Deep in the mountains of northern Laos, Unesco World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang is everything you picture Asia to be.
Tropical flowers, golden temples, giant Buddha statues glimmering in the sunshine and orange-robed monks going quietly about their business - all wrapped in a heady scent of frangipani and spice.Perched on a hill outside what is arguably the most charming town in Asia, this pearl of the Orient is set in grounds of banana, coconut and palm trees.
In contrast to the sensory overload of your surroundings, rooms here are tranquil in their simplicity - all billowing Laotian white cotton and dark woods. Plus, it's also the only place in town with a world-class spa, where you can plunge into a tub full of tropical flowers.
Outside, the infinity pool is jaw-dropping (no, really), as is the restaurant terrace, which serves French and Laotian cuisine. Honeymooners looking for a once-in-a-lifetime memory should try the '500 candle dinner'. This taste sensation is served in the spirit house garden, where you're surrounded by tea lights, serenaded by live music, and finish the meal by releasing floating lanterns.
WOW FACTOR: Ask the chef
to pack you a gourmet picnic for two and charter the hotel's
private boat for
a hassle-free voyage up the majestic Mekong River.
FLIGHT TIME: 13 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring