-conditioned hotel suite. After all, the ancient city is known for its rich cultural and natural offerings, from the ornate Buddhist temples to the tranquil Nam Khan river and Big Elephant mountain. The Apsara fits perfectly, a restored historic space fusing minimalist (or just minimal) design with traditional Lao fabrics and antiques. In other words, instead of watching BBC World News on a three-foot plasma screen, you’ll find yourself gazing at monks down in the street, sipping champagne or an expertly-mixed martini.

  

There’s no question that the Apsara is stylish in a contemporary way, with spare, luxurious furnishings throughout the interior. But because the hotel is comprised of two renovated wooden buildings, an old-fashioned charm pervades the guest rooms and public spaces. Wooden floors creak beneath your feet, stairwells are narrow and steep — it’s not your standard luxury hotel, and hotel staff does their best to work around that. Small children, for instance, are not permitted to stay in second-floor rooms because the pitter-patter of their running feet could disturb honeymooners below. Adventurous travelers who delight in quirky details will find the Apsara heavenly; business travelers accustomed to wireless internet and satellite TV will think it antiquated. Everyone, however, can agree on the restaurant — there’s no objecting to cleaned-up rustic Lao cuisine and fine international wines, all at absurdly low prices.

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